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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

For trips across the world

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had an Ariel 65 since 2006 and have traveled from the U.S. to West China on trains, planes, and automobiles, and also by foot and it has held up with no broken seams or rips yet! One of the buckles broke though; at least that buckle is still half way functional.

This has a inner pocket for a hydration pack, fits sleeping bag, clothes, tent, and has mesh side pockets for shoes or airing out dirty clothes, can even fit a fat nalgene water bottle in the side pocket!

I went to a store and was fitted for a size small. My torso length is 17"

5 5

So glad I chose this pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I shopped for a while trying to decide which pack was best for me for a 3 day backpacking trip. I chose this one and I'm so glad I did. I love the frame, the hip pockets, and the accessibility of this pack. The only thing that was a little frustrating was the location and accessibility of the bladder holder area. We packed our bags and didn't fill our bladders until we were on the trail so it was a really tight fit unless you take things out of your pack, put the bladder in, then put everything back, and who wants to do that. I could fit all my gear for 3 days but I know I could fit it for longer if I needed to. I almost went with the 75 but I'm glad I didn't 'cause I would have just carried more. All in all, a durable and extremely comfortable backpack. Once I had everything adjusted to the weight on my hips, I was set. My pack was about 35 lbs max, and I am 5'5" I got the size M.

Responded on

Hey Julie! I'm happy to hear you are loving your pack. Welcome to the Backcountry Community!

5 5

Great pack for travelling

Got this pack for a month long trip through Europe. It works wonders. Love the detachable hood and different pockets. Perfect for what she needed to bring (too much stuff). If you want a carry on definitely get a smaller size.

Works for Europe.

Works for Europe.

Got this for my girlfriend for a trip to Europe and it was perfect. Just strolling through Manarola, Italy.

I'm trying to decide between getting a small or a medium. I'm 5'7", 120/125 pounds with a slim build. Which should I go for?

Responded on

You need to measure your torso from the nobby piece at the top of your shoulders down to the top of your hip bones. There are several Youtube videos to show you how to have a friend do it. Your overall height and weight don't determine your backpack size. It's not like buying a sweater. For example, I am 5'9" but am on the small end in backpacks because I have a 17" torso. So, I have a small Ariel 65. As for my width. You need to measure your waist around the top of your hipbones and compare it to the size chart. If you need a different hipbelt, you can buy one and swap out to hipbelt that comes with your pack.

5 5

Beautiful pack

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is a beautiful back pack. It's well made and durable, and the color is beautiful. I'm sad that, unfortunately, it's not what I was looking for. I researched for a pack to use when traveling to haul my belongings from place to place, and I thought this would do it. I love the back pack convenience and style, and while this one is that, it's not what I was looking for. :(

5 5

Couldn't Imagine a Better Pack

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

This pack is absolutely phenomenal. I used it on a three-day backpacking trip through the Wilderness of Dolly Sods. I carried a two-man tent, a sleeping bag, a change of clothes, plenty of food, two gallons of water, among the other essentials. Of our entire group, I had not a single complaint about discomfort from carrying my pack. The waist pads are extremely comfortable and even have the option of molding them to a custom fit (I did not get mine molded, but it is available at select stores), however I don't find it necessary. The weight sits perfectly on my waist, causing no strain to my shoulders, back, and neck, and making it very comfortable to walk, run, hike, and cross streams with a large load. The pack is fully adjustable to fit on your person and to distribute the weight in any way one may wish. Initially I was feeling pulled back by the weight of my pack, but I quickly discovered it was due to how the top portion (which is a removable day pack) was positioned. Once positioned closer to my head, I had not a problem at all. I kept my 2-L CamelBak water reservoir in the removable day pack, and it was perfect. The hose reached perfectly and the water pressure was great. This pack also features a sleeping bag compartment, another plus, as you could remove and repack the bag while barely disturbing the organization of the other contents of the pack. This pack is great and I highly recommend it.

5 5

Love the individualized fit options

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

Bought this for one of my backpacking partners and I love how I was able to get the fit dialed in for her. Looks great, super tough, awesome organization. Perfect for a few days to a week.

4 5

Osprey Does it Again

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

I bought this pack for a friend primarily to use for our backpacking trip through Europe this summer. She tested the pack this past weekend, and was overall pleased with the quality. The Ariel is definitely designed with a woman's back in mind, making the waist belt extremely supportive and easy to adjust. The back panel is that trademark Osprey ventilation goodness. She also loved all of the features on the pack and the extra bottom compartment to store her sleeping bag. The fit is extremely important on this pack so make sure and have someone help you measure before choosing a size. My friend is the same height as I am (5'3) but she has a much longer torso, and as a result, opted for the medium.
If you ever have any questions on sizing feel free to ask for me on chat and I'll be glad to help!

Osprey Does it Again
4 5

Pretty good

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

I used it for a 5 days hike for Tasmania overland track. The bag is so comfortable. Solid performance.
I am 5 ft 6 and my sizing is medium.
Will update after I put it through the wringer.

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!