User Review: Osprey Aether 60
Price Paid: $180
Bought this pack two years ago now for several reasons. The store rep helped me chose this pack to fit my needs: carry loads up to 50#, relatively light pack, comfortable and well fitting, good back venting. He put the 09' model straps on it for me (they weren't technically released at the time I purchased this pack) which are very comfy!
The AirScape foam back padding is very comfortable to me and allows very excellent air circulation to cool your back. The hips straps are moldable to fit the user, and it really works! They fit my hips like a glove.
There's a hydration port on both shoulders if you hike with a bladder. The sternum strap has a built in whistle, which is nifty but trivial. I've taken it through Ireland and the UK, the Appalachians, and Michigan winters.
This pack has served me very well and it's the one piece of gear I own that I have honestly never thought about replacing. Oh and Osprey's lifetime no questions asked warranty ensures that it'll be in working condition forever!!!