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    18 Reviews


    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
    • Item #OSP0322

    Tech Specs

    210D nylon, 75D nylon stretch ripstop, 500D nylon
    LightWire frame, Airscape back panel, 6061-T6 center stay
    Shoulder Straps
    yes, IsoForm CM
    Hydration Compatible
    yes, external sleeve
    Reservoir Included
    Detachable Daypack
    yes, lid
    Detachable Lid
    front zipper, top
    1 stretch mesh front, 2 zippered waist-belt, 2 stretch mesh side
    Ice Axe Loops
    Trekking Pole Loops
    yes, Stow-on-the-Go
    Sleeping Bag Compartment
    Max Weight Capacity
    60 lb
    [S] 4 lb 7 oz, [M] 4 lb 11 oz, [L] 4 lb 14 oz
    31 x 14 x 12 in
    [S] 3478 cu in, [M] 3661 cu in, [L] 3844 cu in
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Great Fit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have owned a few Osprey packs and like all of the others the fit is amazing. As long as you pick the correct size you should be able to dial it in to fit you perfectly. Even carrying heavy loads isn't bad with this pack. Packed with a little room left I was able to take this on a few international flights to SE Asia as a carry on without any issues. The hip pockets and side water bottle pockets work great. I also like that the lid can be detached for a quick day hike of you want to take a few things with you. One thing that I don't like about the lid is that it is one big pocket. I would prefer that is was split into two compartments or had some kind or organization for smaller items. My other complaint is with the front J-Zip. It works fine for most items but it can be difficult to pull a large item of something from the bottom out. If it was a full U it would make it a lot more functional. Overall its a great pack.

    Carry on Size

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This pack fits well and is very comfortable. Good room for a midsize backpack. The bottom zipper appears to be a separate compartment but isn't, which would be nice if it were so that if something is wet or dirty it can be stored without soiling other items in main compartment. Having the whole main compartment accessible by the large zippered opening is very handy. The top pouch is roomy which makes it nice for storing items but it is a bit floppy when detached from its straps. The best part is that it works as a carry on too so lots can be packed when traveling without having to check it in.

    Hey Ashley, thank you for the review. I do have to say that although you made it through as a carry on with this pack, it definitely falls outside of the specs and was not designed as a carry on... I just don't want people thinking that the specs of the Aether 60 allow for it. I have seen people carry on some HUGE packs though!

    Thanks for the review!

    Osprey Rep

    take your time

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    there are a lot of moving parts on this to customize to your body. get the right size (i'm 5'11 175 and a medium is perfect). there are no bells and whistles on this, no extra pockets and it's def more of a 2-3 day pack than something you can pile all your stuff into, but i got some bungees involved and made a 5 day trip no problem.

    Three years and going strong

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this pack in the spring of 2013 and have been using it since on almost every hiking, mountaineering or rock climbing trip in the Cascades. I still love the Aether 60, it's still in good shape, and don't plan to replace it anytime soon but by now I've been using it long enough to realize that there are some things I don't like about it. So let's start with the things I like:
    - Comfortable! Hands-down the best, it fits my size and body frame perfectly (I'm 6'1, slim and broad-shouldered)
    - Fits lots of stuff. The longest trips I took this pack on are 3-day mountaineering trips and I never felt like I needed a bigger pack
    - Sturdy - after almost three years, this year's the first time when I managed to make a one-inch tear in the fabric (my fault), but all seams are still in perfect shape
    - It has enough buckles and straps to attach hiking poles, ice axe, helmet, crampons, snow shoes and a mat, all at the same time. This is very important for me as I often carry gear
    - It has the very convenient, strategically-placed straps that allow you to stow your hiking poles temporarily without having to take your pack off - I use those all the time when I have to switch between walking sections and scrambling sections where I have to use my hands.
    - Has a strap to secure a climbing rope on top of the pack (I'm not sure that strap was meant for attaching a rope but I'm using it like that)

