User Review: Osprey Aether 70
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140
Got a great deal on this pack and I love it. The "all mighty guarantee" can't be beat although I very much doubt I'll ever have to use it as the workmanship is second to none, and the materials all look as though they'll last a lifetime.
My one complaint would be more pockets on the outside, but that's a minor one. Very, very comfortable — I hiked with the Aether fully packed a week after completely separating my shoulder and never felt the weight.
- Incredible warranty.
- I'd like to see more pockets and a rain cover.
I probably wouldn't have got the Aether if I'd paid full price, which would have been a shame as I wouldn't have discovered just how good it is. The pack is very well put together and looks as though it'll survive anything I throw at it. If not, Osprey's "All Mighty Guarantee" has everything covered for life — what's not to like about that?
After picking it up on sale, I was going to try it for the first time on a hiking weekend with my son's Scout troop, but with a week to go I completely separated my shoulder and strained the tendons in the other badly enough that I was on pain killers 24/7. I decided to go for it anyway, and although sleeping on the ground wasn't a lot of fun, I didn't feel the weight of the Osprey on my shoulders at all during the hike.
It's easily the most comfortable pack I've ever owned, with lots of adjustment in the straps and a great hip belt (even though I haven't had it heat moulded to me yet). I like that it's a top and front loader with compression straps, but the downside is the large outside pocket sits directly under them and it's hard to get stuff out when they're cinched down.
More outside storage space would be nice — my son's Kelty Red Cloud has a ton of pockets which make things a lot more accessible, but that's a minor complaint as the Osprey has a lot of space inside. Considering we're talking about a backpack that retails well north of $250, it's odd that the Osprey doesn't come with a rain cover, but I bought a cheap Walmart one that does the job rather than coughing up another $30 for the real thing.
Overall, a great pack that I know I'll be using for a long, long time and in theory with the awesome warranty, I may never need another. A highly recommended and very well made backpack.