User Review: Osprey Aether 70
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $235
Light pack, large voluminous compartment. Best fitting out of the dozen or so packs I tried for a long torso'd person. No hot spots on the back.
- Back padding
- No hip pockets
- Lack of small accessory pockets
- Webbing too long
This was the first "serious" backpack I've purchased. Being the type of person that does homework on gear purchases, I tried many different packs (about a dozen total) from entry level to top of the line.
Having a long torso and large chest/shoulders made it difficult to find one that fit well.
Finally tried the Aether and after a few adjustments, it fit like a glove! "test drove" it for a while around the store with weights in it and was mostly sold. (like I said, homework). I looked up reviews and talked to outdoors friends. A couple of them had Osprey packs and one thing that always came up was "durability"
So with that I was sold. Purchased the backpack and after about 200 I'm happy I did.
The only issues I had with the pack: Many of the other packs had accessory pockets on the hip belt, but not the Aether. I guess I got mine too early, as the new models now include them. Also wished it had a couple more smaller zippered pockets on the sides or back, but the benefits out weighed these little cons.