Focused on ounce-shaving construction but delivering far greater carrying capability than most packs in its weight class, the innovative Osprey Exos 48 offers streamlined performance for fast-and-light thru-hikes and weekend trips. Despite weighing less than 2.5 pounds even in its largest size, the pack comfortably hauls up to 40 pounds!
An ultra-lightweight 6065 aluminum frame combines with a 3D tensioned breathable mesh backpanel to equip the Exos 48 with support and ventilation. Seamless layered mesh on the Exoform shoulder harness and hipbelt provides comfortable padding at minimal weight. Further enhancing fit, the hipbelt utilizes an ErgoPull closure that draws tension along the top and the bottom of the belt. A height-adjustable slide sternum strap and load-lifter straps allow you to make on-the-go fine-tuning.
Accommodating users of different dimensions, the Exos 48 is available in three sizes: Small fits torsos ranging from 16"-19" in length, Medium fits torsos ranging from 18"-21" and the Large size fits torsos that are between 20" and 23" in length. The storage capacity varies based on size, as well: Small is 2746 cubic inches, Medium is 2929 cubic inches and the Large provides 3112 cubic inches of storage.
The top-loading packbag is accessed through a removable, floating lid with top and under-lid zippered pockets. Stretch mesh pockets on the front and sides of the Exos 48 offer additional organizational options and keep gear and extra layers close at hand. A small dedicated stretch pocket on the Exos 48's shoulder strap is perfect for snacks, energy gels or electronics. Larger zippered pockets on the hipbelt offer quick and easy access to other gear and trail essentials. Removable 7mm side compression straps aid in load transfer and allow you to cinch contents safely in place, but you can leave them at home if they’re not needed on a particular trip. Other features found on the Exos 48 include an ice tool attachment loop, cord tie-off points and integrated, removable straps for lashing a sleeping pad. The integrated FlapJacket protects the main packbag from the elements when you’re using the Exos 48 without the lid and offers top-down compression for stability. The Exos 48 is also compatible with hydration systems (not included).
The Osprey Exos 48 is available in your choice of size and color.
- Superlight Airspeed suspension
- 3D tensioned mesh backpanel with side ventilation
- EXOFORM harness with 15mm adjustable slide sternum strap and stretch mesh energy gel pocket
- EXOFORM Hipbelt with ErgoPull closure and seamless layered mesh for improved comfort and cushioning
- Removable floating lid with top & under-lid zippered pockets
- Superlight YKK buckles
- Removable superlight, 7mm side compression straps
- Mesh side pockets with InsideOut compression
- Zippered hipbelt pockets
- Cross functional and removable sleeping pad straps
- Integrated FlapJacket for weather-protected lidless use
- Cord tie-off points
- Front stretch mesh pocket
- Ice tool attachment loop
Best Use Hiking Access Top Loading Warranty Lifetime Volume Small: 2746 cu in
Medium: 2929 cu in
Large: 3112 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Position Maximum Weight 40 lbs Material 100D High Tenacity Nylon and 100D High Tenacity Ripstop Nylon Item Weight Small: 2 lbs 6 oz
Medium: 2 lbs 8 oz
Large 2 lbs 10 oz
Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Aluminum Fits Torso Small: 16"-19"
Dimensions Small: 26" x 14" x 12"
Medium: 28" x 14" x 12"
Large: 30" x 14" x 12"
Detachable Daypack n/a
Real Customer Reviews
- This pack is great for everything from an overnighter, to long distance hiking. Do yourself a favor and buy it.
- Great looking product. Wife hasn't had a chance to use it yet, but she loves the look and weight of it.
Likes: Light weight. Design of it to keep the pack off of her back.
- Comfy and light
Likes: Like the lightweight, minimalistic design, and the mesh webbing that keeps the back off your back allowing air to circulate between your back and the pack.
Dislikes: It seems a little small for a 48L pack, but I haven't stretched it to it's limits. I should have bought the next size up possibly. Time will tell.
- Awesome pack for those that pack light
Likes: This pack is great for ultra-lighters and those that aren't pack rats. If you like to carry a ton of stuff, this probably isn't the pack for you, maybe look at the 58 liter version or something else. I am really working on going light/ultra-light so this pack should suit me well. I just did my first hike carrying 25 pounds and I thought it did great, I felt no pain or discomfort. I did a lot of research before buying this bag and one thing I found people fail to mention is that you can adjust the height of the sternum strap. I love the back panel, you get plenty of ventilation on your back. I can also fit two 1-liter Smart water bottles in each side water bottle pocket if I need to. That is good to know for those that do hot weather hikes. I am 6ft tall and about 180 pounds, my torso length is 20.5 inches and the medium size fits me great.
Dislikes: I wish the hip belt pockets were bigger, I can't fit my Galaxy phone in there and I also wish they sat closer to the front so they were easier to access. I have read that most Osprey packs are designed this way. Since you can take off the brain on this pack, you have an additional flap cover. I wish they put a zipper on this additional flap so you can remove it when you are using the brain. These are really the only dislikes I have on the pack so far but I have also only used it on one hike.
- Lightweight pack
Likes: Lightweight pack. Removable straps. I was able to store all my gear and a bear canister into this pack for a 3 night trip in the Adirondacks. The trip required me to cross over summits to get to camps, and the light pack weight helped make this possible. The airspeed suspension is great and helps maintain airflow so your back isn't a hot sweaty mess. Your back will still be sweaty, just not as bad as other packs, and a nice breeze will help to cool your back. The shoulder straps are great as well.
Dislikes: The flap under the top lid (if you remove the top lid) is useful when you remove the lid. However, if you use the lid then the flapping piece of fabric is annoying.
I was also not a fan of the bottom sleeping pad straps. The way the loops are arraigned are strange to use, and the strap itself is very thin. I've had to strap my sleeping bag to the outside of the pack and it kept slipping out.
- Great Minimalist Bag
Likes: I loved the weight and overall feel of the bag. Osprey has a solid lightweight bag that still keeps some great features. Great option for thru-hiking! Holds more than I expected!
Dislikes: I discovered that I liked having some more storage options available like the sleeping bag compartment, and a more substantial hip belt. Also, this guy doesn't have a sliding adjustable frame like other models. It's a great bag, but be aware of what you're buying.
- Great pack!
Likes: Love the suspended mesh panel, really helps keep your back from getting drenched in sweat. Shoulder straps are comfortable. Very adjustable. Highly recommend.
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