Focused on ounce-shaving construction, but delivering far greater carrying capability than most packs in its weight class, the innovative Osprey Exos 58 offers streamlined performance for fast-and-light thru-hikes and weekend trips.
Ultra light, but fully featured, the Osprey Exos 58 is a great option for those super light backpackers or through hikers who need lightweight, but really want a fully featured pack. Weighing between two pounds eight ounces and two pounds 12 ounces—depending on the size—this is a great option for those ounce counters. Let’s take a look at all of its features.
I am going to turn the pack around and take a look at its suspension system. On the Exos we are using Osprey’s Airspeed Suspension System. So it is a super breathable and really lightweight suspension system. You have actually got a tensioned mesh back panel that is suspended off of the actual back portion of the backpack. So you have got nice spacing between the mesh and the actual backpack portion which is going to provide great ventilation, great airflow and breathability.
Around the frame or the peripheral edge, we have got a nice, lightweight, super lightweight aluminum frame. So that is going to provide some stability and support without weighing the pack down too heavily. So you have got really good structure and that tensioned mesh provide a really nice back panel on the Exos. We have got Osprey’s Exoform shoulder straps and hip belt. So they are a really nice, lightweight, flexible foam that is going to contour to the body, hug the body nicely without providing any hot spots or kind of abrasion points. So it is a really nice system here, very breathable. You have got broad mesh here that is going to provide really good breathability, moisture wicking and just overall comfort. You have got a nice Ergopull hip belt down on the hip belt with a few features down there and, you know, load lifter straps as a general backpack would have. So you have got a really nice back panel in play on the Osprey Exos 58.
I am going to turn the pack back around and talk about the access point or points with this pack. So this is a top loading pack. You have got one traditional point of access which is the top. So you have got a floating lid here and it has got a nice pocket in there as well. But this lid can actually be removed and there is a nice, flat jacket closure. So if you want to shave even more weight, you can do so by removing the hood and using the integrated flap jacket. But toss the hood back there we have got one large opening. It is a nice spindrift collar. So it has got really wide opening, really ample space there to access your gear. Now because this is a lightweight and a, you know, relatively super light pack, we don’t have many more access points. So there is no sleeping bag compartment on the bottom of this pack. There are no traditional front pockets on the pack, no zippered pockets, so really minimizing the zippers to minimize that weight and keep everything nice, streamlined and simple. So as far as access goes you have got one, large top portion to access all the contents of the backpack.
We do have some other pockets in play. As I mentioned, there is a hood and the hood has a top back pocket. So on the backside of the hood there is a nice little pocket there. You can throw some items there. I have got a first aid kit, a light layer. So little items there. You can stow maps there as well. And on the bottom of the hood we have got a nice mesh pocket as well. So you can stick some more items that you may want to keep closer at hand.
Now, again, that hood is removable and if you choose to remove that hood, you have got a really nice flat jacket closure here, so that provides a little bit of extra protection if you choose not to use the hood of the pack. So you have got a nice extra benefit there.
We do have an internal pocket that is a hydration compatible pocket. And there are ports on the side here to route that hydration hose. So you have got a nice system in play where you can route a hydration system through the Exos backpack.
We also have one stretchy mesh front pocket, so it is a nice really large stretchy mesh pocket. I have just got a rain jacket in there right now, but you could stow any items, wet clothes, gear, things that you want to keep on the outside of the pack that you might want to have even faster access to.
On the sides we have got two stretchy water bottle pockets or gear pockets, so I have just got a water bottle in this pocket here, a nice stretchy pocket. You have actually got two ways to access it. So you can put the bottle in at the top, kind of traditionally, or you can stuff it in from the side and you have got kind of a, you know, angled water bottle pocket to make it a little bit easier to access that while you are on the go. So nice feature with the pocket there. And, again, on this other side, I have just got some trekking poles and I am using the lash straps or the compression straps that are included with the bag to kind of keep everything nice and simple. So you have got inside out compression on either side. And the nice thing about this pack is that if you don’t plan on using the compression straps, you can remove them completely and shave even more weight, so weight savings is definitely the idea with the Exos.
A few other additional features to talk about with the Exos. We have got a tool loop on the bottom. It is just one tool loop so you can definitely lash an item there. You have got some more compression down along the bottom of the pack here. You have got nice little lash points throughout the pack. You have got a few on the front. You have got some more up on the hood of the backpack. So you can definitely lash gear if you choose to do that. So there is definitely points of attachment all over the pack here. So nice benefits there.
You do have two hip belt pockets. There are two simple, hip belt pockets down on the hip belt. So keep granola bars or some small snacks there, maybe a cell phone if you need it, easy access pockets. And you have got a really kind of stretchy, simple pocket on the shoulder strap. Each shoulder strap has one of these pockets. You could store something simple like a multi tool, a pocket knife, maybe another little snack if you need to or a whistle.
So there you have it. It is the Osprey, Exos 58 Backpack. It is a great option for those super light backpackers or those through hikers who want an ultra light pack that is fully featured.