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The customizable pack that does it all.

The Osprey Aether 70 Backpack really is the pack that does it all from gear-heavy weekend backpacking trips and ski tours to mountain-climbing excursions. Built with outstanding load-carrying comfort, the Aether 70 features a new IsoForm CM hip-belt that adds stiffness and padding for better performance with heavy loads without increasing the Aether's weight.

  • IsoForm CM hip-belt balances firmness and cushioning for optimal carry while the spacer mesh IsoForm harness offers a comfortable fit
  • IsoForm CM hip-belt can be heat-molded at any authorized Osprey dealer for a customized fit
  • LightWireHD peripheral frame effectively transfers load to the hip-belt
  • Airscape backpanel supplies a smooth, breathable contact surface
  • Single 6061-T6 center stay maintains the backpanel shape
  • Choose between the S, M, L, and XL sizes depending on trip length and the amount of gear you carry
  • Large top area and front J-zip offer wide, easy, and quick access to the main compartment
  • Lid converts to a lumbar pack with built-in belt for short excursions from camp
  • Durable materials and construction ensure a solid pack that lasts season after season
  • External hydration sleeve in backpanel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills (hydration bladder not included)
  • Compatible with AddOns packs (AddOns sold separately)
  • Osprey recommends the AddOns Daylite detachable daypack when your weeklong trip requires a little extra gear
  • Wide-mouth access to sleeping bag compartment with divider helps keep your gear organized
  • Zippered hip-belt pockets provide secure storage
  • Dual-access stretch mesh side pockets stash your water bottles
  • Dual side compression straps and StraightJacket compression help to balance and secure the load
  • Removable sleeping pad straps, two ice axe loops and handle wraps, and Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment help to keep your gear securely in place

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Unanswered Question

I am thinking about this back pack or Arial 65. I checked the size of the backpack but not sure which size would be more comfortable for me between S and M size. My height is 5'5, and weight is 147 pounds. My body type is slim but my chest is little bit thicker than ab since I used to work out. Please help me.

5 5

bomb-proof pack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got my Osprey Aether 70 back in 2007 and have used it for almost every trip I've gone on until about a year ago when I went with something slightly lighter and still find myself picking up the Aether first. This is my "go-to pack" for sure, I have been flat out abusive to this thing and it has delivered! The suspension system, although heavy, can carry anything you throw at it! I've loaded this pack to the rafters and every time is comfy and balanced. I would highly recommend this pack to anyone looking for a solid pack that can handle abuse and won't quit! I would buy another if this one was stolen or damaged beyond repair.

4 5

Couldnt Ask for more

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great pack. Light, durable "convenient" and comfy.

Osprey knows what they are doing plane and simple. I have used it for overnights and extended Days, alike. My one gripe is that there aren't a bunch of "organizer" pockets.....Then again, like I said above, its a very "convenient" pack. The more pockets you have the more junk you stuff in them.....not always a good thing.

Overall a great pack, zero complaints so far.

Couldnt Ask for more
5 5

Osprey does it again

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pack on several trips over the course of the summer. From weekend trips to 8 day getaways, this pack absolutely nails it. Super light yet incredibly durable construction, great volume, and comfort all combined into one. I was able to carry all of my personal gear, food, stove/pot, tent and additional gear necessary to lead trips for 6+ days without any issue.

As with any pack, fit is half the battle. If you're unsure how to properly fit and adjust your pack, I'd suggest taking it to a local retailer for some assistance or using a friend's guidance.

I am 6'0, 175lb, and the medium fit me just fine. Osprey's size chart is accurate.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is one of the most comfortable packs Ive worn. I'm super impressed and stoked to take it on some more trips.

