Not really, not yet. But it saves on paper to combine the two subjects. Osprey have their new Exos packs coming out next season which are very light for the capacity and style. We’re looking at 840g for a 46litre pack with proper internal stiffening. They won an award at Friedrichshafen, which we’ll be seeing on the swing tags no doubt.
We’re used to such weights on the flaccid sacks of the niche US makers, it’ll be interesting to see if it’s as well featured as it looks with proper pockets, closures, attachments, compression and load carrying. It’s a style I’ve really taken to with the Haglöfs LIM and Gregory Z35, so I’m looking forward to seeing how I get on with one of these.
What was interesting is that in the press release they have a weight chart with some of their own packs and the ones from the competitors that they’re targeting. It’s comes as a pdf, have some sympathy with me for having rewrite it…as if.
The new shit;
- Osprey Exos 58 990g
- Osprey Exos 46 840g
- Osprey Exos 34 780g
Existing models compared;
- Osprey Atmos 50 1520g
- Deuter ACT Lite 50+10 1560g
- Berghaus Freeflow IV 50 1640g
- Osprey Atmos 35 1220g
- Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 1500g
- Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 45+10 1750g
- Gregory Z35r 1400g
- Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 35 1450g
- Berghaus Freeflow IV 35+8 1450g
- Gregory Z30 1250g
- Osprey Atmos 25 1080g
- Deuter AC Lite 20 980g
- Berghaus Freeflow IV 25 1250g
- Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 27 1410g
- Gregory Z22 1190g
A number of things are apparent there, the names included and the names missing for a start. The weights are probably all rounded up, the Z35 is a wee bit lighter than that, but we’ll have to assume a level playing field or sorts.
Berghaus display all the qualities I expected with their weighty beasts targeted at the middle of the market and big chain stores and Lowe Alpine really have to discontinue using stainless steel thead and lead buckles.
Deuter and Gregory come out well, but missing are the packs I’m most regularly carrying, OMM and Haglöfs.
The LIM 45 crashes through the door at 1035g and the Villain 45+10’s got it’s back and covering the exits at 1160g.
I think we’ve learned something today.
The packing part is what I’m going now. Preparing for a weekend in the pissing wet windy Mamores. With chums though. Alright!