The bestselling Osprey Aether 60 pack just got even better with an updated design and a stiff, well-padded hipbelt. You'll be amazed by its light weight, support, comfort and highly customizable fit.
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Rated5out of5byTomhickmanfromJust the Right Pack For Me..I bought this pack 2 months ago and I'm so Happy I did. In March we did a 2 day hike on the AT in CT.. It was cold and snow covered.. I have a bad back and usaually can only carry about 30 lbs in my previous pack which was a LLBean pack which I thought was good but after using the Osprey Aether 60 with 45 lbs of gear there is no comparison. This pack carried like it was only 30 lbs or less and my back was fine with it having 45 lbs, I probably could have carried more. I'm 6 feet tall 240 lbs so I am a big muscular guy and it did fit me well but the shoulder straps were at the max for size so if I get any bigger hiking in the winter might be a problem with the extra clothes I have to ware. I did have to have the waist belt changed to extra large to fit my hips and that was done for no extra charge. I am very pleased with this pack and look forward to hiking in warmer weather where I don't have on so much clothes and the pack fits my chest and shoulders better but with a 56 inch chest what are you going to do... This is a nice durable, comfortable pack that will last a long time.
Yes I would recommend this pack to anybody serious about backpacking..
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated5out of5bycrosscutfromComments about Osprey Aether 60 Pack:As a wilderness Ranger/ Trail Crew boss I found this to be a great work pack. There are straps where I need them so it is easy to attach my crosscut saw, radio, axe and easy access to wedges, first aid kit and saw tools. You don't need to go to the main compartment to re-fill your water bladder; you simply pull out the water bladder from just behind the shoulder straps without having to remove anything from your pack. The pack is very comfortable with very heavy loads when I am hauling out thoughtless visitor's trash. This pack is a little heavy, I always recommend that hikers never use a pack that weighs over three pounds, but if you are working or would like to help by packing out heavy loads of trash from the wilderness this is a good pack.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated5out of5byMatthewHowellfromJust What I Needed For BackpackingI bought an older model of the Osprey Aether 60 about two and half years ago. My brother and I were preparing to get back into backpacking, and we had a trip along the Rogue River Trail planned out. I researched quite a bit, like I do for all of my gear, and came across the Osprey Aether. For myself, I was looking for a strong, durable, easy to load, multi day pack, that had enough pockets for separating my gear, as well as straps to either add gear to, or use them to compress the pack for shorter trips. This pack was perfect for all of that.
Since that first trip along the Rogue River Trail, I have started an outdoor group, and gone on numerous backpacking and overnight snow camping trips. My pack has been with me each and every time. It holds all my gear, I can keep gear seperated for quick and easy access, and it allows me to strap my tent to it easily using the "straight jacket" straps.
Some features for the Osprey Aether that I enjoy are the three "straight jacket" straps along the back. I like having them for carrying my tent on the back, as well as a great way to carry my snow shovel and snowshoes on winter snow camping trips. Also, the "J zip" is very useful. Once I have reached camp and have my tent set up, I can simply lay my backpack down and grab gear out using the "J zip", which allows quick and easy access to the main compartment.
The Aether 60 is large enough to hold my sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cooking set, water filter, clothing for several days, food and my ten essentails. It's a great backpack and I would definitely recommend it to others seeking a durable multi day backpack.
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated5out of5byjmrkingfromLove it!We are just getting started so we went to REI to check out what they had. I had searched online looking for a "deal". What I learned with the amazing staff and trying on many packs, that there was no way to purchase a pack online and there was no settling for 2nd best. We have started going on day hikes to get a feel for the bag and to figure out the best strategy for backpacking with our family (with a 10 and 3 year old it is going to take special planning). What I have figured out is that I wouldn't trade this bag for ANYTHING. I LOVE It. I am a 5'7" woman with an athletic build, so we went to the men's bags to get a wider space in the shoulder straps. I love the thumb pulls on the hip pouches. I love the exterior space for the bladder. I love all of the compression straps to keep everything still and tight. I love how adjustable it is. After a little time playing around with it I was able to find the perfect height and adjustment. I also love that I haven't had any trouble finding places to hook things to the outside. If I could make a perfect bag better, the only other thing I would add to it, is one or two more exterior pouches on the bag, but I am not complaining.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated5out of5byG WaxahachiefromLove this pack!Very comfortable pack, easy to load and easy to adjust. I've used it for weekend primitive camping trips and have had no issues. Of all the packs I tried on at the store this pack was by far the best fit! I highly recommend this for all levels of campers!
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated3out of5bymodestpacefromComfy, but not with a bear canister.I purchased the Aether 60 (small) primarily on comfort and the ability to adjust every part of the bag to my personal fit. Being a short male, this pack fit just fine. If you are considering a smaller pack and do not require a bear canister, You should definitely try this on in a store.
If you do need a bear canister, that's where things get tricky. I bought a Bearvault 450 from REI. I ended up using the side entrance because the can's diameter seemed larger than the vertical opening. the fit was quite snug, and it also left no room for my all of my tent to be packed inside the bag. I was interested in taking longer trips, so I went ahead and purchased the Aether 70.
If I was going travelling across the country/countries, or going backpacking without a can, I would definitely keep this. However if you need a bear canister, I would highly suggest getting the 70L version.
I would like to give it a 4/5 based on comfort, but I don't want anyone else to make the same mistake as I did.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated5out of5byhawkeye85fromGreat PackThis pack worked great for a week long trip on the North West Coast. I admit that I try to be a minimalist packer, so for a normal person this would be good for 2-3 days.
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated5out of5bymike n ikefromWorth every penny!First of all, i am a 5'6" 120lbs 29" waist guy and the small fit perfectly.
Hip belt: Its very hard to find a pack for us small guys where the hip straps actually fit without cinching all the way down. The hip belt is amazing, I never had sore hips with the new padding and the hip pockets are large enough to fit a larger point and shoot camera (canon s100 in my case).
Suspension: Ive never had an issue with the shoulder straps; no digging into the side of the neck or anything. load lifters- perfect. I do like the new external hydration bladder. If you use the osprey brand bladder, it shouldnt bludge out too much since it has a hard panel. Lower back is padded nicely and fills the lumbar region. This extra padding does come at the weight cost (WELL WELL worth it in my opinion).
Zippers and straps: All zippers function smoothly although I can do without the large J zipper. In theory its nice but if you organize/plan well you wont ever have to use it (wont be deducting stars since I knew that when purchasing). Also, I can do without the red internal compression strap and sleeping bag compartment divider.How often does a sleeping bag fit perfectly into that region anyways?
Overall quality: EXCELLENT! yes the material is thicker and heavier but it will last you a very long time.
Additional comments: The fanny pack top lid conversion is nice. I use it when busing and carry all my essentials with me while the rest of my pack goes into the storage region. The buckles for the fanny pack can also replace the hip belt buckles if those ever fail. A rain cover might be nice, once the pack gets wet... it will remain so for some time. oh yeah.... OSPREY WARRANTY - enough said. Enjoy the pack I know I will
Date published: 2013-08-30
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