Apr 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm #1288204
I've been reading here that Ospey's mesh back panel will easily wear at points where it contacts the metal frame.
I am thinking of getting the EXOS 58 but would like some feedback on the mesh wear problem. My solution would be to put some Shoe Goo at the wear points IF I knew where they were located. Does the wear occur at the outside or from both sides?
Right now I'm using a 5 year old REI Cruise UL 60 with REI side pockets added.Apr 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm #1862613
Look at the frame of an exos, look down towards the bottom where it bends back, right there they put mesh over the frame…instead of using a durable fabric. Every Exos I have ever seen, that has over 500 miles, has wore that mesh out. Main problem with the mesh wearing is that the frame will dig into your kidneys afterwords. In my opinion Goop will not fix it, however, sewing on some fabric might(?)….
EDIT: Whoops forgot to mention that I'm referring to the exos 58, which tends to get overloaded by people due to its capacity. I see many exos packs with 35-50lbs used for thru-hiking.Apr 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm #1862649
FWIW, Osprey Exos 34L size large. 26 lbs starting pack weight with 5.5 days food and 1L water. Estimate 500 – 550 miles on this pack. Minimal thread fray on mesh panel and no concerns.
PaulApr 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm #1862678
I take it from these comments that the mesh fraying begins on the outside.
Perhaps a belt-and-suspenders fix or fabric sewn over Shoo Goo on the mesh would do it.Apr 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm #1862685
I've used my 58L pack for several hundred miles, sometimes carrying a fairly large amount of water and a bear can. No fraying noted on the mesh panel.Apr 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm #1862714
The whole fraying issue doesn't occur along the actual panel….it is towards the bottom of the pack…near your hips where the frame curves out. The mesh wears where it is stretched over the frame. Seen it a ton of times. I really do like those packs though.Apr 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm #1862729
@ Kenny. You're right. I checked my pack in the area you mentioned, and there is some fraying there.
But I really do like my pack. And unless I can find something that does the job as well as it does (and is light weight, too), I'll buy another one. When you divide the cost of the pack by the number of miles hiked, it's a pretty good value.Apr 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm #1862768
10 – 20lb weights.
No problems.Apr 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm #1862774Apr 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm #1862889
@jennymcfarlaneLocale: Southern California
The mesh might wear (have not experienced that on several different Osprey packs) but I have ripped a few of them. Osprey has a great warranty- they repair, for free any pack they have ever made regardless of age. For that reason I would not personally worry about any pack having wear. All of the repairs I've needed have been as a result of my own carelessness. They fix them anyway- for free. I think I had to pay shipping to Colorado, but that was it. I had them back within two weeks.Apr 3, 2012 at 11:48 am #1863103
I just ran downstairs to take a look at mine…
600 – 700 miles
15 – 25 lbs.
I don't see a single flaw in the back mesh where it meets the frame.
Great pack!Apr 3, 2012 at 11:53 am #1863107
I think the amount of weight carried is the main thing…keeping it under 30/35lbs is key to the longevity of the pack.Apr 3, 2012 at 11:54 am #1863109
@glacierramblerLocale: NW Montana
Don't forget that Osprey should repair it either free of charge of for very little–that whole All Mighty Guarantee.
From the Osprey website:
Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in our product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it. We proudly stand behind this guarantee, so much so that it bears the signature of company founder and head designer, Mike Pfotenhauer.Apr 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm #1863116
How wonderful for all of you who have had no problems with this!
I had it happen on both an Exos 58 and a 46. Both of them had the mesh pulling apart near a seam where mesh and frame met, at about the kidney level. Both occurred with little use and 25-30 loads.
These were early production packs; I heard of several others with this problem back then (saw one other). Hopefully they have fixed it. Given the above posters, it looks like they might have. A search of old posts here at BPL will find some of those early problems.Apr 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm #1863255
Thanks for all the comments. Very helpful, sepecially the garantee info. Just like Gregory's garantee, which I've experienced. I plan to carry no more than 32 pounds with 7 days' food and 3 liters of water max. And that would only be the "first day weight".
I'll be adding REI side pockets just for the convienance of getting to my 1st aid kit, potty kit, Steripen, toilet kit, etc., not for carrying extra weight.
I think I'll add the Shoe Goo and see how it works.
BTW, I REALLY wish they would put a "cut-out" belt on it like teh Aether series has. Maye I'll do my own cut-out/mesh window on the EXOS. My shoe repair shop does wonders with my custom requests.
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