User Review: Osprey Aether 70
Design: top-loading internal
Size: 70 L
Number of Pockets: 1 large main, 1 sleeping bag, 2 small side, 1 outside front
Max. Load Carried: 45 lb
Height of Owner: 5' 8"
Price Paid: $189
After having had some opportunity to use the Aether 70 in various conditions, I've got a thought or two perhaps worth sharing.
Firstly, the fit of the pack, after having had the hip belt well and properly heat-fitted by a knowledgeable sales guy, is the best I've ever had. It much more easily brings the load in close when necessary, and makes carrying a load significantly more comfortable than my other/previous packs, made by such outfits as TNF, Lowe, and Mountainsmith. (NB: None of those packs are current models--all are at least several years old.)
Secondly, the general design of the pack makes for easy organization without too much gewgaws and such. I'd like for the top-end opening to be a bit wider, but that's about the only complaint.
Zippers and drawstrings work very well, smooth and quickly and easily released/opened when so desired. Hydration compatible, of course, with well-sited openings for drink tube. Shoulder straps and hip belt both very comfortable. Separate access to sleeping bag compartment allows for quick and easy access to sleeping materials and helps with packing quickly.
Only other complaint is that the stretchable fabric trim on one of the lower side pockets has stitching coming free--probably because fitting a 1 L Nalgene in the pocket is a tight fit--perhaps too tight.
Easily my favorite pack purchase.