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Have a 'so This is how a pack should feel' epiphany.

When Osprey designers engineered the multi-day Women's Ariel 65 Backpack, they included everything learned from 20 years of building and testing packs specifically geared towards the female anatomy. The LightWire peripheral frame provides support while keeping pack weight to minimum, and the IsoForm waist-belt can be heat molded for an even greater customized fit. Add in the comfortable Airscape back panel and the removable lid that doubles as a day pack, and you're set.

  • LightWire peripheral frame gives the pack structure and effectively transfers the load to the waist-belt
  • Single 6061-T6 aluminum stay provides enough support to comfortably carry loads between 35 and 60 pounds
  • Women-specific IsoForm CM waist-belt and harness provide supportive cushion, are fully adjustable, and are specifically tailored to the female anatomy
  • IsoForm CM waist-belt can be custom heat molded at CM Certified Osprey retailers
  • Airscape back panel has a highly breathable mesh spacer for improved ventilation
  • Top access makes for easy packing
  • Large J-zip on the front panel provides quick access to the main compartment
  • Detachable top lid has a built-in waist-belt which allows it to double as lumbar pack for day hikes away from the main camp
  • External hydration sleeve protects the inside of the pack from spills and allows you to hydrate on the go (reservoir not included)
  • Front mesh stash pocket is ideal for a rain jacket or puffy
  • Dual waist-belt pockets provide on-the-go access to lip balm, bug spray, and a small point-and-shoot camera
  • Sleeping bag compartment with divider allows you to quickly pack sleep gear
  • Removable sleeping pad straps provide a secure exterior attachment point
  • StraightJacket compression straps help to balance the load
  • Stow-on-the-Go Trekking Pole attachments allow you to quickly secure poles when not in use

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Lovin it

Lovin it

Still comfortable at the end of two weeks in the Cascades!

5 5

The Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Ariel 65 is easily the best pack I've used. I tried several different backpacks that were fine but not quite right - but from the minute I put this one on I knew it would go on many adventures with me. From one-night trips to two-week treks, this is the only pack you need. Great fit, great features, and durable.

Let's start with the fit. I'm 5'0" and 110lbs and got the XS. This pack is so adjustable that you really can make it fit perfectly - especially since the waist belt is heat-moldable to fit you exactly right. Once it's on and adjusted properly, I don't find myself having to fiddle with the straps during long days on the trail. If you pack it correctly it also balances really well and I never worry about wearing it for stream crossings, light scrambling or sketchy footing.

Now on to features. I love the stretchy front pocket for maps, an extra layer and/or a snack. Easily accessible and you can cram a lot in there! The brain is also well designed and very easy to convert into a lumbar pack - on day hikes from a base camp I've been able to fit a 1L water bottle, down jacket, camera, map and snacks just in the brain! The trekking pole loops are a nice feature, as is the sleeping bag compartment - you can attach it to make separate compartments in your pack or detach it depending on your preference. The mesh panel on the back vents well.

Finally, it's durable. And backed by Osprey's bomber warranty, you never have to worry about pushing this pack to the limit and treating it a bit rough.

I'm not the biggest or strongest person out there, but this pack lets me fake it a bit - I've stuffed it to the limit with 60lbs of gear and it was STILL comfortable! I highly recommend this pack to any ladies who want a great fitting, all-around awesome pack.

The Best
5 5

Great Pack!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am new to backpacking and researched a lot of packs before deciding on the Ariel. I am so glad I did. I just got back from a 4 day trip to the Grand Canyon and the ease of using this pack was great. I highly recommend this one.

Osprey Ariel At the Grand Canyon, 2006

Osprey Ariel At the Grand Canyon, 2006

Back in the days when I carried 6-packs and whole steaks, the Ariel took it all in style all the way in and out of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Osprey + Ergo = backpacking for 2

Osprey + Ergo = backpacking for 2

The Osprey Ariel 65 (loaded with about 34-40 lbs) teams perfectly with an Ergo Performance Carrier beneath to backpack for 2 on New Zealand's Rakiura Track

5 5

Still an Epic Pack 8 Years In

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have one of the original Ariel packs, purchased new in 2006, and have literally taken it all over the world - 5 continents and over 20 countries. It still functions as well as the first day I got it, and I have never worn a more comfortable pack! I love the stretch in the outer pockets, which allows for tons of extra gear stuffing. The little open slots near the back of the side pockets are perfect for grabbing a snack bar on the go if you remember to pack them there ahead of time. The single best feature of this (and all Osprey packs as far as I can tell) is the harness. You can adjust for a perfect fit on almost anyone, and the air vent is a lifesaver. Even my husband finds the Ariel preferable to his Kelty pack and has his sights on an Osprey when that one wears out. More recently, this pack has gone above and beyond and carried 40 lbs on my back happily while I carry an infant on my front in an Ergo Performance Carrier. Both pieces work together, with the Ergo harness and hip belt on first and the Osprey second.

Still an Epic Pack 8 Years In
Aerial 65 on the Trail

Aerial 65 on the Trail

This pack rides well and did not interfere with my balance in stream crossings, dicey footing, steep climbs and the like.

5 5

Definitely Made to Fit Women!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a wilderness skills instructor, I have occasion to see, try and speak with a good many people about a variety of gear. I was impressed when I tried on this pack, with how great the fit was, right off the rack. Even better after it was customized. But what impressed me even more was that I encountered two other women, with two distinctly different body types, who also fell in love with the fit of this pack.

