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Gear Review

3 5

Only for light, higher volume loads

I like what Osprey has done with this backpack, but like so many mainstream pieces of gear that try to emulate what cottage companies have designed, this pack comes up a little short of satisfactory. It has a good design, but can't really compete with equivalent small manufacturer packs like HMG, MLD, SMD, etc.
The die-cut shoulder straps stretch under weight and cut into my shoulders, making this pack good for really light, higher volume loads.
Pockets on the shoulder straps aren't useful, except for energy gels - too small for bars, phones, cameras, etc
Side compression straps could be better in all regards. Good idea, but needs improvement.
Back panel sleeve is too narrow for a folded Z-Lite pad to be used as the frame. I used a TAR ProLite torso pad & it was uber comfy.
Hipbelt pockets are good, tho.

All in all, there are better 45L packs out there that are lighter, can carry more weight, and are better designed.