I wore the Osprey during my tour in Iraq. When I did my pre tour OPTAG training I felt like I was going to die from the weight of the standard CBA (very small plates) but this felt like wearing a waistcoat when compared to the Osprey with it's full sized plate and fittings. The thing is that after a week or so of wearing it, I hardly noticed the additional weight. Like everything else you get used to it and there were times when I was glad of the extra protection.
Don't go out till Sept.
Cheers for the response SF, will hopefully get it before i start the beat up package so i can get wear it throughout. Did you attach everything, Magazine pouches etc straight onto it? or were you wearing an assault vest or webbing over the top?