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Osprey Aether 70 Backpack (Dusk Blue, Medium)

by Osprey

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  • Unique feature: 2/3 length aluminum stay
  • IsoForm Harness: Spacer mesh surface with no sewn seams, hook and loop adjustable yoke allows 4"/10cm of fine torso adjustment
  • Lightweight Alloy Peripheral Frame Suspension: Ribbed foam backpanel with grip mesh and recycled HDPE framesheet with weight reducing cutouts
  • IsoForm CM Hipbelt: Heat moldable foam (using Osprey CM in-store hipbelt ovens) with ErgoPull hipbelt closure
  • Volume: 4200cu in/70L Weight: 5lbs/2.27kg

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Product Description

A favorite of weekend warriors to elite mountaineers for over eight years these packs enter their third generation. Great carry, and astounding range of fit and practial, clean features make these backpacks the obvious choice in lightweight, gender specific custom fit. Features hipbelt convertible top pocket/lumbar pack, LightWire alloy peripheral frame, red internal load compression strap, Stow on the Go trekking pole attachment, three horizontal compression straps, J-zipper panel access, stretch woven dual access side pockets, stretch woven front pocket with welded vent, cord loop Add-Ones attachment slots, StraightJacket compression, side gear loops and straps, wide mouth sleeping bag access with divider, two ice axe loops and removable sleeping pad straps.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002N4VXKC
  • Item model number: 012470-673-Dusk-Medium
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,376 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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The zippers operate well and seem sturdy.
Tammy Kuiper
I've had this pack for about 8 months now and have taken it on a number of trips ranging from 2 days to 5 days and it is awesome.
Brett
Great warranty from Osprey for the life of pack.
Tommy Boone

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Brewster on July 25, 2012
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I just finishing hiking ~230 miles with this pack, mostly along the John Muir trail in California. My pack weighed between 35 and 50 pounds, and it felt great the whole trip and held up admirably. There is no appreciable wear anywhere on the pack, despite the fact that I've treated it about as poorly as you can imagine.

I do have a few complaints about the pack (hence the 4/5 review). They're minor, but extremely frustrating issues.
* There are only 4 real compartments (top, main, bottom, outside). This meant that I basically stuffed all of my miscellaneous items into the top compartment, making it difficult to find any one particular thing. Other packs have little zipped side-pockets scattered around, and they would have been appreciated.
* The bottom compartment has a extremely obnoxious zipper. It's hard to explain why it's obnoxious. It works just fine, but even when empty it's frustratingly difficult to open and close. Once I stuffed it with a sleeping bag and some clothes it became a real struggle to get the thing shut again.
* The water bottle pockets on the side are a little small. When the main compartment is fully packed, it takes up enough space that it becomes really tough to get bottles in and out of the side pockets. With a bear canister in the main pocket, it was almost impossible to get 1-liter Nalgene bottles in there. If the pockets were a little larger, they would be much more pleasant.

On the other hand, it has a fair number of things going for it.
* It is well constructed. As I mentioned, I was out on the trail for nearly 26 days with this pack. I threw it around and sat on it many times. It scraped against rocks, trees, and gravel. Despite this abuse, it shows no real damage and I have complete faith that it will last a long, long time.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Lehmkuhl on October 20, 2011
Color Name: Dusk BlueSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
No time for total writeup - hiked 60 miles this summer with this pack (Mount Rainier and Eagle Cap wilderness) and it was excellent in almost every way. I still feel it's probably the best balance of comfort, build, durability out there but I will take away 1 star due to limited outter pockets. I wish there were a couple outside pockets for things - the top of the pack works in most cases but it's a larger disorganized mass of maps, 1st aid, pocket knife, chap stick, sunscreen and many other small things. Not always easy to find and easy for something to fall out. So that's my only wish.... highly recommended - took off the top satchel and used to carry photo filters for sunrise/sunset photography.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RDod1 on December 29, 2011
I bought the Aether (large) in the spring of 2011 and did three trips with it; the Chilkoot Trail and West Coast Trail x 2. Lots of room for the 5, 6 and 7 day trips. Pack weights: between 36 and 45 lbs wasn't a problem. I bought it with a large hipbelt. Waist is 34" and the large belt was cinched in to the max (should have got the medium). I wasn't kind to the Aether and threw it around quite abit. Despite the abuse the pack stood up well. Never a problem with straps loosening off, good attachment points for the hiking poles etc. My hiking partner had a very expensive Arcteryx pack. He didn't have half the handy attachment points that the Aether does. I would like to have seen a couple of small pockets incorporated into the hip belt...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Monty Martinez on April 29, 2012
I have an older (2007) Aether 70 pack, and they've upgraded it since, so keep that in mind.

When I buy a piece of gear, I want it to work in every environment I decide to take it to, whether snow and ice, or desert hot & cold.
The Aether 70 was my choice after looking around for a good couple of months.
It isn't an ultralight pack, weighing in at several pounds. Nor does it have the high capacity volume a true expeditionary pack would need.

However, a good mix of equipment and proper packing means that I can take my Aether 70 where I want to go, for as long as my own endurance holds out. The first major trip I took mine on was a 7 day trek through the Emigrant Wilderness in the Sierra Nevadas.
All total, pack weighed in about 55 pounds. This is about the maximum I should be carrying, but going alone, I didn't have a lot of choice. The pack took the weight load just fine. The molded hip belt was comfortable and tight. The weight load was centered and the pack frame "flexed" with me as I twisted and turned, keeping the load where it should be, and not dragging me down.
In 5 years, I've had to replace the hip belt clip (a generic replacement part fit just fine) and that only because I shut the car door on it by accident. No rips, no tears, it has held up to desert and mountains alike.
The spot for a hydration bladder I've never used, but it is a nice selling point.
The side stretch pockets are perfect for a couple of water bottles.
The front stretch pocket is exactly where to stash that poncho or super-light raincoat and pants for bad weather surprises. Enough room for those and the snacks you'll need for the trail. Try not to cover it up by cinching your tent down over it.

Things I would have liked:
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simonod on June 24, 2012
Color Name: Dusk BlueSize Name: Medium Verified Purchase
I have bought this for an upcoming 7 day hiking trip to Alaska, there is plenty of room for all of my kit plus a little for some essential items (espresso pot and grounds). I have broken it in on my training hikes through the local mountain trails. Comfort wise, having only ever carried a day pack before I was concerned about the extra weight and the loading on the back and shoulders, this isn't a problem at all, the waist strap is as comfortable as anything and carries the majority of the load without digging in, chaffing or slipping.
The narrow width is good for getting between crevasses and I never felt over burdened or bulky, I took a medium size which fits well on my 6 foot frame with a 33 inch waist. I read a lot about the build quality in on line reviews and have to agree that the straps and zips seem to be able to with stand a fair bit of stress. I put my own hydration bladder into the back, it's not an Osprey but it fits well and works as well as it does in my other packs.
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