You have no problem using a guy's razor, but a guy's backpack is another thing altogether.
- Dual-density mesh IsoForm CM shoulder harness adjusts to the contours of a woman's torso
- Canted IsoForm CM hip-belt can be custom-molded for a perfect fit
- Top pocket can be removed and converted to lumbar pack for short jaunts from base camp
- Stretch front and side pockets give you extra storage and organization options
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment lets you quickly tuck your poles out of the way without stopping to unload
- Dedicated bottom sleeping bag compartment is accessible through a large #10 zipper
- Top-access hydration compartment is located against the back for easy carrying
- J-shaped main compartment zipper allows easy access to gear without allowing it to spill out
- X-Small variant comes standard with size Small belt and harness
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How do I determine what size - M or L -...
How do I determine what size - M or L - to get of the Ariel 65 backpack?
Hiking the Teton Crest Trail
- Gender: Female
I did my first 4 day 3night back country trip in the Mountains. This was a very comfortable pack. I had no soreness to my shoulders or back. It is lightweight, many compartments, super easy to access gear and I love the top of the pack that converts into a day pack. I carried 40 lbs with no problems fitting everything inside the pack. I'm a petite women 5' 98lbs. The fit of this pack was perfect for my size. I would highly recommend this pack to any woman my size or larger. Nothing negative on this pack, all positive:-)
LOVE THIS PACK
However, I haven't traveled with it..yet..I will be using it in a few months. I am going from a pack that was waaay to big for me to this one that I had professionally fitted to my body. The moment I put it on it felt great. It looks smaller than my previous pack, but we loaded it up a few days ago and it holds A LOT! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!
Do I have to add my own hydration pack?...
Do I have to add my own hydration pack? Would a camlbak 3L hydration pack fit?
I think you are asking if a hydration reservoir from another brand would fit--and the answer is yes. You can have a 3L Camelbak, Platypus, MSR, or Osprey reservoir in this pack.
However, the Osprey reservoir works great in any pack as it has a framesheet so it can more easily be put in a pack without having to take stuff out of the pack...
I just bought a used Ariel 65 for my wife....
I just bought a used Ariel 65 for my wife. I got a great deal and it's in great shape, but I had to make a quick decision or lose it. I was not able to locate the size anywhere on the pack. Can anyone tell me where it might be located?
Very small in the back (bottom)
There are three size tabs on the pack--one for the pack, one for the hipbelt and one for harness (because the harness and the hipbelt are interchangeable). The size of the pack will be on a little black tab on the bottom left part of the frame on the backpanel. The size of the hipbelt will be on the left side of the hipbelt and the size of the harness will be on the left shoulder strap.
Also, note that the hipbelt is re-heat moldable. Take it into an Osprey Dealer that has a heat-molding oven (they might charge a small fee for not buying the pack there) and they can heat-mold the hipbelt to the new owners hips...
Enjoy the pack!!!
How does this pack compare with the Aura...
How does this pack compare with the Aura 65 Women's backpack the 2011?
2 ways to look at it. Are you interested in lighter 65L or a custom ride 65L? The Ariel can be custom fitted to you so it will for sure have a better carry once it is fit to you. However it is a heavier pack than the Aura.
With less weight comes less adjustability--the Aura cannot be custom fit to your body. That said, if you are all one size--Small torso, Small hipbelt, Small shoulder harness--this pack fits like a dream and carrys very nicely (but still not as nice as the Ariel). However, deviate from that "one size" fit and the Aura will not fit as nicely.
I hope this helps!
My wife and I are backpacking in Spain...
My wife and I are backpacking in Spain next summer. The temperature is going to be hot, so one of our big concerns is a pack that will keep her cool, which is one of the features we liked about the Aura. Does anyone know how this pack compares?
Thanks for the help.
It unfortunately doesn't have the same airspeed back to allow air to your back so I'd say it's likely to be much hotter on the back.
Having used both for international travel, I'd say that the vented backpanel is really noticeable if you were to have the pack on your back for >1hr at a time--so in backpacking situations. With international travel, you tend to carry your pack for maybe 30min at most between hostels, on and off buses, etc... I would say the ventilated backpanel on the Aura was nice but I didn't notice it as much as how light in general the pack was in comparison to when I packed with the Ariel.
The real difference would be whether your wife wants something that will structurally carry 30lbs better or something that is lighter-weight? If she wants a lighter-weight pack and is willing to compromise a little on how well it carries, then go Aura. If she wants a more comfortable carry and is willing to compromise a little on ventilation and weight, go Ariel.
Thanks for the info! We're going to be hiking the Camino de Santiago in July. This will be our first time, so I'm not sure how long of stretches we'll be hiking at a time, but I'm guessing they will be longer. From what you're saying, it sounds like the Aura will be the better choice for her? I see the new Aura has just been released for 2012 with a higher recomended load carrying capacity. Maybe that will be the best option, with the vented back and better load carrying. Thanks again!
Load is well distributed in this pack
I absolutely LOVE this pack. I just got home from a 3 day backpacking trip with no sore spots. This is a very comfortable pack. This was my husband's first trip with his new osprey pack too, and he concurs. I am still getting used to the straps and buckles, pockets, etc, but overall I am happy with the purchase. It is definitely several steps up from my old Kelty.