5 5

God-Like Pack.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought the Aether 70L(s) last year for my 10day camping trip up too Algonquin first time ever doing back country hiking. I was able to fit everything in this bag! it has an awesome sleeping bag compartment which i can also stuff a large Coleman pillow in there as well. I then put my clothes at the bottom of the pack including 2 shirts, Shorts, Hoodie, 2 socks, 2 boxers. I then would put my Therm-A-Rest Trail lite sleeping pad on top of that, which would be followed by my drysack full of food.(10days worth), i kept my rain gear on top coat+pants with some fuel in there as well. It has a handy strap on the top to keep everything secured and tight. The top part of the pack had bug spray, deodorant, toilet paper, first aid kit, map, light, and couple of other stuff all fit nicely (which can also be used as a day pack BONUS!). The bag can withstand a beating and is very durable it has many compression straps to make it fit properly and snug. Side pockets were good to hold my water bottle and my platypus. The hip belt is totally awesome great feel to it and doesn't dig into your hips,i kept a pocketknife, cliff bars, lighter, bug spray and bug net. I would recommend this bag to anyone who was interested in looking to buy a bag, its downright amazing, 3 of my friends also picked up the same bag Aether 70L and Ariel 55 they would say the same thing that i've stated about it. You get what you pay for and it's always worth it to spend that extra dollar on something that will make your camping life easier, no regrets hope this helped you on your purchase!

5 5

Great pack

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

Used a couple of times and cannot believe how well the pack feels when you have a ton of gear in it and like that you can get a specific size so the pack fits perfectly to your body size.

I would recommend this pack to anyone who is getting into serious backpacking and needs a durable pack that is well built but also has lifetime warranty which proves the company stands behind what they are selling.

Five stars

Did you know you can fit a 5gallon bucket...

Did you know you can fit a 5gallon bucket inside this thing? Awesome! and so glad I didn't have to clip it to the outside.

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What was in said 5 gallon bucket? Picture or it did not happen.

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Stashed rope, crowbar, brushes, bolts, a #2 camalot, clifbar wrappers and a pickle smell...

Stashed rope, crowbar, brushes, bolts, a #2 camalot, clifbar wrappers and a pickle smell...

I'm considering to get a backpack for all...

I'm considering to get a backpack for all my camping and overseas trips (I live in Singapore), and I have plans to Central / South America for about 3-6 months and maybe some winter camping in Switzerland. Which do you think is a good option of a backpack - the Osprey Aether 70 or 85, the Tatonka Escape 60, or the Northface Terra 65? So far it's been 10 over years since I last backpacked, I'm totally a novice to backpacking gear :). BTW, I'm 5' 4", about 165lbs (yes, a considerably small sized for Asian :)). Thanks for the info!

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Oh yes I forgot to mention I'm also an avid fan of motorbiking in country areas.. so hopefully the backpack wouldn't stand in the way of the motorbike :). Thanks for any info here! Appreciate it :)

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If you are currently in the states heres what I would do. I would order this bag in both sizes the 70 and 60 to see if your stuff fits in there. The 60 is smaller of course but, if you can fit everything in a smaller bag its going to be a lot easier for you, especially travelling. I would stay with the Aether though, great pack and Osprey is an awesome back pack manufacturer.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first full-on backpacking pack. I'm really impressed with the versatility, ergonomics, and thoughtful features. It's rugged yet comfortable, and it's been a pleasure to hike and camp with.

I have fit the following in there at once with ease: My Marmot Earlylight 2p tent, a sleeping back, a thermarest prolite 4, MSR whisperlite, fuel, and a bunch more. I can also easily fit the larger Bearvault internally.

The hydration integration is clutch, as is the versatility of the top compartment (can be used as a hip pack).

My only gripe is I wish they included an integrated rain fly like they did on my escapist backpack. It's very weird that it's not included.

I'm hooked on Osprey products.

5 5

Great Ergonomic Fit

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

After researching for a few months and trying on many different packs, I always came back to this one based on the comfort, lumbar-back support, weight handling, gear-rigs/warranty, and looks.
I have been a massage therapist/health educator for over 10+ years as proper alignment,comfort, and utilizing body mechanics while carrying any weight is the upmost important to me. For me this pack is the best option, i tried out the Gregory Baltoro; shoulder straps and lumbar support were not the right fit for me while carrying weight. Opsrey Atmos; my mid back started developing pains as the pack was fully adjusted but still was not the right fit for me.

This pack, Aether 70 -i filled it with 30 lbs and kept it on for over 30 mins in the store-walking up/down stairs, and it felt fully connected with my body, no pains or discomfort anywhere as i did this 3 different times before making my final decision as I highly recommend to take your time trying on your pack.

