- November 23 2011
Luxurious for the weight
The sleeping compartment isn't huge, but this pack will carry a LOT of stuff and is set up to keep everything reachable fairly easily. The fit can be micro-managed by swapping out the shoulder straps and/or hip belt, as needed (do this before using it for anything, as once you've used it, you're stuck with returning the whole pack). One bummer is the outside back pocket mesh can come unglued, but I got that swapped out and haven't had it happen with my second one. The only way the could really improve it would be to make it lighter, but then it probably wouldn't be as durable.
- May 23 2011
Big pack, very comfortable
Was looking for a good pack for longer, all weather trips. This pack fits the bill. Lots of compression straps and a great harness system make it comfortable and versatile for long or short trips. Just be careful, with this much room you'll be tempted to take everything you own.
- March 23 2011
I walk from Boise Idaho to Yellowstone National Park every year, where I work and have been through several backpacks. The Osprey is by far the best pack I have had thus far. It is comfortable, large, light and durable.I will be traveling from Yellowstone to the east coast this fall to really test it out, but so far I am well pleased.
- August 9 2010
I got to test out my Aether 85 pack this weekend at the White Mountains. It really is a superb pack. I had about 35lbs of gear on me for two days and the pack made it seem weightless. It's very comfortable and definitely well made. The only disappointment I found is that there isn't a mesh pocket on the hipbelt for your trail mix and snacks. I have that on my old pack and it was great. Otherwise this thing is definitely solid.
- July 24 2009
I've been using Osprey packs for a number of years and I got Aether 85 for larger volume. In my opinion, Osprey packs are very well made and on top of that they are light weight. Make sure the fit is right and it hugs your back nicely distributing the weight appropriately. Highly recommended for all levels.