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Osprey Atmos 65 AG Review

The Atmos 65 AG has earned its spot as a cult classic in the backpacking world due to having a great breathable suspension and other great user friendly features.
Osprey Atmos AG 65
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Price:  $270 List | $269.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Awesome pockets, excellent ventilation, general comfort
Cons:  Not supportive for loads over 40 pounds
Manufacturer:   Osprey
By Adam Paashaus ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 5, 2019
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  • Suspension and Comfort - 45% 8
  • Weight - 20% 5
  • Features and Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Adjustability - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Osprey Atmos AG 65 is notable for its comfortable suspension and a plethora of awesome features. Plush shoulder strap padding maximizes comfort where you need it and reduces weight where it can and the Anti-Gravity (AG) suspension distributes the load pretty well, creating an even and pressure-point-free feel for most users. It takes the trampoline-style design to a new level, incorporating the entire back panel and the waist belt, enabling this pack to tote loads of 40 pounds with ease while breathing exceptionally well. This pack has an almost cult-like following unlike any other pack out there.


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Pros Awesome pockets, excellent ventilation, general comfortLight-weight, comfortable with heavy loads, perfect pocket combinationLight-weight, comfortable, supportive, functional feature setSpectacular suspension, comfortable padding, ergonomic shoulder strap design, extremely weather resistantPacked full of features, great pockets, comfortable and solid ergonomic design
Cons Not supportive for loads over 40 poundsTiny buckles hard to operate with glovesNo lid, back-panel lacks ventilationExpensive, heavier, few convenience featuresSlightly on the heavier side, not the best for super heavy loads
Bottom Line The Atmos 65 AG has earned its spot as a cult classic in the backpacking world due to having a great breathable suspension and other great user friendly features.The Blaze 60 is a super-lightweight load hauler, that is both comfortable and full of awesome features.The ULA Catalyst blends excellent carrying comfort with arguably the best-executed set of features, all in a light-weight package.A fantastic all-around pack with an awesome suspension and top-notch weather resistance.An extremely comfortable and feature-rich design that handles heavy loads, while only being marginally heavier than average.
Rating Categories Osprey Atmos 65 AG Granite Gear Blaze 60 Catalyst Arc'teryx Bora AR 63 Osprey Aether AG 60
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Specs Osprey Atmos 65 AG Granite Gear Blaze... Catalyst Arc'teryx Bora AR 63 Osprey Aether AG 60
Measured Weight (pounds) 4.54 lbs 3 lbs 3 lbs 5.00 lbs 5.13 lbs
Volume (liters) 65 L 60 L 75 L 63 L 60 L
Access Top + sleeping bag compartment Top Top Top + side access zipper Top + side access zipper + sleeping bag compartment
Hydration Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Materials Main body: 100D X 630D Nylon Dobby
Accent: 210D High Tenacity Nylon, Bottom: 420HD Nylon
100D robic nylon w/ DWR coating 400 Robic fabric Weatherproof N400r-AC squared fabric in areas exposed and a mix of N420p-HT and tN630p-HT plain weave Nylon over the rest of the pack Main body: 210D Nylon Dobby
Accent: 210D High Tenacity Nylon, Bottom: 500D Nylon
Sleeping bag Compartment Yes No No No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

This pack is the real deal for two to five-day trips. Most of our testers found the overall design user-friendly with well thought out pockets that kept us organized. The Anti-Gravity suspension was extremely comfortable even after hours on the trail.

Performance Comparison


The Osprey Atmos 65 AG is the pack that changed the game forever by popularizing the trampoline back-panel. Still to this day it remains the top-dog in many ways.

Comfort is achieved through soft mesh and an airy back panel.
Comfort is achieved through soft mesh and an airy back panel.

Suspension and Comfort


The Atmos AG 65 is an incredibly comfortable pack. The AG or Anti-Gravity suspension uses a suspended trampoline mesh. This feature is fairly common these days, but the AG takes it one step further. Not only is the entire back panel suspended, but the hip belt is as well, adding to that hip-hugging feel.


