I’m fond of Osprey backpacks, and even more after I called regarding a little wear and tear on my Atmos 50 pack and they reminded me of a full warranty repair service. It is off getting fixed or replaced for free. In the meanwhile, I picked up an Osprey Atmos 65, which has the same basic build as the 50 but is 15 liters larger. The trips of I’ve done in Alaska’s Arctic usually pack that 50 liter bag to the hilt, so a little more volume will be nice. I loaded it with 45 pounds and did a 7 mile trek to test out how it felt and how the straps fit. The Atmos 65 differs only a little bit from the my older Atmos 50.
- There is a zipper access at the bottom of the 65, which by the way, fits my bear vault (bear proof food container) perfectly. Bear proof food containers are required in some of Alaska’s National Parks, and they are big and heavy, and can be a pain. This fits pretty nicely and is easily accessible from the bottom without needing to dump your pack contents.
- The waist band and shoulder straps are a little thicker.
- The shoulder straps are adjustable through a velcro sleeve.
- The little pouches on the waist strap have been redesigned, and I don’t like them as much as the older style, but they are ok.
The 65 has the same rigid frame airspeed design, which gives the back tremendous breathability–one of the things I really like about the Atmos design. Backpack selection is as individual as people are, and my few comments here are not a full review, however I do like the pack and would recommend the Osprey brand. If you are in the market for a backpack, it is worth checking out.