Take it to the pro level.
Conquering steep rocky pitches on day two of your solo-backpacking trip into the Cascades might be daunting to some, but with your know-how, strength, and Osprey Aether Pro 70 Backpack you feel downright unstoppable. This pack falls as far into the "featherweight" category as a 70-liter can, weighing in under 4lbs (size medium), so you can pack in all of your necessities without being weighed down. It features the newly reworked back panel and Lightwire Suspension system that makes heavy loads feel more manageable while you dive deeper into the backcountry by using a lightweight aluminum frame to transfer your load to your hip belt, alleviating pressure on your shoulders and back while you pick your way through overgrown trails to the next valley where you'll spend the night.
To make sure you're fully prepared for whatever adventure you choose, the pack is equipped with ample straps for carrying sleeping pads, trekking poles, and ice tools, so you're not limited with your choices. An internal pocket offers space to add up to a 3-liter reservoir for added hydration, and pockets at the hip belt give you quick access to your maps and snacks. On back you can add an additional Osprey Daylite pack or Alpine Pocket, so you can go for quick out-and-back day hikes once you've set up your base camp, without the need for lugging your whole pack along on the trip. If you're going for streamlined, the Aether has the answer for you with a removable top lid, removable ice tool loops, removable side compression straps, and removable sleeping pad straps, so you can shed weight as needed, while still carrying the gear you need for an overnighter or weekend expedition.
- A light and fully loaded pack for backcountry excursions
- Lightwire suspension transfers weight to hip and breathes
- Let fresh air in to keep you cool with Airscape back panel
- Isoform4 harness and hip belt molds to your body for comfort
- Ample straps pack in all the gear you need, but can be removed
- Take off the lid pack when you want to shed weight
- Compression straps on side and back slim down your load
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I loved how well this pack fit and how easily it would conform to my body just minutes into the hike. We did 40 miles in the Wing River Range and this pack made the hike seem easy! After throwing the pack on and starting the hike this pack would adjust to my body and made the heavy load ride really well. The different ways it can adjust and the simplicity of the design made it easy to adjust on the fly.
It also packs really efficiently. Several times on the hike i was complimented on the pack and how well "stacked" it seemed to be.
Overall loved this pack and have been recommending it to everyone who's in the market for a sweet pack that can carry larger quantities and still fit comfortably.
Minimalist and durable pack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Aether Pro won't be the pack for those just getting into backpacking but for the seasoned Pro who doesn't need or want all the bells and whistles, and weight associated with them. It's top load only which very few pockets. That keeps the weight down. The Aether Pro is the Men's, the Ariel Pro is the Women's version of this pack. Want all the bells and whistles? Go for the non-Pro Aether or Ariel instead.
There are plenty of straps and attachment points to add additional gear to the outside. In the photo I had my tent on the outside along with my trekking poles as I didn't need them at the moment. If you don't want/need those straps you can optionally remove them to lighten your load even more.
Compatible with both the Daylite and Daylite Plus daypacks. Those clip right on for added storage and for use as a daypack or summit pack.
The tent attached is a Big Agnes UL3 HV . The photo was taken in the Zion Narrows.
An up-close look at this new pack from Osprey.