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Illimani94 wrote a review of on May 19, 2013

4 5

Just back from a week backpacking in the Black Range (southern NM), used the 75. I'm usually wary of packs with this much suspension adjustment; usually the carry gets sacrificed. The Volt adjusts in minutes w/o tools - not just back length but also HIPBELT pad length - and once adjusted the pack carried up to 48 lb pretty comfortably. I was impressed, especially for a pack that weighs less than 4 lb on my scale.
Some features are less than optimized. Compression doesn't work very well, and I'd like more strap length so I can stow my foam pad behind them. And the pack never got that "glued to my back" feeling; too much random movement for use on technical terrain. The hipbelt pockets are useful stash for food, sunblock, compass, altimeter, etc, but once the pack is on it's really hard to close the pocket zips one-handed. Top lid can't be easily removed, but it does float and it is HUGE. Lots of stash there. Mesh pockets on back and sides are handy for need-quick gear. Oh, and the hipbelt straps are too long - I mean like FEET too long. Who needs this much hipbelt?

Bottom line: a lot of little things could have been done better, and that's unfortunate. For a 4 lb pack designed to fit a wide range of people in a single size (and <<$200) this pack has remarkable carry. It doesn't dig, slip, or drag; it's just kind of there on your back. The little things bug me because the main pack function - hauling your stuff - is almost unnoticeable. For a trail pack it's definitely worth a look.

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Illimani94 wrote an answer about on May 12, 2013

Not easily. The top lid does float for large loads, but detaching requires a lot of unthreading straps. There's no included hipbelt on the lid, and no means of using the pack's hipbelt. Since these toplid-to-daypack conversions never carry well anyway, you'd be better off just carrying a very light small rucksack for this purpose.

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Illimani94 wrote a review of on March 24, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Confession: the pack never made it out the door. Just loaded it up, walked it around a bit in the house, and discovered the fatal flaw.

I actually like the design. The packbag cut is carefully designed to keep the load close to the back. The adjustment system is clever and seems to work. I can't tell yet whether the velcro will hold against a 40 lb load, but I'm betting it will. The "wire" frame looks flimsy, but my wife has the Viva 50 and says it floats 35 lb just fine. There's a large mesh pocket on the back and a pocket on each side. Very usable and very nice. Straps are well-cut, nicely padded, and the hipbelt has a pocket each side. Nice for snacks, compass, camera, etc.There's also a clever system for temp stowing of trekking poles. I used similar system on my Talon 33, and can be quite useful for stretches where you need your hands but don't want to fully stow the poles. Overall, nicely done.

Little annoyances. I don't think a pack this size needs a sleeping bag compartment or opening. Osprey might argue the shelf adds structural support inside the packbag - a fair point. but the opening is too small for me to load my 20 deg down bag, so seems too small to me. Top lid floats for overloading (good) but doesn't detach from the pack (bad). And there are too many (my opinion) strap snubbers and other widgets on the pack, but that's just me. Fact is the pack is pretty light for its volume (< 4 lb), and if you're annoyed by the features there's always the razor blade and butane lighter approach...

OK, the fatal flaw: I thought it was the hipbelt length - too short for my hips. However, the Osprey guys have come up with a clever way to adjust the length of the hipbelt pads, so no worries. No, the fatal flaw is that the pack is just too small for my planned loads. If it fits you and your loads the Volt 60 is a very nice pack. I'm trying the Volt 75 next...

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Illimani94 wrote a review of on March 24, 2013

4 5

What's not to like? Fit is good - close but not confining. This is an improvement over the R1 I bought a few years ago, which fit like a condom. I'm 6'1", 200 lb, wearing a Large. Thickness is near optimal for a midlayer. Fleece manages to pack away pretty nicely. Dries quickly. Sleeve length is good for someone like me with ape-ish arms. Useful chest pocket. Good torso length. Excellent collar fit; very comfortable.

Nice layer over a light base for winter climbing, snowshoeing. Nice to have in the pack as an extra layer in case I didn't guess the temperatures correctly.

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