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Rated5out of5bybluesquallfromGreat for getting back into backpackingWent to the REI store in San Jose and had a very helpful member of the staff fit me with this pack. It works well for me -- I have a longer than average torso for my size (5'9").
Originally thought I'd go for something a bit smaller & lighter, but this doesn't seem to weigh that much more than other packs, I'm not doing anything too extreme, and I can cinch down all of the extra compression straps if traveling light. The top pocket hip-pack is comfortable, but does bounce if you start to jog (the full pack with hipbelt & harness actually moves less while jogging than the top pocket hip-pack).
+ (has enough room for a HydroFlask growler to share the first hight after hiking in to your site)
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated5out of5byDown hill YodafromGet this one!I purchased this pack a while ago and am just now getting around ot writing a review on it. I normally don't post about this stuff but this pack and the REI staff have really moved me to write a review. About me I am an ultralighter, I know this pack does not fall in that criteria, but there are many things you can do to lighten this pack up a little and get under 4 lbs. Good but not great on the weight but there are so many little luxuries that as a ultra lighter I had done without and well.. lets just say now I am spoiled. In this pack I am much more comfortable and the weight is carried just right that 40 Lbs. in this pack feels like 9 Lbs. in some of my ultralight packs no kidding. I did a lot of research on this pack and even went into the store about 6 different times to try different things out. I felt the need to get a sturdier internal frame pack because I am now a Boy Scout leader and needed to be able to carry extras that Boy Scout policy and destinations require. Yes, this pack fits Philmont requirements and is still good for so many other things.
If you are going to buy this pack I must suggest you either buy the color they have in the store or have it shipped directly to the store. Why? My torso is 21" and waist is 32". At the store even though I knew what size I needed they fit me for a pack, then what will amaze some they realized the shoulder harness and hipbelt were too small for me then proceeded to replace them with the larger size! With out any additional cost. We loaded the pack up with 40 lbs. and the green jacket helped orient me to all the different straps and buckles, I have had my share of backpacks and some of what she said was a real eye opener. After the pack already felt like leaning back in a luxury car she had me take the belt off and they molded it in the oven. Do not let yourself spend this kind of money on a pack and not treat yourself to the luxury that is a custom molded hipbelt. Yes you will kinda look a little silly with your hands on your hips walking around the store for about 20 minute but OMG it is so worth it!
Now everything else. A few deal breakers for me were being able to put a water bottle in while on my back and, being able to hold a bear cannister sideways. the bear cannister goes in with room to spare. Now the water bottle can be tricky and I almost eliminated this pack until I realized one thing, The side compression straps near the pocket go inside and outside. If you run them inside the pocket you can pull on the tab with one hand and slide a 1L platypus bag in with the other it will be at a slight angle and wil touch your side but with a little practice you can move it around so it doesn't touch you. I am not a fan of Hydration systems, I hate carrrying water to and over another water source, but I may become one now that the pocket is on the outside of the pack.
The zippers are phenominal! Not only are they a cinch to grab, I literally zipped and unziped a bag in the store about 30 times repeatedly with out a sinlge snag, and they work very smoothly.
Happy trails! No matter what pack you end up buying.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated5out of5byJoel KeithfromAwesome packI've taken this pack on a few different trips through GSMNP, ranging from 1-3 nights. On one trip I hiked around 9500 feet of elevation change in 24 hours, which is a lot for me, and the pack was comfortable the whole trip. This pack handles loads well. It is easily adjustable on the trail. I strap my hydration bladder to the side of the pack for easy access. There are so many straps on this pack that make it very versatile and convenient to load. The only thing I would do differently is buy one size smaller. I have the 70 (actually 73 L for the large size that I purchased) and it just ends up giving me a reason to pack too much. If I could buy another pack, I would probably look at the Osprey Exos 58 or a similar style pack. I'll have to put some miles/years into this one first! It's a great pack though, and I expect to get many years of reliable and comfortable use out of it.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated4out of5byJohnwilldofromOsprey Aether 70's Fourth GenerationI want to start doing extended overnight trips and prepare to section hike the Appalachian trail. The REI rep, an ATC through hiker, stated that the Osprey Aether is one of the most comfortable packs on the market. There is a multitude of adjustments and straps that help with load distribution and security. There are not a lot of little pockets, but they did add two small hip belt pockets on this fourth generation pack. The multitude of adjustments and features make it a challenge to the novice backpacker. It would help to have an owner's manual.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated4out of5bySteveisgreatfromAmazing pack! But not perfect.This pack is extremely good at distributing heavy loads to the hips and keeping the weight off your shoulders. The load lifter straps are the key here. The hip belt is VERY comfortable. It is easy to adjust this pack, even when walking. I love the front entry J zipper, great for getting to things buried deep in the middle of the pack, but at the sacrifice of front pockets it might be a downside for some.
The material the shoulder straps are made of is a wide-hole mesh that would be uncomfortable on bare skin, and thin shirts. The Osprey Xenith pack has much more comfortable material on their shoulder straps. This is not a problem if you are always wearing clothes. This pack is also slightly heavy for it's capacity, but does carry heavy loads very comfortably. Lastly, make sure you put your full hydration bladder into the pack BEFORE you start packing, otherwise it will be very difficult to put the bladder in and will cause the back to have a weird shape.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated5out of5byCallensThoughtsfromWould buy again, But doubt I'll need to!Got into backpacking using my dad's youth size gregory that had been in the attic for decades... Needless to say, the Aether changed everything. Excellent fit, support, and capacity. Love the mesh outer pockets, great for tossing in all the things I almost forgot walking out the door. Dual zipper side access to the main compartment is great for fishing out items incidentally hidden under gear. Love the hip-belt zippered pockets, can fit the go pro in there for ease of access. Well ventilated design to stave off sweat.
Only complaint arises when I've packed everything and then struggle to stuff my 3L hydration pack into the convenient buckled slot. But honestly its a user error... Pack the water first! Or don't over pack water as I inevitably do.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated5out of5bymetalheadfromVery nice packI bought this pack after doing a lot of research on just what REI sells. This one suited me, although a bit pricey. But it is very nice. Unfortunately, I do not do the backpacking/camping like I used to, but on the few times I do, I am glad I have this. Note to others, you can go to REI and try on packs, and they can load them with weights so you can get the feel.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated5out of5byDoc Ray RayfromAnother Great Osprey!Osprey already has an excellent track record with me, but this pack is better than my last. Very sturdy, lightweight, adjustable, and functional. Heat molded hip-belt gives a crazy nice fit. This pack is mainly used for 1-5 night backpacking trips in the Appalachains, and it has served well. Although the rain cover was not included, the one Osprey makes is a really good one. It covers an over-stuffed pack (with sleeping pads strapped to the outside) completely, and it has adequate synch points to keep wind from catching it or collecting snow/rain. I would recommend this as not only a great pack for experienced hikers, but also for beginning explorers as well.
Date published: 2014-01-19
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