My very first backpack I started travelling with was crap compared to my Osprey Atmos 65, it was a cheap backpack I bought off Ebay for less than $50. After only a few trips around Europe it started tearing and straps started breaking. I upgraded to a new backpack that my girlfriend bought from a sporting goods store and travelled around quite a few more countries in Europe with that pack. It was good enough but nothing special. Once I made it into the low teens of countries I’ve visited, I knew it was time to get a real backpack if I thought I was a real backpacker. The Osprey Atmos 65 was that backpack.
Before my first trip to Asia I decided to buy the Osprey Atmos 65 backpack. One of the biggest selling points for me was the Airspeed ventilation system. The pack rests on your back with a mesh net and a space between the net and the actual pack to keep air flowing and keep you cool, even the shoulder straps and hip belt are made with a type of honeycombed cushion that allows the air to flow more freely. I’m kind of a sweaty person and going to South East Asia this idea really appealed to me. It’s hard for me to say how good it worked having never travelled somewhere that hot with my older packs but I’m glad I had it. The one downside to the ventilation system is the straps and hip belt are a little on the low side of padding, it doesn’t make it uncomfortable but it could definitely be more comfortable with more padding. I’ve had the pack filled probably over capacity but it’s still comfortable enough for me and I’m glad it has the ventilation.
My Osprey Atmos 65 is now two years old and has travelled through eight countries and it’s still going strong. It’s has gotten worn and has a few small tears in it that I’ve had to stitch back together but I think for the wear it’s taken, particularly in places like India, it has held together remarkably well. I think it will make it through many more years and countries before I need to buy a new one. The pack even has a space for a hydration pack, but I’ve never used it. Another really nice feature are the “inside out” side pockets which allow you to tighten the compression straps around the bag only, or route them on the outside of the side pockets to secure things placed in them as well.
I think the Osprey Atmos 65 has just enough pockets and space for any traveller who packs smart. I can’t think of anything I would change about it, and would recommend it to anyone. I bought the pack for about $250 (best money I’ve ever spent on travel gear) but since the model is over a couple of years old now, you can probably find it on sale somewhere for a bit cheaper…
Check out the Osprey Atmos 65 here.