User Review: Osprey Aether 70
Max. Load Carried: 40
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $250
I have been an avid backpacker for at least a decade and have used or tried many packs. For the past two years this has been my go to pack for both week long and weekend trips. Overall the pack's construction is excellent, after having seen hundreds of miles on the trail and having been tossed on the ground and into the back of my car it looks as good as the day I bought it.
Osprey has an incredible suspension which carries weight on two staves down the sides of the pack. This feature is incredibly comfortable and allows for a great deal of air flow to pass between your back and the pack, perfect for hot summer days.
The only feature that I am unimpressed with is the belt. While it is thermo molded to your waist, the belt lacks padding and can become uncomfortable on extended trips.
Another downside for me is the lack of pockets and storage space outside of the main compartment. There is one mesh pocket that runs the front of the pack but is impossible to retrieve items from while in use.
By far and away the construction and suspension of this pack far outweigh its shortcomings.