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The difference between backcountry bliss and back-breaking pain.

A custom-fit pack with good support can mean the difference between a weekend getaway and a back-breaking death march. Shoulder the Osprey Aether 60 Backpack and you'll have 40 years of pack fitting experience and expertise on your side, including the LightWire peripheral frame for support and an IsoForm CM waist-belt that can be heat molded for a fully customized fit. Plus, the detachable top lid doubles as a lumbar pack so you carry the perfect amount of gear on day hikes after establishing your main camp.

  • LightWire peripheral frame gives the pack structure and effectively transfers the load to the waist-belt
  • Single 6061-T6 aluminum stay provides enough support to comfortably carry loads between 35 and 60 pounds
  • IsoForm CM waist-belt and harness provide supportive cushion and are fully adjustable for a custom fit
  • IsoForm CM waist-belt can be custom heat molded at CM Certified Osprey retailers
  • Airscape back panel has a highly breathable mesh spacer for improved ventilation
  • Top access makes for easy packing
  • Large J-zip on the front panel provides quick access to the main compartment
  • Detachable top lid has a built-in waist-belt which allows it to double as lumbar pack for short hikes away from your main camp
  • External hydration sleeve protects the inside of the pack from spills and allows you to hydrate on the go (reservoir not included)
  • Front mesh stash pocket is ideal for a rain jacket or puffy
  • Dual waist-belt pockets provide on-the-go access to lip balm, bug spray, and point-and-shoot cameras
  • Sleeping bag compartment with divider allows you to quickly pack sleep gear
  • Removable sleeping pad straps provide a secure exterior attachment point
  • StraightJacket compression straps help to balance the load
  • Stow-on-the-Go Trekking Pole attachments allow you to quickly secure poles when not in use

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5 5

What a pack!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is the best backpacking pack I have ever owned! It has a great frame for evenly distributed support. If you size it correctly, it should sit very comfortably and distributes most of the weight around your waist. The 60 L seems to be the perfect balance of size and weight. The versatility of the 60L pack is awesome. I could bring it on a week long trip, or an over-nighter. And I didn't even mention how sleek this baby looks--not too clunky with too many pockets and straps like so many other packs have.

Backpacking Olympic National Park

Backpacking Olympic National Park

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Awesome! I'm planning a trip there in August. Is that the Hoh River Trail?

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Yes! And it's INCREDIBLE out there--you will love it.

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Awesome picture Sheena !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage of backcountry.com in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

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Such a fun hike! Did you see any Elk while you were on the trail? We saw this huge bull last year and it blew my mind!

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Cory no elk but so many deer running down the beach.....which was the weirdest thing for me being a mountain girl--I had no idea deer were beach bums!

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Those deer are super crazy! Also so many raccoon monsters - that bear vault we had to pick up with the permit in Port Angeles was mostly just to keep racoons out! Thanks for sharing the awesome photo, makes me more stoked for my upcoming trip out there!

4 5

Wishing I had the new one

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I did 1200 miles of the AT with this pack in 2012, and there were a few problems with the previous model. there were rub points between the hip belt side straps and the shoulder strap bottom mounting points, and I had to actually send it in to get it fixed. Osprey gave me a new pack so I could continue my hike, but I am starting to see the same wear on the pack they replaced mine with which is to be expected. This new model however has an improved system that has fixed the previous problems... all the features I wished my old one had, this one has. Thanks Osprey for listening to what we all wanted! This pack can carry whatever it is you need it to, and keep you comfortable while it does. yes it's a little heavier than some other packs, but that is all because of the extra support it gives!

4 5

Perfect pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Perfect for overnight backpacking/fly fishing trips in the sierras. Holds large bear bucket, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothes, tent and all my fly fishing gear with of plenty room to spare. Plenty of different ways to store fly rods and spinning rods without getting in the way while hiking. Loved the detachable top summit pack, perfect for when i summited Mt. Whitney.

4 5

Osprey Aether 60L, a great pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pack on many trips over the past 3 years now. It has never let me down, I haven't had a single problem with it, and I've probably put around 200 miles on it in that time. I feel it's a great pack, but try it on before you buy! A pack that doesn't fit is a terrible pack for you regardless of how good it is. I cross-shopped with an REI pack, a Deuter, and a Gregory, all around 60L, and this one fit me the best so I went with it.

I use it mostly for medium range backpacking trips (5-30 miles) and it has always done the job and has held up great over the past few years.

Pros: Comfortable, hydration compatible, durable, good value

Cons: Heavy

Could this backpack carry the 4L clean bag...

Could this backpack carry the 4L clean bag from a gravity works filter system. I don't normally fill it completely but its nice to have the availability as its the only one I carry.

Alternatively I might be able to get a 3L platypus

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Osprey generally specifies their own 2-3L bladder, so I'm guessing the 4L won't fit. (Especially since the compartment here makes it hard to put in a bladder that's not rigid. Honestly I think you're going to find it near impossible to find something that's designed to hold 4L and I'd suggest you size down....

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I would have to agree, I put a 3L in there and it takes up all the room in the hydration compartment

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Thanks for the input. My old Gregory z55 fit it fine and made it easier to carry up to 9L on hikes where no water was available (seriously zero water, in 100F temperatures). I'll have to consider my options.

Adjustable Torso and high load lifters

Adjustable Torso and high load lifters

An Adjustable Torso and high load lifters helps this pack carry extremely well once dialed in.

Adjustable Hipbelt

Adjustable Hipbelt

This lets you switch out the hipbelt, while still being able to keep the pockets and let's you keep the space of the pocket high, as it doesn't need to stay with the curve of the hipbelt.

Great side Compression

Great side Compression

The side compression really lets you keep the pack thin and get weight closer to your body.

