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Expandable, compressible, customizable—whatever the task, this pack is able.

Toss out your fleet of backpacks for the Osprey Aether 70 Backpack, because it can do everything your old packs do, and more. Weekend backpack trips, ski tours, and even mountain climbing are all possible with this moderately sized pack. If your weeklong trip to the Andes requires a little more gear, take advantage of the AddOn feature that lets you attach a daypack, crampon pocket, or other pieces (sold separately) to the front of the Aether 70 using built-in cord loops.

  • Ridge foam back panel's tensioned grip mesh rests on your back so you maintain a layer of cool air between your back and the pack
  • Seamless, size-specific IsoForm Harness uses a hook-and-loop strap to allow 4in (10cm) of torso adjustment
  • IsoForm CM hip-belt can be heat-molded to fit your body exactly with CM-specific ovens at an Osprey dealer
  • ErgoPull hip-belt closure tightens the pack to your body, not your body to the pack, so the weight rests on your hips and legs
  • AirScape Suspension includes dual peripheral aluminum rods, a recycled HDPE framesheet, and a LightWire contoured headrail to provide headroom, keep the weight stable, and prevent buckling over rough terrain
  • J-zipper lets you access the main compartment through the front of the pack, so you don’t have to dig from the top
  • Wide-mouth sleeping bag compartment features a divider so you can load and unload your bag without moving your other gear around
  • This 70-liter pack can comfortably carry up to 65lbs of gear, clothing, food, and water throughout the wild
  • Pack lid converts to a lumbar pack with hip-belt for short hikes from base camp
  • Tough nylon fabrics and a little stretch provide durability and utility in the most demanding terrain
  • Hydration sleeve and ports let you pipe your reservoir (sold separately) directly to your mouth while hiking
  • Front stretch, top lid zip, and two side stretch water bottle pockets hold accessories as you trek
  • Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment is a loop on the right side of the pack that lets you holster your poles when you don’t need them
  • Ice-axe loops on the front of the pack secure your tools during the long approach
  • Removable sleeping pad loops on the bottom secures your pad
  • StraightJacket compression on the sides as well as three compression straps on the front and the top lid let you really lock down the pack and even add extra gear
  • Cord loops on the front accommodate AddOns (sold separately) available from Osprey like daypacks or crampon pockets

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Hey guys, I currently have a 30L pack for...

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Hey guys, I currently have a 30L pack for day hikes, 46L for overnighters and long alpine days, and I need something for weekend backpacking. I'm torn between the Aether 60 and 70 (85 is too big for my needs). Any suggestions on which size would complete the set?

I have notice that most of the pack i have...

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I have notice that most of the pack i have view is or doesn't mention if they are wter proof.I need a pack that will keep my gear dry and don't have to buy a rain cover.Do they make such a pack? If so pls reply.

I have notice that most of the pack i have...
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the only one that comes to mind is the Arc'teryx Arrakis which comes in a 50L or 65L (there might be more sizes, not sure). Also, I'm not sure if you don't want to BUY a rain cover or just don't want to USE one... if it's buy, look into packs that have rain covers included. Aside from those two options, mountaineering/specialized winter and alpine packs would be your best bet. They won't be water proof but they'll be very water resistant. My BD Speed 30 repels water very nicely and so does my Mountain Hardwear Dirretissima. They keep my gear dry in all but long, exposed downpours.

5 5

best pack ive ever owned

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

with this pack, its hard to even know where to begin in praising it. It is such a simple pack, yet as I have used it more and more over the years, I find new things that make it interesting and even more resourceful. I love the removable top pocket and have actually used it much more than I ever thought I would. Added clips on the frame make it compress after you unload some at base camp and set out for more. trek pole holders, axe loops, breathable back piece, and molded hip straps make it feel as if you arent even wearing everything. I hate going on an overnighter knowing that I ought not to take it as it is more designed for extended trips, I just dont enjoy being out without it. Even the little things like the two water bottle holders on the sides and the whistle on the chest clip are the small ammenities that make this bag wonderful. Not to mention how durable it is. Mine fell down a snowfield and came out alive and unscathed. If trying to decide on a bag, dont forget ospreys all mighty guarantee.

check it - http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/web/all_mighty_guarantee

the mahogany of bags.

best pack ive ever owned
4 5

Great Bag but Expensive!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This backpack is popular for very good reasons. Most importantly, it's comfortable. The force of the load is displaced very evenly to the hips. The bag also has great water bottle pockets, two ice axe loops, trekking pole bindings, and good pockets. The head of the bag can also be used as a fanny pack too (I haven't).
But it is quite heavy. When I use it as a day pack for a summit climb, 5 lbs unloaded is a lot. More importantly, it's expensive! The price is hard to choke and I would first recommend Deuter bags before the osprey. But for its comfort and durability, I still recommend this bag--but make sure to check out Deuter bags first.

