Yes, you are reading correctly, you have new Atmos AG and Aura AG packs on the market now. They are already available on Amazon, with almost the same prices.
♦ I do not see any substantial changes in the functionality of the packs, the obvious small difference is on the front pocket as you can see below where I show the new Atmos AG 65 on the left and the previous Atmos AG 65 on the right. Only the Osprey’s logo is omitted in the new version, and you have this inverted U-shape image printed in the new version:
♦ The colors are different:
- In the new version, you have Abyss Gray, Rigby Red, and Unity Blue.
- In the previous version, the colors are Absinthe Green, Cinnabar Red, and Graphite Grey.
♦ Regarding the price, I do not see any substantial difference. For example, for the Atmos 65 AG the prices are around $260 – 270 for both versions, dependent on the seller.
♦ It appears that there are some minimal differences in the weight. As usual, Osprey doesn’t provide such details so we have to rely on various sources. From what I have found, here are some numbers:
Osprey Atmos 65 AG 2018
- Small: 4 lb 7 oz.
- Medium: 4 lb 9 oz.
- Large: 4 lb 10 oz.
Osprey Atmos 65 AG 2017
- Small: 4 lb 6 oz.
- Medium 4 lb 9 oz.
- Large: 4 lb 15 oz.
Similar small differences are in the Atmos AG 50:
Osprey Atmos 50 AG 2018
- Small: 4 lb 2 oz.
- Medium: 4 lb 3 oz.
- Large: 4 lb 5 oz.
Osprey Atmos 50 AG 2017
- Small: 4 lb 2 oz.
- Medium 4 lb 5 oz.
- Large: 4 lb 8 oz.
Here are the small differences in the Osprey Aura AG
Osprey Aura 65 AG 2018
- Small: 4 lb 4 oz.
- Medium: 4 lb 5 oz.
- Large: 4 lb 7 oz.
Osprey Aura 65 AG 2017
- Small: 4 lb 3 oz.
- Medium 4 lb 6 oz.
- Large: 4 lb 9 oz.
♦ There may be a rain cover (thanks to Janice who pointed this out in the comment below), I wonder if it will available globally or only for some regions. But see the comment by Gary, it is far from clear if the cover is there or not.
♦ They have also added bottom compression straps in the 50 liters packs now. Those were missing in the previous 50 liters version. Big thanks to Dan who noticed it and commented on it below in the comment section. This appears to be the most important change in the smaller packs in the series.
Here is a video by Osprey, too short I am afraid, but still have a look:
All in all, it seems that the differences are minimal, so no need to buy the new model just because it is from 2018. Stay tuned, if I find out something more you will find it here. You might want to compare this with the Aether AG packs, see my comparison table here.
I have compared the Atmos AG 50 and Deuter Futura Vario 50 + 10, see here how they stand side by side; it turns out that the Deuter’s pack has some advantage. Curious to know what you think.
Thank you for reading, let me know what you think, any experience with any of these models? There is a comment box below.