The Osprey Exos 38 Features
One of the most beloved series of backpacks on the Appalachian Trail, the Exos series provides AirSpeed™ suspension, proper torso sizing and ergonomic design work. These features create an innovative design without sacrificing comfort.
Size and Capacity
The Exos 38 has a 38 liter capacity or 2300 cubic inches.
Ease of Access and Organization
The Osprey Exos 38 offers a removable floating lid. This removable lid includes top as well as under-the-lid zippered pockets for quick access for small items. This lid can be removed by releasing all of the compression straps and buckles holding it in place.
When removed, the backpack features a built-in FlapJacket™ closure system that can be pulled over the exposed pack to protect it from the weather. Multiple cord tie-off points are built into the sides of the front panel.
A similar, single loop is included near the base of the backpack. When combined with the compression strap at the top of the backpack’s side, this loop becomes a stable and secure method to carry an ice tool.
Additional zippered pockets can be found inside the hip-belt. The Exos 38 also features a front mesh pocket as well as two side mesh pockets for water bottles.
These pockets are designed with InsideOut™ compression. InsideOut™ compression allows you to store additional gear externally and within reach. A Stow-On-the-Go™ pole attachment feature allows easy storage of trekking poles.
Two removable sleeping pad straps can be found at the very bottom of the pack for additional external storage.
The Exos 38 features an internal sleeve is sewn into the back-panel of the backpack. This sleeve can accommodate up to a three liter hydration reservoir. There are two routing points for hydration tubes located at the top of either side of the backpack.
Comfort and Suspension System
The Exos 38 uses a peripheral frame built from 6065 aluminum alloy. This frame as well as an internal suspended cross strut create a powerful load carrying support and distribution.
The back of the backpack features a 3D mesh back-panel for ventilation, while the hip-belt is padded with Exoform™.
A sternum strap is also included to help secure the load along with a whistle buckle and woven pockets.
The Exos 38 is made of 100D high tenacity nylon as well as 100D high tenacity rip-stop nylon materials.
The Osprey Talon 33 Features
The Talon series of backpack has become known as Osprey’s Legacy pack. It is very well known for its lightweight, high-performance multi-sport use.
The Osprey Talon 33 is made of 70D and 100D nylon as well as 210D dobby nylon.
The very top of the Talon 33 features a zippered slash pocket for storage of phones and glasses. A nifty heat-embossed protective sleeve is included to protect these items from scratches.
The main compartment can be accessed through a zippered panel. This main compartment features open space for storage as well as an internal zippered mesh pocket for additional organization.
The front panel of the backpack includes a helmet attachment for easy storage of your helmet when it is not in use.
A perfect feature for bikers!
The front panel also includes an adjustable stretch woven pocket decorated with reflective graphics for additional external storage.
In addition to the reflective graphics, the Talon 33 provides a blinker light attachment point.
Like the Exos 38, the Talon also provides tool and trekking pole attachments. The tool attachment on the Talon is created using a single bungee tool tie off. Trekking poles can be attached using the same Stow-and-Go™ feature found on the Exos 38.
Suspension and Comfort
The Talon 33 provides adequate suspension using a BioStretch™ gender specific/padded hip-belt for better weight distribution. The hip belt also includes two zippered pockets to keep essentials close at hand.
Like the Exos 38 the Talon provides a safety whistle buckle, side water bottle pockets and sternum strap.
The Talon 33 also provides a hydration compartment. Unlike the Exos, however, this hydration pocket is located externally to protect main contents from accidental leaks and spills.
For those satisfied with 33 liter capacity and convenient features like the helmet storage the Talon 33 is an ideal choice. Great for bikers and multisport use, this pack certainly has a lot to offer.
For the serious hikers however, the Exos 38 clearly takes the lead. While many of its features are identical to the Talon, its increased capacity of and additional frame do a better job with weight distribution.
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