Osprey Exos 48 Review

Our Osprey Exos 48 review – an impressive lightweight backpacking rucksack perfect for multi-day trips. One of the top packs in the Osprey line-up. 

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  • Packed full of features (hydration sleeve, FlapJacket, stretch pocket etc.)
  • Lightweight pack weight just 1.2kg
  • Comfortable harness with sternum strap and hip belt
  • Available in S and M sizing

Osprey Exos 48 Review

The Osprey Exos 48 is a good-sized lightweight backpack that’s great for true backpacking with medium-sized loads. 

The Exos is designed with multi-day trips in mind, offering a claimed 48L of space in a pack that’s full of great features. A focus on weight saving results in a pack that weighs approximately just 1.2kg.  

Ultimately, the Exos 48 offers an impressive combination of comfort, stability and durability within a well-priced pack that we are really impressed with. 

Osprey Exos 48 on Back

Outside the Osprey Exos 48

The Osprey Exos 48 is a pack that, surprisingly, looks really good for a highly technical and lightweight-focused bag.

Osprey Exos 48 Harness

Starting with the harness, backpackers will find an ExoForm™ mesh harness paired with a hipbelt and sternum strap with an emergency whistle. The harness is incredibly comfortable with thick padding that you really do need when wearing for multiple hours at a time.

The harness is complemented with the AirSpeed™ ventilated trampoline suspended mesh back panel. This is great for preventing moisture build-up on the back and keeping the wearer nice and cool – there’s nothing worse than a sweaty back after wearing a pack all day.

Osprey Exos 48 Harness

Alongside the sturdy and impressive harness, there’s a range of other external features that we’re pleased to see on the pack. A single ice axe loop, cord tie-off points, removable sleeping pad straps, compression straps, a trekking pole attachment and stretch mesh side pockets leave no stone unturned, optimising every possible inch of external space.

Osprey Exos 48 Flapjacket

Inside the Osprey Exos 48

The organisation continues to impress once we open the pack up as the list of features offered in the Osprey Exos 48 gets longer.

Osprey Exos 48 Stretch Mesh Side Pocket

One of the most interesting features of the pack is the integrated FlapJacket cover that allows lidless use of the pack. This essentially gives the pack a haircut, removing the top and moving the centre of mass a little lower down the back for the most ergonomic carrying position. 

A front stretchy pocket is a great place to stash either wet or dry gear, separating it from the rest of the pack for whatever reason you need.

Osprey Exos 48 Hydration Bladder

The Exos 48 is also compatible with Hydraulics Reservoirs, allowing wearers to stay as hydrated as possible when covering ground quickly.

Materials and durability of the Exos 48

The materials used in the pack have been carefully selected with weight-saving in mind.

The bulk of the rucksack is made with 100D high tenacity nylon, a durable and lightweight material that is perfect for backpacking. This is paired with top-quality components from YKK, ensuring that all hardware functions exactly as you’d like it, too.

Osprey Exos 48 Front Green and Black

The Osprey Exos 48 is available in just two colours, Blaze Black and Tunnel Green – adding a pop of colour to the otherwise dark hiking and backpacking packs.

Overall verdict of the Exos 48 

Ultimately, we’re really impressed with the Osprey Exos 48 and think that it would make a great companion for most adventurers looking to complete a multi-day trip.

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The lightweight construction combined with a sturdy and comfortable harness makes the pack one of the best for carting around gear when covering ground when backpacking. Adventurers will love the pack, for its long list of features and high quality that we’ve grown to love from Osprey.

We think that the Exos, and the female alternative in the Osprey Eja, make really capable packs that we would highly recommend!

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