In this Osprey Volt 60 review, you can read about a lightweight backpack designed for multi-day tours. The price and harness adjustability are features that make this pack particularly attractive.
- Note, there is a new 2019 version of this pack. The list of changes is given here. Both versions are on the market.
Volt 60 surely does not have as many features as the packs from the Osprey’s Aether series, but it offers a lot of space and just enough of features needed for multi-day backpacking tours and hiking. This pack is the smaller one from the two in the Volt series, the other one is 75 liters version.
This is a classic top-loading pack. The lid is a floating type, which means you can move it up in the case of more stuff added on the top, and you can also remove it if you do not need it.
The other access is through the bottom zippered sleeping bag compartment, where you have a removable divider between the two sections of the pack.
You have Osprey’s patented Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment system, something that I like in particular. So you can temporarily attach your poles when you are on the move, and you need free hands. For this you have a loop cord on the left shoulder strap, paired by a loop on the side of the pack.
Dual compression straps are on either side of the pack, and you also have a pair of removable straps on the bottom for sleeping pad or tent attachment.
On the bottom section, you have dual attachment loops for ice axe or trekking poles, paired with attachment points higher on the front. Two long and useful daisy chains run vertically along the front of the pack.
This pack is hydration compatible and you can easily fit 3 liters water bladder into the sleeve.
Not many pockets are here, I guess this is a part of the design of this pack. So to start with, you have dual zippered pockets on the hip belt, the usual feature for Osprey’s packs.
The top zippered pocket on the lid is huge and you can store a lot of stuff there. Yet another zippered mesh pocket is on the underside of the lid.
On the front of the pack, you have a large stretch mesh pocket with a buckle on the top. On the sides of the pack you have the usual stretch pockets for water bottles with dual access, from the side and from the top.
The suspension is based on a light wire aluminum frame and an HDPE sheet. The harness is very adjustable and the same holds for the hip belt. All you have to do with the harness is to break velcro and to slide the harness up or down to the desired position.
On the hip belt. you have what they call Fit-on-the-Fly system, again based on velcro connection. So you break it and pull the fins into the desired position. You can adjust it without removing the pack from your back, as you will see in the video below.
As you realize, in both cases, for the harness and the hip belt, these positions are not discrete but continuous. So you can choose literally any position which suits you best.
The back surface is covered with a mesh and this is what they call AirScape system. You can see it in the picture.
The sternum strap is adjustable and with an emergency whistle.
Here is a short video about Osprey Volt 60 pack, have a look:
Pros & cons
My summary of cons and pros is as follows:
This pack has a great suspension system, but ventilation may not be its best feature. In the comparison table below you will see some models from competitors, with a better ventilation based on a suspended mesh. The mesh which you have in Volt 60 is different, and ventilation channels are not so prominent.
The pack has received a quite good rating by Amazon customers, with 4.3/5 average rate.
The price of this pack is well below the price of its competitors and this is a fact to bear in mind, together with the fact that such a price is not on the account of its quality.
- Use: backpacking and hiking.
- Volume: 60 liters (3661 cu in).
- Weight: 3.92 lb (1780 g).
- Torso fit: 17 – 23 in (43 – 58 cm).
- Waist fit: 29 – 51 in.
- Dimensions: 33 x 14 x 12 in.
- Frame: internal, 3.5 mm peripheral wire.
- 1 mm HDPE back panel.
- Material: 210 D nylon double diamond ripstop, 600 D packcloth.
- Maximum weight: 50 lb (23 kg).
- Adjustable harness.
- Adjustable waist belt.
- Top access.
- Floating lid.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
- Sleeping bag compartment with removable divider.
- AirScape back panel.
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment.
- Adjustable sternum strap with emergency whistle.
- Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt system.
- Dual side compression straps.
- Removable sleeping pad straps.
- Dual attachment loops.
- Dual daisy chains on the front.
- Zippered hip belt pockets.
- Lid zippered pocket.
- Zippered mesh pocket underneath the lid.
- Front stretch mesh pocket.
- Dual-access stretch-mesh side pockets.
- Hydration compatible.
Modified new version
Osprey Volt 60 pack has been around for several years now, and what you see here is the latest version. It is modified in the sense that the hydration sleeve is now inside the main compartment. In the previous version, it was in a separate compartment behind the harness.
You will notice also that the back panel padding and mesh are different now, they claim that the ventilation is improved.
To conclude this Osprey Volt 60 review, this pack is not designed to shine and to impress with a variety of features. It seems it is designed for cost-conscious users, but it is indeed a reliable and high-quality pack. Its adjustability and price are definitely something worth pointing out. Regarding the adjustability, it is better than some other packs from competition, like Gregory’s Zulu mentioned above.
I love to have a rain cover and I need it, yet it is missing here. So this may be an extra amount to pay if you need it badly.
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