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Joewrote a review of on June 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 210 lbs

I originally ordered the Deuter Kid Komfort II. I bought that pack based off of the excellent reviews. When I received it, I wanted so badly to love it that I almost convinced myself....until I had an opportunity to try on the Osprey Poco AG. After trying on the Osprey and looking at it’s features, I immediately knew that I should’ve gone with the Osprey. The Deuter is a great pack, as shown by all the great reviews, but the Osprey won out for me. Below are the reasons why:

1) The fit of the Osprey was much better. I’m a thick guy, and found that the lower end of the shoulder straps of the Deuter dug into my sides which wasn’t comfortable at all. I also really really like the air vent on the back of the Osprey. The Deuter’s bulky padding didn’t add any extra comfort and would’ve been miserably hot once the heat of summer sets in.

2) My kid loves the Osprey over the Deuter. I like how the Osprey provides a rigid capsule that he sits in without being sandwiched in by all the straps and padding. The shoulder straps on the Deuter were difficult to buckle and really pissed my little dude off when I had to wrestle him around to get it buckled. The Osprey’s shoulder straps and buckle are WAY more convenient and easy to buckle.

3) Sunshades. Had to purchase separately for the Deuter, and it sucked. Unless the sun was directly behind us or above us, it didn’t do much for him...plus, it didn’t keep it’s shape very well and looked stupid when it was on. The Osprey is built in and provides excellent shade for my little dude. It keeps it’s shape and looks much better.

I was very lucky that Backcountry.com allowed me to exchange the Deuter for this pack even though I was just outside of the return window. THANK YOU!!

The Deuter is a good pack, but I found the Osprey superior in every way.

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Joewrote a review of on June 16, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 210 lbs

I bought this pack based off of the excellent reviews. When I received it, I wanted so badly to love it that I almost convinced myself....until I had an opportunity to try on the Osprey Poco AG. After trying on the Osprey and looking at it’s features, I immediately knew that I should’ve gone with the Osprey. The Deuter is a great pack, as shown by all the great reviews, but the Osprey won out for me. Below are the reasons why:

1) The fit of the Osprey was much better. I’m a thick guy, and found that the lower end of the shoulder straps of the Deuter dug into my sides which wasn’t comfortable at all. I also really really like the air vent on the back of the Osprey. The Deuter’s bulky padding didn’t add any extra comfort and would’ve been miserably hot once the heat of summer sets in.

2) My kid loves the Osprey over the Deuter. I like how the Osprey provides a rigid capsule that he sits in without being sandwiched in by all the straps and padding. The shoulder straps on the Deuter were difficult to buckle and really pissed my little dude off when I had to wrestle him around to get it buckled. The Osprey’s shoulder straps and buckle are WAY more convenient and easy to buckle.

3) Sunshades. Had to purchase separately for the Deuter, and it sucked. Unless the sun was directly behind us or above us, it didn’t do much for him...plus, it didn’t keep it’s shape very well and looked stupid when it was on. The Osprey is built in and provides excellent shade for my little dude. It keeps it’s shape and looks much better.

I was very lucky that Backcountry.com allowed me to exchange this product even though I was just outside of the return window. THANK YOU!!

The Deuter is a good pack, but I found the Osprey superior in every way.

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Joewrote a review of on November 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

So I got the Neoplume pants yesterday. I opted for those instead of the Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pants because they're lighter and less bulky even though, based on reviews I've read, they insulate just as well as the Compressor pants. I'm heading to climb Aconcagua in January and the Neoplumes were recommended by several guide's gear lists on their websites. I haven't had a chance to test them yet, so can only comment on the sizing...which was my main concern.

With pants, I have a very challenging build. I'm 5'9", about 195#, wear about a 34" waist, and an inseam of 30"-32" depending on the brand. I usually find that pants fit me in the waist, but end up skin tight in the thighs or fit my thighs and are HUGE in the waist.

I ordered size large, and they fit my waist well. I can wear them over my hardshell pants, and they also fit well under my shells because they're not super lofty. My biggest concern with sizing was the volume of the thighs. There was plenty of room...like I said, with or without layers underneath the Neoplumes, the thighs had plenty of volume.

The only thing that wasn't perfect, was the length. I have to hike the Neoplume's up to my belly button for the length to be right. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing...if they'd stay there. But they want to migrate back down to my waist where they want to sit naturally, once they do, they're a little long in the legs, and the crotch is a little low which would be less than ideal if I was climbing while wearing these pants.

To solve this problem, I plan on taking these pants to a seamstress here who works on outdoor gear and have a couple suspender loops attached to the front so I can attach them to the suspenders of my hardshell pants...that'll hold them up just fine if I'm climbing in them. If I'm not climbing in them, I can just pull the suspenders off my hard shells and use them with the Neoplumes...OR, I'll just pull them up every now and then!

I hope this helps someone!

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Joewrote a question about on November 4, 2014

I have big legs, and I'm worried about how these will fit. None of Mtn. Hardwear's hiking pants fit me. They either fit in the legs and are HUGE in the waist, or they fit in the waist but they're skin tight in the thighs.

I'm 5'9" and about 190-195 lbs. I'm a former football player and weightlifter and am currently a road and mountain biker. All of these things lead to big legs! My waist size is about 34", and the ideal inseam is 30"-32".

I measured the circumference of my upper thigh...it's just under 25". I am a little chubby right now, so I'm sure I can cut 1"-1.5" off of this measurement by the time I will be wearing these pants...in January on Aconcagua.

Any thoughts?

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