This pack seemed to be an overall favorite amongst many other backpackers based on similar likes and comfort.

I will post another update once i come back from yosemite on a 25mile hike/trail.

Happy Trails...

I really like the design of Osprey backpacks...

I really like the design of Osprey backpacks and set on getting one, but trying to decide on a 70 or 85L pack. Thinking that I would need something that could handle a 7-10 day trip max although would probably re-fuel every 4+days. Maybe for Philmont and then also for any family backpacking trips.

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I'm of two minds on this:

1) If you're going to use it for family backpacking, then that extra volume can come in handy for light-but-bulky crowd pleasers (for my crowd, it's bagels). You can also choose to under pack it anytime you want. I go with slightly larger volume backs on scout campouts since i have to carry stuff that others will forget.

2) The smaller the pack, the more judicious you'll be when packing... and 70 liters really should be big enough for what you're describing.

3) if your plans include winter camping and/or you just have bulky gear, then I'd go with the larger size.

4) if you have gear that can strap to the outside (z-rest, sleeping bag in a dry bag, etc. Or if you don't carry a tent... then I'd definitely say go with the smaller pack.

There, that's four minds.

Me and my Aether 70

Me and my Aether 70

On top of Big Bald, with my Aether 70, Appalachian Trail, 5-2014

It made from China or in US. ?

It made from China or in US. ?

What is the difference between the 2013...

What is the difference between the 2013 and 2014 models? They are different prices but i cant see any noticeable tech difference

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According to Osprey the Aether 70 has not changed from last years model. Still a great pack even with the sublte price increase.

Hi, I have two questions. 1) I have been...

Hi, I have two questions. 1) I have been seriously looking at packs lately and am deciding between this in the 60 or 70 L, the Gregory Baltoro 65 pack, and the Osprey Atmos 65 pack for several 1-2 week journeys on the AT and would like to know people's thoughts on which pack would be best. (I'm posting this question here just because I'm not sure where else to post it and because the Aether is currently my top pick.) 2) When I looked at the store, I noticed that this pack has two open-ended buckles on the right side and was wondering what they are for?

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That's awesome that you'll be getting after it on the AT.

So recommendations for the proper volume size for a pack can be tough. It's a little tricky since I don't know exactly what you plan on carrying but if I were you, I'd be trying to get a 50-55 liter pack. Anything 60+ Liters is a bit large in my opinion. I own a 70 liter pack (first thing I bought when I knew nothing and the dude at the local EMS told me that was what I needed. He didn't know jack, just trying to pedal product).

I hardly use my 70 liter. I'd look at 50-55 liter packs and really examine what gear you plan on taking with you and whether you really need it. Ask yourself questions about whether you need that first or second book, that third shirt or third pair of pants. Trim the gear and bring what you truly need. Plus by lightening your load, you'll have a far better experience.

In regards to your questions though, I'd immediately rule out the Gregory Baltoro 75 because it weights a whopping 5 lbs 10 ozs (size small) up to 6 lbs 2ozs (size large) which is insane. I'd also rule out the Osprey Aether 70 because weights anywhere from 4 lbs 8 ozs up to 5 lbs 3 ozs.

Out of these three options I'd lean towards the Osprey Atmos 65 due to the reduced weight.

Jared D.
800.409.4502 ext 4055

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Jared's comments are right on the mark. I would agree that a 70 liter pack is a bit big (assuming this isn't winter camping) and you'll end up filling it up just because you can.

However, if you have the discipline to NOT fill it up, I generally am happier with a slightly larger pack (like 65 liters) than Jared states. Part of this preference is that I like a tight pack with nothing hanging off of it (making noise, getting caught on stuff, etc) so I like to make sure I have the volume I need.

Jared is again right on the mark when he says to look at the weight of the pack. You can get some pretty huge numbers if you're not paying attention.

Not sure which loops/buckles you're talking about, but they might be Osprey's add-on system,?

