76873RE: LTR Osprey Viva 65-Frances Penn
- Sep 27, 2013
Hi Frances. My apologies for not editing in line, can't get my desktop to reply so doing this on the iPad. Just one edit and one comment. It was a pleasure working with you on this series.
Edit: need metric conversion for 15 miles
Comment: where you say, I like how this pack rides whether full to capacity or not. I would have said whether filed t capacity or not.
---In firstname.lastname@example.org, <oldhikergirl@...> wrote:
OSPREY VIVA 65 BACKPACK
TEST SERIES BY FRANCES PENN
October 01, 2013
NAME: Frances Penn
EMAIL: oldhikergirl AT yahoo DOT com
LOCATION: Santa Ana, California
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)
I have been backpacking for six years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with two or more 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight, including food and water, is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight, including food and water, is usually 26-30 lb (12-14 kg) depending on the need for a bear canister. I have recently converted to a tarp, bivy and quilt sleeping system instead of a tent. I have experienced all night rain, hail, heavy winds, camping in snow once, but mostly fair weather.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Trip # 4:
Location: South Lake Trailhead to Bishop Pass, California, USA
Elevation: 12,000 ft (3,600 M )
Trip Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Trail Conditions: dirt trail with a lot of steep rocky sections
Temperatures: 50 to 75 F (10-24 C)
Weather: cool and windy mornings with sunny afternoons
Weight carried: 33 lb (15 kg) to start up the trail
Total Trip Mileage: 15 miles
My friends and I were each carrying a large bag of food for a resupply to our friends hiking the John Muir Trail. We carried in our backpacking equipment along with the resupply food, dropped our gear in camp and then met them at the top of Bishop Pass to deliver the food. We then returned to finish setting up camp, relax and have dinner. We returned to the trailhead the next day with much lighter packs.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
This pack has continued to fit me comfortably and perform well in this portion of the test. I have not been able to completely fill the large volume of this pack, even though I have used it for week long trips requiring a bear canister. This pack fits nicely into my gear closet as the largest pack I could imagine needing for any future trip. The great plum color makes my pack easy to recognize among the neutral colored packs my friends carry.
This pack can accommodate more gear than I prefer to carry. No matter how full the pack is, it rides comfortably close to my back with minimal movement.
I like how well this pack rides whether full to capacity or not. The many adjustments allow this pack to be versatile for many different types of trips. I will continue to use this pack on trips that require a large capacity pack.
This test series is now concluded. Many thanks to Osprey and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test this awesome backpack.
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