    I could name more features I like, but let's move to what I don't quite like:
    - The pack is too big for one-day trips. This isn't really a complaint about the pack itself, only to say that if the pack is under-loaded, the removable top lid hangs on the back of the pack in a very awkward position. The pack looks downright ugly and the lid is hard to move around; I wish there were a good way to adjust it. That's the main reason I'm now looking for a smaller 30-35l pack, possibly a panel loader.
    - The top lid has a built-in belt with a bracket hidden in a compartment on the bottom. There might be a legitimate use for that part, but for me it's just dead weight.
    - There is a piece of fabric with some straps attached on the inside, presumably meant to separate the lower compartment of the pack, accessible through the bottom zipper from the top part. I often wish that piece of fabric was never there. It's in the way and I have no use for it.
    - The compression straps go over the water bottle pockets. This is a common minor complaint about many packs. It just makes access to the water bottles harder.
    - I wish there was a pocket or sleeve at the bottom, to slide the ice axe pick into, like I've seen on other packs. I always have to be careful not to snag the sharp parts on anything.

    (A picture of my Aether 60 standing on top of Longs Pass, ready to take on the slopes of Mount Stuart in June 2014)

    Three years and going strong

    Amazing pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this pack for just about everything, from a few days hike, to a week plus hiking trip. Or just for a days worth of rock climbing, to a week long rock climb trip.

    I am rough on backpacks, and this is by far my favorite as it has taken everything I have thrown at it (literally) It has been to Red Rock Canyons, NV; Sam's Throne Arkansas, The Needles, and many other places. Basically it has seen all sorts of environments and still looks as good as the day I bought it. While there are a few scratches on the bag, there are zero holes, and nothing that I am worried will be ripping anytime soon.

    Definitely a great buy for anyone looking for a good bigger pack for their outdoor adventures.

    Still my best pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been dragging this pack all over the country with me from Baxter park in Maine on the AT to the Wonderland Trail on Mount Rainier and it's still going. When I bought this pack years ago I figured I'd eventually upgrade to a larger size for thru hiking but I somehow keep coming back to this pack. I've done weeks and weeks on the trail with just this pack. It's been a serious challenge at times to make things fit but it's helped me to not over pack and forced myself to take only what I need to survive, not what I think I "might" need. It absolutely has shown signs of wear(Unraveled pack straps, elastic in the front wet pouch doesn't keep things as strapped as it used to, plastic belt lock has a piece broken out) but if you would have told me a few years ago I'd still be using the same pack after all this time I would have laughed, but it's still preforming great. It's one of those things you'll start to almost consider a "trail buddy" rather than a piece of gear if that makes sense(or maybe I've been hanging out in the woods to long). Heavier and maybe a little more bulky than other packs but worth every ounce for something that won't let you down.

    Still my best pack

    Hey Johnny,
    Thank you for the review and the photo! I've been there! I use, almost religiously, the women's Ariel 65, which is the sister to the Aether 60. The pack just becomes a part of me. I used it recently this summer on a trip with my son (his first backpacking trip!). I would have liked to think I could get everything in the pack, but 1) I like to eat well and 2) I like creature comforts! So, He and I had our packs loaded and I added an Osprey Daylite to the mix, which attaches easily onto the Aether and Ariel!

    Thanks again for the great review!
    Osprey Rep

    Great Pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I recently was charged with outfitting my group (wife, sister, brother-in-law, brother, sister-in-law) with gear for a week long trip in southern utah canyon country. We got tents, sleeping bags, stoves, backpacks, the whole run. All of our gear held up and served us well.
    The Osprey Aether got a bit beat up on the sandstone coming down the canyons, but held up well and was a great fit.

    Incredible pack

      Used this pack on a month long backpacking trip through Europe. Carrying camping gear and everything else you could need for a trip through Europe. I wasn't ever able to carry it on as it was completely full. If it wasn't stuffed to the brim you might be able to sneak it on. If you don't want to check it, get the smallest version to be safe. One of my favorite features is the detachable lid. Great to use as a day pack or very fashionable over the should man bag. All the same its a fantastic feature that allows you to no have to pack in a separate bag. You will not regret getting this pack. Very happy that my personal gear head recommended it.

