Review by: bkalaska, 2006-02-16
I love this pack. It was a great crag pack this past fall and easily fit two ropes, rack, warm clothes, first aid, food and water. It carried snug and comfortable on talus approaches and exceled at bushwacking due to the thin profile. I recently went on two X-C ski trips that inspired me to write this review. The pack is so feature rich while staying clean, simple, and light. I have to pay tribute to whoever came up with the quick release buckles on the ski and axe holders. At first they looked awkward, but they are the easiest, most secure system I've used, and they work well with gloves. Osprey folks thought of it all. There are even well placed and ample tabs of reinforced fabric to keep your metal edges from abrading the pack or straps. One other comment on the ice axe holder. The attachment for the head works better for ice tools than for axes. I almost wish there was a loop in the middle, but then you couldn't put crampons on there as easily. I can't comment on the custom molding hipbelt because I found the unmolded hipbelt too damn comfy to bother taking it to a store. I have been amazed at how much weight my hips are taking every time I release the buckle and it falls on my shoulders. Amazing job. The bungees hold crampons great, and there is a hydration sleeve which I don't use, but some people like. The top pocket is the perfect size (finally), and I am a huge fan of the straightjacket compression. The pack thinned up nicely for day trips while hut skiing, and I can't wait to take it alpine climbing where I'd be happy to lead up to 5.5 with it. I have the daylight accessory pack and am confident I could go comfortably camping for a week with the added capacity it affords. I also have a Crescent 75. My spine length is on the border between medium and large. I have a medium in both packs. The hipbelt on the Exposure fits my 31 inch waist better than my medium Crescent which I have to tighten all the way. I'd recommend trying it on to be sure you get the right size for your spine, but the medium fits me great, probably better than the Crescent which I had to re bend the stays to make them longer before they bend up. I recently ripped the gear loop when a piece I had attached to it caught while I moved up. It was a lot of stress, but the way they had it stiched I didn't rip the whole loop off. They offered right away to fix it. This is a great pack from a great company, and I want to thank Osprey for getting it so right!