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Exposure 50
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Exposure 50

Exposure 50

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Exposure 50

Manufacturer: Osprey

Your Opinion: 
 - 3 Votes


Page By: camerona91

Created/Edited: May 7, 2007 / May 7, 2007

Object ID: 3131

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Product Description

Ski/Snowboard Mountaineering

When you’re out for a day of ice climbing the Exposure 50 is the pack to have along. With a straightforward top loading design, crampon patch, leashless tool holsters and a suspension to comfortably carry all your gear you’ll be the envy of your climbing partner. The heat moldable Exposure CM™ hipbelt with ErgoPull closure customizes the carry even further.

(From Osprey website-http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/ExposureSeries/Exposure50/)


* Removable Exposure CM™ Hipbelt
* Foam laminate harness w/ rescue whistle
* Floating top pocket with rope tie-ins
* Hydration and Excessory compatible
* StraightJacket compression
* Front hypalon crampon and ice tool buffer with bungee
* Hypalon reinforced side ski carry straps
* Ice Tool Holsters & Shovel wing
* Contoured AL tubing 7075 frame w/ framesheet and 6005 AL headrail

Colors available: Solaris Yellow

Backpanel and Harnessing
StretchComfort harness, thermoformed backpanel and Exposure CM* hipbelt provide superb carry comfort.

Crampon Patch
A hypalon reinforced crampon patch allows you to stow the sharp stuff with no worries.

Gear carry
Leashless tool holsters and under lid rope compression straps help you carry your gear securely.

Haul System
A 3-point haul system turns your pack into a pig while minimizing abrasion on that big wall.

Interior Daisy Chain
An internal daisy chain allows easy gear organization while the backpanel hydration pocket accepts most 2-3 liter hydration bladders.

Leashless Tool Carry
Fast and efficient leashless tool carry let you get to that next climb.

Ski and Shovel Carry
Efficient ski and shovel carry for ski mountaineering.

Tool Carry
Versatile tool carry options allow you to easily carry your favorite ice tool.

Volumes and Weights
US and International weight and volume specifications.

Size cu. in. liter lbs/oz kg.
S 2800 47 3/9 1.61
M 3000 50 3/13 1.74
L 3200 53 4/1 1.84



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camerona91My opinion

Voted 4/5

I have had my Exposure 50 for about 8 months now. I've used it cragging, alpine snow and ice climbing and overnight backpacking. So far it has performed well in all situations. The yellow color is not as hideous in person as I had first thought. The side puch can hold a 1L Nalgene if you put it in before filling the pack. The base of the bag is very narrow, which also makes it better for climbing and a pain to pack sometimes. Seems fairly water repellent. The back pad is surprisingly good at keeping airflow going.

Don't be put off by the capacity. The straight jacket compression makes the bag go down quite small for summmit bids. The extension collar lets the bag fill up for going to base camp. I just take this one pack everywhere and skip on the extra summit bag. I've been up to 3 day trips with only this bag. Last trip I got all my overnight gear, glacier gear, picket, 2 ice axes, 2 10.5mm ropes, crampons, helmet, tent, stove, pot, clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, harness all in/on this bag.

-carries a load very well
-extremely comfortable (straps, hipbelt and back)
-holds a lot of gear
-load doesn't move around at all
-large top pocket
-can remove axes while pack is on back
-fairly light
-doesn't seem to chafe on my harness
-sturdy gear loops
-I am not sure how secure the tool holders are. I had an axe come off my pack. It might have been incorrectly buckled though as I was quite fatigued.
-The top of the frame stay protrudes quite high and I find it a nuisance when fully loaded with a helmet on.
-The many straps whip about everywhere in strong wind (Inevitable I guess).
-the base of the frame sheet sometimes irritates my back a bit.

UPDATE: Had the pack for a year now. Find that it rubs on my lower back when the pack is not loaded down (under 20 lbs) and chaffs. The pack body material also seems to be not too durable as I ahve a few small holes already. One of the ice axe holders buckles broke, and I contacted Osprey about a new one. They responded quickly but had different buckles on the new Exposures, so I will have to make new holes to attache the new buckles. A bit of a pain. I also heard from some other people that the second set of compression strap buckles can interfere with strapping on skis and potentially damage them. The buckles can be removed though quite easily.
Posted May 7, 2007 8:45 pm

EverydayExplorerSolid Pack

Hasn't voted

I have had this pack for a few months now. It seems like a solid pack. Comfortable to carry and just the right size to make sure you don't over pack. The feature that sold me on this pack was the reinforced crampon patch which is very durable. After having it for a while the one downside is that it is a pain in the butt to carry nalgenes. Also the simplicity of the design is a double edged sword. It doesn't have a lot of pockets which keeps it light but having a few more would be nice for organizational purposes.
Posted Sep 3, 2007 10:07 pm

Bill KerrVery good pack

Voted 5/5

Light, carries weight well and the compression straps allow good adjustment for volume and weight. I like the ergopull buckle setup and moulded hip belt and all the little extras like rope straps under lid, crampon patch and whistle on the chest strap. I use a hydration system so nalgene bottle in side pockets is not an issue.
Posted Jun 6, 2008 10:41 am

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