EDIT: Owner Review - Osprey Exposure 50 Backpack - Justin Prince
- Hi Justin,
Good start on this one. Packs are actually some of the hardest
pieces of gear to write a good review on--just take a look at some
of the ones on BGT.
I've made some comments and observations as well as some technical
edits below. Don't be put off by the number as they're fairly
typical of a new OR for a complex piece of gear. Take another cut
through adding and correcting as I've suggested and repost it here
with REPOST in the subject line. I'll pick it up and take another
Thanks again for the good work.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "justin" <geartest@...>
>### EDIT: A couple of other pieces of info would be useful here --
> PRODUCT INFORMATION:
like what torso size "Medium" relates to (assuming that's the one
you've got), what type of pack (internal frame, external frame,
frameless), when it was acquired (2006?) and volume (e.g. 3500 cu
> Hydration and Excessory compatible### EDIT: Is this a quote? I suspect the real word is "Accessory".
> StraightJacket compression### EDIT: "Hypalon" is a registered trademark of DuPont and should
> Front hypalon crampon and ice tool buffer with bungee
> PRODUCT DETAILS:### EDIT: If you cover it up above where I mentioned it before, you
> The pack reviewed was a size Medium.
can skip this, but what's the torso size for this?
> Capacity is listed at 3000 cu. in / 50 L.### EDIT: Were you able to verify this at all? Also, we don't put a
period after the unit abbreviation (e.g. cu in not cu. in and L not
> 198' / 60 m rope inside the pack loosely coiled. This strap ispocket)
> helpful to keep loose items from jostling if strapped over the top
### EDIT: Any idea what cacpacity the collar adds to the pack?
> -Pixie-P easy release buckle and strap can be adjusted up or down### EDIT: Is it "Straight Jacket" or "StraightJacket"? You use both
> daisy chain
> -Straight Jacket compression holds tools, pickets, snowboard, etc.
in this review. You need to verify how Osprey refers to it and use
> -Side ski straps (Haven't used these yet)oz. /
> -Side picket, wand, etc pocket (Not quite large enough for a 32
### EDIT: "Side pocket" and "32 oz" Adding measurements for this
pocket would be helpful (length x width x depth if it has any and
material it's made of if it's different than the rest of the pack).
> 1 L water bottle if the bottom of the pack is full)consideration
> -Hypalon reinforced crampon patch with bungee cord (One
> for my purchase of this pack was being able to store crampons onthe
> outside without tearing things up)### EDIT: That being the case, are you able to do so?
> -Leashless tool holster / shovel wing (Seems to work just finewith my
### EDIT: A little explanation as to what a "shovel wing" is would
be helpful. It's not a common term.
> This pack has been taken on around 8 dayhikes/scrambles so far,and 2
> overnights. Trips have been in mountainous terrain to 6500', withsome
### EDIT: This is a little light on usage - over how long a period
have you used it? (Durability issues don't usually turn up in month
2 but often will in month 4 or more of usage.) Also, you need a
metric conversion for the 6500' measurement.
> / 27 C. No serious temperature or precipitation extremes as yet.The
> pack has not had any problems with water entering so far, and I donot
### EDIT: Have you had it out in the rain? Waht type -
thundershowers, sprinkles, monsoons? That's more useful information
to allow the "not had any problems with water" statement to be
evaluated. I wouldn't expect you'd have any problems in Death Valley
but would be very impressed if you had hiked with it for a day in a
drenching rain without any leakage.
>### EDIT: A little explanation about what kind of rope management
> FIELD COMMENTS:
> This pack was purchased to accomodate my technical climbing
> endeavors. I wanted a pack that would cover 3 seasons of
> climbing/scrambling, allow for some rope management while trekking
you were expecting & the pack delivered would be useful (vs just
stuffing it into the top of the pack or something that's just
capacity vs. "management").
> Some features that swayed my purchase were the size of theremovable
> top pocket, the 3 haul loops, the crampon patch, hydration bladder### EDIT: Where are the haul loops? Traditionally there's one on the
top back, where are the other 2? What value do they bring to using
> etc.. The pack wouldn't be my first choice for an extended trail-only
> hike, but I will definitely use it for any alpine wanders.### EDIT: Why not?
> holsters work fine with my ice axe, and I'm sure I'll appreciatethe
> Hypalon patch in winter when carrying crampons. Apparently this### EDIT: How do you know this?
> coating makes puncturing material very difficult.
> The packs' capacity does get used up pretty quickly when filledwith
### EDIT: "pack's capacity" is the singular possessive form - you're
talking about your pack not a bunch of packs.
> stuffed inside. The top pocket adjusts through a very wide range,keep
> allowing you to put quite a bit of bulk inside the main pack and
### EDIT: Doesn't allow me to do anything, I don't have one.
Rephrase without the "you" (avoid the use of
you/yours/your/you're/you'll to help prevent projection creeping in
> it protected. There is a dual set of spindrift collars, which canhelp
### EDIT: Explain "dual set" - how does it have 2 collars?
> The light interior of the pack is a nice feature as well, makingit a
> bit easier to find things. The aluminum alloy frame tubing makes### EDIT: What color is the interior?
> much of an issue. I'll be keeping an eye on how this wears on mylow
> back, and adjusting it if it becomes necessary.### EDIT: Some discussion on how you adjust this would be useful.
How do you adjust any of the pack features (hip belt, shoulder
straps, load lifters, etc.)? How adjustable is it to match different
torso lengths? There are the kind of additional details that help
round out a review.
> The hip belt is Osprey's Exposure CM custom moldable hipbelt. Iit's
> haven't felt the need to have this molded to my hips just yet, as
> a very comfortable system off the shelf. I really like the 2 gear### EDIT: As I understand it, these are supposed to be "cooked" in
some way. Can you expand a bit on that?
> I'm a bit skeptical of this packs' usefulness as a haul bag due toone
> all the suspension straps, etc. on the exterior. But if I can get
> everything I need into it, it would be well worth being the only
### EDIT: The difference between a BGT review and one on a site like
Epinions is that our testers acutally check out things like this
rather than leave it with an "if I can get everything I need into
> I'm quite certain it won't be my last. In my opinion, Osprey hasthe
> most comfortable suspension that works with my body type, and they### EDIT: Any comment on specifics would be good. Any fabric tears,
> make gear that stands up to the abuse I put it through.
zipper catching, jamming, buckles breaking or deforming, pockets
tearing, straps abrading, etc.?
> I would definitely recommend this pack for climbers looking for a### EDIT: Wouldn't carry the gear I need if I need to carry 6000 cu
> solid pack, reasonably weighted, with a great suspension, that will
> carry the gear you need in comfort.
in of it would it? Rephrase the "you need in comfort" to eliminate
> -Huge top floating pocket that's easy to open and rummage throughwith
> the pack on. (Detachable for use as a daypack of sorts.)### EDIT: Does the floating pocket have a hipbelt or something that
makes it usable as a daypack?