The Osprey Aether 70 Backpack

By: Alex Burciaga

The Osprey Aether 70 Backpack comes with a number of useful and practical features. It looks good and is comfortable to carry. The shoulder straps come with a compression strap across the chest that holds the shoulder straps close together. The pack is also designed to rest most of its weight on the backpackerís hips instead of the shoulders. It comes with waistbands that adapt to the personís body contours and transfers the load onto the hips. The LightWire alloy peripheral-frame suspension system keeps the pack in shape and makes it easy to carry.

The Osprey Aether 70 comes with a 3-liter hydration sleeve to carry water. A tube can be fitted to the hydration sleeve to drink water directly from the pack instead of having to remove it from the sleeve. There are mesh side pockets that can carry water bottles or fuel bottles for a camping stove. There are more pockets to store tent poles and other accessories. One of the great features of the pack is that it has a day pack that can be detached and carried separately. It can be used to hold maps, cameras and other scouting accessories. If needed, trekkers can offload the main pack, wrap the day pack around their waist and scout around the area to find a good place to pitch camp.

There are loops and straps at the sides to wrap hiking poles. This keeps the poles easily accessible at any time. Fishing poles can also be inserted here or in one of the sleeves at the sides of the pack. The back of the pack is aerated with mesh material and bands to keep the back free of sweat. The sleeping bag can be accessed at the very bottom of the pack. The back of the pack has a stretchable sleeve that can hold an array of sundry items like raincoats or flashlights that one might have to access in a hurry.

Most reviews have the Osprey Aether 70 back pack 5 out of 5 stars. Aether 70 is a full service provider. Easy down the hip buckle and your fill is pretty relaxed through most of the day. With this pack I use a Sea to Peak back bag to store everything in. The only disadvantages are the weight (5.5 pounds) and the dimension. The dimension was perfect when I was holding all my winter weather equipment. But now I have sent a lot of items home and have more space in the bag not being used. Still, I'm keeping this Aether 70 to carry additional food.

Most backpacks in this category have a top-down access. The Aether pack also loads from the top, but it also has a side access panel through which items can be reached through the side zipper. Trekkers can carry their tent, cooking pots, water filter, stove, food, clothes, towels and everything needed for a week-long solo with this pack. The Osprey Aether 70 comes in large, medium and small sizes and in tundra, magna and dusk colors.

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