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Osprey Aura AG 65

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Osprey Aura AG 65 weekend pack (50-69l)

Great pack! Super comfortable, many pockets, and it is adjustable to you. I took it on a weekender trip, and even without the brain had more than enough room for all my gear.


  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to organize
  • Front pocket allows wet things to dry
  • Side pockets and hip belt pockets are easy to reach
  • Removable brain
  • Great customer service
  • Back air flow


  • More weight
  • No included rain protection
  • Expensive

I love this pack!! All the pockets make it so easy to stay organized on the trail. There is a zipper on the bottom, with a fabric shelf that separates it from the main compartment. I'm considering cutting that out to have more usable space.

It rests very comfortably on the hips so it never causes any pain. It also rests away from the back which allows for awesome airflow. I can be pretty rough on my gear but Osprey will repair or replace anything damaged on the pack, which was a major bonus for me.

The only drawback that I see is that it is heavier than some other stuff that Zpacks makes. However the suspension system makes the whole pack feel lighter so I don't worry about that at all. The pack also hugs my body, which is a definite upgrade from my old external frame that would wobble every time I took a step.

The fabric so far seems very heavy duty. I also appreciate that this pack has a place to put trekking poles when not in use, which goes under the left arm.

10/10 would recommend to a friend. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $217

Best multi-day pack out there. Buy the Anti Gravity system, it is worth the investment. The Osprey lifetime warranty and the quality make it the best deal out there for my money.


  • Anti Gravity system
  • Mesh ventilation
  • Fit on the fly system


  • Can't use as a carry-on due to size
  • No raincover
  • No detachable daypack

Absolutely FANTASTIC pack. The Anti Gravity system makes 30# seem like 10, and the ventilation system keeps your back and torso dry. The fit is made for a woman's build, although you still have to measure for a small, medium, or large frame.  The Fit-on-the-Fly system makes small adjustments easy.  

I researched packs for months before deciding on this one for a long anticipated JMT hike. I would buy this again in a minute. Biggest issue for me is that it is just inches too big to be used as a carryon. Shaving just a couple inches off the frame would make the difference and would be a welcome benefit for many who don't want to check their bag.

Love, love, love this pack.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $175

Fits as if it were made for me! Comfortable and able to carry 40 pounds easily. Lots of pockets and securing straps. Removable lid.


  • Great fit!
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy
  • Lots of pockets and straps
  • Removable lid
  • Separate sleeping bag compartment
  • Nice side stretchy pockets
  • Hydration compatible
  • The best thing about this pack is that it carries heavy weight very well!


  • Only two colors, gray or green
  • Zippers on hip belt pockets don't even work! Ever!

I bought this pack for this season and I am in love with it already. It fits like a glove to my torso. It is comfortable with 37-42 pounds, which will be my average weight on the trail with food.

I like all the pockets and the deep side pockets fit my 32 oz Nalgene bottle perfectly. I like having hip belt pockets for easy to reach snacks and gear.

I got a deal on this pack online, total cost $234 including FREE gift Osprey Ultralight Stuff sack! Amazing price considering pack retails for $260. I bought it from 

Update 9/2016: 

After hiking 150 miles on the JMT I had to add comment about the worst side belt pockets on any pack I have ever owned! They don't work! Ever! 

Also a new positive comment! This pack carries heavy weights very well! 43-50 pounds for 150 miles! No bruises no red marks! No issues on shoulders or hips! If you are carrying a heavy load this pack is for you!

The hip belt pockets I just left unzipped the whole trip with snacks easy to reach, for expensive gear like phone and charging cables etc... I hooked a small nylon GoPro bag to my belt and kept ID, $$, medicine, permit, phone, medicine.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $234

The Osprey Aura Anti Gravity suspension system makes for a comfortable fit and no sweat puddles on your back. I carry 35 lbs with no problem.


  • Suspension system
  • Roomy storage
  • Removable top


  • Silver color looks dirty
  • Hip pockets a little tricky to open while wearing

I wish Osprey had more colors for women to choose from. Seems like the men have better choices. 

I have to use a bear canister and I have enough room to organize my gear with all the roomy compartments. 

This is my first backpack and I am super impressed by how it floats on my back and keeps me cool. Love love the suspension system!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $259

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The Aura AG 65 replaced the Osprey Aura 65.


Price Current Retail: $270.00-$340.00
Historic Range: $129.93-$340.00
Reviewers Paid: $175.00-$259.00
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