|Rating:||8.6 / 10|
|Durability||1.6 / 2|
|Versatility||1.7 / 2|
|Weight||1.8 / 2|
|Comfort||1.8 / 2|
|Value for Money||1.7 / 2|
I have been using the Osprey Exos 58L since I discovered there were much lighter pack options to my Osprey Ariel 55L. And I was pretty happy with the lighter options except of course when there was a few extra days of food or water to carry. Only a temporary issue but one that created a bit of discomfort for a short period.
When the opportunity to wear the Osprey Eja 58 during our Hume and Hovell Track adventure, I was a little hesitant – I wasn’t on the looking for a new pack and really liked the minimalist style of the Osprey Exos 58L. So what advantage could a pack only 0.04 kg lighter provide?
The short answer is comfort. The Eja can be described as the women’s version of the Exos and you can really notice the difference. In particular, the shoulder straps are tapered so they sit more comfortably and better navigate the breast area. At only 1.15 kg, this is a super lightweight pack with heaps of features.
One of the benefits of the Eja is that you can strip it back further by removing features you don’t need such as sleeping pad straps, compression straps and the top lid. Not that I tend to do that. But there is one negative – no front pockets for the things you need on-the-go like a snack, easy access to hand sanitiser etc. I’m not a big pocket filler but one pocket on the front would make all the difference! The good thing about the absence of front pockets is that nothing impedes arm movement.
This pack features the Osprey Airspeed Suspension which is a tensioned backpanel that keeps the weight in the pack off of your back and provides good airflow so you don’t get too hot a sweaty. This is essential when you need to load up a lightweight pack and still be comfortable.
The hip belt is more padded than my Exos but there is no adjustment other than tightening the belt so getting the right size is essential.
Like the Exos, the Eja also has a removable top lid (e.g. Pack Brain), which could come in handy I guess but I tend to have a lot of things packed into this handy little pocket (including my snacks) so I am unlikely to remove the brain.
The body of the Eja is a slightly sturdier fabric than that in my older model Exos – this is good for protection but I still used a pack liner at all times and a pack cover when it was raining.
Like other Osprey packs there are a number of standard features including:
This pack comes in women’s extra small, small and medium sizes with colour choice limited to Moonglade Grey and Equinox Blue.
The Eja has a wider, squatter look when loaded up which is very much like the Exos in this regard. Filling the larger side storage pockets greatly contributes to this ‘wider’ view. I don’t mind this so much as it contributes to a lower centre of gravity – something to think about if you’re not overly tall.
The Eja is well priced at $269.95AUD and is great value for a lightweight but durable women’s back pack.
The Eja is a much more comfortable, lightweight pack option for women and is my new ‘first-choice’ for multi-day and multi-week hiking.
The Eja has a bunch of great features including:
This is a great pack for women but just one front pocket, even on the shoulder strap, would make all the difference!
Women hikers who carry loads up to the 14-18 kg mark but the best comfort is achieved by limiting your pack weight to 14 kg
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Osprey Eja 58 litre in Equinox Blue
Osprey Eja 58 showing the extra large stretch side pocket usually used for water bottles but also great for your rain gear
Osprey Eja 58 top closure for use when you remove the pack brain
Pack Brain pocket on the Eja is very useful for holding all those little bits and pieces
The removable Pack Brain also has an internal zip pocket for valuables
Eja hip belt comfy but no space for snacks
Internal water bladder pouch
The tapered Eja shoulder straps sit in just the right spot
The Eja 58 is a compact low centre of gravity pack
Stow on the go trekking pole loop system
Airspeed Suspension keeps your back from getting hot and sweaty
Osprey Eja 58 versus the Osprey Atmos 50. The Eja has a lower, wider profile
This review was done with product supplied by the Australian Importer of Osprey Packs