HMG Packing Pods in Ospery Exos?
Apr 24, 2020 at 10:09 pm #3643031Scott MBPL Member
Curious if anyone has tried the HMG Packing Pods in the Osprey exos 58?
ScottyJul 25, 2021 at 9:56 pm #3723031Nathan LuckenbillBPL Member
Scott, did you ever figure this out? Wondering the same.Sep 7, 2021 at 12:16 pm #3726845Christopher SBPL Member
Arent they just zippered fancy stuff sacks? I doubt they are seam sealed and a water resistant zipper certainly isnt really waterproof. Not sure why you would want these instead of a simple roll top stuff sack instead which is likely lighter and more reliable and cheaperSep 12, 2021 at 5:12 pm #3727242NateBPL Member
Wondering the same as well…Sep 12, 2021 at 6:31 pm #3727243matthew kModerator
Speculation here since I don’t use pods but I believe the advantages are the large opening and the shape that matches HMG packs. I’ll admit it does look handy to unzip and have the contents all laid out and accessible.
Their site says they are fully taped and that the zipper is water-resistant. The zip makes me think they make more sense in a pack that is waterproof or near waterprooof.
HYOH/YMMV/Just my $.02Sep 13, 2021 at 6:44 pm #3727289Rex SandersBPL Member
Love my HMG pods. Compared to stuff sacks, they are much easier to pack, search, and unpack, but very expensive. SMD Packing Pods are a good second choice and a lot less expensive, but not as water resistant. Key feature of both is the “flap” zipper opening, not “around the sides” on other designs.
Just based on exterior Osprey dimensions, the HMG pods and the SMD Packing Pods should fit just fine horizontally, or any other orientation. I have both for different uses and different packs. Precise pack-pod fit isn’t critical.
My HMG pack is already very water resistant – “rainproof” in my experience. The HMG pods add more resistance. But I keep my sleeping bag in a turkey bag or nylofume bag, not a pod. Nothing short of a Pelican box or similar will keep gear dry during prolonged submersion – BTDT.
Do you need pods? That’s up to you.
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