      Best Backpack I've Owned

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Considering I'd never owned a NICE backpacking pack before, I was incredibly surprised just how comfortable this was. The straps fit snug and secure and keep the pack from shifting and the frame distributes the weight so evenly that it was barely noticeable when hiking. The size is perfect, too. Worked perfectly for a week long climbing trip I went on. Was able to hold all of my camping and climbing gear and still had extra room.

      What a pack!

      • 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

      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!

      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!

      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.

      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

      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.

      Adjustable Hipbelt

      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.

      Does the Osprey Aether 60 Backpack have an adjustable frame? If so what are the dimensions? I am looking for one that will fit a 17-18 inch shoulder to waist and 28 inch waist.


      if my waist size is 33-34, would you recommend a large or medium? also, i would want to use this pack skiing, so would the consideration of wearing the pack over a jacket/multiple layers make it reasonable to buy a large instead of a medium?

      The size of the Osprey Pack depends on your torso length, not your waist size. Having said that, the Medium pack comes with a medium belt, but can be interchanged for a large. To find your correct size, follow the following instructions:

      Get a measuring tape and do this:

      1) Get a friend to help.

      2 Find the crest of your hip bones by putting your thumbs in your armpits (bare with me here!) and drag your thumbs down the sides of your body until you hit the highest part of your hips, It's on the SIDE of your body, not the part of your hip that might poke out toward the front of your body.

      3) Take that point on the side of your body, and on the same plane (don't move up or down), slide your thumb to your spine. That is your bottom measuring point.

      4) At the base of your neck, find the bump that is your C-7 vertebrae. If its hard to locate, bend your head forward. but once identified, then stand up straight.

      5) now you have a top measuring point and a bottom measuring point. Once you get the measure done, then use that number in inches, and refer to the size chart located above!

      There is a great set of instructions on the Osprey website, so please go there if you have questions.



      Osprey Rep

      Would this bag be suitable for split or solid snowboard carry? (say when boot packing up a steep / icy section)

      How does the bag compare to the Atmos 65 as far as comfort? Atmos is bigger but has less weight capabilities anyone tell me why?

      Best Answer

      The Aether series packs use IsoForm CM for their waist and shoulder straps. They are going to be a more form fitted pack, and mold to your specific body shape, giving you a more custom fit than the Atmos will. In fact, the waist belt is custom heat moldable, and if you take your pack in to an authorized osprey dealer, they will heat mold the waist belt to your hips, thus giving you an extremely comfortable, perfect fit.

      As far as the weight goes, the aether is going to be more comfortable with the extra weight because of the custom fit waist belt. You will be able to carry more of the weight on your hips comfortably than you will with the Atmos. My guess is that you could probably carry 60lb with the Atmos, but it won't be anywhere near as comfortable as it will with the Aether, because the padding in the straps isn't designed to carry that much weight.

      Also on a side note, a very cool feature the Aether has is its external hydration bladder compartment. So when you have to refill your bladder, and don't have a quick connect link to your filter, you won't have to open up your pack and unload it to take the bladder out. Also, it won't get condensation on the inside of your pack! And when its full of cold creek water, it feels great on a sore back, and really helps cool you down!

      Both of these are really great packs, the aether is going to give you a much more comfortable, custom fit, but the Atmos weighs close to a pound less than the Aether. So if 5L less space and the extra 12ounces aren't a big deal to you, the Aether is going to be the more comfortable, versatile option.

      Another great pack is the Xenith, which is a step above both of these packs, and is actually what I use, and I absolutely love it. I was carrying a 50lb pack while alpine touring, and I honestly forgot I was even wearing a pack at times. Also it gave me great range of motion while touring, and didn't restrict me in any way. I have also taken this pack on several overnight trips, and one 15mile loop.

      No matter which way you go, you can't go wrong with an Osprey pack.

      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

      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....

      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?

      Best Answer

      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?

      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.

      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.