A lightweight weekend backpack that will please some of most minimalist adventurers out there.
The superlight Osprey Exos 48 Backpack has enough space for all your gear for weekend backpacking trips in the Uinta mountains in the summer or the Ouray Ice Park in the winter. A combination of the AirSpeed back panel and the light yet durable 6065 aluminum frame brings a lot of breathability by dumping excess heat out of the sides. ExoForm covers the shoulder pads and waist-belt with mesh and gel for the ideal blend between breathability and comfort while you hike. This top-loading pack features a removable lid with two zippered pockets for short day hikes during your trip, and the integrated FlapJacket protects your gear from rainy, poor conditions whether the top lid is attached or not.
The Exos 48 also features two mesh side pockets for water bottles, two zippered pockets at the waist-belt for any small item you might need on the trail like sunscreen or lip balm, and a front stretch mesh pocket for quick access to maps, a book, or a compass. It also has straps for a sleeping pad, and you can remove both the sleeping-pad straps and the compression straps when you're going minimal. There's an attachment loop for an ice tool or two, and a tie-off point for a last-minute item.
- AirSpeed back panel with 6065 aluminum frame
- ExoForm shoulder straps and waist-belt
- ErgoPull closure at waist-belt
- Top access
- Removable top lid with two zippered pockets
- Integrated FlapJacket
- Two mesh side pockets
- Two zippered waist-belt pockets
- Front stretch mesh pocket
- Removable sleeping pad straps
- Ice tool attachment loop
- Removable upper compression straps, lower InsideOut straps
- Cord tie-off point
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Upgrade over the old version
I've been using the older Exos 46 for the last 2 years and its the best back I've ever owned, mainly because of it's light weight, breathability and overall comfort. I just checked out the new Exos 48 at EMS and it looks similar to the old pack with some noticeable upgrades. Also, the updated colors look fantastic. The most noticeable upgrade is the padding on the shoulder straps and hip belt. The old models sacrificed padding in this area, I'm guessing to make the pack lighter and more breathable. Osprey did a great job of adding "meshy" breathable padding to the new pack without adding much in the way of extra weight. It's only a few ounces heavier than the old model, yet it is more spacious and has detachable straps that allow you to make the pack lighter than the old model if you so desire. Either way, the weight difference isn't noticeable unless you put it on a scale. As comfortable as the Exos 46 is, the new model is even more comfy! The rain cover is also a new, welcome feature. Excellent job by Osprey improving one of their best packs. I'm tempted to buy the new one even though my old one is still in great condition.
I presently have an Osprey Exos 46 (M),...
I presently have an Osprey Exos 46 (M), and it is PERFECT . . except for the fact that my Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender (9" diam at the base, 10.5" L) will not fit inside the pack. I am considering purchasing the Osprey Exos 58 for a 19-day JMT trip in August, but I would like to know if you can tell me whether the 58 will accommodate my bear canister. I am very short waisted, and do not like it when a pack is so tall that it knocks my broad-brimmed hat rim forward on my head. Help!
The canister will fit sideways in the 58 easily. That's why the 58 is so nice. New 48 might provide just enough room to fit a canister too. Guess we'll see.