Osprey Ariel 75
Having had the smaller, men's version of this pack-type…
Design: top loading internal frame
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'4"
Price Paid: $239
Having had the smaller, men's version of this pack-type (Aether 60), and liking its feel, I decided to purchase the customizable women's series pack--slightly larger, the Ariel 75 has just enough space to pack what you need without overloading yourself.
We took a 100-mile trek through the SNP at the end of the summer. I had just purchased the pack, and hoped it wore as well as the Aether. I was very pleasantly surprised. I was able to carry my pack each day without much realization I will still wearing it. This pack fits you as if it were an extension to your own body--very snug, and rides around your hips rather than on top of them. It was the first time I did not need additional padding on my bonier areas to soften a long day on the trail.
Pockets are quite adequate and, although there is no hydration bladder inside, the outside front pocket fits a 70 oz bladder well, and does not affect the balance of pack. Others use the top pocket. Two side mesh pockets are also much roomier than they look.
I highly recommend this pack--great comfort, durable materials, just enough pockets to help organize.
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Osprey's Ariel 75 Pack is a large and versatile pack that has been utilized for everything from thru-hikes of the PCT to getting to the summit of Everest. A new LightWire frame and improved streamlined features carry on the legacy of this backpack. Superb women's custom fit is achieved through torso specific sizing, and contoured women's harness and hip belt.
Large, versatile, and women-specific, the Osprey Ariel 75 backpack is perfect for adventurous ladies doing anything from thru-hiking the AT to summiting Everest.
A favorite for women, the Osprey Ariel 75 pack just got even better with an updated design and a stiff, well-padded hipbelt. Be amazed by its light weight, support, comfort and customizable fit. Custom-moldable, anatomically contoured hipbelt features gender-specific angles and padding; it balances firmness and cushioning for optimal support and comfort. Osprey certified custom molding is available in most REI stores-check your local store for a custom hipbelt molding oven. Shoulder straps are designed with thoughtful angles and varying degrees of padding thickness to create an anatomic fit for a woman's neck, shoulders and chest. Back panel is lined with flat spacer mesh for a smooth and breathable contact surface. Peripheral frame effectively transfers weight to the hipbelt; single 6061-T6 aluminum center stay helps maintain back panel shape. Top-loading main compartment can also be accessed through a curved side zipper on the front of the pack body; wide-mouth sleeping bag compartment is easy to load and unload. Top lid converts to lumbar pack with a built-in belt. External hydration sleeve in the back panel simplifies refilling and helps protect pack contents from spills (hydration reservoir sold separately). Large stretch-mesh front pocket makes it easy to quickly stash and access extra gear. Zippered hipbelt pockets and dual-access stretch-mesh side pockets provide secure storage and organization. The Osprey Ariel 75 pack features dual side compression straps, removable sleeping pad straps, trekking pole attachment and 2 ice-axe loops and handle wraps.
Solve your backpacking discomfort and hot spot issues with the Osprey Women's Ariel 75 Backpack. Designed specifically to fit a woman's body, the lightweight Ariel 75 has more than enough room to carry your gear for a week-long trip into Glacier or Yosemite National Park. Its AirScape back panel provides comfort and durability during intense hikes up steep terrain during warm weather, while its customizable IsoForm CM hip-belt supplies optimal load carry, support, and comfort.