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Osprey Atmos 65 AG Review

Osprey Atmos 65 AG
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Price:   $260 List | $243.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Very comfortable, packed full of features, lots of awesome pockets offering excellent organization , awesome ventilation, lighter than average, sweet adjustable hip belt
Cons:  Not as supportive for super heavy (50+ pound) loads, snow can get inside of the back panel
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Manufacturer:   Osprey Atmos 65 AG

Our Verdict

The Osprey Atmos 65 AG is our new OutdoorGearLab Top Pick for Shorter Trips because of its ultra comfortable frame and suspension combined with one of our favorite overall pack designs. Once you put the Atmos 65 AG on you'll be surprised how evenly the AG or Anti-Gravity suspension spreads the load out to create a fairly even, and pressure point free feel. The AG suspension takes the trampoline style suspension to a new level incorporating not only the entire back panel but also the waist belt that makes the Atmos with loads up to 40-45lbs the best feeling pack in our review. Not only is the Atmos an awesome feeling pack but it features a ton of very user friendly pockets that will keep even the most organizationally driven backpacker happy.

Looking for the Osprey Atmos in a Smaller Size?
Atmos 50 AG
The Atmos is also available in a smaller, lighter pack. The Atmos 50 AG is 1 pound lighter, as well as $30 cheaper than its 65L counterpart. You still get all the great features of the Atoms 65L, but if you're needing something that's a bit smaller, the Atmos 50L is your pack. The 50 AG is priced at $230 and is currently offered in three colors.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Ian Nicholson
Review Editor
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Last Updated:
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November 1, 2016

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Osprey Atmos 65 AG
Osprey Atmos 65 AG

Performance Comparison


Check out the chart below to see where the Atmos 65 AG landed in our Overall Performance metric.


Comfort


The Atmos 65 AG is the most comfortable pack we tested for loads under 40 lbs and is more comfortable than average among packs in our review for loads up to 50 lbs. The Atmos' "AG" or Anti-Gravity suspension takes a "trampoline style" suspension, or "suspended suspension", one step further and not only suspends the entire back panel but also suspends the hip belt as well. The result of this design impressed us and despite some initial skepticism our testers all commented on how effectively it allowed the weight to be spread out very evenly over the surface of your body eliminating hot spots, pressure points or higher friction areas for most users. All of our testers commented that it also just plain felt super nice. The face fabric Osprey uses is also comfortable and felt very pleasant up against our skin or while wearing a tank top.


Another advantage of the AG system is the Atmos 65 AG is the most well ventilated pack in our review and an awesome choice for warmer adventures or folks who are just plain sweaty.

The AG or "Anti-Gravity" frame of the Osprey Atmos 65 AG pack. Frames like this one are often referred to as a trampoline suspension  or suspended suspension systems. The idea is that instead of having your back right up against the pack  your back is against a mesh back panel that is suspended over a more traditional frame. The advantage of this type of frame is that they tend to produce less hot spots on the user because the weight is suspended over a larger area. It also allows more air to ventilate  making these backpacks cooler and less sweaty. Their only disadvantage: they don't handle super heavy (50+ pounds) as well before they start to feel mushy and the suspension sort of half collapses.
The AG or "Anti-Gravity" frame of the Osprey Atmos 65 AG pack. Frames like this one are often referred to as a trampoline suspension, or suspended suspension systems. The idea is that instead of having your back right up against the pack, your back is against a mesh back panel that is suspended over a more traditional frame. The advantage of this type of frame is that they tend to produce less hot spots on the user because the weight is suspended over a larger area. It also allows more air to ventilate, making these backpacks cooler and less sweaty. Their only disadvantage: they don't handle super heavy (50+ pounds) as well before they start to feel mushy and the suspension sort of half collapses.

While we loved the suspension for most backpacking and light mountaineering loads, with heavier loads (45-50 lbs or greater) we started to think the frame and suspended nature of the frame started to feel a little "mushy" and supportive and didn't think it felt nearly as good as other packs while carrying loads in this weight range. If you are someone who is goes on extended trips or often needs to carry more than 45lbs we would recommend the Gregory Baltoro 65 or the Osprey Xenith 75

Osprey Atmos 65 AG
Osprey Atmos 65 AG

Weight


At 4 lbs 6 ounces the Osprey Atmos 65 AG is around half a pound lighter than most of the other top scoring packs in our review, with the exception of The North Face Banchee 65 or REI Flash 65 both 3lbs 10oz.


