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Osprey Packs Aether 85 Backpack - 5000-5400 cu in - 2010 BCS
Pack up thy gear in the Osprey Aether 85 Backpack and wander into the land of infinite possibilities. The uses for the Aether 85 are almost endless with its large storage space, multiple straps, and gear loops. If you need more space, Osprey’s attachable AddOns (sold separately) make the Aether 85 large enough for longer expeditions.
- AirScape Suspension includes dual peripheral aluminum rods and a LightWire contoured headrail to keep the weight stable over rough terrain
- Ridge foam backpanel is covered in grip mesh so you maintain a layer of cool air between your back and the Aether
- Size-specific IsoForm Harness uses a hook-and-loop strap to allow 4in (10cm) of torso adjustment
- IsoForm CM hip-belt can be heat-molded to fit your body exactly
- ErgoPull hip-belt closure tightens the pack to your body, not your body to the pack, so the weight rests on your hips and legs
- Pack lid converts to a lumbar pack with hip-belt for short hikes from base camp
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment is a loop on the right side of the pack that lets you holster your poles when you don’t need them
- J-zipper lets you access the main compartment through the front of the pack, so you don’t have to dig from the top
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how do you secure the shaft of your ice axe on this pack? There
how do you secure the shaft of your ice axe on this pack? There doesn't appear to be any kind of strap above the ice axe loops that would tie the shaft of the axe to the pack.
June 3, 2012
Do you see the grey bungy looking things in the middle of the pack? Those attach really nicely to the handle of your ice ax. It's hard to explain how the clasp, but once you get an ice ax and play with the clasp, you instantly see how it holds really securely.
By: Kate Williamson
June 4, 2012
Could have been better
May 14, 2012
I'm quite long(192cm), and this backpack is pretty good on my back, only problem is, if I fill it up too much, the top of the pack is in the way, so I can't point my head upwards, this is a little annyoing. All in all, it is a good backpack, with smart solutions for openings etc. I have only used it twice, but it seems to be somewhat durable. I chose the large, wich is supposed to be 88l, but I have had 85l backpacks before that fits a lot more than this does.
actual 'Dusk' color
By: Phil Maher
May 25, 2011
The color Dusk is actually a much, much darker blue than what's shown.
I'm heading to Ghana in February for the Peace Corps. I'll
I'm heading to Ghana in February for the Peace Corps. I'll be gone 27 months and am looking into getting a pack for my stuff instead of a suitcase. This seems more practical. I want one that can hold a lot but its not super bulky or too heavy...would this pack be good for that or can anyone recommend one that might better suit my needs?
November 30, 2011
Thanks! I'll check that bag out! I won't be doing too much backpacking/hiking trip...It would be mostly for storage to and from Ghana and then I would use it for any short trips I take while I'm there...I plan on taking a smaller suitcase with wheels in addition to a pack but I think a backpack is still a good idea for my situation. Thanks again!
November 30, 2011
If you are going to be carrying it on your back for a long period of time this would be ok. I have the argon 85, great packs for carrying. But if you are going to be traveling in vehicles,moving a lot you won't want all the straps that come with these packs. Check out the Osprey Waypoint. Sounds to me it would be perfect for your trip.
By: Reid Pitman
November 30, 2011
June 20, 2010
I used this pack three times with the full capacity in 8 to 10 hrs trekking and it works great...the costum molding is not that espectacular as they show...but it can fit your hips very good, the only thing could be the lack of side compressors and the back side of your head can be a bit uncomfortable with the pack at his full capacity, don't need to throw when you want to take a 10 min rest, it can stand just perfect, great capacity don't need to wear anithing on the outside, every can fit in there and im the one who like to travel with everything (stove, summit pack,cooking set, jackets, food, climb gear, sleep pad n bag, bottles, and i can keep going) everything fit fine in there and i don't need to hang things on the outside like a boy scout. totally recomended !
I'm about to head out next month to Philmont Scout Ranch
I'm about to head out next month to Philmont Scout Ranch for an 80 mile 12 day trek in New Mexico as the adult leader. I need a pack that will carry 40-43lbs of gear comfortably. My main goal is a good suspension system with a good comfortable hip belt. Does this pack fill those needs? Thoughts would be appreciated.