Small fit great. I am 5'3" and 130lbs
I haven't had this pack long but I have done quite a few miles with it and, so far, I'm not terribly impressed but I will admit that it is a good pack. The one thing that really bummed me out was when I got the top caught on a little thorn and it ripped. I'm sure it has to do with the material being so lightweight but I didn't expect a little thorn to actually penetrate the fabric. I haven't had the hip belt custom molded yet and I don't know if I will, as it seems to be adjusting on it's own. However, I have gotten blisters on my pelvis but I'm going to thank my bony hips for that. I'm hoping this will subside the more I wear the pack. But overall a great pack that can carry some serious weight and not feel too bulky.
Bought this pack late last season, have...
Bought this pack late last season, have not used yet. Question is: the "heat moldable" hip belt: if I'm not near a store with a heat thingie to mold it, how will the unmolded/unheated hipbelt feel? Stiff, uncomfortable? What's the deal on the whole heat moldable thing, anyway?
It's not absolutely necessary to have the belt molded. It's basically just going to form to the exact shape of your hips bones. Even with the molding, new is new- expect it to be a little stiff, but as you use the pack, you'll soften the materials up and break in the whole suspension system to fit your body.
The moldable option is an added bonus if you can do it, not necessary, but really nice if you can do it. The belt will feel like any other belt off of the shelf, not any stiffer than that. And certainly not uncomfortable. The molding just gives you that "broken in" feeling right away.
I just got done with a 5 day hike on the Appalachian trail with 30 lbs and have not had the hip belt molded, it was still super comfortable. As you were it more and more it begins to mold to your hips anyways. From what the guy in the shop told me is that the heating process just speads it up!
Nice Pack for Ski Mountaineering
I used this pack for ski mountaineering trips, and it is great... Holds up well against wear and tear, and the detachable hip pack is nice for packing snacks/lunch for day trips. It performed well in the cold weather and size is great for holding bulky cold weather gear... and makes a great door for your snow cave :)
I only wish that it had pockets on the hip-belt for easier access to compass and snacks. I have not used it for warmer weather adventures though, as I have the Aura with the Airspeed for that...
I'm 162cm short/tall, have narrow shoulders...
I'm 162cm short/tall, have narrow shoulders and wider hips (100cm). Which size of this pack would I take and do you think it would be a good pack for a 28 day Borneo trip/trek? Sorry for the metric measurements but it's what I know...Thanks!
I'm going on a month long trip to Fiordland...
I'm going on a month long trip to Fiordland in March. Trying to pack lightly, but have never packed for a month on the trails before. I have a gregory forester that does NOT fit me, so I'm looking for a new pack that will not destroy my body on the trails. this one felt great in the store, but I'm wondering what people have to say about packing this thing for longer trips? I guess all gear and clothing will fit no prob, but what about food for about... 8 days? I guess that's the biggest variable? Thanks!
Sarah, sorry for the late answer but this pack should handle heavy loads well and is a comfortable pack to wear for extended periods of time. But, I am not sure it is big enough to handle 8 days but there are so many other factors that come into play. I think I would move up in volume to be safe.
Is this too large to be a carry-on?
Is this too large to be a carry-on?
Maximum carry-on size varies across the air travel industry. For a list of maximum carry-on sizes by airline, check out the list at the link shown here:
However, this does appear to be just a bit too large. The small model is 3800 cubic inches and (for example) Southwest Airlines maximum carry-on size is 24x16x10 - equal to 3840 cubic inches- so maybe the small model could squeeze through airport regs and into the overhead. But I doubt it if it were fully loaded. the other sizes will likely also be too large for most airlines/airports.
Hope this helps!
" Exterior-access hydration compartment...
" Exterior-access hydration compartment lets you refill without unpacking. "
How so? i don't see any way to access this pocket without going through the top-loading pocket.
I love this pack. It fits like a glove...even for those of us who are not the typical hourglass shape. I thought I could wear an Aether just fine since I don't have much for hips, but I was wrong. The shape of the women's waist belt is much better. The shoulder harness is a fabulous fit--esp for those of us who are top heavy. I am 5'9, wear size 14 long pant, and needed the medium pack with the large waist belt. I loaded this pack up with 50lbs and it was very easy and comfortable to wear. The lid buckle and waist buckle are the same size--back up is so nice when you are in the back country. I love how the frame flexes with me. The loops on the zipper pulls make them easy to use with gloves on or limited finger dexterity. I have found it easy to unzip the lid and stuff my hat, shades, or gloves in the top then access them again later without taking the pack off.I have tried packs with the waist belt pockets and find them hard for me to access easily. What I have done is run a small organizer pack on the wide strap for the belt. I've attached my bear spray holster the same way.
Edit: I upgraded to this pack from the Kelty Redwing 2500w. The Kelty raincover that I bought for the redwing fits over the Ariel 65 just fine.
I need a medium pack, with a small harness,...
I need a medium pack, with a small harness, and a large belt. Will backcountry.com swap out the components so I don't have to buy the parts I don't need?
Nope, they only sell them as they come from the supplier.
REI will swap them out....