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Christopher A.

Christopher A.

Christopher A.wrote a review of on September 28, 2015

Best backpack out there...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When my wife and I decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, we knew we needed some quality packs that were going to be comfortable and durable for 4-5 months of straight hiking. I boiled my options down to Gregory or Osprey, and after trying the Gregory Baltoro and the Osprey Atmos, I knew the Atmos was by far the most comfortable. My wife and I got the men's and women's (Aura) versions, and have loved every trail with them.

My favorite part about this pack is the Anti-Gravity Suspension system. Osprey designed a continuous mesh backpanel from the top of the pack to the hipbelt. It conforms to your back like a sleep number bed! Just kidding, but it really is the most comfortable fit you can find. The hipbelt and shoulder straps are awesome - I've never had them slip or had to readjust them after miles of hiking.

We purchased our packs from REI so they each came with a raincover and small 3L drybag. Backpacking up here in Alaska, the raincovers have been essential. We haven't had our gear get wet with the raincover on while hiking, but when we left our packs on the ground in the vestibules of our tent (with the covers on and upright), the outside of the packs got a little damp overnight. One of my biggest nightmares is my TP supply getting soaked in the wilderness, so the small drybag is perfect for my daily "study supplies." Well done REI.

The Pockets: I'm a guy, pockets are big deal to me. I love Osprey's open-loop zipper-pull design, they make life easier when your fingers are numb and you need to access your sleeping bag quickly in cold temperatures. There are two pockets on the removable lid that I've used for clothing and food and have always hiked with the lid on. For this reason I don't like the redundancy of their "FlapJacket" underneath the lid for when the lid is off. The main compartment of the pack is large and easy to compress with outside straps. Hydration bladder stores inside the main compartment. On the outside of the pack are two vertical zippered pockets for keeping maps, snacks, or anything lightweight for easy access. I really like the outer open mesh pocket for stowing your jacket when you get too warm on the trail. The bottom pocket holds a sleeping bag separate from the rest of your gear in the main compartment. There is a water bottle pouch on each side - with two openings each -and they are easily reached while you have the backpack on. There is a pocket on each side of the hipbelt . . . only complaint here is the zippered openings aren't big enough for a man to reach all his fingers in easily - my wife has smaller hands and doesn't have this problem.

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Christopher A.

Christopher A.wrote a review of on September 28, 2015

Bomb-proof
5 5

First of all, I want to say how much I LOVE the pole system. No longer will campers be required to awkwardly hold two separate poles upright with one hand while trying to clip the tent with the other hand like an obscure yoga pose. When the pole ends are secured in the corners of the tent with this system, they are freestanding and very easy to clip. I was a little nervous about the sturdiness of this pole design at first because I've never used anything like it, but it is bombproof. This design also allows for maximized head room while sitting up in the tent.

My wife and I got this tent about five months ago and we've already used it numerous times, most of which have been overnight backpacking trips. The Chaos 2 is lightweight and packs down really well. When it's set up it's very roomy for both of us (I'm 5'11" and still have lots of space to stretch out) and our gear. We keep our shoes and packs in the two large vestibules. Inside the tent there are LOTS of convenient mesh pockets (including a removable overhead mesh pouch) for easy-to-find-in-the-dark essentials: headlamp, glasses, machete, my wife's midnight chocolate craving, sawed-off shotgun for zombie attacks, etc.

The zippers on both the rain fly and the mesh doors are very durable and easy to use, I'm able to open the tent doors with one hand, and I haven't had any problems with them getting stuck.

The last trip we took this on we hiked to the summit of Mt. Juneau in Alaska (3,576 ft elevation) during a torrential rainstorm. After frantically setting it up we cozied up in our sleeping bags and attempted to sleep. While this tent kept us sheltered from the rain and hail, we didn't sleep much because of the wind that picked up during the night. *Note to self: I need to use the guy lines in bad weather.* After we got up in the morning we noticed that the inside of the rainfly had sweat during the night and let condensation into our tent. I think this is normal (I've never had the inside of the rainfly 100% dry after a rainstorm in any tent). However, this was minimal and not concerning. If I thought the wind was bad inside the tent, I was surprised at how much worse it was outside and was impressed by how well the Chaos 2 protected us from it.

The stakes are very lightweight and durable, they haven't bent on me when I've shoved them between the rocky ground.

The footprint is not included with the tent but I would definitely recommend getting it. It is essential to keeping the floor of your tent in good condition.

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