For those shopping, here are the stats regarding fit: I am 5'3" 128 lbs, muscular, short legged, long waisted and wear a size S or 5 in most clothes. My pack is a SMALL - the XS was a decent fit, but I maxed out the adjustment and felt I'd have more flexibility for body changes with the Small. One of the other women was about 5'5", I'd guess 150-165 lbs, pear shaped body type and she had the Medium. The third woman was about 5'9" or taller, ectomorphic build, probably around 150 lbs and she also had a medium. We all agreed that when loaded correctly, it sat great on the hips, distributed weight very well, rode right on our bodies, didn't feel any pull at the shoulders and we all loved that it didn't tower over our heads.

I've taken this pack on a variety of trips, in different terrain, dicey footing, steep climbs, stream crossings and the lot. Except for a desert trip in which the weight of excess water at the start of the trip pushed the load limit (and caused some pinching at the collar bone), this pack rode well and facilitated good balance and agility.

What more can you ask of a pack? I'd buy it again if I had to choose and I highly recommend it for women of all sizes and body types. Go try one on!

Definitely Made to Fit Women!

Trying to decide between the osprey Ariel...

Trying to decide between the osprey Ariel and aura. I have an 18" torso. Have never been backpacking before but am planning on doing Kalalau in August. Which pack would make a rank novice's trip easier?

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I should also mention: the hike will be one day in/one day out, and 2 nights in the valley

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I would recommend the Ariel, mostly because of your torso length.
I'm a 17, and the Ariel comes in XS and the Aura doesn't(I have an XS Ariel 65 there's plenty of room to expand and the S is more than two inches two large for me, so I would go with the XS Ariel)

5 5

Backpack Besty

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

This backpack is my new best friend. I got the blue medium and at 125lb/5'5 I might have wanted to get a small, but other than having to adjust the straps to the smallest setting, I have zero complaints. My best friend has the same pack, but mine is newer, meaning that the brain compartment in my pack turns into an awesome (and stylish) fanny pack. The only other difference we could find is the exterior zipper access to the pack guts, meaning that you don't have to unpack all your junk to jet to a rain jacket or snack. Amy is pretty darn jealous.

The side compartments allow for water bottle storage (or crazy creek/small tent), and the main compartment has a divider for sleeping bag/soft goods storage. I can easily fit a weeks worth of gear in this pack with a little bit of room to spare!

The hip straps have pockets to keep chapstick and cool rocks you find on your travel and there is a pouch to keep your water bladder in near the spine of the pack.

Backpack Besty
5 5

Initial Impressions

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Really like the aesthetics and organization provided with this pack. Looking forward to putting it to good use!

update: Went on a backpacking trip in May and I know I will still need to break this bag in a bit more. It was stiff, yet comfortable however, there was some digging into my shoulder that was at times, unbearable. I'm not sure if this is due to my personal bone structure or the bag itself. will need to be put to more use for a more thorough analysis.

Initial Impressions

Will the XS fit in an airline carry on...

Will the XS fit in an airline carry on compartment?(the XS is quite a bit smaller than the S)

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Nanci,

The XS is 33 x 13 x 14 or 60 liner inches. Most airlines put a limit of 45 liner inches.

Great  Bag for Camping!

Great Bag for Camping!

Bought it for camping and traveling. It's a great bag, fits a lot of equipment and clothing, it has a outside zipper for a sleeping bag and what i love the most is the hydration compartment because it's outside the bag which makes it easier to take it out of the bag when it's already packed. The straps are great and the material really resistant. I've used it in a lot of weekend trips to the mountains and volcanoes, and i use the top lid as a bag to do the ascents to the volcanoes.

Not great photo, but...

Not great photo, but...

You can see the height when fully packed, as well as the harness fit.

5 5

Great Pack, All Around

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is of great value. I used it extensively while working both as a guide and as a backcountry ranger. Love the detachable brain--very, very easy to convert into a lumbar pack, came in handy many times. The harness is perfect--I am 5'1" 112 lbs and the small harness sits exactly where it should, and never rubs no matter how long or intense the day is. The rest of the pack is minimal, which I like--main compartment is plenty for a lightweight solo trip, plus a elasticized front pocket (great for your map and a small layer) and two stretchy water bottle pockets (first thing to rip, though it took a long time for them to wear out). Rides low-profile on the back, so no awkward balancing acts or getting snagged in trees. Highly recommend

I like the idea of the external sleeve for...

I like the idea of the external sleeve for a water bladder. However, I can't see the shape of it. Is it a fixed shape or flexible? In other words, can I use my Platypus Big Zip SL 2 liter bladder or will I have to get an Osprey one?

Best Answer Responded on

The sleeve is just a backing of heavy fabric nested across the spine, you can easily fit your Palty inside and run the hose up and out to the shoulder strap :)

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I also sometimes use the pouch as a laptop/textbook holder if that gives you a better image.

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It's just an elasticized sleeve inside near the back panel; it should fit many types of bladders. I use it to hold books and items I don't want getting wet as well.

5 5

Built to last!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I bought this pack for my girlfriend for christmas. I took her backpacking this past summer and she loved it. She also has a desire to travel the world. This was the prefect gift for her. I personal own a Osprey Aether 70 Liter pack and I have put it through the wringer. I am very impressed with how durable, packable, and comfortable osprey backpacks are. It only made sense for me to get this pack for her. Some cool features on this backpack include: lots of straps (very useful for many things), the pockets on the belt (make it easy to access things like chapstick and sunscreen without taking off your pack), and the mesh pocket on the back (allows you to store decently sized items in place that is easy to access). The best thing about Osprey backpacks are that they make the heavy load feel light. They have adjustable straps that allow you to balance the weight of the pack to what is comfortable on your back. I bought her the small and it fits her well. She is 5'3 and about 110 pounds.