Are Osprey backpacks really worth it? (1 Viewer)

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ironman

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I have a Osprey Porter .65 ltr . it perfect for me but i use it more as a trunk than backpack . it holds lot stuff built good im happy with it but i don't use it like pack . its made well. It all what you want to pay .for my lifestyle it good . .
 

Dontaskme

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I've owned an Osprey Ether 70 (L) for about 4 years now. First and foremost, Osprey has a lifetime warranty on the entire pack. The salesman told me that a fellow left food in his pack and a raccoon tore the bag apart to get to it... Osprey honored the warranty. Damn.

Anywho, my pack hasn't seen anything near the kind of abuse you put your packs through tbh. In 4 years, I've only broken one of the clips that a cinch my sleeping pad with, I've sealed it shut with a zip-tie for about a year now.

Your use of molle is an excellent idea, which I'm going to keep in mind. The Osprey pack supposedly has some 10 - 30L pack that can clip into the existing larger packs and would be similar in function to what you're doing. This is the same premise behind the "small pack" in the Canadian Forces.

Ultimately, I wouldn't recommend investing in an Osprey pack. They're expensive. And you have more mobility with your setup.
 

Bozorg

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Love my osprey. Had it 20 years now and it's not dead. Picked it up on end of season sale from the osprey warehouse in CO. Solid purchase.
 

TheDesertMouse

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I’ve had two my entire travelling career. The first one , a kestrel 58 held up to hiking in every kind of environment, light mountaineering and thousands of miles of train hopping. With creative packing I could jam 2 weeks of food in that thing.

After about 4 years, 3+lbs of leather patch work, multiple buckle, zipper, and mesh pocket replacements that train grit stained beaten up hunk was finally so fucked up I couldnt repair it. They replaced it for free with a brand new model, even threw in a 30$ rainfly for free. And when this packs fucked I’ll probably do it again! So 150$ for a lifetime(theoretically) supply of well made packs? It’s worth it.
 

TheDesertMouse

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Oh and when It came time to replace it I was passing through CO, so I went down to their corporate office in cortez and had them approve the warranty replacement in person. They waited to send the replacement till I had got to the slabs. So I didnt have to bother with the hassle of cleaning and shipping the fucker then be without a pack for weeks. Little tip for when its getting time to replace.
 

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I like low profile packs people see that it's costly name brand they might think I got lot nice gear or money . Just my opinion I like to blend not stick out
 

Coywolf

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I like low profile packs people see that it's costly name brand they might think I got lot nice gear or money . Just my opinion I like to blend not stick out

There is something to be said about this. I black out all the osprey logos on my pack with sharpie, mainly for the fact that they are reflective...get a darker color, definitely helps it not stand out as some sort of tourist bag. The grime helps as well.

I have had my Osprey Aether 70+ for 4 years now. Put it through a few thosand miles of trains, hundreds of miles on the trail, another few hundred miles of just bummin' it.

The top brain of the pack detaches and can turn into a fully functional day pack, with straps and everything, it's an amazingly practical feature that I use constantly.

I could not more highly reccommend a pack. As long as your arent just completely not giving a shit about your pack, melting it next to a fire., throwing it off a train at 40 MPH, dragging it over the ground, ect....it will last for a LONG time. Many repair options, and of course, the lifetime warrantee.

My favorite thing about these packs is that they are manufactured in Cortez, CO...on of my favoirite areas in the country. And the company uses alot of recycled material, and gives back to the community.
 

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