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  • Custom-moldable, anatomically contoured hipbelt 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
  • 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 Aether 60 pack features dual side compression straps, removable sleeping pad straps, trekking pole attachment and 2 ice-axe loops and handle wraps


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Best Use Backpacking
Frame Type Internal Frame
Gear Capacity (L)
57 liter
60 liter
63 liter
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
3,478 cubic inches
3,661 cubic inches
3,844 cubic inches
4 lbs. 7 oz.
4 lbs. 11 oz.
4 lbs. 14 oz.
Adjustable Torso Yes
Fits Torso
16 - 19 inches
18 - 21 inches
20 - 23 inches
Fits Waist/Hips
27 - 31 inches
30 - 34 inches
33 - 37 inches
Material(s) Ripstop nylon/nylon oxford
Frame Material HDPE framesheet/metal alloy peripheral frame
Number of Stays 1 aluminum center stay
Pack Access Top / front
Number of Exterior Pockets 6 + main compartment
Sleeping Bag Compartment Yes
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best product I've ever invested in. First of all, the REI employees helped me try on multiple bags with enthusiasm unmatched anywhere. After throwing weight in each of the bags, the Osprey Aether 60 was my final choice. I was worried I would not be able to fit everything in the bag because before, I owned a Tioga 80 (pretty sure they don't make them anymore). Most of my trips are done during the winter in the Eastern Sierras and last about 4-7 days and I am able to fit everything I need. Just this past weekend I was climbing Mt Timpanogos, Utah, a 36 mile round trip starting at Battle Creek Falls Trailhead, and finished in 3 days. I used to be able to only go at most 6 miles a day because my back and shoulders would hurt so badly. Definitely the best purchase I've ever made anywhere.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comments 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. Thumbs Up!
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm impressed. I bought this pack to replace my 7 year old Jansport Carson 90. The two are hard to compare, since they are such different styles of packs. However, I can honestly say, this has to be one of the best purchases Ive made in a while. The range of room is incredible. And the compression straps are placed so well, that even if you pack light, you can still use this pack, and have a fairly compact pack. The easy access and extra pockets are great. Especially the ones on the hipstrap. As far as the actual frame goes, I cant think of any pack that has fit me this well. I will be taking this on a 50-mile later this summer, and from the small amount of conditioning ive done with it so far, I know its going to be a breeze. Thanks Osprey for making such a great product, and thanks REI for carrying quality gear.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What I Needed For Backpacking I 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: 2013-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great bag for the price I love this bag very much! It has served well for two 100 mile treks and is very easy to use. The only downfall, and I mean this is the only bad thing about it, is that the water bottle holders are not the best. You can fit a nalgene in there, but getting it out is another battle altogether. Stick to the bladder lol.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well designed multi day pack I purchased this pack for use on a 3 day section hike of the PCT. It was custom fitted at my local REI and was easy to tweak the fit on trail. The hip belt carried the weight very well, and didn't poke or prod me, despite my 36 waist. Of note, the top pouch pocket doubles as a day pack, but does not have an underside pocket, which made storing smaller items rattle around. Also the water pocket slightly distorts the back padding if you have more than two liters in the bladder. Not uncomfortable, forced me to reshuffle the pack's contents for a perfect fit. I would highly recommend this pack for any long weekend or muli-day backpacking adventure! It's features to price make for great value! Cheers and happy trails!
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this pack, Best pack ever! I love this pack. I bought it for an 11 day trip to Burkina Faso in west Africa. This bag + a contractor grade trash bag = airplane ready. Once we arrived the bag rode on top of a land cruiser for a total of 12 hours on dusty African dirt roads. The bag was dirty but my gear was safe, dry and clean. The Osprey guarantee is what sold me on the bag and gave me confidence to pursue adventure and not worry so much about my stuff. Pockets are plentiful enough that you have a lot of options. At the same time, there aren't so many pockets that you start losing stuff simply because you can't remember where in the bag you put it. Isoform = comfy. REI will heat the belt and have you wear it. You'll look stupid walking around the store with a huge padded belt. However, when you throw 40lbs in the pack and are hauling it around and it feels like a jansport book bag... you will be singing the praises of REI and Isoform. This bag might feel a little expensive but considering it is probably the last pack you will ever purchase, it's a bargain.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort, Simplicity, Durability, Versatility I'm 6' 210, long torso, wear the large. I purchased the 60, 5 years ago, so what i have is an older model, only lacking some of the newer model's bells and whistles. Even the older model = Best gear buy ever. There is a reason it is so highly rated! #1 Ergonomics: The soft, wide, moldable, and non bulky hip belt is amazingly comfortable (not sure why more backpacks don't go this route instead of a cheap, bulky hard foam structure). The Shoulder straps have the perfect curve to them, taking the load and stress away from your armpits. The dual aluminum stays provide a great support system, my back and shoulders have never, ever hurt with this pack when it was adjusted properly. #2 Simplicity: I have the older model which lacks the hip belt pockets (great improvement) and the sleeping bag compartment as well as the extra main compartment side access. This pack hits the sweet spot in organization without having bulky pockets, I.E. it is very streamlined as it appears in the picture. As a beginning backpacker at the time, the lack of pockets helped me learn how to pack effciently and encouraged me to leave out unneeded items. A negative to some are the many straps and possible attachment points, but anyone who want to cut weight can simply do just that, and cut them off, no harm done. Another option is to take off the top bag if you want to save even more weight, (unlike cutting off the straps, you can always put this back on). I have never had any complaints about the hip belt pockets. #3 Durability: I've been on tons of overgrown un-maintained wilderness trails and some rocky hikes as well. (mostly east coast) I'm not even very careful with it, and Nothing has ever broken, ripped, or torn in 5 years of hiking. Conclusion: This is a fantastic pack. It is worth every penny. The comfort level easily outweighs the weight saving of many other bags, and is the prefect medium for a wide range of hikers, and for a guy like me who tries to think minimalist but likes versatility and some comforts as well. Go try it on!
Date published: 2014-04-23
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What are the two gray female buckles on the Aether 60 for?