June 29, 2011
I agree with Phil to a point. The Aether/Ariel series are one of Osprey's most adjustable packs in that if it doesn't fit you out of the box, then you can swap out the harness and/or the hipbelt for different sizes to better fit the pack to you. You should order whatever size will best fit your torso length (how to size your torso: http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/web/sizing_and_fitting). Call the Philmont Scout Ranch to double check whether or not they have interchangeable harness/hipbelts in stock to exchange when you get there if you feel you need to go one size up/down on harness/hipbelt. The people there are super knowledgeable on pack fit and will be able to help you out once you get there, too!
By: Kate Williamson
July 1, 2011
The volume should be perfect for what you'll need, and your load will be a cinch for this pack. From our experiences with several Osprey packs, a couple Aethers being among them, this is a fantastic pack. Very comfortable and functional. My only advice would be to order it and try it out well in advance of your trip. Without exception, pack fitting is an incredibly subjective thing- what Mads and I like, you may not, even though it's hard to see how you could go wrong in this case. Hope that helps. Enjoy!
By: Phil Maher
June 30, 2011
Definitely. My bro has the Aether 85 and says its the most comfortable pack hes owned. I have the Ariel, which is the women's version of the Aether, and my hips and shoulders have never been happier. Weve used them on climbs carrying 40-50 lb loads gaining 4,000-5,000 ft elevation per day comfortably. It distributes weight well and my favorite part is that it stays stable and doesnt swing weight around wildly when youre navigating steep or uneven terrain. This is huge for me because I'm clumsy as it is! My bro used to use the Argon 85 and I have tried Gregory and First Ascent packs and we both prefer the Aether series.
June 29, 2011
June 27, 2011
Love this pack. Have already recommended it to several of my friends. I would highly recommend going into an osprey retailer and getting sized. I was a medium size but needed a small waste belt, which was easily swapped out. If you get the pack, definitely get the osprey reservoir; I have three camel backs and it blows them out of the water. Get the 3 liter considering it's an 85L pack. Pack spacing is for advanced backpackers; if your frustrated with it, use it a couple times and you'll learn to love it! Also, the top of the pack comes off and becomes a sort of fanny pack/day pack. At first I thought it was useless extra weight, however after using it several times I have found it to be a great way to explore the area around the campsite. Hope you enjoy the pack!!
come back from island peak
By: Jose A. Villa
November 29, 2010
The Osprey pack is the most comfortable pack that i had ever used. I could put my Gortex for easy access if its started to snow instantly, Ice ax never fell from its loops. i love the top storage, i can put my camera, glasses, map, GPS, gator, small items in there.
Hey. I'm a big guy (6'5", 300 lbs, 42" waist,
Hey. I'm a big guy (6'5", 300 lbs, 42" waist, big, long torso). Any other big guys out there have experience with this? How's the fit? I'm thinking about retiring my "vintage" external frame pack--which I've customized a great deal to make it fit comfortably. I'm looking at a variety of 80-90L internal frame packs.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
May 13, 2011
Just because you are 6'5" doesn't mean you have XL torso length--you may fit better a Large torso better but still need those XL components. You could get the Argon/Aether 85L but exchange the L hipbelt/harness with Osprey for XL waist belt and shoulder harness to better fit what sounds like a XL build.
To measure your torso, have a friend measure your back along the spine from the top of your hipbones (run a finger from the bottom of your ribs down your sides until you feel the top part of your hipbones) to the knobby bone at the base of your neck (your C7 vertebra). With Argon/Aether, if your torso length is bigger than 22", go XL. If not, go L. (Note that all Argons come in the XL torso length, but the Aether only comes in XL in the 70L pack.)
My best guess is that you'd be an XL, but after years of pack fitting, I am always surprised by the lack of relationship between height and torso length.
ALSO no matter which pack you choose to go with, make sure you get your Argon/Aether hipbelt heat molded at a local shop if you can. Heat molding will ensure the best possible fit for both Aether and Argon series packs.
