John S.wrote a review of Osprey Packs Exos 48L Backpack on September 30, 2018
I just purchased and used this pack for the SHR, 1st section. I was overly concerned at first having read too many comments here and on other sites about issues that mean nothing to the hiking experience. This pack is advertised as day pack but Through Hikers are enjoying the 2 pound drop over the Atmos and other sturdier packs. Bottom line, light while performing to intended and acceptable standards is better! Period. I appreciated that Osprey reinforced the very accessible water bottle pockets to prevent shoving the bottle through the expandable material with repeated use. This is a 100% real improvement and greatly appreciated given the number of times I extract and return my bottles in a day. Belt pockets? Maybe use once a trip, don't care about belt pockets, rookies. Loops on the bottom? Just allows you to carry too much weight in an unprotected area. (Once cut through 2 protective layers and a tent floor by carrying my tent external and low through the brush.) Bottom line, keep the improvements to high valued components Osprey.
The length ran alittle short on me and I converted from a Atmos 5 liter in a medium length. The Atmos has a length adjustment, the Exos does not. All the complaints about loops and pockets, again, who cares when you are looking to drop 2 pounds off base weight. All in all, this is an excellent pack, doesn't look it but it is sturdy. This week long trip had little impact to the pack. My brother took one 700 miles up the PCT and it came back in reasonable shape.
Talk to people who finish trips, ask what they used and what they dropped along the way and why. Osprey is high on the list of backpacks that make it to the end. Nothing lasts forever, we'll see how many miles this pack lasts. Shoes barely last 200 miles these days. Basically everything is a consumable and I'll take 700 miles as a good measure of durability these days.