User Review: Osprey Ariel 65
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $195 before tax (8.75% in my area)
I am 5'4". This backpack is perfect fit for me. The adjustable torso make all the weight on the waist not the shoulder. I carried this backpack to John Muir Trail on 2011. I carried almost 50lb-40lb (depend the water) and feel nothing specially the shoulder.
- Top lid can be removed and converted into a lumbar pack
- Wicks away moisture during warm weather and intense activity
- HDPE framesheet and a center aluminum stay protects your back from bulky or pointy items and support heavy loads
- No raincover
- Not ultralight
- No small pocket on waist belt
This is very fit for a small woman (shorter-torsos) and need to carry a big load. With this backpack, I finished the trekking on John Muir Trail on 2011.
The hip belts and shoulder straps are adjustable and fit very comfortable, but the sternum strap is not very good. It dropped off from the should strap when I loaded the backpack.
The capacity is good, the advertised volume is accurate. It fits the solo long hike gear: sleeping bag, pad, stove, 8-9 days foods, clothes, down jacket, wind (rain) jacket, emergency medicine, personal ....
There is enough straps for trekking pole, ice axe tool loops, and sleeping pad straps
It is very easy to access, and very comfortable. I usually hike almost 12 hours a day with heavy load. But no pain in my shoulder. The backpack distributed the load very well and remained comfortable. It let you feel the backpack is part of your body, so that you feel nothing after the long trekking.
But I will wish it has small pocket on the waist belt, so that I can put the energy bar, energy gel, small trash....
I have this backpack for more than 3 year. And I am a very active hiker. I will do the John Muir Trail again this year 2013. The backpack can afford the heavy use. Overall I really love it.