By: Kate Williamson
May 15, 2011
Osprey Aether 85
April 27, 2012
I just recently got this pack because I am going to be working at a camp in Montana for the summer. I needed something that will carry my camping and climbing stuff comfortably. This pack is great so far. It sits very nicely on my back and doesn't feel like I am getting pulled backwards when hiking. One thing I wanted to mention though is that if you are planning on getting the Osprey raincover for it, I recommend getting the medium sized cover. I tried the large on it at the store and it was way too big and baggy, even when the bad was packed with stuff. The medium raincover might be a little bit tight if you are planning on packing this bag to its max but for me it should work out just right.
good luck. :-)
I'm looking for a new winter backcountry pack for week long
I'm looking for a new winter backcountry pack for week long plus ski/snowboard trips. I have seen the Aether 60 at the local REI and imagine the 70l or 85l would be just fine under normal loads, however after all the camping gear and then ski/climbing gear i need to be able to cary all my film equipment (camera, tripod, extra batteries, solar charging panels, and laptop to dump all the media as it accumulates). would the Aether 85 still be big enough or should i look at the Argon 110?
May 3, 2011
Patrick, it's a tough one when you talk about physical space needs since I am not there to see you gear. I can answer load questions, like, the Aether 85 will carry 45 pounds very well, and 50 - 55 if you want to push it. But if you go with the Argon 110, then not only do you get more space (which, by the way, you don't HAVE to fill!), but you get a more stout suspension for heavier loads. You can always compress the load down with Osprey's "straight-jacket" straps to secure your load at any volume.
However, Eli, above, make a nice case for a sled! Up to you, of course, but I am thinking Argon 110 if your loads are up there, but if you pack lighter, the Aether 85 will suffice!
May 3, 2011
Here are some things that you need to consider. What size pack would you need for just your camping/ski/climbing gear and would the 70 be enough of a pack? To answer that, you need to think about how big is your sleeping bag (4 season down, 3 season synthetic, etc...)? Are you hut tripping it or will you be packing in a tent and a beefier sleeping bag? Are you carrying your skis/boots in or are you skiing in? Etc...
Once you have that dialed in and you feel comfortably certain that the 70 would work for your regular gear, then you can figure the 85 would work well. I personally know a ton of people who use a 70 for backcountry ski trips. But I also know several of people who don't have small/lightweight winter gear and use something bigger. If you fall into that latter group, go with an Argon, which will carry weight better anyway--and all that film equipment is heavy!
If you think you've got the smaller/lighter weight stuff and do go with an Aether 85, since you are bogging down the pack with the weighty camera equipment, I would still spend extra $$ and upgrade the belt to an Osprey Bioform belt--the belt that comes with the Argon series. It is beefier and cushier so it will make carrying a heavier load a lot nicer. You can do that (and either hip belt heat molded to your hip shape) at most local shops that carry Osprey packs.
Hope this helps!
By: Kate Williamson
May 3, 2011
Are you expecting to be using cross country ski's or snowshoes?
It's been my experience with winter excursions that having less on the back, and more in the sled, is the way to go. Pulling the lump sum of your heavy gear in a sled is much easier than carrying it all on your back. My brother and I bought larger plastic sleds from a walmart or similar, added two 8' strands of rope that ran through pvc piping, which then clipped to our backpack. It made the trip through deep snow go a lot smoother. We could then strap our snowboards, etc onto the sled and covered it with a tarp and bungee cords.
Not exactly an answer to your question, just an alternate idea which I highly recommend if you plan on getting into some deeper snow.
By: Eli Hauschild
May 3, 2011
April 11, 2011
All round great pack, carries weight well and is plenty big for those winter expeditions, can be upgraded to work with the argon hip-belt and harness if you need the extra padding but don't want the weight. I would recommend this to anyone.
Does the detachable day pack come with it, or is it sold sep
Does the detachable day pack come with it, or is it sold separately?
March 26, 2011
I went on a trip to the Sawtooths in Idaho where there was 300% snow pack and we had to do lot of day hiking. The lumbar pack served my purposes fine. I wouldn't say you need to buy a day pack if you have this. Its a good size and slings around your shoulder similarly to a messenger bag.
By: Henry Sanborn
September 16, 2011
But.... if you do want a detatchable daypack (in addition to the lumbar pack provided), then look at the Osprey Daylight pack. Super sweet!
April 19, 2011
It's not quite what you might consider a "day pack". It's the lid of the pack itself, so it definitely is included, and it's actually a lumbar pack.