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Thanks for responding to my questions guys! this actually helps a lot and was along the lines of what I was thinking. Jared, since you were saying a 50-55 L pack would be good, I am going to guess that the extra 5 in the Aether 60 wouldn't be bad. I do like the atmos, but I was a bit concerned at the fact that it seemed to have less of the easy acess compartments and some other features than the Aether does. When I tried on the Aether 60, I admit it seemed a bit heavier but not too bad because the weight seemed to distribute well and the girl at the store recommended it the most.

To give some more details that I forgot, for the AT I am hoping to not be so much of a rookie backpacker and take everything under the sun. I was looking to at least be a little bit more minimalist and practice a few primitive skills that would lighten my pack, say by getting some of the food from nature instead of a bag.

As for the buckles that I asked about, I originally thought they might be daypack attachments, but the two half buckles are only on one side of the pack so I don't think that would make much sense.

Well, I think my options are at least narrowed down to two packs now. Thanks again for the input!!

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David Thiel,

Solid points about 70 liter packs and winter hiking. Very valid as that is primarily the time that I use my 70 liter now. During the summer if it's a 2-3 day hike, I trim down to a 30 liter. I prefer to sacrifice some comfort to save a few ounces here and there. It adds up quickly! But you also have great points about a bigger pack that isn't crammed full. If it is filled but not crammed it can have great weight distribution with very little if any pressure points.

David Roth,

My apologies on skipping the buckles part of your question. I totally spaced on that!

The Aether 60 is a good option for reducing some weight but still being able to carry a load.

Just to get you thinking a little more, here's a few products I'd be looking at if I were you.

ARC3649 (48 liters)
BLD1276 (45 Liters)
BLD1166 (50 Liters)
GRG3290 (50 Liters)

Those are all a tad small for you but still, to show you something maybe to aim for down the road. I have a feeling that half way through hiking the AT, you'll be ditching some gear if not sooner. It's all too common. Maybe look at some 55 liter packs? The common recommendation is to go for packs that are all too big and my thought process is if I have a pack a few liters smaller than I've got to really think through each piece of gear I'll be taking with me.

Hopefully you're able to finish and when you do, get your self one of these little guys to celebrate:

Good luck!

Jared D.
800.409.4502 ext 4055

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Those two open buckles are for the two compression straps on the front of the pack. If you are taking a lighter load you can run the straps all the way over to the one side to really snug down your load. The Aether series is add-on compatible, underneath the flaps of those two compression straps are 4 loops where you could attach a daylite daypack. If you are going to be doing base camping it is a good thing to have.

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Thanks for the responses guys. You pretty much cleared up everything else I was wondering about in regards to these backpacks. Jared, thanks for all of the additional info. I have heard from a bunch of people not to go larger because then you are tempted to fill the pack, plus an unfilled pack is an off-weighted one. Also, I am not doing the full trail right now, don't have the time. BUT, I am hopefully completing the NH section, which would be a nice chunk of experience under my belt.

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If your heading for the NH section of the AT you'll be in my backyard. You'll love it, but it'll be a bit of an ass kicker until your get your legs under you. There will be a ton of great spots but take some time to enjoy the Franconia Ridge and Prezi's.


Jared D.
800.409.4502 ext 4055

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Coming from a guy who has done the John Muir Trail and the High Sierra Trail a couple times. It is very easy to overpack! However, if you are ever tempted to do i very long trek, i highly recommend going for a little bigger of a pack. I started out doing small weekend 3 day trips, and was hooked on it, and I have done the JMT three years in a row now. Very glad i got a bigger pack!

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Hey David, just throwing in my 2 cents. First off go with osprey! I'm a huge fan of their packs from day packs to climbing.
So for long trips I prefer comfort over weight for the pack and lightweight gear. The Aether 70 will carry everything under the sun comfortably. It compresses fairly small but you still have the option that extra layer\meal.
If you're just getting into backpacking and picking up all new ultra light gear a smaller pack will workout for you, but if you're like I was when I started out, using the bulky sleeping pad\bag, stove, puffy. Well a larger pack will help. After you're all geared up with lightest and smallest its quite easy to get away with a smaller size. Like Jared stated, its easy to pack light and right. Its just not cheap! Happy trails. Have fun!