The results impressed us. Despite some initial skepticism, most of our testers agreed that this design distributed weight across our backs and waist quite well for moderate loads. In turn, this eliminated hot spots, pressure points, and other high friction areas. The shoulder straps also have effective padding. They are thick around the wearer's shoulders, tapering to a thinner and more perforated design around mid-chest.

Plush shoulder straps do a great job of padding the shoulders  and here you can see how the padding tapers toward the front of the straps.
Plush shoulder straps do a great job of padding the shoulders, and here you can see how the padding tapers toward the front of the straps.

Not only is the padding thicker but it is also pleasantly cushy. It strikes a delicate balance of being soft enough to conform to the shape of the user (a good thing) without being too soft. When the weight gets over forty pounds however the shoulder straps were a bit too cushy and we noticed an obvious lack of weight distribution.

Here is the Atmos's "AG" or Anti-Gravity suspension. This design takes a trampoline  or suspended suspension  one step further. It not only suspends the entire back panel but also suspends the hip belt as well. The system effectively evens out and spreads the load. We found this pretty dreamy to carry.
Here is the Atmos's "AG" or Anti-Gravity suspension. This design takes a trampoline, or suspended suspension, one step further. It not only suspends the entire back panel but also suspends the hip belt as well. The system effectively evens out and spreads the load. We found this pretty dreamy to carry.

The harness is exceptionally well-ventilated. It's an excellent choice for warmer adventures or for folks who are just plain sweaty. The AG or Anti-Gravity suspension is used on both the back panel and the hip belt, which creates exceptional breathability, setting the Atmos AG 65 apart from most of the other contenders.

No lack of breathability with this back panel and waist belt!
No lack of breathability with this back panel and waist belt!

The LightWire tensioned peripheral frame is moderately stiff and extremely effective at transferring loads up to forty-pounds. We did notice above 50 pounds that it gets a little "mushy" and didn't feel as comfortable as a handful of other models, nor did it carry the load as efficiently. We found that packs with a more traditional suspension perform better with heavier loads.

Features and Ease of Use


The Atmos AG 65 has one of our review teams' favorite all-around designs. It has a rich array of pockets, adequate access, and a handful of other great features. Our testers love the two oversized zippered hip belt pockets that were some of the biggest in our review.

This model features two zippered waist belt pockets. We love these pockets for keeping important items accessible while out on the trail. These pockets are perfect for smaller items.
This model features two zippered waist belt pockets. We love these pockets for keeping important items accessible while out on the trail. These pockets are perfect for smaller items.

The pockets easily accommodate items like a smartphone and snacks and feature a design that makes opening and closing them while hiking pretty easy.


Our reviewers' opinions were mixed on the dual-sided mesh water bottle pockets. On one hand, they allow you to insert water bottles either vertically or angled forward, making them accessible without having to remove the pack, but on the other hand, tall bottles encroached with our natural elbow movement, and they required two hands to load them which was slightly tricky.

The Atmos's water bottle pockets offer a cool and fairly unique design. These mesh pockets have two openings: one on top to help keep hard-to-pack items in place and one on the side which makes the water bottle easily availability. With practice  we could easily replace the water bottle in its holster as well.
The Atmos's water bottle pockets offer a cool and fairly unique design. These mesh pockets have two openings: one on top to help keep hard-to-pack items in place and one on the side which makes the water bottle easily availability. With practice, we could easily replace the water bottle in its holster as well.

One of our favorite features was the stretchy mesh "stuff it" pocket. During our field test, it proved to be perfect for spare layers, camp sandals, fuel bottles, and other awkwardly-shaped items.

Behind the mesh beavertail pocket, you'll find two decent-sized zippered pockets. These pockets add to this pack's ability to keep us organized. It also features a lower zippered sleeping bag compartment with a removable divider. The two compression straps that cover the sleeping bag compartment are big enough to hold a large, closed-cell foam pad.

Having two straps for a sleeping pad or other oddly shaped items is a small but excellent feature to have. We particularly like how long the Atmos's straps are and find that they are able to fit around pretty much any sleeping pad. (We can't say this about the majority of backpacking packs).
Having two straps for a sleeping pad or other oddly shaped items is a small but excellent feature to have. We particularly like how long the Atmos's straps are and find that they are able to fit around pretty much any sleeping pad. (We can't say this about the majority of backpacking packs).

