Picking A Pack w/ Osprey Aura AG 50L Review

I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015 and aim to accomplish the PCT next year! I hope to encourage folks get out on the trail and enjoy nature. Thanks for following 🙂

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ANCHOR440 says:

Lots of good advice here and that looks like a really nice pack. I see you’ve grown wise about the weight. When I did the PCT in ’99, things weren’t as sophisticated as they are now, in packs. Would have loved one like yours back then. Mine was a no-name REI thing, 38 liters, I bought through the mail, and it was just about the right size. I still have it in fact, and lasted the whole trip without incident, but it’s much too big for me these days as my ultralite skills have cut things way back, bulk and weight, so I don’t need a pack that size anymore. Most of my hiking now is five days or less so I do them with day packs of 18 to 33 liter packs. Of course, I would definitely need something bigger for another long trail. I even bought one already in anticipation. Nope, not the AT. I prefer the PCT. I could hike that the rest of my life. I want to do the Colorado trail soon. Big mountain walking. Just about 500 miles, roughly. Thanks for keeping me up on the latest gear.

Lourie Salley says:

I am doing a lot of canoe camping now. I am now almost 64. My knees are shot from marathons, jumping out of airplanes, and carrying 100lbs of gear on my back for looping periods of time. Has anyone ever tried a “trump line”? A canoeing buddy introduced me to it several years ago. It is attached to a Duluth pack, and transfers much of the weight off your shoulders. It wraps across the forehead, and transfers the weight from your back, vertically down your spine. I have used it, and it is a very comfortable way of redistributing the weight that we carry.

Bearded Servant Hiking North 2019 says:

I went to our local outfitters here in Johnson City, TN called Mahoney’s and was fitted today for a Osprey Atmos AG 65. Now I understand so much more how it should fit. Didn’t buy it today but definitely going to get this one. 🙂 559 days til I start my trek! Going to start a new page in the coming months on training and what gear I am collecting for my hike. Hope all is well! God Bless Dixie!

Brant says:

Osprey makes good packs. They’ll last forever. But they’re not the best for thru hiking. Those trails are well cut and stuff so the durability is overkill. They’re normal people priced though and that’s the thing…

Tony M says:

A little bit more experienced now? lmao… I would say after a six-month hike, you qualify as VERY experienced with that pack. Great video. Thank you.

kirbythebamf says:

The closest REI is like 200 miles from me. I went to Gearhead or something like that in Shreveport Louisiana. They had a measuring device but laughed when I asked for it. It was very dusty 21.5″ torso

Moodyhammer says:

haha casually has pepper spray

Grunt Hog says:

I have the same pack and love it. I bought an Osprey Farpoint 40 last year to be my travel backpack to free my hands. The hip belt is the reason for such investment. It makes the weight bearing so much easier.

Lourie Salley says:

I love your videos. Gear has come a long way since the late seventies when my Marine buddies and I would drive from Camp Lejeune to the traol. Our gear consisted of ALICE packs , poncho and liner, canteen with cup, jungle boots, fishnet hammocks. Our food (rice, grits, powdered eggs liberated from the mess hall, packed in dish detergent bottles, c-rat “heavies”, stuffed in our spare socks. One canteen usually contained booze. Things have come a long way.

Greg Kuiper says:

Dixie, you are so right about not using stuff sacks for everything. For the first time I put the sleeping bag, tent, and other big items deep in the backpack without stuff sacks and all of a sudden I had tons of extra space. Might need to get a smaller pack now. Thanks 🙂

fseesauras says:

How to avoid a water bladder bursting?

Ann Duran says:

Hi, I was wondering what size your pack is? X-small, small, or medium? Thanks!

Matt Lehigh says:

I have this one i like it the most out of osprey packs… http://amzn.to/2yoC405

Hiking for Sanity says:

Are you going to get the 65 liter for the PCT to fit the bear canister,crampons and ice ax? I’m torn between the 50 and 65 liter. I was thinking 65 to fit those additional items.

