Mile by mile, minor issues with pack fit can grow into a bent back, sore shoulder and chafed hips — not to mention a general feeling of misery. The best pack is the one that you don’t notice you’re wearing, and Osprey’s Atmos AG fits the bill.
The AG’s main draw is its innovative suspension system. The Anti-Gravity suspension system is a mesh panel that goes from the hip to the top of the back panel, a design that we found creates the feeling of someone hugging you rather than leaning on you. The panel contours to the shape of the wearer and helps reduce the tiny shifts in pack weight that destroy backs on long hikes. The better fit also increases hikers’ mobility and reduces perspiration. When we tested it on a loop around Mitten Ridge in Sedona, we found that the AG 65’s suspension made a big difference in performance and comfort.
Beyond the suspension system, the AG has no shortage of pockets designed to make any backpacker’s life easier: hip straps for maps and elastic side pockets so water bottles are easily accessible. With internal and external pockets galore, trekkers who fastidiously organize their gear will find a lot to love about the AG. A medium pack is able to carry 65 liters with external harnesses for sleeping pads, trekking poles and other necessities. Despite its “more is more” philosophy, a medium-sized AG only weighs four pounds, six ounces.
The Atmos AG excels at the type of backpacking that most backpackers do: two- to seven-day trips with a moderate amount of gear and supplies — and it does so without sacrificing technical features. Its innovative, maximalist design improves the core experience of backpacking, making it the best choice this year for hauling gear on your next outdoor adventure. osprey.com
Specs for Medium-Sized Pack
Weight: 4 pounds 6 ounces
Capacity: 65 liter internal capacity
Weight Capacity: 10-60 pounds
Frame Type: internal