Osprey Aether 70-Litre Backpack
|Price:||$290.00 - $465.46|
- 70-liter backpack with LightWire alloy peripheral-frame suspension system
- Gender-specific IsoForm CM hip belt and harness fit comfortably on the body
- Adjustable stretch-woven front pocket; dual-access side pockets
- Add-Ons loops for attaching smaller daypack; 3-liter hydration sleeve
- Convertible top pocket/lumbar pack; available in small, medium, and large sizes
- 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
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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.
A favorite of everyone from weekend warriors to elite mountaineers, the third-generation Osprey Aether 70-liter backpack has been turning heads for more than eight years. The 2010 Aether is equipped with Osprey's LightWire alloy peripheral-frame suspension system, which combines an Airscape ribbed foam back panel with a recycled HDPE framesheet with weight-reducing cutouts. The LightWire system distributes the weight evenly across your body, so you'll feel as nimble on mile five as you did your first few steps. The pack also includes a gender-specific IsoForm CM hip belt and harness. Made of heat-moldable foam in Osprey's CM in-store hip-belt ovens, the hip belt and its ErgoPull closure close comfortably around your mid-section while adding support. The harness, meanwhile, includes 4 inches of fine torso adjustment, with hook-and-loop adjustable yokes. And with four hip belt sizes, four harness sizes, and three torso sizes, the Aether boasts an unparalleled fit range for both men and women.
Comfort will only get you so far, of course, which is why the Aether 70 also offers a ton of storage options. The large main compartment holds most of your clothes and gear, while the adjustable stretch-woven front pocket and dual-access side pockets fit smaller items and accessories. You can carry even more stuff via the loops and attachment points, which include Add-Ons attachment loops for a smaller daypack, a Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment, and dual ice axe loops with bungee tool tie-offs. Finally, the pack includes a top pocket that converts into a lumbar pack, making it easy to go on short day hikes.
Other features include a hydration sleeve that holds 3-liter and smaller hydration reservoirs, three horizontal StraightJacket compression straps, a red internal compression strap, wide-mouth sleeping bag access with a removable divider, removable sleeping bag straps, and J-zipper front panel access. The Aether 70 is available in dusk, tundra, and magna colors in small, medium, and large sizes.
The pack includes Add-Ons loops for attaching a smaller daypack.
- Dimensions: 15 x 33.5 x 13.4 inches (W x H x D)
- Small: 4,000 cubic inches (67 liters); 4 pounds 11 ounces
- Medium: 4,200 cubic inches (70 liters); 4 pounds 15 ounces
- Large: 4,400 cubic inches (73 liters); 5 pounds 2 ounces
Things at Osprey move full circle, starting with the people, then the product, and then back to the people for the full lifetime of the product. Headquartered in Cortez, Colorado, in the southwest part of the state, the company is nestled at the corner of the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of vast sandstone canyon country. This landscape provides the Osprey staff with constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for the company's packs. The remainder of the company--including Osprey founder and head designer Mike Pfotenhauer--resides in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In HCM City, surrounded by heat, endless bustle, and vibrant energy, Osprey designs and builds its packs to exacting standards. Living in HCM City provides many benefits, including the ability to create face-to-face relationships with the factories that build its packs, ensure fair labor standards, and soak up the design inspiration of a cosmopolitan city.
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I am 6'4" about 240 lbs with a wide chest about 48". My torso is about 21"
This review is for the Large size in this pack.
The Large fit my torso perfectly.
I really wish people would start stating their size and the pack size/size of what they're buying more in reviews, it really helps me when another big/tall guy gives me stats, I would think it would help for people of all sizes. What's good for the average size person, really doesn't matter to us big and tall types, and vice verse I would assume. The more info the better, especially on sizing.
I will start by saying I returned this pack. I gave it 4 stars because I didn't want to hurt the rating and I didn't want to give it 5 because I feel you have to actually use the product to rave about it. The 4 stars are because this is obviously a quality pack, Osprey makes great packs, I use the Manta 36 daily.
So why did I return it you ask - Simple, I was between this and the Gregory Baltoro 75 and although it was a close one, the suspension of the Gregory won out. Simply put I felt like the Gregory displaced the majority of the weight of the pack to my hips - I'd say 75% Hips 25% Shoulders.. whereas the Aether was about a %50/50. It was 100% noticeable, especially the more weight I put in the packs to test.
The Aether is a more vertical pack - meaning it's slim and tall. The way the suspension curved it brought the top load into my head, I'm sure I could adjust straps, etc. to change the placement of the top pack, but I found it mildly annoying.
All in all the pack is quality, I love the Osprey mesh pocket, I use it on my daypack all the time and really wished the Gregory pack had that. The pockets on the hipbelt are roomy and could easily fit an iphone where the Gregory's can't (almost useless). The top pocket of the top lid is cavernous, which is nice, but not nice.. One of the reasons I liked the Gregory was because of a lot of pockets to organize, having to throw everything you want to access from the outside of the pack in that huge pocket could get really messy. The Osprey guarantee is unmatched, even by Gregory, I really wanted to like the Osprey more for this reason, however, when I'm out on the trail with 50+ lbs of gear on my back I really don't care about warranty, and the Gregory should more than hold up and has a great warranty as well.
I know this was a mixed review of the Aether and Baltoro, I tried keeping it mainly towards the Aether, but felt I had to explain why I sent it back. Also I enjoy reviews when someone talks about the products they compared the reviewed product to, a lot of times it's the same products I'm looking at, or it points me in a direction I wasn't thinking.
Hope this helps someone.
My friend has purchased the new Aether 70 AG from REI and it is also very nice fit wise, design and well thought out as well.
Straps and belt stay put and don't slide loose as you hike as many packs are wont to do.