User Review: Osprey Aether 70
Design: top loading, internal flexible frame
Max. Load Carried: 45 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 8"
Price Paid: $205
My concern (living in the sub tropics, aka Florida) is usually not only the comfort of a pack but more the heat and moisture buildup when wearing same. I took a chance on the Osprey 70 and was pleasantly surprised at how dry (a word we seldom use down south) my first (August 93 degree, several hour, morning to late afternoon dry run) worked out.
Not only was the pack MORE comfortable than any of my "vented" day packs but the back of my cotton shirt was quite dry. The pack rode close to my body and the customized belt transferred most all the weight (40 lbs) to my hips as the shoulder strap was used to steady the load and bring it in close.
I am now a believer, while I agree that the side pockets are not available while pack is on... I attached a small utility pack to the belt and had "my necessities, knife, binos, snacks" close at hand. The Camelbak rode well in the pack and I returned home without the usual back and leg aches and pains from a test run.