Continuing his review of mid-sized packs, Dan Slater checks out Osprey Exos 48
"An great example of a mid-sized pack is the Exos 48 (Women’s version is the Eja 48), which weighs in at 1.17kg for the medium (the small and large sizes are 45 and 51 litres respectively), so how does it keep the weight down? For one thing having three sizes reduces the need for adjustability; the Exos’ fixed back fits a wider range of torso heights better.
Also the harness is very different, utilising a tensioned mesh panel around a lightweight alloy frame. Smaller buckles, thinner webbing, and a lot less foam padding, especially on the hip fins which are almost a skeleton of more robust belts, also contribute, but if the fit is correct and the load at the middle end of the published 7-18kg range, that shouldn’t be a problem. But is it comfortable? I thought so, yes.
A couple of Osprey’s patented features jazz up the show: the Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment system and the FlapJacket. This latter is hit and miss: removal of the lid shaves an extra 140g off the weight but the integrated flap that replaces it ‘flaps’ around when not in use. It could use some sort of clip to hold it rolled up."
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