May 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm #1302436
more than one pound of weight savings going for the more expensive pack, the Arc blast. Anyone made the switch and care to comment?
Sam.May 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm #1982376
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
Arcblast is smaller 40L main pack which is how I believe Osprey rates their pack volumes.
I have almost pulled the trigger a few times on the blat but not quite.May 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm #1982397
I'd say compare the Exos 46 to the Arc Blast maybe…capacity to capacity.
I tried the Exos 58 on a 4 hr day hike — returned it to REI the next day. Rubbed my backbone and wasn't comfortable for ME (YMMV) . Shoulder straps also sagged under a moderate (25lb) load.
After having tried most all the popular packs out there, or so it seems, I've decided to go with a custom Arc Blast. I'll be leaving in two weeks for a PCT thru-hike with the Arc Blast (Sierra Bear canister and all). I have about 8.5 lbs base weight and very compact gear. I love the pack and think it will work just fine for what I want. It does cost more – but I'm supporting a US cottage business, getting a handmade top of the line pack with all my personal customizations, to top it off the pack is sized to fit me exactly. Well worth the small increase in price. I only own one backpack now, and the Arc Blast is it.
Only time will tell if I find the Arc Blast to have worked as I hoped.
Everyone's needs, likes, and bodies are different. But a pound is a pound, and the Arc Blast carries much better than the Exos IMO.May 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm #1982402
@antonsolovyevLocale: Colorado, Utah
I have tried to switch from Exos 58 to Golite Jam 50 and did not like it. Exos 58 is much more comfortable for me. I have tried a few frameless packs and it none felt right. With Osprey I can move most weight to hip belt and almost feel like there's nothing on my back. The back ventilation is also awesome in desert conditions: gone are the days when pack belt would get stinky from trapped sweat.
Ospreys are pretty silly packs in general, with a lot of useless bells and whistles, but they seem to carry quite well.
My Exos 58 w/o the top lid weighs 1060 grams.May 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm #1982404
Peter S (masc. über linear logical club)Participant
Try them both on to see which fits the best.
I have the Exos 46. Fits me good – i've carried 30 lbs comfortably.
I'd love a lighter version of my Exos, and the Arc Blast looks somewhat that.
From what i can see on the product page of the Arc Blast, it seems to have a ">" shape in the ventilation area. Looks a little strange.
FWIW, i think the ventilation panel on the Exos is pretty good. It's got a good uniform spacing, and not too big of a gap. And the "trambolin-effect" is what makes it
fit good, it shapes to the back.
But i would love to try the Arc.May 2, 2013 at 4:15 am #1982445
reason I was comparing these two, rather than the 46, is that in extensive review on this site the real volume of the 58 was noted to be closer to 50, thus a fair comparison to the arc blast
SamMay 2, 2013 at 7:03 am #1982474
Here are two images of my Arc Blast
– notice the buckles on the top strap and the pad straps
– smaller torso height than stock (I like an effective 17-18" torso height for most of my packs)
– custom Zimmerbuilt cuben shoulder pockets
– NOTICE – side closure buckles (side roll down the top and close together like a dry bag, OR roll and close to sides like the ULA Circuit)
And looking at the frame side with dual top side pockets (extra) and dual Zimmerbuilt cuben shoulder pockets (extra). Also have the dual hipbelt pockets. Total pack came in around $300 or so.May 2, 2013 at 7:20 am #1982481
@ezabielskiLocale: Boulder, CO
I've got the Exos 46 and I find it extremely comfortable, especially around the lower back and hips. Probably the most comfortable pack I've worn. The shoulder straps stretch on purpose, and will seem like they sag on higher loads, but it doesn't bother me and I like how it feels later at 10-20lbs.
I cut off all the excess straps and webbing on mine to save about 2oz.May 2, 2013 at 7:39 am #1982488
Thanks for posting the pics. I'm about to pull the trigger on one of these as well and really like your mod to be able to close the top like a drybag (the way my SMD Swift and Starlite close) or to clip to the side (like my Murmur).
When you get a chance will you please post photos of both closure methods on your Arc Blast? I'd really appreciate it.May 2, 2013 at 8:00 am #1982493
USA Duane HallParticipant
@hikerduaneLocale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
I'm really looking forward to some warm weather coming soon to try my Arc Blast, so small!
DuaneMay 2, 2013 at 10:33 am #1982557
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I'll take the EXOS 58 for its better back suspsnsion and overall design. IMHO only the belt needs some improvement.
A detatchable top pocket is something I want on a pack so I can use it for a side trip fanny pack.May 3, 2013 at 10:13 am #1982875
@drewjhLocale: Central Coast
My experience with the Exos is limited to loading it up at an REI and carrying it around for a while. Based on that I prefer way my Arc carries. Perhaps the Exos suspension might pull ahead above 25 lbs, but I never carry that much.May 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm #1982921
@xerenLocale: Southern California
I went from an REI Flash 65 (which was actually incredibly comfortable) to a Golite Jam 50, which made me realize I didn't like frameless packs, to an Exos 58. Just as comfortable as the Flash 65, while being lighter, and as another person mentioned, the back panel air frame (or whatever it's called) works incredibly well to keep your back cool. And it might seem gimmicky, but I ended up using the trekking pole stow system a lot more than I thought I would/Jun 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm #1994500
A little late…but oh well.
I've owned the Exos 34, Talon 44/33 and the Hornet 32. I just picked up the new arc blast with the horizontal suspension beam and the fully taped seams in the blue color. My first cuben fiber pack.
I always thought my Ospreys were great, comfortable packs, until I tried the Arc Blast.
The arc blast is basically waterproof, the volume can be greatly controlled with the roll top, the netted back panel feels like heaven, the straps are a lot wider and the suspension system feels a TON more stable….even compared to the exos. The suspension system on the exos is in no way, shape or form "better" than the arc blast.
Every part of the pack is easily replaceable if something happens to break, though it feels bombproof.
In my opinion, not even comparable backpacks.
Sorry about the pictures, not very much light. I'll try to add more tomorrow in my own thread regarding the arc blast.
The Roll top closure is velcro at the top, if you can't tell.
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