Asked by: nadinez
The female buckles on the Aether 60 will allow you to take the two horizontal buckles on the back of the pack and compress the overall depth of the pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-15

Can this backpack be used as a carry on?

Asked by: afarley
​The Aether 60 pack is too large to meet most carry on restrictions.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-12

I'll be going on a multi-day snowboard trip. Do the straps on the front work as a snowboard carry?

Asked by: q14t73
The straps on the Aether 60 are not designed to hold a snowboard. The Osprey Kode 42 is the largest capacity pack that we have in stock that can accommodate a snowboard.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Underneath the removable top bag there is a wide grey strap. I am not sure what that is for.

Asked by: EzTravler
The top lid converts to a lumbar pack with the built-in waist belt.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-16

Can this pack accommodate a Bearikade Weekender?

Asked by: forgetwho
Yes, the Bearikade Weekender will fit in the Osprey Aether 60 back pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-05

I was thinking about this pack for my wife.  Is this pack unisex?

Asked by: Jersey Bob
The Aether 60 is regarded as a unisex pack. If the pack falls within your wife's torso and waist measurements (as indicated in the specs tab on the Aether will work just fine. The link below will show you how take the fit measurements for a pack. We also have the Osprey Ariel which is the women's equivalent to the Aether. The hipbelt and shoulder straps will be more contoured to a women's figure.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Does the pack have a rainfly compartment? 

Asked by: Cope3253
The Aether 60 Pack does not have a specific raincover pocket. A raincover could be stowed in the top lid pocket or a side pocket for easy access.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-14

Does the pack open up at the bottom to load your sleeping bag?

Asked by: SwagBurrito
Yes, the Aether 60 has a Wide mouth, zippered sleeping bag compartment at the bottom with internal drop down divider.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-05
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