While the Atmos AG is hardly "ultralight", it is a very respectable weight that gives up virtually nothing as far as comfort or features go, compared to much heavier packs and it is in-line or lighter than most backpacking packs in its category. If you're considering a much lighter pack but still want a frame, check out our Top Pick for best lightweight pack the, Osprey Exos 58 at 2 lbs 10 ounces.

Osprey Atmos 65 AG
Osprey Atmos 65 AG

Suspension


Again the AG or Anti-Gravity suspension used on both the back panel and the hip belt executes a very comfortable ride and is really what sets the Atmos 65 AG apart from most other packs. The suspension transfers the load fantastically to around 40 lbs. The Atmos performed good (but not the best) when loaded to 40-50 lbs, and once above 50-55 lbs our testers thought it didn't feel as comfortable nor carried the load as effectively as other packs with a more traditional suspension like the Gregory Baltoro 65 or the Arc'teryx Bora AR 63.


Fit and Adjustability


The Atmos 65 AG is available in three sizes and features Osprey's "Fit on the Fly" adjustment system which offers an above average amount of horizontal range when adjusting the shoulder straps. This lets the user dial in the perfect torso length for their specific needs very effectively.


The Atmos 65 AG also features an adjustable hip belt that offers up to six inches of adjustment to add or subtract girth from the pack in order to maximize the comfort of the waist belt to make sure there is the appropriate coverage (or maximum coverage) of the wearers ililac crest, hopefully further reducing hot spots. Several of our testers used the Atmos 65 AG in the field and we talked to several local outdoor shops about their luck fitting folks with the Atmos and all of this reassured us of our original reaction that the Atmos just plains fits most people fantastically regardless of their body shape. The ability to dial in the fit of the Atmos is one of the reasons so many of our testers found it to be one of the most comfortable packs in our review.

Osprey Atmos 65 AG
Osprey Atmos 65 AG

Ease of Use


The Atmos 65 AG was one of the "easiest to use" packs in our review for having a sweet array of pockets, enough access, and a few other rad features. Our testers loved the two oversized zippered hip-belt pockets that were among the biggest in our review. The pockets easily accommodate items like a point-and-shoot camera so we didn't have to carry it in our pant pocket.


Another thing we dug was the dual side mesh water bottle pockets that allow a water bottle to be inserted either vertically in a traditional fashion or angled forward making it far easier and more accessible for the wearer to snag without having to remove the pack. A small but fantastic feature is the large stretch mesh back "beaver tail" pocket that during our field test proved perfect for camp sandals, fuel bottles, a Frisbee, or other awkward to pack items.

Osprey Atmos 65 AG
Osprey Atmos 65 AG

Behind the mesh beaver tail pocket are two fairly large zippered pockets that we felt really added a lot to the Atmos's ability to help keep us organized. Like many packs, the Atmos also features a lower zippered sleeping bag compartment with a removable divider and two zippered lid pockets and two straps over the sleeping bag compartment that are big enough to hold an averaged larger sized closed cell foam pad or other items.

Osprey Atmos 65 AG
Osprey Atmos 65 AG

Best Applications


The Atmos 65 AG is extremely versatile and is a pack that nearly all backpackers can appreciate. Its wide array of pockets and decent access make it a good option for use as a travel pack. As one of the most well ventilated packs we tested (if not the most well ventilated) makes it a perfect choice for backpackers who travel in warmer climates. While we'd totally take this backpack on many very moderate, general mountaineering type trips the only downside of the trampoline style suspension is that it can collect with snow, and on a few June climbing trips in the Cascades snow worked its way into this space during breaks and be kind of a pain to deal with as it slowly melted.

Value


At $260, the Atmos 65 AG is pretty much medially priced and is comparable to most packs on the market. The Atmos 65 AG does pack in an above average amount of features and usability along with being one of the most comfortable packs out there. The Atmos 65 AG is over $100 less expensive than our second highest scorer, the Arc'teryx Bora AR 63.

