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Osprey Volt 75 Review

Osprey Volt 75
Best Buy Award
Price:   $200 List | $199.95 at CampSaver
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Pros:  Great price, fits a wide range of people, nice simple design
Cons:  Not as supportive for super heavy (50+ pound) loads
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Manufacturer:   Osprey

Our Verdict

The Osprey Volt 75 is our new OutdoorGearLab Best Buy Award winner because it is a comfortable and supportive pack that fits most folks well, is lighter than most of the packs in our review, and is only $200. The Volt is a fairly simple design but still has all the features that most users want in a backpacking pack. The Volt is the perfect pack for those getting into backpacking, yet will also keep veterans happy who appreciate simplicity or are on a budget. Because of the Volt's durability, price, and excellent adjustment range, we also think the Volt is the perfect pack for growing kids and parents who don't want to buy a new pack every couple years. The only thing the Volt doesn't do well is carry super heavy loads. Our testers thought the Volt did great carrying loads up to around 40-50 lbs. depending on the user, but most agreed that folks who frequently go on heavier laden trips would be better off with a more supportive pack.

To see the rest of the contenders that we tested as well, read our Best Backpacking Backpack review.

Looking for a Smaller Volt?
Osprey Volt 60
This award-winning pack is also available in 60L version! The Volt 60 is perfect for someone who loves the Volt pack, but doesn't quite need 75L of carrying capacity. If your regular trips span 2 to 5 days or if you just prefer a more lightweight approach, the $180 60-liter version of this award-winning pack might just be the perfect compromise for you. Our testers think the Volt holds exceptional value and believe you'll be happy with either size.

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5.13 lbs. 75L/4577in Top & Sides
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5.56 lbs. 78L/4750in Top & Front
6.19 lbs. 65+20L Top & Bottom

Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Ian Nicholson
Review Editor

Last Updated:
July 19, 2016


The New Osprey Volt 75 vs. The Older Version

The Volt 75 has been updated for 2016. According to Osprey, this pack is a simple rucksack without the bells and whistles. We have contacted the company for additional details on the updates that have taken place. In the meantime, check out the side-by-side comparison below, with the latest version pictured on the left and the older version shown on the right.
Updated for 2016  Volt 75
Osprey Volt 75

Performance Comparison

The Volt 75 earned our Best Buy award by simultaneously scoring well across the board and not taking a chunk out of your wallet! Check out the chart below to see where it stands amongst the competition.


The Volt 75 is a comfortable backpacking and mountaineering pack. It is more comfortable than most other packs you'll find in its price range and it is constructed with high quality foam and good ergonomics that give it an above average overall fit. While it's not quite as comfortable as packs like the Osprey Atmos 65 AG or the Arc'teryx Bora AR 63, it's comparable to The North Face Banchee 65 and more comfortable than the Osprey Exos 58 or REI Flash 62.


The Volt 75 has a good, but not great suspension. Our testers thought the Volt was great for loads up to around 40-45 lbs. Above that weight, we felt like some of the beefier packs like the Gregory Baltoro 65 or the Arc'teryx Bora AR 63 handled the weight better. Compared to other packs in its price range we felt the Volt certainly handled loads better than the REI Flash 62, but maybe not quite as well as The North Face Banchee 65.

Adjustability and Fit

The Osprey Volt 75 is more adjustable than average, and fits a wide range of users. Not only does the Volt have a lot of horizontal adjustment for the position of the yoke (shoulder straps), but the waist belt also features 6" of waist belt adjustability to dial in the right fit regardless of a persons size or shape and to maximize padding on the wearer's hips.


The Osprey Volt, at 3 lbs 12 ounces, is lighter than average among packs in our review and lighter than most framed backpacking packs on the market. For being on the lighter side of the review, the Volt doesn't give up a lot as far as padding, suspension or comfort and still has pretty much all of the most important features that folks are looking for.

Ease of Use

The Volt 75 is a pretty basic no frills sort of backpacking pack. It has many of the features that most backpackers look for, like stretchy water bottle pockets, a stretchy "beaver tail" pocket, dual zippered hip belt pockets, ice axe loops, lower sleeping pad straps, zipper lid pocket and a sleeping bag access zipper. While the Volt doesn't have a ton of extra "bells and whistles", it does feature all the important ones.

Best Applications

The Volt 75 is an excellent all-around backpacking pack that will excel from shorter overnight trips to extended stays into the backcountry. It isn't as good with very heavy loads in excess of 45 or 50 pounds, but as long as you don't pack too much over that the Volt 75 works great. We also think its size and features make it a solid option for traveling and general mountaineering trips.

Value and the Bottom Line

The Osprey Volt 75 is an amazing value and that's why it won our OutdoorGearLab Best Buy Award. The Volt is nearly as good a pack as the Osprey Aether 70, but is $90 less and the same could be said about the Volt being as good, or nearly as good as several other packs. The Volt is a relatively simple pack that is comfortable and fairly supportive. It has all the right features and will handle enough weight for 99% of users out there on up to week long trips.
Ian Nicholson

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