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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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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
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?
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.
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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,?
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!!
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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I have an older model of the Aether 70 ...
I have an older model of the Aether 70 (2008 or 9).
I can't remember what size i bought .
The hip belt is marked as a medium. But i can't find the actual packs harness size anywhere ... .
Where on the pack can i find a tag with the back length size?
Generally Osprey puts a little tab around the frame with the size but I just checked My Aether and couldn't find one so you might just have to run into an REI or some other store and see if you can compare them. Unless you can actually find a tag that says the size it is going to be hard to guess without comparing it to another
The Bee's Knees
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I gave this pack to my partner for Christmas last year. We generally average a month on the trail per year (mostly Appalachian/Blue Ridge Mtns./Pisgah areas), and he's rough on his gear. This pack has held up really well to his use and abuse along with crap weather (rain, snow, etc.). I have an older model of the ladies' version - the Ariel, and I love mine as well. Point is - this pack is the bee's knees for our 3-5 day backpacking trips. Like the J-zip on the front, easy access if you make the mistake of packing your T.P. down in there! You'll only do it once! The detachable hip pack is great if you have a base camp that you day hike from. Literally no complaints.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm not super into the "lightweight movement" for backpacking -- I spend maybe two weeks a year on backpacking trips and spending the money on all the gear I'd need and be able to fit it in a 55 (or less) liter pack just isn't in the cards for me.
The Aether is my solution for my "oversized" sleeping bag and "normal-sized" tent.
Most importantly for a pack this size, like a below reviewer said, 50 lbs. ain't no thing. This pack takes the weight no problem and is comfortable in the 50-60 lb. range. I like the removable top pouch that turns into a hip pack. Absolutely perfect for the short peak bag on the trip. There are several cinch straps on the pack to pack this thing in nice and tight.
Overall, I've been really happy with this pack!
Gifford Pinchot, Washington
Losin' the trail in July in my Aether.
In the Bob
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought one of the last 2012 version packs just under a year ago. With it I have been on 3 multiday trips, dealing with snow, desert, and summit ascents. I love this pack. 70L is *plenty* to fit your multiday gear in. If you are a light packer, it allows you to cinch down the extra space nice and tight. The adjustability is second to none; giving you control over the weight distribution and comfort. It is not one of the lightest packs, but it can take a beating. You don't have to worry about rips or tears, especially with Osprey's lifetime warranty.
While I do not own the 2013 version (not yet), I have tried it on and can say it's definitely more comfortable than the previous model. I had a similar experience with another reviewer here, Johan, in not getting fitted correctly, which definitely adds some discomfort and frustration. But the new isoform belts and shoulder straps feel great, I am looking forward to upgrading to the current model.
The Aether is a great pack for anything from weekend to multiday or extended trips. You can't go wrong with this pack!
50 pounds ain't no thang
A review of pre-2013 update
Yes, this review is of the pre-2013 update which consists of a cut out in the back plate for your spine increasing ventilation, an external loading hydration bladder pocket, one pocket on each hip belt and the reduction of one tension strap on the exterior. With that said, is 95% the same bag. You should still find this very thorough video review useful. I know I did.
Just picked one up.
I have yet to test this pack myself but here is one video that helped me decide.
Has the Aether 70 been updated for 2013?
Has the Aether 70 been updated for 2013?
Is it the 2012 models that are being heavily discounted?
It looks like the same Aether 70 that it's been for years, with the exception of the what they're saying is a "new" isoform hip-belt (I would have to see and feel it to say definitely). I don't see what's being heavily discounted, so it's hard to say, but Aether 60s and 70s pretty regularly go on sale here and most places. Hope this helps.
There are a few subtle tweaks to this model from the 2012. The hip belt has pockets, the side mesh was reshaped to make side reach storage possible (without taking off the pack to get at whats in there - I keep my knife sticking out of the hole). There is a small change to the configuration of the shoulder straps and the chest strap that make it MUCH more comfortable to wear for 8+ hours. Aside from being a bit on the heavy side, I love this pack!! Its heavy, but you can beat the crap out of it...
Thanks guys. I appreciate the info!
Great pack that needs a little work
I have had this pack for the past year and enjoyed it. While it does lack useful pockets for organization, it is good in terms of comfort, quality and space. I love the trekking pole holders and the removable lid (that turns into a fanny pack). The outer stuff pocket becomes pretty useless if you fill the main compartment, and the J-zipper access was never really that useful to me due to its odd J design (does not open up all the way. My last complaint is that the padding on the back of the hip belt is rough and has caused me pain right on my lower back area after multiple days of heavy backpacking. Osprey decided to make that bit of padding that has direct contact with your lower lumbar region bumpy and slightly abrasive, hence causing discomfort after long periods. Overall I would give this pack a 4.5/5 stars if I could, the rough lumbar padding being my only real gripe. My last comment is not directly about the pack, but just a helpful hint about sizing. I am 5'10" and 150 lb's. I have always assumed I was a medium in pretty much everything because of my height. But it turns out that my torso length was exactly between a medium and a small. I originally went with a medium. This caused the shoulder straps to just barely not correctly hold the pack tightly against my back, causing my lower back pain after several hours of backpacking with a heavy load. The small size backpack fit much better and eliminated the problem. So if you are barely a medium or in between sizes, consider going down a size in this pack.