Conclusion and the Bottom Line


The Osprey Atmos 65 is a very comfortable and well ventilated pack that has all the features our testers are looking for at a very reasonable cost and weight. For moderate weights (less than ~40lbs) our testers thought the Atmos 65 AG was the most comfortable pack in our review and its AG system spread the pack load wonderfully across our hips, back, and shoulders. For warm weather hikers, the Atmos also brings a near unprecedented amount of ventilation and is worth taking a look at if you log a lot of time in these types of climates. We also thought the Atmos had either the best or second best set of features as far as pockets and organizational ability, without much weight penalty. The Atmos' only drawback: if you carry a lot of heavier loads (50+ pounds) either because your preference is for mostly extended trips or you just chronically pack heavy, we'd recommend a different pack. But for most people on 2-7 night trips, or longer for folks who pack lighter, the Osprey Atmos 65 should be a top consideration.
Ian Nicholson

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   Jul 31, 2015 - 06:12pm
Seriously a great pack.
Dont worry  the bag doesnt make you lost
Dont worry, the bag doesnt make you lost
Got the 65 right when i came out and unfortunately they only had the bright orange available. The color of the pack and the rain cover is the only complaint (barely even a complaint) I have about the bag. The AG suspension system really does work. Its not a gimmick. The bag is not only comfortable but its also durable. Lots of pockets to stick stuff in and lots of adjustments for the straps. I couldnt ask for more.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Sep 8, 2016 - 07:57pm
Outdoors:) · Surfer · West Slope, Colorado
Pros: Super comfortable, distributes weight, right number of pockets, fairly light
Cons: Squeaky!!!! Hip straps are made for fat people

Experience: I am a Wilderness Ranger for the USFS and spend 4 days 3 nights out a week June-October.

I like this pack, I would keep this pack but it is extremely annoying. The suspension system constantly squeaks. Whether you've got a heavy load or a super light day pack either the AG system or the back panel squeaks non-stop. I think I am going to get rid of the pack because of it. Has anyone else experienced it?

That the hip belt is really large, I weigh 155 5'10 and am pretty skinny but the hip belt is almost cinched as tight as it can go and the straps are super long! Who is this pack made for? A 300 lb backpacker?

Other than that I really like the pack. It distributes weight well, I like the mesh on the front for a rain shell/pack cover/trowel. The brain is the right size and removable. With the 55 liter I am able to fit 4 days of work/food/gear in easily and could probably spend 8 without work gear.

I would reccommend this pack but the squeaking???? Is it just me??

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Nov 15, 2016 - 01:45pm
S_Chaneles · Backpacker
Plain and simply, the BOMB! This pack is amazingly comfortable. The Anti-Gravity (AG) system feels like a cloud walking on any trail. Osprey nailed it with the Atmos 65 AG. I am 6'2'' and I have the large; fits like a glove. The 65L is plenty if you pack right. Overall, extremely satisfied with the pack. Definitely would recommend!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Mar 26, 2016 - 12:02pm
Bilboboone · Mountain Biker · Springfield, Mo
Picked up this pack last summer to replace my old Dana Designs pack, which after 15 plus years of use is starting to show some age, mainly the waterproof coating breaking down and leaving residue on my gear. I backpack in the Buafflo National River area so ventilation and fit is very important as temps can get very hot and humid and the terrain is constant climbing and descending on steep grades so hot and sweaty is the norm. I also do a lot of bushwacking so being able to stash and access tools and gear quickly and easily and keep it out of the way of myself and snags for ease of movement is important.
This pack fits all my needs and then some and is hands down the most comfortable and easiest to use pack I've bought, borrowed, or tried on. Pole attachment works great and stores poles perfectly where they are easy to grab when you need them and out of the way when you don't. Lots of well designed pockets and the mesh outer pocket is a great feature for stashing anything you don't want to put inside the pack.
I'm a little guys so I don't like to carry more than 35-40 lbs, already a 1/3 of body weight with that much load. This makes the suspension system perfect for me as I never carry super heavy loads that may overload it. I recommend getting fitted at a store before buying to make sure you get the right size and instructions on how to best adjust it to fit your body. I was able to buy mine with a free bladder and coupon for $200 making it an incredible value as well. Osprey's All-Mighty Guarantee makes this a no brainer.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Sep 23, 2015 - 12:40am
Coloradeaux · Backpacker · Denver, CO
I took this pack for a 3 nighter around 4 Pass Loop starting in Aspen. I was able to fit a tent, pad, sleeping bag, bear canister, 4 days worth of food, saw, stove, gas, clothes, Nalgene, 2L Big Zip Platypus, hiking poles, etc. with ease. It had enough pockets to separate my electronics/cameras, toiletries, etc. for easy access. While the suspension system is amazing, it does not perform as well a Gregory Baltoro when it comes to packs that weigh more than 35 lbs. The shoulder straps end up digging hard into your shoulders. I'm not sure if there is a better pack for a 2-3 day trip, but if you're camel of your backpacking group and need to carry a lot of extra gear and end up having pack weights in the 35-50 lbs range, you're better off going with the Baltoro.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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