Volt 60 (Litres) by Osprey

Author: [ trailpeak ]   Contact Author: trailpeakTue Mar 26 20:20:03 UTC 2013

The Volt™ 6o has the name implies that it can fit 60 Litres (volume) of gear in a package that weighs 3 lbs 9 ounces, that's quite impressive. The framing system is rigid and lightweight due to the use of Ospreys patented Lightwire™ system (found in other packs such as the Xenith) while leaving a space between your back and the packpanel so air can move freely to your back. The lightwire™ system also enables you to adjust the height of the harness by up to 5 inches. The Volt™ comes with a long list of standard features which good quality packs contain such as; hydration compatibility, sleeping pad straps, tool attachment straps, dual external side compressions, removable top pocket, dual access point to the content of the pack (top and bottom). Since these are pretty standard features, I will focus my review on the outstanding features and misgivings (if any) of this pack. I found that the outstanding features of this pack were the ErgoPull™ hipbelt closure and the two stretch mesh side pockets.

The stretch mesh side pockets are standard features in some packs but the main difference from this offering from Osprey is that the side pockets are also accessible via their sides. This enables you to easily access and replace your water bottle without taking off your pack. I came upon this feature by accident as I was trying to reach for my bottle, without removing my pack, by squeezing it to the top of the pocket. I could remove, awkwardly, the bottle but there was no way I could put it back in. That’s when I felt the side opening to the mesh pocket. The bottle was now easily put back in the mesh pocket and I was on my way.

The second feature I really liked was the ErgoPull™ hipbelt closure. The mechanism makes it very easy to pull in and across, evenly, the belt with both hands at the same time. The result is a very nice fitting hipbelt and the best part is that it’s very easy to pull a lot of tension on the belt and more importantly easy to release the tension as well.

The only misgiving I found in this pack was the Fit-on-the-Fly Hipbelt. Osprey explains that you can adjust the hip belt length “even while wearing”. To me this claim is not all that it’s cracked up to be. Usually you would have adjusted this before you started on the trail but the fact that you can adjust it before you leave has some merit of its own.

All in all Osprey’s Volt 60 pack is an extremely versatile pack which has all the standard bells and whistles with a few extra features which makes this pack stand out from its competitors.

I hike and explore almost every weekend, you'll see I've posted hundreds of trails to trailpeak.com, focusing on waterfalls, caves, all of which require bush-whacking and navigation with gear in the back-country. So for longer or extended hikes (I'll be doing more over-nighters come summer), I like a pack like this to carry in my gear to some of the more remote places. (note: If you go searching for trail listings in Nova Scotia that involve caves and waterfalls, you'll hit my postings, username benalonde).

You can find more directly from Osprey including the technical features and specs, by clicking here.

Benoit, East Coast Contributor, Trailpeak.com

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