This Osprey Atmos AG 65 Review is about a unique backpack with a revolutionary and new design, the fourth generation of the Atmos and Aura series by Osprey. This pack has received numerous awards.
This is a ventilated backpack series which features the 3D Anti-Gravity™Suspension system, hence the letters AG in the name. Combined with custom capability, it truly sets new standards in ventilated backpacking.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.
- In EU a great alternative is Bol.com.
Note, there is a new 2018 version of the Atmos AG packs, with very minimal changes in the design, more here.
Numerous features make Atmos AG 65 unique. It comes in 3 sizes, S, M, and L. The pack provides an unmatched balance between load stability, comfort, and breathability.
The tensioned mesh panel spreads seamlessly from the top to the lumbar area, and farther to the harness and hip belt. Light wire aluminum frame determines the outer shape of the pack and adds to the stability.
The harness is adjustable and it can slide up and down very easily up to 4 inches. Load lifters are made quite wide and strong. The sternum strap is with an emergency whistle.
It has a fit on the fly hip belt feature, shown here on the right. This means if you are between some of the 3 sizes you can easily adjust your hip belt for up to 4 inches.
Loading is from the top, but the access to the main department is possible also through the bottom compartment after moving the divider between the two compartments. The floating lid on the top of the pack can be lifted to adjust and accept an over-sized load.
But the lid can be removed completely, and used as a separate pack. In this case, the lid-less main pack will still be closed nicely, as you see it here on the picture. This is due to a flap jacket cover, yet another great feature of this pack.
Pockets: Osprey Atmos AG 65 has 9 pockets. Two are on the hip belt, one on each side. Two pockets are on the lid, one quite big and another smaller, both zippered.
One big stretch mesh pocket is on the front. There are very big zippered side pockets, one on each side. Two side mesh pockets are on the level of the bottom compartment. They can be accessed both sideways and from the top. The former can be useful for a water bottle, in this way you can get to it more easily while you are on the go.
Stow-on-the-go trekking pole bungee cord attachment on the harness is something I really like. This is designed to attach your trekking poles for a while, while you are on the move and still having the pack on the back. You can see it here on the right.
Bungee cord attachments are available on the front, as well as ice axe loops. Two compression straps are on the top of the pack, and several other compression straps elsewhere on the pack, like the removable sleeping pad straps on the lower front face.
Internal hydration sleeve is with the access from the back, water bladder is normally not included.
Please have a look into this manual from Osprey, which presents both Aura and Atmos models.
Technical specifications and summary of features
- Capacity (cubic inches):
– S-3783, M-3967, L-4150; liters: S-62, M-65, L-68.
- Weight: (lbs/ounces): S-4/4, M-4/6, L-4/8; kilograms: S-1.92, M-1.98, L-2.04.
- Torso size fit: S 16-19″/40-48 cm; M 18-21″/46-53 cm; L 20-23″/51-58 cm.
- Material: 100-denier x 630-denier nylon dobby/420HD nylon packcloth.
- Adjustable torso within each of the 3 sizes.
- LightWire peripheral frame together with load lifter bars and a suspended mesh wrap hip belt designed to provide the best load transfer and great comfort.
- Anti-Gravity ventilated mesh back panel contours anatomically and automatically to the body.
- ExoForm/BioStretch harness with a strengthened load lifter.
- Fully adjustable Anti-Gravity mesh wrap hip belt.
- Integrated FlapJacket used to protects contents when used without the lid.
- Fit-on-the-Fly adjustable hip belt.
Comparison with some other brands
In the table below I give a few models from the top brands, and a few basic features for comparison.
|Gregory Deva 60 M||Deuter Futura Vario 60||Osprey Atmos AG 65|
So I hope this Osprey Atmos AG 65 Review was useful to you. As you see, this is a truly great pack, just have a look into these awards it received recently, this is all from the year 2015:
I have added it to my list of top-rated expedition packs. But if you are still undecided, you can compare this pack with these:
Note, there is a smaller version from the same series: Osprey Atmos AG 50, with all the same basic features as the pack described above. It comes in several colors and the price is from $172 and above.
Thank you for reading. Please share your experience if you have used this great pack, there is a comment box below. I shall be happy to read your comments.