External Hydration

External Hydration

I like the hydration system outside of my pack... just a matter of preference

4 5

Good pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pack for about 2 and a half years now, and I'm pretty happy with it. Sure, it's heavier then other packs, but with the extra weight you get a ton of features, most of them useful. It has lasted through 2 week long trips in Colorado, trips in Utah and Wyoming, as well as a ten day trip in New Mexico, and during all of them it was bush-whacked with, fallen on and scraped up, and constantly abused, and the material has totally held up. the lid/fanny pack serves its purpose. The suspension is pretty good, and it's nice that you can swith the shoulder and hip pads out for better sizes, but I stongly prefer the comfort of the suspension on my brother's Atmos (which is lighter). All in all, great pack, and has interchangable suspension, but is a little heavy for 60L. Worth my money.

5 5

Comfortable Osprey Suspension

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The shoulder straps and hipbelt are awesome. They are very nicely padded and, in conjunction with the suspension system, make the pack carry very well. I put 35 pounds into it and felt like I was carrying nothing. I haven't been able to take it out on a trip yet or walked many miles with it on, but I think it will be very comfortable.
This pack does a nice job at sitting up straight on my back instead of pulling out. That means a lot of weight goes on my hips! I only wish this pack had a few more organization pockets, like the Atmos' 2 front/side pockets. I can't wait to use this. Updates to come.

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Thanks for the comments - I bought this pack after comparing to the Volt 60 and the Deuter ACT Light 65+10. The Volt was great but the straps didn't feel comfortable on my clavicles, and the Deuter just didn't sit right...too low and the padding around the straps against my shoulderblades was too much. The Aether, after trying it with weight and proper adjustment fit perfectly - even more so after having the hip belt heat molded. It was on sale too, so a no brainer.

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Thanks for the comment.
UPDATE: This pack has seen 50 miles on the snowy trails of Colorado. It has been amazing. I feel like there is no weight on my shoulders, there is plenty of organization, and the pack doesn't feel like it pulls back - it stands nice and tall. Way to go Osprey!

Im looking to travel Ireland for about a...

Im looking to travel Ireland for about a month, can any one tell me will i be able to pack enough in this backpack or should i look for something bigger?

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This would work really well for your purpose. It has lots of useful pockets and holds a lot of stuff. Very durable construction too, should be able to take a lot of abuse.

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If you are just going to pack clothes and such you should be good. These packs have enough compression straps that if you feel like you might need the 70L but end up having leftover space you can compress it down. If this is going to be your primary bag for traveling you should get the Ospret Airporter bag to protect your pack through the air port. Another option would be the Waypoint and Farpoint series packs.

Is this the 4th Generation, 2013 pack or...

Is this the 4th Generation, 2013 pack or an older model?

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This pack is new for 2013--you can see by comparing it to the Aether listed on osprey's website right here: http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/group/mens/aether_series

Features, colors, weights and specs are all the same as the 2013 listed on Osprey's website. Hope that helps!

4 5

Osprey, Good stuff.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I use a Gregory Baltoro 65 but have used an Aether 60 multiple times, as it is what 2 of my buddies have, and have no complaints about it, I am just a fan of Gregory. I do know that Osprey is really good with customer service and they will help you out with almost anything you need! The pack has a lot of really neat features and great thermo moldable waist straps that help a lot with comfort and weight distribution. It has many pockets that become very useable. I do love the way the brain cinches down really well on the pack, it just feels as though the whole pack secures with the brain tight down. It also has many really unique cinch straps throughout the pack sides and stuff that really helps! OH and I also really love the wet pocket on the front, you put your wet stuff in it and it doesn't get anything else wet! Its great!

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I'm actually trying to decide between the Baltoro 65 and the Osprey 60. Since you have used both of them, which one would you prefer for say 3-4 day backpacking trips?

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Matt, it is really depending upon how much you are wanting to carry. The Baltoro is really really good if you going to be carry a heavier load and technical moving, such as some scrambling or climbing. The Baltoro has moving shoulder and hip straps that move with you as you move making it a little easier to move technically with weight. If you don't plan on having to much weight I would say the Aether would be a good choice, it has thermo moldable hip straps which can be beneficial, it also has better breathing in the back panel. The Baltoro has a back build for loads, not as much for allowing your back to breath. The Aether is built to breath comfortably on your back. That would be my suggestion. They are both really awesome companies and I love them! I lean more toward Gregory because I don't really like following crowds and most people go for an Osprey. You might want to check out the Gregory Z65 if your planning lighter loads, its a relatively cheap pack, simple, not to many crazy pockets or surprises. I use the Z65 and Baltoro most. Hope this helps you out Matt!

can you adjust the curvature of the back?...

can you adjust the curvature of the back? I have heard so many good things about this pack, but when I tried it on it seemed like the back had way too much curvature, which created a gap of about 2 inches between my back and the back-panel of the pack. I don't see how this extreme curvature can fit well on anyone's back unless they are extremely hunched over or have a lot of excess fat to fill it in.

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There is a curve in the lumbar area, but that seems to dissipate when the pack is loaded and adjusted properly, and when the hip belt is sitting at the proper height. Was the pack loaded at all when you tried it on?

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It will flatten out onto your back with some weight, but I will say that the space would be a good thing due to breathability for the pack! It shouldn't be too much of a pain at all. I as Joe would, would recommend to try it on packed and loaded with some weight, it will help you feel what it will be like on the trail.

Back panel

Back panel

This is the back panel on mine. The airscape does a fairly good job of keeping you cool. My uncles overloaded pack is beside it, because my brother at the time was young enough that he couldn't carry all of his own weight.

Great

Great

This is it stuffed on a 40 mile backpacking trip in the Uintas. Performed beautifully.