The Osprey Exos 48 is the latest version of the popular Exos range of packs. You get a single main compartment with a twin-buckle lid. But you can remove the lid and just use the more basic in-situ cover to the main opening. There are side mesh pockets, compression straps and a stretch front pocket. The Airspeed back system holds the pack away from the wearer’s back. 5/5
There is only a men’s version but it comes in sizes S, M and L. The back system is a ‘trampoline’ design: a mesh panel holds the sack away from the wearer for more airflow. The Exoform harness uses mesh that moulds to your body. Overall the Osprey Exos 48 fits well, with additional adjustment from the top tensioning straps. 4/5
All that mesh on the harness combined with the Airspeed back panel means there is lots of airflow to reduce the build-up of sweat. I also like that the mesh Exoform harness moulds to the body for more comfort whatever your shape. The overall feeling is of a pack that hugs you while maintaining airflow, with the low weight of 1152g adding to the comfort. 5/5
I have used an Osprey Exos 46 since 2009 and I love it. This newer Exos 48 is even comfier. The body of the pack now has an in-situ panel over the main opening, which means you can remove the lid or have double protection of the contents. I like all the pockets too. Some people may want a heavier nylon fabric for maximum durability, but this is fine for most users. 5/5
This pack is well-priced for what you are getting but if you pay less you only lose out a little on performance. 4/5
The Osprey Exos 48 is an excellent hillwalking pack for those who want to save weight while maintaining great comfort. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2015