Here's a picture of what it is and how it looks.
By: Phil Maher
March 26, 2011
Very well constructed, with one very painful exception
February 10, 2012
First off, as others have noted, Osprey packs are very well constructed. The pack walls are constructed of a very durable nylon that exhibits at least a reasonable degree of water resistance (despite not actually being waterproof), so light-duty tears don't seem to be a potential problem. There are plenty of compression straps and options for strapping and rigging gear to the exterior of the pack (which is, for my part, every bit as important, if not more so, than the interior capacity of the pack). The shoulder straps and hip belt are solid and provide a snug fit, which is a pre-requisite of any good pack, since conserving energy on the trail is contingent upon being able to limit unnecessary side-to-side movement of the pack while hiking. The AirScape backpanel does a really good job of allowing cool air to circulate in between you and the pack to prevent heat and sweat buildup, and this has a lot to do with the ridged design of the backpanel, itself, as well as the nylon mesh that overlays it. This last feature, however, is the fatal deal-breaker.
The aforementioned mesh is constructed of a very coarsely woven, stiff nylon that is absolutely unforgiving on accidentally exposed skin, especially skin that directly overlays the generally bony parts of the lower lumbar and upper sacral regions of the back. Making matters worse, the lower lumbar portion of the foam backpanel is actually convex toward the body, which is to say, curved into the back, which reduces the effective surface area of the pack's contact with the lower back, thereby focusing more pressure on an even smaller area. As a significant portion of the weight of a pack should be distributed across the midsection and not the shoulders, the convex backpanel and its coarse mesh outer result in a sensation not unlike that of a sanding block being rhythmically and methodically ground into the small of your back with every step you take. Unless you're wearing, say, a heavy fleece or other thick top (tucked in under a belt), you're going to have the blood, blisters, and resulting abrasion scar to prove it. Hiking uphill is especially painful since more of the weight of the pack is focused on the small of the back, and also because aggressive inclined hiking frequently tends to hike the back of your shirt up, thereby exposing the skin to even more torture. Your mileage may vary depending on body type, but for some, I suspect that summer hiking with naught but a t-shirt is going to be a no-no unless you've specifically packed light (which rather contravenes the purpose of buying a 5,200-cubic inch pack) or are prepared to administer regular shots of Toradol into your sacrum.
In short, this was the first pack that, in a relatively short (4-day) medium laden (45 pound) trek, made me second-guess how much I liked backpacking. Some pain and discomfort is always to be expected when backpacking -- your gear is simply designed to limit, not prevent, discomfort -- but this was excessive. I've read similar complaints about shoulder chaffing caused by the Aether 85's shoulder straps (which are covered in a similar, though less coarse, mesh), and I really think Osprey could address the problem by choosing different materials. In the end, you'll need to try the pack for yourself (as you need to do with any piece of gear), but be wary of potential problem areas. Backcountry has an extremely commendable "no-questions-asked" return policy, so you've got nothing to lose if you're theoretically sold on this pack. I have to send this one back, however, and specifically for the sake of my own.
My boyfriend and I are going on a two week backcountry trip to
My boyfriend and I are going on a two week backcountry trip to Isle Royale National Park. We need to be able to carry all of our supplies for the whole trip since there are not many options for purchasing more supplies on the island. What size pack would you suggest for this trip? Thanks for the help!
January 30, 2011
Melinda, so much depends on what you pack and how you pack it. Two weeks is a long time and if you are sharing gear this pack might work fine. You might want to step up in size if you think space would be an issue. I would suggest the larger Argon that I have linked below if you decide to go bigger.
By: Gone Fishing
March 8, 2011
Is this pack suitable for a thirty day trip into the sawtooths?
Is this pack suitable for a thirty day trip into the sawtooths? Do you think its big enough? Does it come with a rain cover?
By: Henry Sanborn
January 25, 2011
Thanks. Yah, i think it should work. Its a group trip so i wont be carrying a whole tent or all of my own food. I believe we are re-rationing and yah i think i may end up using a down bag.
By: Henry Sanborn
January 29, 2011
Probably a little small, especially if you are taking any climbing or mountaineering equipment, or 4 season tents (or if you end up getting that Trestles). Also depends on if you have bear canisters (and how often you are re-rationing). You'll probably be able to do a down bag, 3 season tent, 8-10 days worth of carb-heavy food and lighter clothes in this pack.
