Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack! Last week was the 1st time using it and 1st time breaking them in. I had carry this pack up to 37-45lbs and it was still very comfortable at the padding and the fit. I had hiked over hills, flats, wet lands, sand, and boulders for 5-6 hours from 7500-9500 evaluation. The only thing that the straps due to the weight and movement that I need to readjust the straps to be lifted more back to place. But I'm sure that would be for every other back. Oh, I love all those side pockets and easy access places that I'm able to reach and get while I was hiking, instead of taking off and on my pack! that was very helpful. I thought it was a great pack and it did it's job.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product and even better customer service I bought this product for my youngest child four years ago and she used it for a couple of summer trips. Then, this past summer, my middle child used the pack to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and... the pack really delivered. When she came home, she wanted to get a couple of parts of the pack refurbished and Osprey said -- Absolutely. When she sent it in however, they realized that the pack had died a valiant death and they sent a new one for my youngest child. And so, we are buying another Osprey pack this week for my middle child. The product is top notch and the company stands behind it 100%. I couldn't recommend the product or the company more. Worth every penny!
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All around good pack I bought this as my first pack after previously renting. I brought it on a one month backcountry trip in the ranges of Alaska. I was worried it wouldn't have enough room for my things but it was surprisingly adjustable and easily fit a large, 0 degree sleeping bag, a bear canister, group gear, and my personal items. The removable brain was awesome for day hikes and very comfortable, even without removing the hip belts. I have a feeling I'll be using it for a long time, although the side pockets are rather delicate and have a few holes from placing my collapsed trekking poles in them.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots to like...... Recently updated my backpack to this one. Spent several days in the Utah desert with it. Really like the fit, weight, adjustability and comfort. Was just right. However the top pack has its' zipper placed in such a manner that I ended up dumping everything out several times. If you leave it open and someone moves the pack, dump again. If the zipper was on the OTHER side of the pouch, no problem. I ended up being VERY VIGILANT about this feature. Otherwise, it was a delight to wear and kept my back cool even on some cross country dry hot routes. Would recommend this pack witht he above reservation.
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit and does so much. I bought this pack at an REI Garage Sale a couple years ago. The sternum strap had broken. I fixed the strap myself and brought it back in to get fitted. They taught me a few tricks on how to adjust it when it's loaded too. Fits great! I've taken it on some weekend trips and it did the job. But, I just got back from doing 28 miles in the Smokys and oh man, it really showed me what it could do. All around support on my back and shoulders, great amount of easily accessible pockets and I love the day bag that the top piece turns into. Really came in handy. I didn't get too sweaty on my back and never felt like the weight was unevenly distributed. I cannot say enough good things about this bag. I don't think I'll go to another brand for another backpacking pack when this (if this) pack dies.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Osprey makes another fantastic product I have been using this pack for about a year now, and I love it every time. I used to have the Gregory Deva 70, but eventually decided the pack itself was too heavy for my purposes. (That being said, the new 2015 Gregory Devas and Baltoros are amazing packs with fabulous new designs). I find the back support of the Ariel fits me perfectly, and it has all the features I like on a pack without having too much going on that adds weight. I've taken loads as heavy as 60 lbs backpacking and the Ariel supported the weight very well.
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pack I have ever used I have had this pack for over 10 years and still absolutely love it. The hip belt fits perfectly and makes all the difference. I originally purchased it for the sole purpose of backpacking but it's turned into my crag bag as climbing became my go-to sport. I have used this bag on multi day backpacking adventures, a few of which involved lugging heavy climbing gear for a couple dozen miles. I've traveled Europe and again subjected it to heavy climbing gear, clothes, boots and food. I frequently abuse it day-tripping at climbing crags because it handles the weight of rope and gear so much better than the climbing-specific bags I've tried. I have a guilty hope that it will get so damaged that I can take advantage of their guarantee and get a clean, new pack but other than a few minor fabric tears that I fixed on my own with a needle and heavy thread, the things is good as new (minus the dirt, of course).
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Osprey Backpack It's a good pack but not for my preferences. I tried it on several hiking day trips, packed for a overnight outing, but exchanged it for the REI Crestrail 65. Even without a ponytail the top of the pack was very close to my head and I found it confining, especially when looking to see uphill ahead. There were not enough separate compartments for the items I like to keep handy and separate, and the trekking pole holder was hitting me under my left arm as I walked. The REI Crestrail 65 has a cut out for ponytails, three extra outside compartments, an extra zipper in the top bag and the waistband is supposed to move with me. I am hopeful this bag will be everything I want and need That'll be my next review.
Date published: 2015-05-24
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Questions & Answers

i was wondering if backpacks had hipbelt extenders to make them bigger?

Asked by: banana121
Hi! I had this issue, as my pack is a medium but the hip belt fit terribly and caused a lot of discomfort. I ended up swapping out for a men's Osprey hip belt and I've had no issues since. The men's hip belt is SO comfortable!
Answered by: jessiefox
Date published: 2017-05-19

What is difference between the Osprey Ariel 65 Pack and the Osprey Ariel 75 Pack

Asked by: Ciaran
They are the same pack with the exception of volume, weight and price. They are designed to carry the same weight – 35 lbs. to 60 lbs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-06

What is the difference between the Aura 65 and the Ariel 65?

Asked by: cazang
The Ariel is for heavy loads/longer distances. It also has replaceable shoulder straps and hip belt. The Aura has Osprey's new AG Anti-gravity suspension which is a little more comfortable for loads up to 50 lbs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-30

Is it possible for a man to use this backpack? I have the Ariel 65 and was wondering if the size is correct for him, would he be able to borrow it comfortably? Would you suggest swapping out the hipbelt for a mans model?

Asked by: Lori
A women's specific pack has a hipbelt and shoulder straps that are shaped for a woman's body. A man could use the pack, but it may not fit the same as a men's pack would. In order to determine if it will be comfortable, we suggest comparing his torso length and waist measurement to that of the pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-23

I have the Osprey Ariel 65 Pack and love it...except it is too tall. I have hiked the AT several times for 2-3 days and though it is incredibly comfortable, the bladder rests head height for me. Is the Ariel 55 pack shorter in length?

Asked by: Dbbrewer
The Ariel 65 is two inches taller than the Ariel 55.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-18

Will Bear Vault canisters fit into this pack?

Asked by: GrandpaJ
BearVault will fit in the Ariel 65 pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-13

I would like to purchase this pack and need a small for my torso length but a medium in the hip belt size. Can I purchase the small and have you exchange out the hip belt so I'm sized property?

Asked by: Christina80
Yes you can exchange the hipbelt on the Ariel 65 Pack. When you purchase the pack, you can also order the Osprey IsoForm4 CM Custom Moldable Hipbelt - Women's in the size that you need. http://www.rei.com/product/846427/osprey-isoform4-cm-custom-moldable-hipbelt-womens Once you have swapped out the hipbelts you can return the hipbelt that came with the pack for a full refund for item 846427.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

I was in the local REI store today and tried on the Osprey Atmos 65 backpack. I am tall 6' and was fitted for a L, is there a difference in the fitting between this pack and the one I tried on?  Are there that many differences between the packs? 

Asked by: mxgirl75
The Osprey Atmos 65 fits torso lengths of 20 - 23 inches in a size large. The Ariel 65 fits torso lengths of 20 - 22.5 inches in a size large. The main difference is the Ariel is a women's specific pack while the Atmos is a men's. The shoulder straps and hipbelt will be different on the Ariel to better accommodate a women's frame.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-07
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