Osprey

Osprey

Kayser, Mitch
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Aether 75 Backpack - $240
www.ospreypacks.com
970.564.5900


When I was looking for a new pack, a couple of things drew me to the Osprey Aether 75: an impressively light weight and a price that fit my budget. At 4,700 cubic inches of storage capacity and weighing less than five pounds, the Aether 75 edges out most comparable packs within its price range. If you’re like me, you usually pack way too much extra stuff, and so shaving a pound or more before you even start packing is definitely a smart idea.

The Aether 75 has two separate compartments: a large-mouth opening for your sleeping bag, and one for the rest of your gear. The bag is top-loading, and includes a hydration pouch and a detachable day pack that’s great for small hikes away from your main camp. It also has two large mesh pockets that can store water bottles and an even larger mesh pocket in the front, which is great for all that miscellaneous gear that needs to be accessible. Compression straps are all over the pack so you can cinch down the load for better balance when hiking. There are also loops for an ice axe and straps to tie up a pair of skis, making it a great mountaineering pack. If for some reason you find yourself running out of room, Osprey offers a line of small add-on accessory packs that attach to the front of your pack that can add more space.

What I really love about this pack is the ease of molding it two your body. The frame of the pack can be adjusted very easily with a series of straps. The hip belt is awesome; it’s nice and wide with a good stiff feel. It’s simple to adjust and the best part, it is meant to take brunt of the weight and makes for a very enjoyable day with loaded pack of 45 pounds. The materials that Osprey has chosen are very durable and are guaranteed against defective materials and craftsmanship. Making it a great choice for those who are novice two-daytrippers or even hardcore packers.
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