Rated4out of5byBONTUCKfromOsprey 65I used this to hike into Mount Whitney and in Yosemite. It worked well for a 2-3 day adventure. I was really happy with the performance of the pack.
Date published: 2013-09-12
Rated3out of5byElyseCfromToo big for short peopleI was looking for just the right pack for a long backpacking trip to South America. This pack had great potential, 65L would hold more than I need. I love the back breathability with Osprey and the comfortable hip belt. My complaint came in how tall this looked on my back. Granted I'm only 5' tall and have a short torso, but the top came up higher than my head and it felt wobbly as I walked. I felt my movement was controlled by the pack, if I lean forward it took me down and every step felt unsteady side to side. Perhaps taller people will have better luck.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated4out of5byHedgeMagefromGreat Middle GroundI bought this pack as I prepared to leave my ultralight ways behind, bringing newbies (including kids) into the backwoods as the leader of a family backpacking group, and it serves the purpose well.
I'm carrying more than twice the weight I'm accustomed to, but the result is "ooh, workout!" not "ow, backache!" due to the pack's excellent design. The Ariel 65 fits close to my body while still allowing for airflow, and generally stays out of my way more than I expected such a large pack could. The straps don't chafe, shift, or squish my bust.
This is definitely not an ultralight pack (too big) or something I'd take on S&R duty (too few compartments), but for weekend to week-long or longer treks, especially when I'm responsible for others (which means extra gear to pack in), this is the right pack for the job.
My only wish is that it had more readily-accessible compartments so I'm not unslinging the pack so often to access must-haves.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated5out of5byrobynjolsonfromAwesome backpack!I have been using this pack for a few months now, did a lot of research and tried on quite a few that fit what I was looking for. This felt the best and seemed to be the best quality. I just took it up on the PCT for a 2 day hike, and was amazed at how comfortable it was even going up and down a mountain with a full load (about 35lbs including water). My friend had a lighter weight pack with less padding and was in pain, raw and bruised by the end of the day. It isn't overly bulky, but is big enough to fit all I will need for a week long hike I'm going on in a few weeks.
Date published: 2013-07-15
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