Rob C.wrote a review of Osprey Packs Exos 46 Backpack - 2600-3000cu in on May 21, 2009
Solid and Awesome!
Like other people, I have been waiting for the perfect pack that is lightweight, and full featured. If you have a look around the ultralight backpacking scene it can be a little daunting. Cutting straps, counting ounces, and getting it down to the purest elements of what you need can add up to a lot at once. Going light is absolutely the way to go, but getting there takes some time, and you want to make sure you do it safely without jumping into gear that is too flimsy and will let you down when you eventually add a few extra things at the last minute.
This pack is pretty bare bones, when you look at the fine features. They have cut weight everywhere...little compression straps, minimal hip belt, lots of mesh, and little buckles...but they are the experts and all those little things mean a really light pack, that has most of what the others have.
I used to have an old Gregory that was like 5 pounds, and by switching to this, It's like throwing in the sleeping bag, and pad at no extra weight cost.
There is lots of nooks and crannies to organize and keep gear where you want, it has a frame for support, and it's just made well and has everything I need. When I first used it, I kept saying "Damn...this thing is great"
I'm super happy with this purchase.
For sizing...I"m 5'11 about 165lbs and got a medium and it fits. I can fit all the gear for 2-3 days very easily and keep my gear to the "lightweight" league, nothing too crazy. I managed to fit a bag, pad, tent (sierra designs lightning with fly) cookware, stove, clothes, food, water, bear hang, first aid, you name it, it fit in there.