This Osprey Ariel 65 Review is about multi-day packs for heavy loads, suitable for backpackers, climbers, and mountaineers. All essential features of this model are the same as for the backpacks from the series Osprey Aether made for men.
- My rate: 9.0/10.
Note, there is a new AG version of this pack described in my separate text.
Small differences between Osprey Ariel 65 women pack and the Aether models for men are in the following:
- Torso length.
- Different sizing in the hip belt customization.
- Different contouring on shoulder straps.
- Different contouring of the hip belt.
- More narrow placement of shoulder straps.
As typical for all Ariel and Aether sizes, this pack will give you a perfect customized fit, which is seen from the following.
First, the pack itself comes in several sizes.
Second, there is the IsoForm system applied for the harness and hip belt, a special foam is used here, which adapts to the shape of your body due to the custom molding effect. The foam in the hip belt has a memory effect in the sense that when heated by the body it takes the shape of your hips and shoulders. So it remains stiff but it fits your body perfectly, saving you from hot spots and unpleasant rubbing.
Third, hip belt and harness can be customized by choosing different sizes and combine them to fit your body profile.
Fourth, velcro on the back panel allows you to move harness up and down to adjust it to your torso length.
The suspension is based on a light wire aluminum frame that goes around the pack and transfers the load to the hip belt. Back panel has a mesh and air circulation channels. The same sort of mesh is on the hip belt and harness.
The shoulder straps have stow on the go trekking pole loops. With this, you can unload your poles for a while during the walk.
Hydration compatible sleeve is on the back and with the accesses from the outside, not from the main pack compartment. This is a unique Osprey feature. The water bladder is not included.
The adjustable sternum strap is with safety whistle. Numerous compression straps are on the body of the pack, as well as attachment loops and webbing.
Pockets: There is a number of pockets, one big zippered pocket is on the top of the floating lid (this means that the lid can be moved up and down, and also removed completely and used as a hip pack). There are hip belt pockets on either side. One big stretchy mesh pocket is on the front face. Two very big and deep pockets are on the sides of the main body, for water bottle or anything similar. These side pockets have 2 entry points, one from the side and another from the top.
Loading of the main compartment is from the top, and through the J-shaped zippered opening on the front face. Yet another access to the main compartment is through the bottom compartment after you remove the divider between the two compartments.
Osprey 65 Ariel – technical specifications
- Three sizes (in inches):
– XS (torso below 16 inches),
– S (16 – 18.5),
– M (18 – 20.5),
– L (20 – 22.5).
– XS – 4 lb 7 oz (2.02 kg),
– S – 4 lb 12 oz (2.15 kg),
– M – 4 lb 15 oz (2.25 kg),
– L- 5 lb 2 oz (2.32 kg).
- Max weight capacity: 60 lb.
- Volume (cubic inches):
– XS – 3600 (59 liters),
– S – 3783 (62 liters),
– M – 3967 (65 liters),
– L – 4150 (68 liters).
- Waist/hips (inches): XS – below 28, S 27 – 31, M 30 – 34, L 33 – 37.
- Material: 210D nylon, 75D nylon stretch ripstop, 500D nylon.
- No rain cover.
Comparison with other brands
Here is a comparison table with several other models of the same or similar size:
Ariel 65 M
Deva 60 M
The table contains only a few basic features, but my ranking is based on overall impression and features.
I hope this Osprey Ariel 65 Review was useful. Do you have any experience with this backpack? If so please let us know. Any comment in the box below will be welcome. Note that there exists a bigger version from the same series, Ariel 75 pack, and also a smaller one, Ariel 55 pack.
If you are not completely certain about this Osprey 65 Ariel pack, you might want to compare it with some other models:
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