Info B.R.C. says:

you may have realized this by now but the water bottle pocket has two entry points. the one on the side is to make it easier to grab the bottle instead of top loading it into the pocket. slip the bottle through the side hole.

Dan Stephens says:

Hi Dixie, I was wondering if you were still happy with the black diamond headlamp. If not, can you make a better recommendation? My son and I are planning our first AT hike this summer and I don’t want to waste money buying junk equipment. Thanks -Dan

Jenna08848 says:

I just bought this pack and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was the model that you had used on the AT. I went back through the videos to see what you used and your review of this pack improved my confidence in my purchase. I also bought the 2 liter bladder from Osprey also. I need to play with getting the end through the back strap retention areas. It is very tight when you try to pass the valve through. I will use it in the spring once I sort out and buy the rest of my new gear. I am going ultra light on everything. My old pack was external frame and heavy but was good for carrying lots of food and gear when hiking with young kids. Now its all about loosing weight. Next purchase is hiking poles and a down sleeping bag or something that will provide warmth that is sufficient. I will stay with my Thermorest self- inflation mattress. I won’t sacrifice comfort there. I would like a better explanation of why you are switching up packs and the thought process behind that choice.

Jeremy Lucas says:

Stumbled upon your channel, and it’s fantastic. I’m just getting started in backpacking. I’ve got two, barely teenage boys. I’d love to do some overnighters and work up to a 3-4 day trip. I’m looking at the Osprey Atmos AG 65 and 50 packs and am really having a hard time deciding. Did you find the 50L adequate, or would you move up to a larger pack if you could do over?

Random Acts of Video says:

Did you add the hydration bladder or just used bottles?

Adrian Siwiak says:

There is another entry point to the water bottle holder. it makes it soo much easier to use the horizontal one.You’re touching it in the video lol. …but probably you’ve figured it out by now 🙂

bigmac says:

Were you trying to look cool in those sunglasses? WELL IT WORKED !!

Views and Reviews says:

Great gear video Dixie. I’m cheap and found a close out pack for $30. It’s an eighty liter waterproof pack with internal frame that was made by Tru-Spec. I think it was some sort of military trial pack that wasn’t picked up on a contract (digital camouflage material). I’ve enjoyed it and the modular attachment points for any exterior pockets (it came with three) and the compression straps have made it pretty versatile. I’ve used it for overnighters as well as week long hikes. The only modification I’ve made was to add hip belt pockets (yes they were “mollie” compatible but not the same pattern as the pack. Oh well). When I weighed the pack new it was just less than four pounds. So I guess it’s not for ultralight hikers but its still going strong after three years.

Andrew Grimes says:

Great video, I have the mens 65 liter version (Atmos 65 AG), you can put your Nalgene or water bottle in sideways also so you can pull it out with the pack on as well! Did the AT in ’08 also, hope you had a great adventure too, cheers.

jessica lamarre says:

I would have cut that divider out if you weren’t using it to save on the weight.

Spikeeus says:

So I heard a little bit of hate towards the external frame backpacks in that video, and the truth is it is all about preference. So lets start at the beginning of my backpacking experience. I started out using a loaner backpack from my scout troop on a muddy hike and I’m surprised I ever backpacked again after that experience. It was an internal frame and a very bad one at that. The next time I went backpacking I used an internal frame backpack from cosco. It held up pretty good, but it was a pain getting all of my stuff packed in the mornings and it just wasn’t what I was looking for because the trip in planning was a trek at philmont. Then I tried the alps mountaineering zion external frame pack. I bought an external frame model because it fit my size requirements and I am also a hunter and external frames work the best for hunting. It was one of the most uncomfortable hikes of my life. It was raining and I didn’t know how to put the backpack on right so it was digging into my back. I went back to the cosco 45 liter for a practice hike and faced the same problem of not having enough space. Then I made a trip to the alpine shop that changed everything I know about backpacking. I talked to a man named Miles. He had been on many backpacking trips through his what I assume is about 30 years of adventure. He showed me how to put on the backpack and it turned into most comfortable backpack I have ever worn. I used that backpack through Philmont and for many camping trips after that. There is one thing about external frames that internal frames will never be able to match: the amount of external storage. I never had a problem with fitting all of my gear into the pack mainly because you can attach all of your gear to the frame. I for one will always use an external frame backpack and would recommend it to anyone. I hope this helped in your decision of what kind of backpack to get.

