In this Osprey Aether 70 backpack review I shall present you a multi-day backpack for heavy loads. The number 70 describes its volume of 70 liters for the medium model (over 4000 cubic centimeters).
I rate Osprey Aether 70 pack slightly above some Deuter models, like Deuter Aircontact PRO 70 15 pack mainly because of price and weight.
You might want to know, this pack has been on the cover of the magazine Time for going up Mt Everest.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Construction & materials
The pack comes in 4 different sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. For all of them, the suspension is based on an AirScape Suspension peripheral 7075 AL rod defining the perimeter of the backpack, together with a central aluminum stay, and an internal frame-sheet.
In addition to this, the shoulder strap is adjustable and it can move up and down, similar to many Deuter models. This allows you to adapt the pack perfectly to your body size.
The top lid comes with a large zipped pocket, it is removable and can be used as a hip pack. The lid can be height-adjusted in case the top collar on the top of the main compartment is extended up for extra load.
The access to the main compartment is from the top, and through a front zipper. A welded stretch pocket exists on the front face of the pack.
Two horizontal compression straps are around the main compartment, useful to attach some stuff from outside, or indeed to fasten and compress the pack in case of a smaller load.
There is a lower large compartment for a sleeping bag as usual. It allows also for an easy alternative access to the main pack compartment. Several other compression straps and loops exist for various gears, like an ice axe and walking poles.
Large zip pockets are on both sides of the hip belt fins. Stretch pockets are on the two sides of the bottom compartment.
The hip belt can be customized as well. The back has a mesh with ventilation channels to allow air circulation. The hydration system is external, on the back of the pack. This is quite a unique feature. The sternum strap is adjustable both horizontally and vertically.
Please see here a good YouTube video (8 m 45 s) about Osprey Ariel and Aether backpacks (double click to full screen):
Specifications & summary of features
– SM 4 lbs. 8 oz. (2041 g),
– MD 4 lbs. 12 oz. (2155 g),
– LG 4 lbs. 12 oz.,
– XL 5 lbs. 3 oz (2353).
- Load Capacity: up to 65 lbs.
- Volume: SM 4089 cubic inches (67 liters), MD 4272 cubic inches (70 liters), LG 4455 cubic inches (73 liters), XL 4638 cubic inches (76 liters).
- Ideal for backpacking and mountaineering.
- IsoForm harness with dual density foam and IsoForm CM hip belt provide a heat molded fit for extra comfort.
- External hydration sleeve in the back panel. Note: there is some small issue with this – the hydration bladder does not fit well into the sleeve when the pack is totally full!
- Material: 210D nylon, 75D nylon stretch ripstop, 500D nylon.
Pros & cons
Comparison with other brands
See how Osprey Aether 70 ranks with respect to some other top brands:
PRO 70 15
|Removable day pack||yes
*For the medium size.
You might also want to compare this pack with some other packs from Deuter, have a look here:
If you have not yet made up your mind about buying an Aether 70 pack, I would warmly recommend reading this testing report of this great pack. It might help. My own feeling about this pack I express with this:
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I wish you a pleasant day.