Gear Gone Wild : Osprey Levity 45 Backpack
I have had the Osprey Levity 45 liter ultralight backpack (1 lb. 12 oz.) since last summer and loaded it for trips multiple times before leaving it home for the familiarity of other tried and true packs such as the HMG Southwestern 3400, Zpacks Arc Blast, or MLD Prophet. It was announced with a great deal of marketing and enthusiasm but for me the main compartment (very wide at the bottom and narrowing towards the top) and external pockets have an odd shape there is so much volume available so loading it may of taken some practice, however this summer with the heat and humidity I needed to get the dyneema fabric off my back and some airflow circulating which Osprey’s Air Scape suspension is known for to include a back panel of mesh that rides on and conforms to your coccyx without applying external pressure to it. The cushioning of the belt and shoulder harness comfortably held the pack in place while distributing the weight to my hips and shoulders. My first use of the pack was in Washington’s Goat Rocks Wilderness on and off trail both backpacking and scrambling class 2 and 3 terrain and as I said it was comfortable, ventilated, and did not move around staying in place on even the sketchiest ridge sections I encountered so I am quite pleased after my initial use. Product information for the Levity 45 can be found here.