The bigger, the better.
Going ultralight can be fun, if you like eating moss and insects for dinner, but if you want to spend a week on the trail without going full-on survivalist, load up your food, tent, clothes, and sleeping bag in the Osprey Volt 75 Backpack. With over 4500 cubic inches of capacity, you'll be able to enjoy your surroundings in relatively well-prepared comfort, and 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.
The Volt is designed for week-long backcountry missions and has pockets at the lid, front, sides, and hips to help you stay organized, along with a removable sleeping bag divider to provide 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 cinch down your load, so you don't feel like you're about to tip over as you rock-hop your way up and over the next pass.
- 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
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Gave as a gift for someone who is intending on lengthy multi-night trips and wanted something that could accommodate.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Took 40lbs on a training hike and it carried better than I expected. The pack does compress well but it still seems a little bulky for use as a summit pack, although it would work. It appears well designed with regard to organization. Not too many pockets, bells and whistles but just enough to make a multi-day trip that much better.