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A minimalist's dream come true.

The Osprey Exos 58 Backpack has space for your backpacking trips in summer and ice climbing trips in winter, and it'll carry your gear without adding excess pack weight to your trip. 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 energy gel for the ideal blend of breathability and comfort while you hike. This pack features a removable top lid with two zippered pockets for short day trips during your trip, and the integrated FlapJacket protects your gear from rainy, poor conditions whether the top lid is attached or not.

The Exos 58 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 maps, books, and 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 super light. There's an attachment loop for an ice tool or two, and a tie-off point for excess gear.  

  • 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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5 5

Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Rocks!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Last fall I carried this pack (last year's model) for 38 miles x 6 days - mostly above 12,000' - in Colorado's South San Juan Wilderness. Fully loaded on the first day, my pack weighed 31 lbs and the Exos 58 carried the load nicely.

Osprey built this pack to be a super-lightweight, full-featured pack. My size large weighs in at 2 lbs, 12.2 oz and, other than low weight, I wouldn't call this a "minimalist" pack (look at the bullet point list of features above). I thought the previous model's zippered, mesh waist-belt pockets were too big / too floppy and Osprey addressed that with their current model. I wouldn't use the elastic shoulder strap pockets, but no star deduction for that feature here.

I'm a big proponent of using 55 - 60 liter capacity packs for week-long trips. My other pack in this category is Gregory's excellent z55 (also received an update for 2014). My older z55 weighs 14 oz more than the Exos 58 but carries the load a little better at the heavy end of the spectrum. I'll likely choose the z55 for 6- and 7-day trips and the Exos 58 for 3- and 4-day trips. (Looks like it's gonna be a fight to see who gets to go on the 5-day trips!)

Photo shows "gear dump" at Bear Lake camp site in Colorado's South San Juan Wilderness.

Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Rocks!
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Dude this helped a lot. I am debating between the Z55 and the Exos58 for a 9 day backpacking trip. I can restock on food every 3 days though, so with your advice I'll probably go with the Z55.

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Great review! I have a GoLite Jam 70 and it feels terrible with 35 lbs in it. My Gregory Baltoro 75 on the other hand feels like a dream with 45 lbs! I'm seriously considering the Osprey Exos for my 19-day JMT trip next month. Question; Do you really take that horseshoe with you or is it just there for reference?

Osprey Exos 58 Rocks the Snow!

Osprey Exos 58 Rocks the Snow!

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Last year's model in an 11,500' snowstorm in Colorado's South San Juan Wilderness.

Best Climbing pack ever!

Best Climbing pack ever!

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hauling draws, cams, stoppers, water, helmet, plenty of food, dog food, shoes, harness, chalk bag, and personal items. Even with all of this, I have room to spare and don't have the top of the pack on!

5 5

Happy trails!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have only good things to say about this pack. I got it for hauling my rock climbing gear and it is perfect. First off the removable hood option is great for my shorter trips. Second the pockets are very convenient with plenty of places to strap on gear if needed. The back pouch is nice for storing my climbing shoes and chalk. Third there is plenty of places to store your water so it doesn't add to the various items in the main pouch. Fourth I love the way Osprey packs mold to my body. This was my first pack that has the airspeed back panel and I really dig it. For someone who always seems to be the sweatiest man in the group, this is a pretty awesome development. It gives me some breathing room for my back without compromising how tightly the pack hugs me. Finally I love the simple adjustment system, It took me a whole two minutes to get this pack adjusted correctly and it is extremely easy to make adjustments while hiking. Osprey is continuing to live up to a great reputation.

Happy trails!
4 5

Holds (29) 2 Liters of Faygo Red Pop

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You can cram 40-50 lbs. of hiking equipment and what-nots into this thing. It's still comfortable to wear fully loaded. I had issues with chafing wearing heavy packs and this pack remedied the problem. Con: it can get really really stinky.

Holds (29) 2 Liters of Faygo Red Pop
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The picture shown is of the prior generation EXOS pack - the pack has changed since then.