A beefy world-trekker for a variety of backpacking excursions.
Buy a plane ticket to China, pack up your gear in the Osprey Aether 85 Backpack, and wander into the land of infinite possibilities. Its large storage space, multiple straps, and gear loops enable the Aether to be used for a variety of short to long backpacking trips among rice patties, snow-covered peaks, and cherry-blossom forests. Plus, if you need more space, Osprey's attachable AddOns (sold separately) make the Aether 85 large enough for two-week-long expeditions.
- 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, or XL sizes (5004-5553cubic inches) based on how much gear you pack and how many days you're out for
- Large top area and front J-zip offer wide, easy, and quick access to the main compartment
- Top 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 packs sold separately)
- Osprey recommends the AddOns Daylite detachable daypack (sold separately) when your weeklong trip requires a little extra gear
- Wide-mouth access to sleeping bag compartment with divider keeps 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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How's the fit? I am stocky guy with large...
How's the fit? I am stocky guy with large torso. I am 5'11", weight 205 lbs, have a 44" back and a 36" waist. My torso length is 22". According to the sizing guide I should go with a XL but those sizing guides are a hit or miss kinda thing.
Does this have a rain cover included? If...
Does this have a rain cover included? If not does osprey sell rain covers to fit?
No rain cover is included. Here is Osprey's rain cover: http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-ul-raincover-osp0131 You'll want it in a large.
Will this pack carry skis\splitboard like...
Will this pack carry skis\splitboard like the old Argon and Aether pack would?
you could probably hook them up with the different compression straps. It is not specifically designed for them but there are enough straps you could make something work
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was on the fence between the Aether and the Baltoro a while back and they were both comfortable so it came down to which had more features I wanted. the Baltoro won back then. When I saw the updated Aether and found it had all the improvements I wanted I jumped on it. I am glad I did I love this pack.
The trekking pole holder is much better than other packs. Being able to put your trekking poles away with out taking the pack off is really nice.
The add-on compatibility is nice too. I got the daylite day pack and it really makes it easy to bring a day pack with you if you are going to do some base camping. This was unheard of and difficult with other packs.
The hydration pouch on the outside is another great feature. It makes it easier to take the reservoir out to refill or use elsewhere. I have noticed that you need to put the reservoir in first to make a little space for it but hey it still works.
the hip belt pockets are great for carrying the items you need at hand. the pockets are bigger than other packs which is really nice.
This is an all around great and comfortable pack. Out of all the packs I have owned over the years this is by far my favorite.
how great this pack is
I got this pack form rei not here and the 2012 model but the 2013 model has more features. There almost identical and it stores all of my gear weather i need it or not just amazing pack.
We rent these out at my work, extremely durable pack that will last you a long time. It contains more than enough room for all you personal and camp gear! I typically put my sleeping pad between the brain and the body of the bag and then tighten down to compress. I also use a trash bag, put the trash bag inside the bag then put everything else in there to make sure nothing gets wet, which is a cheap way of doing it but effective. I promise you'll be happy with the Aether 85