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jettjames
03-02-2007, 12:08
any one have any experience with this pack or with the support system here. this is on uniqu pack with the mesh panel stretched over an aluminum frame. it is 4000 cui. about the right size. my 3500cui kelty is jsut a bit small for my packing list.

pt

ps- i checked the archives and saw lotsa talk on lotsa packs, but none on this paticular suspensions system.

doggiebag
03-02-2007, 15:02
I just picked mine up at REI in College Park, MD last night. It's no military type alice pack (I wouldn't throw it around ...) but the fit is awsome. I'm still field testing ... REI has a 20% discount thing going on right now so I was able to take it home for around $193 including taxes. I would have liked a higher volume ruck but that may just tempt me to carry more stuff than needed. I'll update U if I find some glaring gigs with the ruck. One more thing - so far I did 10 miles with around 25 lbs for starters and I barely felt it ... I did spend at least 3 hours at the store trying everything within my torso/waist size ... my opinion is go in get fitted and take it home for field testing. REI has the best return policy I've seen - just in case something does not feel right. They even will accept returns based on esthetics (color not right etc.)

rafe
03-03-2007, 00:07
any one have any experience with this pack or with the support system here. this is on uniqu pack with the mesh panel stretched over an aluminum frame. it is 4000 cui. about the right size. my 3500cui kelty is jsut a bit small for my packing list.

I liked the way it felt on my back. The rest of it, not so much.

The mesh-frame construction is very comfortable, but I'd worry a bit about the durability.

eventidecu
03-03-2007, 00:16
Hey doggiebag please keep us informed. I'm interested in that pack very much. Let us know how it doe's.

T2 the Atmos 50 has a mesh back too and it's been out for awhile. I would guess if there were any issues with durability it would have come out by now but yea, it is kind of small for doing a long type hike with some load. The 65 may expose some issues being big enough to put a load in it. Let us know doggiebag how it works.

doggiebag
03-03-2007, 06:28
Hey doggiebag please keep us informed. I'm interested in that pack very much. Let us know how it doe's.

T2 the Atmos 50 has a mesh back too and it's been out for awhile. I would guess if there were any issues with durability it would have come out by now but yea, it is kind of small for doing a long type hike with some load. The 65 may expose some issues being big enough to put a load in it. Let us know doggiebag how it works.

I was really hoping for a larger ruck ... but my torso restricts me to a small/med frame ruck which really restricted the volume capacity of the rucks available to me. If I can stuff the IMHO minimalist gear that I'm planning on humping plus 7+ days of chow then I'll give this very light but fragile looking ruck a go. That mesh back support does look fragile. Maybe I'm sick but I just feel like throwing the damn thing around and being rough with it to see what it could take. I'll start full load testing this weekend.

eventidecu
03-03-2007, 14:51
I've got an Osprey Aether 75, which comes in a 60 or 70 now, and it's great, a little too much volume most of the time but great pack. I want something for an option a little smaller though on overnighters or weekend trips in summer.

ShakeyLeggs
03-03-2007, 15:12
I own the Cresent 70 and love this pack. I replaced a Dana Alpine LTW with it and I really liked that Dana I put many miles on it and it held up well. But now that I own an Osprey I will never buy another brand.

oruoja
03-04-2007, 11:54
I am finally coming around to getting lighter weight gear and did pick up the Atmos 65 last month. Sure, it is not bombproof like my Dana T'plane, but I think it will do just fine for summer and early fall hikes. My only concern right now is if the top zipper on the backpanel (not the mesh) will holdup. I am assuming that the fabric will stretch a bit, but right now it is in my opinion way too tight for the zipper not to separate. Otherwise, I think the pack is pretty decent.

wilderness bob
03-04-2007, 12:34
I bought the 65 up a few months ago and am taking it on the PCT this year. I used to Atmos 50 on the AT in 05. I went with the 65 for more volume. The 65 has been holding up well and rides great (about 50 miles during my train up so far). All to be determined on how it handles after the many mile of hiking in the near future. The Atmos 50 held up O. K. but, over stuffing it with light weight gear caused the frame to separate. The mesh on the 50 did wear thin in places (above the belt). The belt pockets on the 65 are bigger (which is good for me). The 50's right pocket frayed after it was snagged by a bridge handrail somewhere on the trail. No problems with any of the zippers as of yet. I did cut out the separator inside of the 65, I found it restricted the way I pack (laying open it was dead weight). It is good IMO to have a pack just a bit larger then your lightest load so you can expand with items like fleece and such. You just have to remember not to overload it with "great ideas while at home". The 65 handles a bit more weight then the 50 as well (42 lbs vs 35 pounds I believe). For me this will come handy with the Bear Vault I plan to carry where required (the BV 400 fits sideways at the top). For an AT hiker as well as a PCT hiker this will comes in hand when both need to carry extra water. For the AT it was when the summer heat hit us as well as the Mid-Atlantic region (surface water was in horrible shape).

