User Review: Osprey Aether 60
Max. Load Carried: 40
Height of Owner: 6 ft 1 in
Price Paid: $189 (on sale from $219)
I recently purchase an Aether 60 to replace a Dana Design Glacier. I'll start with the cons.
My biggest complaint is the "Airscape" system that supposedly pads your back and lets air flow to keep you cool. (Essentially, this is kind of egg carton design made of plastic and then covered with mesh that presses against your back). I have to wonder if anyone from Osprey has tried to use a pack with this system in a warm climate because when bare skin brushes against the airscape system it is very uncomfortable (practically painful). Thus, when wearing short sleeves, it hurts to put the back on and if you want to go shirtless in Canyonlands/ Moab etc., you can forget about it.
Second, the suspension is not as comfortable as I'm used to with my Dana-maybe I've been spoiled, I'm not sure. Lastly, the pack could definitely do with a second side compression strap about a third of the way up the pack. It has side compression straps about a 1/3 of the way down from the top, but that's it.
The pros are mainly that the 3900 cubic inches goes a long way-I was concerned about whether it would be big enough when I ordered it, and have been pleasantly surprised. This pack can easily hold a tent, sleeping bag, stove, sleeping pad, clothes, and food for a 4 day trip.
All told, the pack isn't bad, and will do fine for shorter trips. For packs in this price range, this is probably one of the better packs overall.