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Osprey Exos 38 Review

Formed in California back in 1974, Osprey is one of the top names when it comes to outdoor equipment. For 2018 they have released a range of new backpacks for all needs. We got an Exos 38 to try out.

Osprey Exos 38: Look & Feel

The Osprey Exos 38 comes in two different colours. I had the black one with an orange trim which looks very smart. The alternative is tunnel green with a lime green trim. Style might not be everything when it comes to a hiking pack but there’s no harm in making it look good if you can and Osprey certainly succeeds here.

Osprey Exos 38: Comfort & Fit

The Osprey Exos 38 offers comfort that is second to none. The ample padding on the straps mean it can carry a ton of weight before you start to feel it. The back has a comfortable mesh back that fits nicely against your back. The curved frame is perfect for keeping the back nice and dry even on the longest hikes.

Osprey Exos 38: Weight

While the Exos 38 is reasonably light isn’t the lightest 38L backpack out there but that comes with advantages. The use of less expensive materials keeps the price down for a little extra weight. The materials are more durable that you would expect from heavier materials too. If you want to go super hardcore on weight saving and don’t mind replacing your pack more often you can shop elsewhere. But for me I’d rather have accept the extra weight for the durability that comes along with it. If you want to cut more weight the lid can be remove along with a lot of the straps.

Osprey Exos 38: Capacity & Volume

The Exos 38 is the smallest in the range with 48L and 58L options available if you need more. The 38L capacity is plenty to fit in all the gear you might need for a weekend hiking trip. There’s also a space for carrying your trekking pole and has removable straps for your sleeping bag.

Outside the pack there is useful water bottle storage on either side with dual openings. The front pocket on the Exos 38 is absolutely massive for holding even more things. There are also a couple of small pockets on the straps.

  • Look & Feel
  • Comfort & Fit
  • Weight
  • Capacity
  • Value For Money

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