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Gear Review

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I really wanted this to work.

Amazing pack, and all of the straps are excessively long and can be trimmed to normal lenghts for more weight saving. I really wanted this to work. Loaded it up with 25#, and it's like the hip belt would rotate down in the back, and I would end up with more weight than I wanted on my shoulders. The vented backpanel was great in the desert at Guadelupe Mountains NP, but I kept tightening the hip belt to try to get it to work, and it felt like the 1/2" strap would cut me in half. Maybe it's just my build, a buddy tells me it works great for him.

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I agree wholeheartedly with this. I could never get the pack to fit where most of the weight was on my shoulders. I used it for one overnight and returned it. There are plenty of other packs that put most of the weight on my shoulders.

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I'm considering this pack, but am concerned about a lot of the weight resting on my shoulders. I'm a 5'5", 120 lb female. Would either of you recommend this pack to me, taking into account any differences in size and build?

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5'5" 112 female. Don't go there unless it feels perfect! If that exposed metal frame is anywhere near bone, you will be sorry! Straps and belt uncomfortable construction, IMO. I am willing to go 1.5, even 2.0 lbs heavier for a 45L ish pack that feels good!

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This and the Atmos series are one of the few packs I have ever owned that seemed to immediately transfer the majority of the pack weight off of my shoulders and neck and to my hipbelt, where it rests comfortably all day. I am not sure why Stephen wants most of the weight on his shoulders, or if that was just a typo, but to each his own. I know that one size does not fit all when it comes to pack designs, but the Exos definitely works for me...

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Im 5' 10" wide build 225lbs. My torso length is 19". I picked up a large Exos 46 and when I load it up with my gear, 3 liters of water, three days of food (about 4.5 lbs) the pack weighs in at 24 lbs. I have taken it out one time so far and went on a ten mile hike on a moderate/difficult trail with an elevation gain of 4000 feet, to try it out. I did experience a hot spot on my right side at the waist belt at the beginning of the hike, but after the pack broke in it really felt nice. I really like the way the pack hugged my body, I had it set up in a way that 100% of the weight was put on my hips. It felt transparent on my shoulders. I was able to knock out this hike in under 3 hours which is about 30 minutes faster than my average time with my old pack. I think this added speed was because the pack is super stable and I didnt need to shift my weight that much to adjust for the pack. This pack is awsome