Osprey Volt 60 vs 75 - which is better?
Say hello to the Osprey Volt series – a big, bold, simpleton.
And we don’t mean that as an insult.
This is Osprey’s less-is-more backpack, designed with less bells-and-whistles for hikers less concerned with fancy pockets and extra features than they are with volume and comfort.
Is that you? Good – then let’s get down to business.
First things first, the Osprey Volt 75 is obviously bigger than the 60. A full 15L by our calculations..
But that isn’t the only difference between these two behemoth backpacks. And that’s what we’re dealing with here – big ol’ backpacks for lengthy stints on the trail. So look elsewhere if you’re after a weekender and check out the Talon or Stratos.
No, there are other differences than just capacity, but that is the biggest difference, pardon the pun.
It’s also the deciding factor making us go out on a limb and say the Volt 75 beats the 60.
There’s just not enough other differences to not go for the bigger pack, considering they both weigh about the same.
However, there’s one reason why you still might want to go for the 60, as well as a third option that may be a suitable compromise for some folk.
More on that below.
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The main difference between the Osprey Volt 75 and Osprey Volt 60 is capacity or internal volume, which is highlighted in their names. The Volt 60 is a full 15 liters smaller than the Volt 75, making it useful for lighter loads. The size you choose depends on your packing style and what you’ll need. If you’re of smaller stature or pack lightly, then the 60 may be good. If you’re on the larger size or like to pack extras, go with the 75.
Osprey is known for super effective yet lightweight backpacks. The weight difference between the 75 and 60 is slight, not even reaching half a pound. Weight alone shouldn’t play a big role in your final decision. The weight difference only comes into play when you’ve stuffed them with your equipment. So if pack weight is something you’re concerned about, be sure to focus more on how much stuff can fit in the 75 versus the 60.
The Volt 75 is larger than the Volt 60 as we mentioned previously. The size difference is in height. The 75 is 2 inches taller than the 60. The larger size of the 75 accommodates the higher internal volume. People of all sizes will be able to comfortably use both the 75 and 60 thanks to their adjustability. The quality and effectiveness of the packs are not determined by the 2-inch height difference.
The Volt 60 is smaller than the Volt 75 in capacity, weight, and size, making it a better option for beginners. This comes down to the final readied pack. Both the 75 and 60 are designed with supportive features for a durable experience, but the 75 requires more experience and skill in its handling when fully packed. The 60 allows beginners to learn properly with a lighter-weight pack.
While the 60 may provide a lighter carry in the end, it does not allow for the same packing potential as the 75. The 60 will keep you covered for a long weekend or about 4 days. If you plan to backpack for a week or two at a time, the 75 is more practical. Don’t overstuff your Volt because that strains the straps for less comfort.
If you're considering buying an Osprey Volt, a backpack that is comparable in size and function is the Osprey Xenith 75. Like the Volt packs, this guy’s an absolute monster:
But as with most of Osprey’s backpacks, the hip suspension system on the Xenith really lightens the load. In fact, the Xenith’s has a more heavy duty suspension system than either of the Aether or Atmos ranges, which are probably Osprey’s most popular large size hiking backpacks. Have no doubt the Xenith is going to help you carry big loads with relative ease.
It does however have a big price tag, and comes in at a little bit more than the Volt 60 or 75.
The key difference with the Xenith compared to either of the Volts is its extra features, such as its many gear compartments and multiple access points. Getting to the main compartment is going to be quicker and easier with a Xenith, that’s for sure.
So, here’s what all that information boils down to in the end.
When choosing between the Volt 60 or Volt 75, there’s very little reason not to opt for the bigger bag – in terms of price and other features there’s just not that much between them.
As with other Osprey bags, the compression straps on the Volt mean that, if you go for the 75, it’s easy to cinch-down to suit the size and weight of your load.
In other words, the versatility of the Volt’s design means having an extra 15L capacity to start off with is a benefit you shouldn’t really turn down.
The 75 is most practical if you enjoy taking longer trips where you need to carry more equipment. Since the 75 is heavier than the 60 when fully loaded, you’ll be more comfortable carrying it if you have some solid experience hiking or backpacking.
Finally, definitely consider the Xenith if you know you’re going to want speedier access to the main compartment as well as handy extra compartments. =ZIP=