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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Share your thoughts
- 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.