The top-lid has two zipper pockets and is removable so it can be left behind to save weight. If you do, the pack has an additional flap, which essentially acts as a second simple nylon lid to cover the cinched main compartment.

The Atmos has a removable lid. You can convert it into a fanny pack using the pack's waist belt. You can also just leave it behind entirely to save weight. Osprey also stashes a "Flapjacket" in the draft collar. You can pull this out and over the pack to serve as a lightweight lid  keeping the contents of the pack dry.
The Atmos has a removable lid. You can convert it into a fanny pack using the pack's waist belt. You can also just leave it behind entirely to save weight. Osprey also stashes a "Flapjacket" in the draft collar. You can pull this out and over the pack to serve as a lightweight lid, keeping the contents of the pack dry.

Weight


At right around four pounds eight ounces, the Atmos AG 65 is slightly lighter than some other top-scoring packs in our review. Furthermore, combined with its comfort, we feel like it is worth every ounce.


While the Atmos AG is hardly "ultralight," it has a respectable weight and gives up virtually nothing in comfort or features. The suspension system is also far superior in many ways when compared to some of its competitors but it isn't the lightest pack by any means, especially when considering the amount of weight it carries. If you are looking for the lightest pack that can carry forty plus pounds, there are others that outperform it.

Adjustability & Fit


The Atmos AG 65 is available in three sizes and features Osprey's Fit on the Fly adjustment system. This system offers a good vertical range when adjusting the shoulder straps (around four inches of vertical play), which lets the user dial in the perfect torso-length for their specific needs.


This pack also features a hip belt that offers up to six inches of adjustment to fit a wide range of waist sizes. This range maximizes the comfort of the hip belt and makes sure there is appropriate coverage of the wearer's iliac crest to reduce hot spots. When loads got above the forty-pound range, however, the hip belt wasn't quite rigid enough to support the added weight.

The super cushy shoulder straps adjust a full four inches  making it easy to match the pack to your torso length.
The super cushy shoulder straps adjust a full four inches, making it easy to match the pack to your torso length.

Several of our testers used the Atmos AG 65 in the field, and we talked to several local outdoor shops about their luck fitting folks with the Atmos. All of the shops reassured us of our initial reaction, in which we found that the Atmos fits most people fantastically, regardless of their body shape. The ability to dial in the fit of the Atmos is one of the reasons, so many of our testers found it to be one of the most comfortable packs in our review.

There are two pockets in the pack's lid that help us stay organized. (Both are shown here though the smaller pocket is difficult to see. Look for the upper gray zipper pull.) We liked this lid and find it easy to search through  particularity since its access zipper is on the side  but the design does make it easy for items to fall out when you're rifling around.
There are two pockets in the pack's lid that help us stay organized. (Both are shown here though the smaller pocket is difficult to see. Look for the upper gray zipper pull.) We liked this lid and find it easy to search through, particularity since its access zipper is on the side, but the design does make it easy for items to fall out when you're rifling around.

Value


When compared to similarly weighted models that have like features, this pack is priced fairly. The hoards of satisfied Atmos fans can attest to this packs' comfort and user-friendly features, proving itself to be a pretty good value. If you are looking for a simple light-weight pack with a very basic set of features, you can get that for a much lower price, however.

The Atmos is a top-tier pack for its comfort and feature set. We love it for almost any trekking style application as long as our loads are below 40 to 45 pounds.
The Atmos is a top-tier pack for its comfort and feature set. We love it for almost any trekking style application as long as our loads are below 40 to 45 pounds.

Conclusion


The Osprey Atmos AG 65 is an exceptionally comfortable and well-ventilated pack that has most of the features our testers love. For moderate weights forty pounds or less, the Atmos AG 65 is one of the more comfortable packs in our review. Its' suspension distributes the load wonderfully across our hips, back, and shoulders. For warm-weather hikers, this pack also brings an unprecedented amount of ventilation and is worth taking a look at if you log many days in these types of climates.


Adam Paashaus