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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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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

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

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

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

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!

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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...

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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...

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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?

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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, but have feedback to share

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.

5 5

Awesome backpack!!!

While on a 6 backpacking trip this summer, in the North Cascades National Park, with 9 others, this pack was obviously loaded up very full and heavy. However, I had no problems with the pack at all!! The pockets are all placed very well in order to make it easy to quickly pull things out of it along with packing extra things away. The head detaches and makes a smaller pack that we used on day hikes when we didn't want to carry all of our shit around, but would rather leave the whole pack at camp and just carry some food, water and rain gear in the daypack. Loved it!!

5 5

Great pack!

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

This pack fits so well! It's ridiculously comfortable... even more so with a water reservoir on board. I ordered a 2L Osprey water reservoir (the hard backed one) and it fits the pack wonderfully.

I'm 5'8, but I wear a size two... so I'm quite small around the waist. I have the S size, and it is perfect for me. :) I'm looking forward to the many adventures we will have together! Hoping to take it on a longer trek in the near future.

Can I buy a backpack the size of M

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Can I buy a backpack the size of M
But ask to change the size of the hip S
This is important!

Responded on

I doubt backcountry can do this for you, but if you ask through the chat service found at the top of this page by clicking the "live chat" link they can tell you for sure.

If they can't I know that If you go into any local outdoor outfitter that carry's osprey packs they should easily be able to set you up with a pack that has a differently sized hip belt.

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Hey Heorhi,

Terran is correct, we cannot swap out the hipbelts as we have to ship these the way Osprey sent them to us. However, you can swap the belt with Osprey after you have received it from us.

5 5

Like an old friend

I have had this pack for years in every circumstance imaginable, with weights anywhere from 15-60lbs, and it's still in great shape. I really like Osprey's fit, especially for women in the shoulders, and altogether it just rides better on a woman's body than some other unisex packs. I also think that, in my experience, Osprey packs tend to be lower-profile (sexier?) than other brands.

Sure, there's always the draw of newer, lighter, more durable material, but this pack has been through the thick of it with me and is no worse for the wear. Highly recommend.

5 5

Purchased as gift for Momma

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Here is what Momma had to say "I'm a women and I have never had a ladies backpack, and this one is the bomb. It fit the length of my body and contoured to my figure. I used this on a four day backpacking trip into the Uintahs. It was loaded with 35-40lbs and for my first backpacking trip in a while I have to say I am extremely pleased with this pack"

5 5

Excellent backpack that fits my wife

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife is 5'1" and just over 100lbs. This pack fits her well in an XS and allows her to carry what for her is a heavy load. She loves it, and its gotten her back into the backcountry. Other packs have simply never fit as well.

She loves the color and look of the bag as well.