Remember this is my opinion and as always subject to interpretation. No sharp shooting please.

I hope this helps. WB

Evensidetu, I have the Ether 75 as well, a great pack for carrying a load. Mine will be ready if needed and mailed if necessary.

eventidecu
03-04-2007, 12:59
Wilderness Bob are you keeping an online journal and do you have one for your 05? Also I havent seen the 65 yet doe's it have a regular belt and straps? I hated the belt/straps on the Atmos 50, it scared me because it looks like it would rub to me with no padding. The mesh pocket on the belt is a great idea though.

Ewker
03-04-2007, 14:17
what kind of warranty does Osprey have on its packs? Of course if you get it from REI you can always take it back if it fails.
keep up the post as i am deciding on whether to buy this pack or something else

wilderness bob
03-04-2007, 18:18
Ewker, The warranty for the Osprey while on the trail was simple. I called the manufacturer, told them I was a thru-hiker and they asked me where I would be 100 miles up the trail (they sent me a new one, I sent back the old one). This was to replace the first Atmos because of the fraying of the back webbing. I noticed the frame issue on top of Mount Katahdin on the second pack (the day I finished my thru). I called them when I got home and they sent me a second one. No problems.

Boston, For me the strapping has always supported the load. In fact it is one of the best I have ever carried (and I have carried many different types and styles). Make sure you are measured properly for the right fit. A recommendation, put the pack on and bend over and connect the waste belt. Stand erect and let it settle on to your hips, adjust the shoulder straps, then the chest strap. This pack got to the point where it felt comfortable. You never get use to carrying a pack, you just get use to it so, comfort is important.

Eventidecu, Yes I have posted a trail journal under trailjournalscom (search Wilderness Bob. I also started a PCT one as well.

Good luck to all, WB

jettjames
03-05-2007, 01:47
thanks everyone for this great info. I've narrowed my choices down to 3

the atmos 65
the aether 70
the ULA catalyst

i'm leaning towards one of the Osprey's. my guess is it will end up being a coin flip. they both feel comfortable.

i'm SURE this agonizing is a part of all my pre-trail experience. I hope to leave next week before friday.

pt

Ewker
03-05-2007, 10:53
have you looked at the new Go-Lite packs. I got my Spring Summer catalog from them Saturady. They have some nice looking and heavier load packs now. This throws a wrench in my plans now. I want to see their packs before I buy

UK-Blue
03-05-2007, 11:11
IMO, the 65 is one of the best packs out there. I have put over 200 miles on mine since November with no signs of breakdown. I overloaded (about 40 lbs) on the first trip because of weather and I would have liked a little more padding for my shoulders, but with a load of around 30+/- lbs. the pack has performed flawlessly. The space between the webbing and pack is more than enough for a full bladder and the mesh pockets on the hipbelt are a great addition. I have been praising this pack for months......

UK-Blue
03-05-2007, 11:16
I have the atmos 50, and i like it. I haven't taken it on any wextended trips or really tested it yet.

I do think that 65l of volume is too much weight and stuff for the thin suspension frame thingy.



Boston.....You haven't tested it yet or hiked with the 50???? Then how can you even have an opinion about another pack that you don't have? Are you really qualified to give advice on the "thin suspension frame thingy?"

jettjames
03-06-2007, 01:00
ok i bit the bullet and just went and tried on 3 packs at REI. The Aether 70, the Atmos 65 and the REI brand Ridgeline ( they're new one this year) all were loaded with 30lbs and all felt good, but the Aether felt the best. Ridgleline 2d best.

I picked the Aether 70. now to load it up!

pt

troglobil
03-06-2007, 10:41
I'll second the ridgeline. I liked its fit better than the Atmos, although there is a slight weight cost. I took it out for an overnighter and realy liked the way it carried. I just wished it did not have the bottom zipper, I prefer a plain top loader. But it will definately be my goto pack over my Aether 70.

