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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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Great but needing improvement

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I won't get into the pros because there are plenty already on the Web. Overall, I believe it offers the best bang for your buck. However, it does have some drawbacks for me.

1. Neither of the outer side pockets is big enough in diameter to hold my Snow Peak 1400 pot (cook system that contains a MSR Pocket Rocket and a small fuel canister. )

2. Neither of the side pocket is able to hold my one person tent, Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1, in its own stow bag.

3. The said internal metal frame is made of plastic, actually So I don't know its durability in prolonged winter use.

4. The velcros on the adjustable belt can become loose over time.

5. It becomes uncomfortable if loaded more than 40lb.

6. The back padding material doesn't provide sufficient ventilation. As the result, my back is always wet and uncomfortable wearing the backpack in warm climate.

Carries Well

  • 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.