EDIT: OR - Osprey Ceres 50 Backpack - Michael Slater
- Michael -
Thanks for a solid first owner review. I wouldn't mind seeing more
usage and a bit more detail added to the report, but you've met our
I have a few edits, marked below with "***EDIT", as well as some
questions for you to consider. Go ahead and update your review, then
repost it here with the word "REPOST" in the subject line. I should be
able to approve it quickly with the changes noted below addressed.
***EDIT: Please add metric equivalents for these two measurements
My criteria was:
§ Volume sufficient for a short, but gear-intensive trips
***EDIT: "for short"
I initially selected a Gregory Z Pack because it was the right
volume and weight, but I returned it after just a few trips when the
bottom seams and fabric began to tear quickly in an alpine
environment (Thank you, REI).
***EDITS: "thank you"; also, generally we don't like to mention
competitive products in a review - this would best be changed to
"another manufacturer's lightweight pack" instead of naming the
After loading up a size medium with a bunch of heavy gear
and marching around the cramped isles for a few minutes, I took a
deep breath and paid the $169.00.
***EDIT: this doesn't match the price stated above; if you got it for
less than MSRP, no need to give the actual price you paid here
The Ceres 50 is an internal frame packs with a 3,000 cubic inch
volume that weighs in at 4 pounds.
Its bright orange color will no doubt make it easy to find later if I
need to drop it before that
final summit bid.
***EDIT QUESTION: have you tested this?
It looks like money well spent. The fabric appears quite durable.
There is a wealth of attachment points.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: this read a bit odd in the present tense; consider
past tense, or say what you think now, after owning it for quite some
And the pack is much lighter than it looks like it should weight.
The hip belt has a very nice tightening mechanism.
***EDIT QUESTION: could you describe this mechanism?
The weather has ranged from sunny and clear to rain and snow. I've also
glissaded and rappelled wearing the pack.
***EDIT QUESTION: how much gear (weight and/or volume) did you
carry—can you be more specific?
§ The pack lives halfway up to its reputation for stability.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: it would be helpful here if you'd note that you
explain what you mean by this below (I found this a bit jarring until I
saw the information about eliminating space in the suspension by your
§ The pack gives good clearance to my head and my arms. I can
lean forward and still look up, even with a helmet on and there's
no interference my arms when I reach up for a hold.
***EDIT: add comma after "helmet on"
§ While the pack does a good job of stabilizing it's contents,
I haven't yet customized the fit to eliminate completely the
space between the pack and my lower back.
***EDIT: "its" contents
The pack is streamline, but still offers enough organization to ensure
mountaineering gear (pickets, wands, probes, shovels and multiple
changes of gloves) is accessible.
Buyers should be aware that a multitude of straps, while useful for
stabilizing the load, could
get annoying and time-consuming.
***EDIT: this is "projecting" what others might find...instead, word it
either personally (e.g. "I found the multitude of straps annoying...")
or simply state that buyers should be aware that there are lots of
straps to adjust
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