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4 5

Great Pack!

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

I gave this as an early wedding gift to my bestfriend. Here's what she had to say!

I did some research before deciding to purchase this backpack and I have to say, I am very happy with this purchase. I was able to fit all the things I needed for a 3 day hike to half dome. All the pockets were perfect for all the necessities I had brought. It is extremely great quality and comfortable on my back and shoulders. I love the breathable back, as well. The only thing is the cumber bon is a bit small, but I think it's just the size of my hips. The x-small fits well for my torso, but the waist was a bit small. I'm 5'3, so if your shorter than me, I would recommend an xs. It would be nice if they had it in a xs/s. Overall, great backpack. Love the color. Highly recommend this backpack for 2-3 day trips.

Responded on

Did you expand the waist belt? there is Velcro that is pretty strong - this will allow you to expand the belt. Good luck - and happy hiking

Hi, i am just wondering about the sizing for this pack. I am 5'4 135lbs, what size would you recommend?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Brooke, it's Leta with Osprey. Do you know how to find your torso size? The info is on the BC site, but also at Ospreypacks.com. your height doesnt matter as much, its more about how long or short your torso is. I am 5'4", and I wear an XS. You may wear a medium though! You never know! I am happy to help you... please reach out again and I can walk you through it!

Thanks for the question!
Leta

Responded on

Thanks Leta! Will take that into consideration. Do you have any thoughts on the Ariel vs Aura other than the Aura's excellent suspension? Also, do you find that Aura packs down well if you do not have it filled? I guess I am concerned that 65L may be too much and I don't want a cumbersome pack that won't pack down. Thanks for your help!

4 5

Nice Pack... but hope next gen is better

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

Took this pack out on my first trip this past weekend. It did wonderfully. It was really comfortable and had plenty of space.

Things I liked:
My spine sticks out pretty far so the AG back helped hug and support my spine without rubbing against it.
Lots of toggles and straps to help with organization (I love keeping things organized.

CONS
I wish the brain turned into a lumbar day pack or it included attachments for the Daylite pack.
Hydration pouch is internal. This is something I did know ahead of time and was willing to sacrifice but it is still annoying to have to unpack half your pack to fit your bladder

Responded on

Hey Laura - Leta with Osprey. Thank you for taking the time to write. I think your daylite attachment suggestion is a good one. The top pocket waist pack wont happen on this pack, as we are trying to save weight and cost. Internal hydration is such a personal thing! Hard to pleaseeveryone, but I agree with you... :-)
Thanks for chosing Osprey!
Leta

5 5

Best. Pack. Ever.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the second Osprey pack I've owned, and they make great products! The first was the Viva, and it would have been fantastic, but I have scoliosis, and decided I should spring for the "cadillac" to relieve any unnecessary stress on my crooked back...

This thing is simply amazing.

I love love the mesh. It is super soft and durable, and I get away with wearing tank tops with very little rubbing or discomfort. The straps, pockets, loops, etc. are all exactly as you'd want them, and I couldn't be happier. I also agree with Brooke's assessment that it packs up or down well, and is versatile. I love the sleek design Osprey has, with little to snag on branches and whatnot.

There are two very minor things:
The hip strap pockets are small. My iPhone 5 can't even fit in there alone all the way. I had it sideways with one end sticking out and just made sure to pay attention that it didn't get tossed. You could probably make use of them with a lip balm and map, but that's about it. My Viva had significantly larger hip pockets, and I could put a whole pack of cigarettes in one if I wanted, or 3 oz hand salve jar, for instance.

Secondly, I chopped off the trekking pole loop and toggle from the arm strap, and it was the best decision I could make. I do not use trekking poles. I do not like them, and I HATED the loop and toggle position! It was right where my arm swung, and rubbed the inside of my arm raw with no sleeves. It needed to go, and this was also a problem on the Viva. My boyfriend has the Atmos, and it also bothers him.

So with that all said, I am still impressed and even thrilled with this pack! No rubbing, no pressure points, no sad crooked spine! Absolutely recommend you try one out!

Side note: I went into REI and had them size me. According to the measuring tool they used, I was a small (which surprised me, because I'm 5'8 and 142 solid pounds, with a long torso) but I tried it on, and was a definite medium. So I also recommend you make sure you know what you need before you spring for a pack that doesn't fit right.

Responded on

Hey there - Leta with Osprey here. Thank you so much for the review! And especially your feedback! I will make sure that the feedback gets to the right people at Osprey for sure! The trekking pole loop has been addressed in many of our products moving forward for Spring 2016. A subtle change in position, but it addresses your concern. Thank you again!

Leta

I see in the specs that the rain cover is sold separately, but one I saw in a local store had the rain cover included...is that a misprint in the specs??
Thanks!

Responded on

Only REI store are selling them with rain cover and dry sack, other stores not.

5 5

Worth every penny

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for the JMT this summer, but decided to go to Costa Rica and brought it along as well as a quick trip to Saline Valley.


I cannot stress how completely comfortable the Anit-Gravity feature is, especially on the long haul. The mesh backing is extremely nice, you don't rub against your pack as bad, which usually ruins a lot of my shirts, but also you don't sweat as much. Plus, it forms very nicely to your back, like it was made just for YOUR back. I didn't get bulky contact points between my back like I've experienced with some packs, so it minimized the usual hip/back busing and rubbing you/I normally get from pressure points. Super soft hip belt helped too.


The external straps for sleeping pads/bags was extremely helpful and gave the bag a lot of extra storage space; even though it is a 65, you can always use more room! I'd tie my jacket it to it for quick access. Yet, the top and back access points to get into the bag were crucial, I didn't have to dig around searching for things closer to the bottom of the bag; which seems like you can never find. And if you don't decided to use the entire space of the bag, you can compress it down pretty nice. When I went to Saline Valley I didn't need to pack much, but I put everything I did bring in the bag. Nice to cinch down and not have things rattling inside. Basically it's a very diverse pack, extremely functional.


Honestly, this bag has so many great features, felt like it had every strap, zipper and pocket for whatever I needed; and it is by far the most comfortable backpacking bag I've ever owned, and I have a crappy back.


I am 5'0 100lbs and got the XS. My only complaint is that I wish it could be tightened further. I'm little, wear a size 24/0 pant, and this just makes the cut. That's with fluctuating weight, and trail weight loss, it does the job pretty well. So if you're on the fence about a kids size, and price, you'd be way better off with this for the extra bucks.