Ewker
03-06-2007, 10:43
ok i bit the bullet and just went and tried on 3 packs at REI. The Aether 70, the Atmos 65 and the REI brand Ridgeline ( they're new one this year) all were loaded with 30lbs and all felt good, but the Aether felt the best. Ridgleline 2d best.

I picked the Aether 70. now to load it up!

pt

hmmmm, only 30 lbs??? That is a negative then. I am looking more for a pack with at least 35-40 lbs carrying capacity.

JJB
03-06-2007, 10:52
I own a Atmos 50 and have 35+ days with it on the trail. It is the best!!! Although I also think that the supention would be questionable with the 65 though. The 50 tops out at about 30 lbs and with the added 15 liters of the 65 I think that that you would realy be pushing it. Now if they beefed it up some it could be a wicked pack at the 65 l. size. Peace. J.J.B.

jettjames
03-06-2007, 11:33
hmmmm, only 30 lbs??? That is a negative then. I am looking more for a pack with at least 35-40 lbs carrying capacity.


it was all the weight they had. i think both the aether and the ridgleine could go to 40 very easily.

pt

Ewker
03-06-2007, 12:24
thanks for the info. I think I am going to check out the new Go-Lite packs.

jettjames
03-06-2007, 12:37
i looked at the go-lite packs online and to be honest, IN MY OPINION, i thought they looked fragile and maybe too lite. but then I am not a gram weenie. The only other pack I liked was the ULA catalyst. but could not find one to look at in person.
but packs are such a personal thing. I think it is best to just pick one and go then figure out later if it was the 'best' choice or not. otherwise I would have been stressing and agonizing right up to the day i leave.

pt

Ewker
03-06-2007, 13:04
have you looked at the new ones just now coming out..loads rated at 35, 45 and 50 lbs for their new packs. I just saw them the other day in the catalog. To bad no one locally sells them. I would like to see them in person.

jettjames
03-06-2007, 13:15
I just saw what was on the web site. It is hard to pick a pack with out seeing one in person. that helped my choice too. Good luck with your pack.

pt

Ewker
03-14-2007, 11:47
I went to REI last Sat and of course they were out of this pack in my size. I ordered one and it should be here by the 21st. Just in time for my trip to the Smokies. At least I get to try it out before my hike on the AT in April

Big Dawg
03-14-2007, 15:00
I own a Atmos 50 and have 35+ days with it on the trail. It is the best!!! Although I also think that the supention would be questionable with the 65 though. The 50 tops out at about 30 lbs and with the added 15 liters of the 65 I think that that you would realy be pushing it. Now if they beefed it up some it could be a wicked pack at the 65 l. size. Peace. J.J.B.

Per Osprey, they did beef up the suspension & harness for the 65. It's comfy. I've had it up to 43 lbs w/ no ill effect after many miles.

doggiebag
03-14-2007, 17:43
Per Osprey, they did beef up the suspension & harness for the 65. It's comfy. I've had it up to 43 lbs w/ no ill effect after many miles.

Whew that's a relief. I've settled on this pack because of it's perfect fit. The additional info on improved suspension and harness makes me feel pretty good.

Ewker
03-28-2007, 10:26
I used my Osprey Atmos 65 for the first time last weekend. The hardest thing was packing it due to the curved frame. I had been so use to where everthing went with in my old pack that I had to pack and repack to get items where they needed to be in this one.
I wasn't carrying a lot of gear for an overnight trip but the pack felt great on my back. Not so sure the mesh part help keep me cool since I sweat like crazy anyway. The biggest test comes in a little over a week when I am out for 6 days

Dingus Khan
04-03-2007, 10:52
Ewker

I echo your sentiment about packing it. I have been using a 50L old, beat up Lafuma pack for years and wanted to upgrade to something a bit bigger for those "cram the bulk in during middle of winter" hikes. I tried the Atmos 65 and the new REI in RI (whoo hoo!) and was NOT ABLE TO FIT MY GEAR INTO IT. Same issue, the curved frame seems to make packing it very difficult, and while it was the comfiest pack i tried, I was dissapointed with the volume which, being a lot bigger than my 50L, was very deceiving.
(FYI- my total pack weight for extended winter hikes - no water or food- is about 22lbs. Not the best, but fits me well. My gear fits into my 50L pack minus some of my bulky item which i am normally wearing; hence the problem i was facing. I wanted something that could fit my entire skin-out gear so I could "absorb" some things during my hikes and afford some lightweight luxury items.)

