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Osprey Atmos 65 AG Review | HileHighValley

Osprey Atmos 65 AG Review | HileHighValley

Osprey Atmos 65 AG Review

Osprey began making quality backpacks in 1974, after their founder, Mike Pfotenhauer, had grown tired of wearing ill-fitted equipment on long hikes. Over 40 years later, the Atmos AG backpack proves that this company is still committed to meeting its customers’ practical needs. Throughout our Osprey Atmos 65 AG review we found that this backpack to be of extremely high quality. The Atmos AG features Osprey’s new Anti-Gravity Suspension System, which allows the wearer a surprising degree of comfort, even when carrying the heaviest loads over long stretches of terrain.


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The Atmos 65’s  Anti-Gravity Suspension System makes this backpack quite comfortable. The harness is also easy to adjust for any torso size, and the extendable hip strap can accommodate wearers of almost all sizes. Smartly-positioned compression straps on both the inside and outside of the bag help keep loads stable, so the wearer feels more balanced.  The bag contours well to the wearer’s body, thanks to a lightweight mesh panel running from the backpanel to the hip harness. The mesh also does a great job keeping the wearer comfortably ventilated. A tough nylon exterior ensures that the Atmos AG 65  can handle casual and intense outings alike.


Organizational storage

Attachments for optional gear like a sleeping pad, ice tools, or trekking poles are thoughtfully arranged to preserve a well-balanced pack load. There’s an internal sleeve for an optional water reservoir, and convenient front-panel zippered pockets for items that need to be quickly accessed.

The floating-top lid can also be extended to fit oversized loads, or it can be removed for a lighter-weight experience. The bag features a designated sleeping bag compartment. In all, there are five exterior pockets and three slip pockets. There are small pockets in the hip belt and an angled water bottle holder on the side of the bag. The bag can comfortably accommodate 40-60 pounds of gear.

Osprey Atmos AG 65 daypack


The Atmos AG currently comes in three colors: Graphite Gray, Absinthe Green, and Cinnabar Red, all of which are both fashionable but still easy on the eyes. The bag was clearly designed with attention to comfort and style; the compression straps and removable lid do a fine job keeping the pack from getting too bulky or unwieldly. The harness setup and Anti-Gravity Suspension system are well integrated into the product’s overall design.


Water resistance

The Atmos AG is constructed of three types of nylon, and fares quite well in wet-weather situations.


Public Opinion

Gathering feedback from real customers is a crucial part of our review process. Customer feedback helps us more accurately inform readers about what they can expect if they purchase a product. We weigh customers’ opinions with great care, because they are the best judges of a product’s quality. For every product we review, we read countless reviews from all over the web, summarizing them for you so you can make the best decision based on your needs. Here is what reviewers of the Atmos AG 65 had to say:


The Good

Comfort and Adjustability

The Anti Gravity Suspension system was a hit, and got near-unanimous praise for how effectively it transferred weight from the wearer’s back to the hips. People appreciated the sturdy and easily-adjustable hip belt, and loved how well-ventilated they felt when wearing the Atmos AG, especially considering the bag’s large size.  Many customers found the Atmos AG easy to load, put on, and remove. Customers commented on how the bag was easy to adjust for wearers of many sizes.


Convenient Organization and Storage

Organization and storage were reviewed favorably.  People generally liked the available internal and external storage options, especially the designated sleeping bag compartment and the sleeve for a water pack. Many reviewers found the outer tool attachments versatile and unobtrusive, and several found the attachments useful for holding accessories like camera or camping chairs. The angled water bottle pocket made it easy to store and retrieve a bottle without having to unshoulder the bag. Some users commented on how the bag’s outer mesh pockets were useful for airing out wet supplies while hiking.



The pack proved most popular among hikers who regularly went on long treks and carried heavy loads, often between 40 and 50 pounds.  Many reviews mentioned how rugged the bag was, and people were impressed by how versatile the pack could be. The Atmos AG was found to hold up well in a variety of weather conditions.


The Bad

 Problems with Hip Belt

Most criticism was directed at the Atmos AG’s hip belt. Some commenters felt that the hip belt pockets could be bigger, and that they were only useful for storing small items like lip balm or energy bars.  A few reviewers complained that the Velcro on the hip belt was a little too prone to slipping, and other commented that they’d like it if the hip belt were removable. When the bag is sitting on the ground, the hip straps can be worn down by abrasion from rocks.


Shifting Center of Gravity

It was noted that although the Anti-Gravity Suspension System does transfer pack weight comfortably, it does so by moving the pack away from the wearer’s center of gravity, which can become a problem if somebody is doing a lot of fast hiking or climbing, since the pack’s design might throw them off balance.

Osprey Atmos AG 65 backapck Review

Bang for Your Buck

The Atmos AG’s durability, efficient use of space, and well-designed suspension system prove its exceptional value. Long-distance hikers will be able to rely on this bag for quite some time.


Osprey Atmos 65 AG FAQ’s

Does the pack include a rain cover?

There is not a rain cover included with the Atmos AG. However, Osprey offers an affordable rain cover on their website.


Does the Atmos AG come in sizes for women?

Osprey’s Aura AG offers the same features as the Atmos, and is available in women’s sizes.


The Verdict

We find the Atmos AG an excellent choice for backpackers and through-hikers who regularly need to carry loads between 40-60 pounds and want a pack they can trust to endure tough conditions. Osprey has done a fine job designing a bag that can handle a heavy load while keeping the wearer well-ventilated and comfortable over long distances.


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