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Carry your load comfortably in the backcountry with the Osprey Aether 70 Backpack.

The Osprey Aether 70 Backpack is just the pack for a multiday backpacking journey or mountaineering trip. Thanks to the Aether 70's AirScape suspension system, which includes aluminum rods to stabilize your load, you can comfortably carry up to 60 pounds in this backpack. Osprey also gave this pack a foam and mesh back panel—the foam pads feel comfortable on your back and the mesh breathes so you don't sweat to death under your pack. A padded IsoForm harness has no sewn seams to rub or chafe your chest, and you have the option of getting the thermo-moldable hip-belt custom-fitted to your hips. Load your sleeping bag into its own zippered compartment and top load your other gear into the main compartment. Side pockets hold water bottles, or you can put your bladder (not included) into the Aether's internal hydration sleeve. Use the side loops for your skis in winter and your trekking poles during other seasons.

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5 5

fantastic pack

used it for an entire year in the backcountry of alaska - winter spring summer fall winter, and then again on a year-long climbing trip in asia. everything is still in good shape! it distributes weight really well (given that the pack fits ur torso and you pack properly), and all the buckles/straps are extremely useful where they are. comfortable and lightweight for the amount of padding and size of pack. i can't imagine needing a bigger pack.

Would a small fit a 6 foot, 40 in, 170 lb...

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Would a small fit a 6 foot, 40 in, 170 lb guy?

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Brandon,
It probably would not fit your correctly as the sizing is based on torso length. Measure yourself as seen here to be certain:
http://www.ospreypacks.com/PackTech/SizingandFitting
But I can tell you at 5'9" 170# with a 30-32" waist that the medium was the right size for me. Sorry boss!
I hope this helps.

5 5

Philmont

We finished Philmont last summer Trek 22 which was a South to North route over Tooth of Time and Baldy. Approximately 110 miles with pack and 10 days of provisions including the extras that adult leaders always feel obligated to carry and this puppy is just plain awesome. If it broke tomorrow I would buy another instantly and will be the only pack I recommend to our troop. If you are new to packs, this is comfy and cheap. Buy it now!

Philmont

Can I fit in this pack an hydration bladder...

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Can I fit in this pack an hydration bladder eg. from a camelbak pack?

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Yes, it has an integrated bladder sleeve and ports on both sides for routing your hose out either way, and there is a clip inside to hang your bladder; I used a 100oz CamelBak reservoir in mine; it fit perfectly. It is a nice pack, but I rarely need a 70L bag anymore.

I realize that this may seem dumb, but I...

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I realize that this may seem dumb, but I can see no way to secure the shafts for my ice axes. I have two 55 cm axes that I use when Alpine climbing and sure there are loops, but how do you secure the shafts? There are no straps above the loops or bungee cords. What am I missing

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You don't seem dumb. I own the thing and haven't figured out exactly how its supposed to be done either. The 2010 models have the little bungee cord things above the hoops. I would love to see a picture if someone else has this figured out! (I just sent an email to Osprey asking them, my curiosity has been piqued)
**Followup**
A quote directly from Ospreypacks customer service:
"The most common way to attach the top part of ice/mountaineering axe is with the compression strap at the top."

5 5

SAC Score

Soooooooo nice. Only complaint is that it needs a small pocket on the inside for a lighter, spork, leatherman, etc. otherwise it rules. My hips stick out and without the molding of the hip-belts it rubbed me wrong, but otherwise it rules.

5 5

Just a great pack

If you have had the chance to get fitted for this pack and it's comfortable on your frame, you're gonna be happy with your choice if you go with the Aether 70. Just a well designed, durable, comfortable, full of awesomeness pack.

is there a pocket on the waist belt for a...

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is there a pocket on the waist belt for a small camera...?

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The Osprey Atmos has waist belt pockets but the Aether series does not.

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Sadly, no. I think they want to upsell you these http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/OspreyAddOns/DigiStows/

does the top part turn into a day pack?...