5 5

You will love this pack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The detachable top portion fanny pack for the hiker that hates fanny packs. I have always disliked the idea of fanny pack hiking, but the detachable top portion of this Osprey has helped me comfortably reach the top of King's peak 3 times in style. This Osprey Aether pack is the perfect balance between simplistic durability and high tech options. The chest and hip straps adjust comfortably and simply for convenient on the move adjustment. And of course, Osprey has one of the best known lifetime fix-it or replace-it guarantees.

You will love this pack

How adjustable is this pack? My boyfriend's...

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How adjustable is this pack? My boyfriend's body would require a different size in the Hip belt and straps

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very adjustable. I purchased a size large but had the hip straps swapped out for a medium size. osprey is good about making their packs sizes customizable. There is also a torso adjustment on the pack.

check this out - http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/web/sizing_and_fitting

hope it helps!

5 5

Great Comfortable Pack

This pack is very comfortable. It can pack up to a week worth of gear no problem, if you pack right. the removable top pocket is really nice for day hikes around camp. the external sleeping pad straps are nice to save room on the inside. The separate sleeping bag compartment is nice so you dont have to unload your whole pack to get to the sleeping bag. The trekking pole carrier is nice, if you need to scramble and need your hands. This is a great pack all around and i would recommend this to anyone.

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Philmont Day 10

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5 day provisions + 10 days of gear. Room to spare...

Hi, I have an old Atmos 35 and love it....

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Hi, I have an old Atmos 35 and love it. Thinking of getting a bigger pack soon. I will be traveling mostly in the dry so just need something that is fairly water resistant. My old pack has a coating inside of it - is this for waterproofing? If so can you tell me what it is and if it is very effective? It has started to perish so I am wondering if Osprey have changed this product to something else in their new packs? Thanks!

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Coating on the inside?? I've never heard of that but most Osprey packs will come with a certain level of water resistance on the outside of the pack(some may be inside as well, but it wouldn't really be an added coating to my knowledge).
As far as the Aether packs go, they are definitely solid!! I've had the aether 60 for over 5 years now and have used it heavily. It has endured everything from a solid 24hours/68miles carrying 45lbs on my back, to falling off the back of my motorcycle at 50mph and not even getting a single rip in it. Mine is the 07 model and from what it looks like they have only gotten better. I highly recommend the Osprey Aether for your next pack, and as far as weatherproofing goes, if you are nervous just spray almost any type of water proofer on it and youll be fine. But really, you shouldn't need to. I've worn mine through some intense downpours and its kept everything inside dry.

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I have used my Aether in downpours for 3 years and it is still bombproof. It never was water proof... buy a good silicone nylon pack cover and keep it handy and you will not have any problems.

5 5

Aether is Solid

Such a great pack. Just took a 4 day trip around Zion NP and this is by far the most comfortable and stable pack I have hiked with. I was able to get all my equipment and food in there with a plenty of room. The crampon pockets will be nice when the snow flies again. One of my favorite features is the J-zipper which allows you to access from the front of the pack so you do not have to dig. It makes packing the bag a little bit easier not having to worry about what I will need first.

I noticed that this bag has straps across...

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I noticed that this bag has straps across the back. Are these strong enough to used cary a snowboard? I have been trying to find a pack that I can use for backpacking in the summer, but that has a verticle snowboard carying system so I can use it for backcountry riding in the winter. Thanks.

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should carry a snowboard, but this is quite a big pack for backcountry snowboarding unless you are doing a multi day tour

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My favorite pack for backcountry snowboard touring and hiking is the Dakine Poacher. Designed to hold your board, and a great pack for weekend hiking in the summer. Not as light as this Osprey pack, but the Poacher was built for what you're looking for.

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