Gear Review

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Over Engineered Excellence

Backpacker Magazine just gave the Atmos 65 their Editors Choice Award for "Best All Arounder" and I can see why. First of all, it's an Osprey, so build quality and attention to detail are second to none. Osprey specializes in backpacks. As a result they do it REALLY right. You can tell that everything has been beta tested to death before it gets out of R&D. The Atmos 65 is no exception. This backpack, as with all Osprey products, is perfectly over engineered so this pack will carry 40+ pounds like it was 20. The "AirSpeed" suspension is not just some gimmick. It works. There are plenty of creature comforts on the Atmos. Organizational pockets everywhere. I'm a fan of the stretchy stuff it pocket on the front and the hip belt pockets are a must on a pack of this size. There are plenty of compression straps and loops for anything you want or need to carry. To me, the 65 is the perfect weekender size. It forces you to be smart about your packing.