User Review: Osprey Aether 60
My Aether 60 is now 4 years old and has had a hard life through the Bibbulman track (1000km) 2008, Larapinta track 2009 and the whole AT this year.
The main problem has been when the qantas broke a side strut and then I broke the other side leaning on it. With wear, the waist band started to slip badly, needing to be reset every 5 minutes or so.
As I was in the USA, Opsrey was able to replace the waist band and struts FOC while I borrowed a friend's Gregory (which gave me persistant sciatica from pressure on the side of the tail bone). I also found trouble with the abrasive quality of the back support of the Osprey. The waist band and shoulder straps had to be very carefully adjusted to set the pack at the sweet spot on my lumbar area, large patches of moleskin also helped.
The pack is light and that usually means flimsy but that this one has survived and is still functional despite carrying a typical 40 lb load for many months says positive things about its durability. Mind you my wife's Macpac is now 10 years old, has done far more walking, and is showing no signs of age. That pack is the epitome of toughness.
I wouldn't take the Osprey into the Tasmanian wilderness, but for any other walking it's fine.