It does not come with a rain cover, but one is available. http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-ul-raincover-osp0131
hope that helps
By: Simon Hatfield
January 25, 2011
October 20, 2011
I can't give it 5 stars yet because I have not tested its durability, but it seems to be very high quality. This pack is huge, but somehow I have it stuffed to the brim with only 45lbs of weight total with food and no water. This thing looks ridiculously huge and I cant figure out how I filled it up. I've gone through it multiple times trying to reduce load, different packing methods, etc. It remains stuffed to the max no matter what I do. I was very surprised with that. But I suppose the age old rule applies, If you have the space you will fill it, haha. Anyways, It is very comfy to hike in, load doesn't shift, and I don't look like a junk show anymore with gear hanging everywhere on the outside of my pack. I like it!
What is the difference between the frames of the Aether 85 and
What is the difference between the frames of the Aether 85 and the argon 85. Why would i want to choose the added weight of the Argon over the lighter aether.
June 6, 2010
The argon has a beefier suspension system and thus is more comfortable for heavier loads. Another thing about the Argon though, is that the back panel protrudes from the user and thus could make it possibly difficult to scramble over rough terrain. The Aether is closer to the user's back and might be more stable for side to side motion. Really depends on your application. Go for the Argon if you do a lot of backpacking over great distances and moderate trails. Mountaineering, climbing, rougher terrain, go with the aether. Hope this helps!
June 7, 2010
Osprey Aether 85 Backpack
June 16, 2011
Great pack, huge value...Lots of room, great storage, lite, durable and versatile....Perfect for a long weekend to a 5 day trek.
I'm taking a one-year trip around the world in a few months.
I'm taking a one-year trip around the world in a few months. Looking for a pack that'll do the job? Any advice on the Osprey Aether vs Argon? Or a completely different pack?
By: Andrew Randazzo
April 22, 2010
First time I went traveling I had a huge backpack crammed full of everything I thought I'd need. A buddy who had done it years before said I should go with nothing, buying what I needed along the way. At the time I thought he was crazy, after my first trip I think he was right. 2 months into your trip you'll be sending half your stuff back or on to another destination.
Buy things you need in cheap countries. Clothing in Thailand is a buck an item for the same thing that'll cost $20 here. I got a fleece jacket in the chilly Thai mountians for $3. I passed it on to another traveler at the bus stop when I got back to the beach.
After a while I ditched the big backpack altogether. I traveled in India for months with only a day pack (15L North Face bought in Bangkok for a few bucks, and still going strong years later). I had one extra set of lightweight long sleeved clothes for the evening and I hand washed my stuff every day in the shower. I traveled with a bunch of camera gear including a tripod and digital SLR, which made up half my pack.
If you're heading to a more expensive country, look to the second hand/thrift stores as stuff can be bought for a bargain often with tags still on it. Online classifieds sites will provide all you need too! Don't forget couchsurfing.com too.
Big packs need to go on the roof of buses, into the luggage sections of trains and into the belly of planes. Day packs sit on your lap. You never need to worry you wont have your stuff when you get to your destination.
Travel ultra light, leave gadgets at home, and you'll enjoy the experience a lot more. Have a great time, and don't plan too much ;)
April 27, 2010
Other than the added volume, are there any differences between
Other than the added volume, are there any differences between this pack and the aether 70?
April 10, 2010
The only difference is the volume.
I hope this helps!
April 10, 2010
- nylon (210D), nylon pack cloth (420HD), stretch woven nylon
- LightWire alloy frame
- Shoulder Straps:
- isoform harness
- yes, heat moldable, , ergo pull
- top, front j zipper
- 1 top, 1 front stretch woven, 2 side
- Sleeping Bag Compartment:
- Hydration Compatible:
- Reservoir Included:
- Detachable Daypack:
- Detachable Lid:
- yes, built in hipbelt
- Ice Axe Loops:
- Claimed Weight:
- (small) 2190 g, (medium) 2250 g, (large) 2380 g
- 85 L
- Recommended Use:
- weeklong backpacking, mountaineering, expeditions
- Manufacturer Warranty: