A solid backpack for weekend excursions.
A 15-mile day is a long one, but when you roll up on a pristine alpine lake without another soul in sight and set the Osprey Volt 60 Backpack down, all the hard work will be worth it. Best of all, you'll be able to enjoy your surroundings without stressing about back pain, because the Volt's highly adjustable back panel, shoulder straps, and hip belt will take the stress out of lugging heavy loads. The pack's LightWire frame and HDPE framesheet disperse weight across your body, spreading it between hips and shoulders, and the hip belt padding can be extended on the fly, so you don't rub your hip bones raw as you hike.
With 60 liters of gear-hauling capacity, the Volt has more than enough room for a weekend's worth of gear. Pockets at the lid, front, sides, and hips help you stay organized, and a removable sleeping bag divider provides a snug and secure spot for your bedding. Daisy chains, ice-axe straps, and the Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole loop make it easy to load up on technical gear, and side compression straps allow you to cinch down your load so you don't feel like you're about to tip over as you balance-beam your way across the river on a fallen tree.
- Nylon ripstop fabric
- LightWire frame and HDPE framesheet
- Adjustable back panel, harness, and hip belt
- Floating lid with multiple pockets
- Front, side, and hip belt pockets
- Sleeping bag compartment with removable divider
- Hydration sleeve
- Ice axe, trekking pole, daisy chain, and compression straps
- Item #OSP004J
- Q & A
Simple, Comfortable, Affordable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As someone who has been backpacking for a long time I have my packing system pretty dialed, and while I'm not cutting tags off my cloths or the handle off my toothbrush, I do like to cut weight were I can. That's why I love the Osprey Volt 60: it carries loads of up to 35-40 lbs. comfortably, and is relatively light for the comfort.
My base weight is about 20-25 lbs depending on the type of trip and the time of year. With food and water I can be carrying 30-35 lbs for most 3-4 day trips. While I might be able to use a lighter pack, the options I've tried are not as comfortable for full days on the trail. Heavier packs are great for heavier loads, but I don't need the extra padding or extra features. That's the other thing I like about the Volt 60: simplicity. I cary everything inside my pack, and I pack in such a way where I don't need to get to the center of my pack in the middle of the day, so I don't want zippers and straps that just add weight.
The Volt 60 reminds me a lot of the stripped down packs I grew up using, not a lot of new technology or features, but efficient and lightweight. Actually much lighter than what I use to carry, and far more comfortable.
The adjustment system is really easy to use, and has a big range. I've often lent this pack out to friends and in a few minutes I can size it to almost anyone. It's an Osprey so quality of construction and materials is impeccable, and if anything goes wrong they have the best product guarantee in the industry.
Looking around this looks like one of the least expensive packs on the market, so it is probably appealing to cost-conscious buyers and new backpackers - rightfully so, and you won't be sorry. But, the weight/feature/comfort ratio is enticing for experienced and discerning users as well.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've had this backpack for almost a year now, if I had one complaint it only has one real zip up organizational pocket which can be found underneath the top flap. But there are so many features with this pack, that outweigh this one negative aspect. I'm not even sure if this is a negative aspect, this pack is about being a minimalist/not having all the bells and whistles. The backpack is adjustable, not only torso length but has belt extension features.This is a great, I don't know if i would trust it with 50-60 pounds of gear, but from 45 and below you can adjust and disperse the weight properly over your hips and back. Has one huge, and two medium sized mesh stretch pocket you can jam pretty much anything in. And with 60 liters, and the attachment points for a day pack, this can be a weeks worth of room for the right ultralight packer easily. Tried and true, wouldn't trade this pack for the world and with the Osprey lifetime guarantee...where could you go wrong?