Osprey Volt and Osprey Viva Backpacks have been redesigned for the 2019 season, and they come with a rain cover included. See below what else is new.
Osprey Volt & Viva series
The Osprey Volt is a series for men built in two sizes, 75 and 60 liters, and the Osprey Viva is the corresponding series for women in the sizes of 65 and 50 liters. So those are multi-day backpacking and hiking packs and they have been on the market for a number of years already.
These are great packs with many remarkable features typical for Osprey packs, but they are probably not as popular as the packs from their famous Atmos and Aura series or Aether and Ariel series. Nevertheless, these are great lightweight packs that are more affordable than the other mentioned series. Regarding the volume/weight ratio and the price, they are in between the mentioned famous Osprey’s series and the packs from the completely new Rook and Renn series.
So what is new
The same changes are in all of the four packs in these two series, so you can take any of them and analyze the features and compare with the previous models. Note that both new and old versions are on the market so to do not get confused, the pictures of the new packs are given below and you can follow the links to find them on Amazon.
So as an example, I shall take the Volt 75 and compare the two versions. Here is what I notice:
What is new or different in the new version
- There is a rain cover included in the new version. So you have an extra pocket on the bottom where it is stored.
- The front stretch mesh pocket is slightly redesigned and it looks better now.
- The logo on the front is redesigned, it is much smaller.
- The colors are different. I must say that new packs look cool.
- The new pack is a bit heavier. So the new Volt 75 is 4.5 lb (2.04 kg) while the previous Volt 75 is 4.06 lb (1.84 kg). Not sure what makes the difference in the weight, the fabric is the same in both, 210D nylon diamond ripstop and 600D pack cloth. This must be partly due to the added bottom pocket and the rain cover.
- Currently, new packs are around $20 more expensive.
So as you realize, these are not so substantial changes but all of them taken together result in the packs that look better.
If you are not familiar with the Volt and Viva series, here is the summary of their most important features:
- Rain cover included.
- Adjustable torso size.
- This is a one-size pack, but the adjustability makes it suitable for anybody.
- Adjustable hip belt. You have a Fit-on-the-Fly system with adjustable hip belt fins so it is suitable for any body size.
- Metal frame.
- Bottom compartment.
- Stow-on-the-Go poles attachment.
- Floating lid.
- Pockets, 7 in total: 2 hip belt pockets, one external lid pocket plus one underneath the lid, one large stretch mesh pocket, 2 stretch water bottle pockets on the sides.
- Removable bottom compression straps.
- Dual compression straps on the sides.
- Dual daisy chains on the front.
- Dual ice axe attachment loops with bungee tie-offs.
Please see more in this short video by Osprey:
So this was my short news about the new Osprey Volt and Osprey Viva backpacks. Stay tuned and bookmark this site, we follow the development in the outdoor industry and present new items on regular basis.
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