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does the top part turn into a day pack? does it work well?

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The top pocket & hip belt can be removed and converted into a lumbar pack. This system works as well as any other similar conversion. I still prefer to carry a separate day pack.

Will a snowboard fit into the two back...

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Will a snowboard fit into the two back straps allowing Snowboard Carry capabilities?

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The tech specs say no, but you might be able to make it work.

5 5

Mold your belt at home.

First Ill get the repeat stuff out of the way. Like everybody else, Im impressed with this pack and excited to put it through some serious abuse come spring time. Like others have mentioned, for the price, you think the rain cover could be thrown in. But I digress..
The following is for informational purposes, and should not be attempted without the full understanding of the fact that you may damage your hip belt. That being said, some quick research on the properties of nylon followed by a quick prayer, and I molded my own belt by placing it on a cotton towel inside the oven for 10 minutes while monitoring the temp and keeping it between 175-200*F. Then as the osprey videos suggest, I wore the belt around until it cooled back down. It's now formed perfectly! (Oh, speaking from experience... make certain you put the hip belt on right side up, or you will be repeating the process a second time! haha)Why did I attempt this myself? Because the nearest dealer isnt worth the cost of fuel for something so simple. The oven is clearly little more than an EZ-Bake, so I felt it was worth a carefully monitored chance. I won.

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Thanks! This was awesomely useful information.

Buckskin Pass

Buckskin Pass

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Coming down off Buckskin Pass with the Aether 70 - headed into the Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado.

Maroon Bells Trailhead

Maroon Bells Trailhead

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Just beginning the trek - taking the Aether 70 to bag the Maroon Bells in Colorado.

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Awesome pic!

5 5

Incredible Pack

I just converted from my old external frame and I've loved every second of this backpack. It made long heavy treks amazingly better, the weight is still there, but properly adjusted it transfers wonderfully down to your legs.

My only complaint is how tight the water bottle holders are. It has a space for an internal bladder, so drinking water on the trail is easy, but it's almost impossible to get a water bottle back into the compression holders by yourself while still wearing a fully loaded pack.

Besides the water bottle holders, this pack is the best I've ever owned, and all my buddies love it too.

5 5

Great Pack

Bought this almost three years ago to replace Gregory Shasta. Has held up well, Thought it may have been a little too small for our nine day trip (Crabtree Lakes) last summer. I am glad to say that I was wrong, held everything with room to spare. Even carried my bear canister on the inside!

Have found this to me more comfortable than my Shasta and much easier to adjust. Removing the lid to make a waist pack is a bit tedious but still very happy with this pack nonetheless.

Osprey Aether 70

Osprey Aether 70

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Great pack, not one complaint.

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Awesome pack!!! I have logged on some miles with this pack, and can not find ANYTHING wrong with it. My advice, is to make sure, you fit your pack properly. Not doing so, may result, in what the ONE person said, about it not fitting right. Also make sure, you use it for the suggested weight, otherwise, it is a bit uncomfortable. Well worth the money, great gear.

5 5

Best All-Around Backpack!!

I purchased this backpack in 2007 and I have taken it on a dozen or so trips in-and-around the California Sierras. I've used it in various environments from climb Mt. Whitney in the summer to snowshoeing in blizzard conditions in Yosemite during the winter and everything in-between. I find that the 70 liter pack is the perfect all-around size. I love using the straps on the outside when I need to carry extra equipment (snowshoes, crampons, foam pad, etc.). I have even used it as a day pack to climb Mt. Shasta and it held all of my essential gear effortlessly (including my ice axe, crampons, and poles). I use the outside straps to compress the pack as much as possible, which is really great in the summer when I carry much less - especially, if I am rock scrambling. This pack is very comfortable and well made and it is still in great condition after 3-years of repeated use. I'm 225 Ib and 6' 5" tall and the L size fits me well. I highly recommend this pack!!

Best All-Around Backpack!!

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