Osprey Men's Aether 85 Backpack, Bonsai Green, X-Large
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- Keep water bottles or other gear easily accessible in the side pockets featuring access from the top or side
- External hydration sleeve in backpanel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills
- New hipbelt pockets provide secure storage that's easily accessible while hiking; Perfect for digital cameras, GPS, snacks, etc.
- Strong J-zipper on front panel provides quick access to gear in main compartment
- Wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider
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The bestselling backpacking series on the market just got even better. Known for its ability to be taken all over the world, from the summit of Everest to a backpack trip through your local wilderness, the fourth generation of Aether/Ariel builds upon its reputation for combining clean design, custom fit and outstanding load carrying comfort. Amongst a plethora of upgrades, the new IsoForm⁴ CM™ hipbelt adds stiffness and padding for even better performance with heavy loads. Amazingly, all this comes with no increase in weight
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85lL Aether Vs. 70L Aether - I bought both and I would recommend the 85L because it looks to the eye essentially the same size as the 70L but carries 15L more and the weight difference between the two is insignificant 2.28kg for the 85 Vs. 2.23kg for the 70.
As for colour that's a personal choice the 70 was maroon/red and the 85 green which I prefer. I also own an Osprey Atmos 65L medium which is also a great and comfortable backpack but with any more than 18/20 Kgs. I personally feel is no longer comfortable. If you intend regularly carrying weight in the upper range the Aether is definitely a better choice, for regular carry weights of 12kgs. to 17kgs. the Atmos 65L is fine and is itself a very lightweight pack. I have noticed on the Aether series the back panel is less curved and sits closer to your back than the Atmos which I suspect aids stability with heavier loads and of course the Aether is also better padded on the shoulder and hip straps. If I was new to the market and considering one of these three backpacks I would plumb for the Aether 85L for it can do everything the other two can but not the other way round and is not that much more expensive or heavy. I forgot to mention I also used the Aether 85 as my summit pack simply using the compression straps to close down the extra space not needed - again proving that you can reduce capacity but cannot increase capacity that is not there in a smaller pack if needed. I would say the three packs I mentioned are all top notch however overall the Aether 85 offers the greatest degree of flexibility of the three is not overly heavy and proved comfortable and stable when carried heavy. I should also mention before closing that although the back panel on the Aether is not as curved and breathable as the Atmos it still has a great configuration and does aid reasonable breathability and sweat control for your back.
However, this Osprey Aether 85 is awesome, its lightweight, coming in at 5 lbs, and carries 35-45lbs like nothing, I honestly didn't feel any discomfort while standing or walking around, simply wow. I won't lie, I was so excited about this bag, I filled it up and made breakfast in the kitchen with it on. Now you know my dark secret.
Anyway, I chose the 85 over the 70 mainly because its only a few ounces heavier, the 85 was cheaper than the 70 on amazon, and you won't have to worry about space to fill it up with your 'selected' gear. But ultralight weight sticklers may say, "but its bigger, you'll want to pack more", and they may be right, but I say, "drugs may make you feel good, but that doesn't mean I'll do it!" This bag works for me.
I like the Red maroon color, its unique and stands out. The hip belt and shoulder straps are comfortable out of the box and fit me like a glove. I got the large, I am 5/11 190lbs, broad shoulders/athletic build.
For the hydration bladder, I am rocking the Camelbak Omega 100z long and fits perfectly. My advice, is it may be easier to insert the filled bladder while the bag is near empty, it takes a good push to get it in while the bag is full. Also there are options to fill up your Camelbak through the hydration hose, so your bladder can stay put the whole trip.
It has a trekking pole storage loop which is easy and very convenient.
The bag comes with a 100% lifetime warranty on it, what is not to love!? Advice if your a noob and not sure how to fit it on you, take it to REI, they will fit you up and mold it for free.
I plan to take week long backpacking trips and bring this bag with me on the PCT.