Candace D. C. says:

Omg, thanks for the strap talk. I got my first pack 80% on cyber Monday sale. I had been looking at it for weeks and told myself it would go on sale and it did. I measured myself, did comparisons etc. I was worried when I got it because the shoulder straps did sit a bit off my shoulder. But, you have cleared up that worry. Your videos are so helpful.

Joey Wilson says:

so udid carry lost of water

Gordon Champion says:

I bought the Osprey Exos 48l based on this video. It is awesome.

Creeks And Clovers says:

Crazy nice new intro. Great advice with “try it on” with weight and “pretend”. Load shifts can be ugly and bad shoulders (using a pack with a bad fitting hip belt) was a tough lesson for me. I’m a section hiker (7 days at the most). Really love the fit of my VC60 but I over-pack it. Would be great to see you review sleep systems and tarps or tents, for section or through hikers.

Vicky Devine says:

Another great informative video….yay! Ordering my Osprey today! Thank you so much!

martin ernesto pinta says:

What´s your opinion about ÜLA packs and most Seek Outside pack that I´ve never seen on hiker´s gear review videos ? Thanks.

Gary Weaver says:

First pack, you say. What are you talking about ? haha Anyway, I have a closeout High Sierra 50+10 that was under $40 and it’s held up for about 12-years now. Scout packs, Army packs, Forest service packs, Walgreens packs, external frame packs, stuffed pants backpacks, bedrolls, etc,,

Adam says:

I love my 3400 Windrider

Blackout NW Scout says:

I have really been enjoying your videos and you inspired me to through hike the AT this spring. Already doing work to plan it all out. I think we have a similar personality, which is why I’ve enjoyed your videos so much. I’m grabbing your ebook next. 🙂 So thanks for the info, and inspiration!

Duncan Taylor says:

I got the Osprey Xenith 105 Pack but once I got it here realized I didn’t need one that big ,all my gear and me could fit in that thing ,lol…

L Deschamps says:

Hello, Dixie. I have not seen a specific video about tents. I do not plan on cooking on the trail and was wondering about the durability of the Kelty Salida 2. Should I trade the weight in that way? 🙂

havent gotone says:

Gonna take a highway to the appalacizone.

Chloe Curry says:

Ive done many multi day hikes and am looking to get a new bag… I am so uncertain between the aura and the eja by osprey not sure if I want to swing to ultralight in one go… Did you like your ultralite on the PCT?

Triple070007 says:

What band is that in your intro riff? WSP? It’s stuck in my head now 😀

Neolithika says:

How much water do you carry? How much water do you recommend carrying?

mike matthews says:

so… do you think you will enjoy a pct thru hike as much? it seems like you enjoy being social and the pct is less social. just curious if you’ve thought about it.

Greater Than Wines says:

I have the previous model of the men’s version of this pack. It feels like a hug, even fully loaded. I can’t imagine hiking in a pack which is any more comfortable.

kriz zzz says:

congratzs for incorporating the german name “wanderlust” in your channel name. you seem you know what you are doing – not sure, if u are german heritage,but you deserve it 🙂 like your videos, but sorry – the guys who are which u are just creeps, disgusting 🙁

fantaseas_ says:

If you can’t try your bag on, you’re ordering it online and you’re interested in an Osprey. Try the Osprey Pack Sizer app, it’s very easy to use and it will give you your size in every bag they sell. 🙂

Ashley Hart says:

Why did you choose 50 vs. 65? I’m trying to decide.

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