Anyhoo, after about 45 minutes of getting my gear in and out of the pack, I ended up going with a Aether 70 leaving me with extra space galore. Maybe more pack then I need for a quick overnighter, but I still have my other pack as well. The Aether is great, does not use the same webbing back as the atmost either, but I was a bit concerned with the durability after reading someone's previous post in this thread. I am also trying to get my wife into hammocking/hiking/camping so the extra space will most likely be a blessing.
Just for giggles i LOADED up my bag with every piece of clothing, gear and extra items i could find, stuffed it in there at 38lbs, fit nice, wore nice and after about 2 hours it was still comfy like a 209 lb pack.

Just my II sense.

Dingus Khan
04-03-2007, 10:54
ps, I forgot to mention that packing the Aether was a simple as loading a garbage back: top loader, dump in stratigically, tie up and go

Ewker
04-03-2007, 12:19
After my trip I will post how it worked out. I figure by unpacking and packing everyday for a week I should know whether I like it or not.

eventidecu
04-03-2007, 14:07
You can't ago wrong with the Aether 70. I've got the 75 from a couple of years ago and love it tho it's alittle too big most of the time. I've started putting my tent, sleeping pad and everything else inside which makes it nice not to have anything hanging off. ( All fits quite nicely)
Ewker keep us posted and good luck.

Ewker
04-18-2007, 10:19
I used this pack on my week long section hike. I had decided not to resupply but to carry a full 7 days worth of food with me. Reason being is that I have a trip in Aug where there is no resupply point.

It took about a day or so to figure out how to load the pack properly. Everything I had was in dry bags including my food. I broke down my food into breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I felt this worked out better because of the curved frame.
I started out at approx 38-40 lbs. The pack carried well and did not cause any major problems. I did have to retighten the hip belt a couple of times as the pack would slide down some. I never had any shoulder problems except for one day when I was in a hurry and packed it wrong. To much weight up high.

This pack has the mesh back so your back is suppose to stay cooler. You can put you platypus in that opening if you like. I didn't because I sweat a lot and didn't want to get the water warm from my body heat.

I did store a few items in there just to see how it would work.
I didn't throw the items in loose but I used a plastic grocery/Wal Mart bag and tied it to the loops. You will have to adjust the length so the bag doesn't hang down to the lower part of your back. Once I got that figured out it worked like a charm. You might as well take advantage of this opening.

Overall I am pleased with the pack and the way it carries the weight. I still need to tweak how it is packed. It will be going with me on my trip in Aug

attroll
04-19-2007, 02:11
I bought the 65 up a few months ago and am taking it on the PCT this year. I used to Atmos 50 on the AT in 05. I went with the 65 for more volume. The 65 has been holding up well and rides great (about 50 miles during my train up so far). All to be determined on how it handles after the many mile of hiking in the near future. The Atmos 50 held up O. K. but, over stuffing it with light weight gear caused the frame to separate. The mesh on the 50 did wear thin in places (above the belt). The belt pockets on the 65 are bigger (which is good for me). The 50's right pocket frayed after it was snagged by a bridge handrail somewhere on the trail. No problems with any of the zippers as of yet. I did cut out the separator inside of the 65, I found it restricted the way I pack (laying open it was dead weight). It is good IMO to have a pack just a bit larger then your lightest load so you can expand with items like fleece and such. You just have to remember not to overload it with "great ideas while at home". The 65 handles a bit more weight then the 50 as well (42 lbs vs 35 pounds I believe). For me this will come handy with the Bear Vault I plan to carry where required (the BV 400 fits sideways at the top). For an AT hiker as well as a PCT hiker this will comes in hand when both need to carry extra water. For the AT it was when the summer heat hit us as well as the Mid-Atlantic region (surface water was in horrible shape).

Remember this is my opinion and as always subject to interpretation. No sharp shooting please.

I hope this helps. WB

Evensidetu, I have the Ether 75 as well, a great pack for carrying a load. Mine will be ready if needed and mailed if necessary.

wilderness bob, thank you for your insite and report. I was going to go with the 50 but after reading your report I think I will go with the 65. It is only 10 oz more and you don't have to worry about trying to cram extra stuff in a smaller pack when you may need to carry extra gear at the begining of your hike for colder weather.