Osprey Aether 75
Price Paid: $210
I'm 55 years old, 6 feet tall, and 170 pounds. I've carried this pack for over 500 miles on trails between 7,000 and 12,000 feet elevation.
Interior room is excellent, with comfortable straps and belt. The three horizontal straps across the back are very useful (perfect for strapping a Crazy Creek to the pack on a short trip). The top comes off and makes a good fanny pack.
I would love it if it were a pound lighter, but have no real complaints. I would buy it again, if I couldn't find a comfortable pack at a lighter empty weight. I bought mine new for $210.
Design: Top loading internal frame
Size: 75L, 4500in3 (large actual 4700in3)
Number of Pockets: 2 side mesh pockets, one large mesh back
Max. Load Carried: 35#
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $189
This is a GREAT backpack. Its good points are strong: good suspension/frame, belt, and light weight. The compression straps and the internal appointments keep the load rigid, and the wonderfully designed suspension allows one to adjust the load distribution just where you want it and it stays there. The great dual strap hip belt needed no break-in and was effective and comfortable. In July in Texas hill country (99F, 85% humidity), the wicking lined back pad and air spaces breathed well and did not put my spine in a sauna.
Only nit I had was that the hydration pocket's in a goofy place, in the pack top cover. I originally considered the Aether 60 but chose the 75 when comparing them side by side in the store, because the 60 doesn't have a lower compartment, everything loading from the top on the 60. This is an exceptionally well designed and constructed pack and a fine choice. Spending less on a cheaper, lesser pack than this is not worth it.
Footnote: If you are wondering whether you should choose the Osprey Aether or pricier Crescent, the Crescent is essentially the same frame and belt design but with more rigid titanium struts (Aether is all aluminum) bolstered for greater loads. The Crescent is better for, say, toting four days worth of water into the desert; light to mid duty packers will appreciate the Aether.
Max. Load Carried: 36 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $239.99
Very good pack! I can't understand why "they" say it's good for "the occassional" hiker. It's great for anyone wanting to cut lbs and have lots of room.
I've gone ultralight and the pack is a little big at 4500cu. I wished I had got one of the 60s instead of the 75. I'm going to probly get the "new" version of the Atmos (if they put a better belt on it) or get the 60 next year and keep the Ather 75 for trips over four days or for bulky winter gear.
It's very comfortable and I've had no complaints at all. I'm 5-9 175lbs and had to ajust it just a little to shorten it up. I can pack everything I'd ever want to take (inside) and still seem to have room left over.
Design: top loading internal
Size: L, 4700
Number of Pockets: Hydration Pocket in convertible top lid/fanny pack Straight Jacket compression for maximum versatility Built-in front and side mesh pockets
Max. Load Carried: 60
Height of Owner: 6'0
Price Paid: $98
I purchased this pack "lightly used" and it appears to be in "like new" condition. This is an awesome pack. It is a very roomy pack. Top loading with sleeping bag compartment on the bottom. I have the "Solo" added on.
The lid will detach and work as a fanny back with two pockets and key chain clip. The lid also functions as a hydration sleeve with draw tube hole....only problem is I have a time fitting my Camelbak 3 liter bladder in when it's full.
Overall, I love this pack and see many years out of it.
Design: top-loading, sleeping bag compartment, hip-pack.
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: over limit
Height of Owner: 5'10
Price Paid: about $250-275
Really great pack for beginners and those who don't mind a little bulk for a 'lightweight' w/capacity. I came from an early '90s external framed pack. Wore the Aether 75 for the first time on 65-mile trek. No problems whatsoever. Not a bit of discomfort. I overpacked and slightly regretted not picking up the Cresent, but for the price Aether unless you're getting the 90 or even thinking 110. I'm a solid 21y/o, 5'10", 180 lbs, rec hiker. The pack is still standing: 8 foreign airports, 5 domestic, 7 states, and treks of unmeasured miles later: It gets the BUY.
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