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Osprey Aether Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Jan 2019)

4.72 based on 985 reviews
Osprey Aether
93% of the Osprey Aether reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (85%)
Good (8%)
Average (2%)
Poor (1%)
Bad (2%)

89 - this bag is super popular.

Specs across all Aether models
Capacity iconCapacity60-85 l (3661-5187 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.3-5.3 oz (1.5-2.4 kg)
Length iconLength29-34 in (74-86 cm)
Width14-17 in (36-43 cm)
Height12-15 in (30-38 cm)

Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Osprey Aether:

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Aether

  • Most of the reviewers said that it is a do-everything pack that is perfect for vacations.
  • Many of them said that the pack is light weight and stable to carry.
  • They also said that the pack is well designed and is much durable for long vacations.
  • Some buyers said that the pack has great capacity to carry all stuffs for hiking and travelling.
  • Many of the buyers agreed that the pack has the most advanced suspension system for comfortable carry.
  • Numerous reviewers are happy to have a rain cover with the pack.
  • Many of the users said that the good padding provided a comfortable wear and helped them to carry the pack for longer hours with ease.
  • Some travellers are also happy with the interchangeable harness and hip belt.
  • A user also said that the adjustable torso lenght helped to carry the pack comfortably for hiking.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A few buyers said that the pack is very expensive to buy.
  • A user said that the pack is no good without a hydration bladder.
  • Another user said that the pack could have come with some more pockets and could have been lighter.

Popular Models

Osprey Aether 70

51% choose the Osprey Aether 70

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity70 l (4272 cuin)
Weight iconWeight5.1 oz (2.3 kg)
Length iconLength33 in (84 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)

Osprey Aether 60

24% choose the Osprey Aether 60

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity60 l (3661 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.3 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength29 in (74 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)

Osprey Aether 85

11% choose the Osprey Aether 85

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity85 l (5187 cuin)
Weight iconWeight5.3 oz (2.4 kg)
Length iconLength34 in (86 cm)
Width17 in (43 cm)
Height15 in (38 cm)

Osprey Aether Ag 70

8% choose the Osprey Aether Ag 70

Colors and combinations:


Osprey Aether Ag 60

7% choose the Osprey Aether Ag 60

Colors and combinations:


Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Osprey Aether features:
  • Hydration bladder
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Lumbar pack lid

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Compression straps
  • Hip belt
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops
  • Sternum strap
  • Hydration compatible
  • Load-lifter straps
  • Detachable lid
  • Adjustable torso
  • Side pockets
  • Stretch mesh

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.

Packing Guide

See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Osprey Aether models (the most popular choice is the Aether 70).

Capacity/Weight Levels

The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

6060 l3.3 oz0.06 oz/L
7070 l5.1 oz0.07 oz/L
8585 l5.3 oz0.06 oz/L


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The Osprey Aether ranks #3 compared with the other Osprey bags.

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vs All Bags

The Osprey Aether ranks #6 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Osprey Aether vs Gregory Baltoro

For the adventure lovers and individuals who love exploring nature and going for hikes, it is imperative to get a reliable backpack. The right backpack should be durable, comfortable and spacious. You can count on both Osprey Aether and Gregory Baltoro for that. However, they differ in some features.

Gregory Baltoro exceeds the Osprey Aether regarding volume and has a sophisticated design. You can access your items from the top, bottom, and sides.

Osprey Aether, on the other hand, has a J-zip zipper that allows you to access stuff from the top and front sides only.

Gregory Baltoro is rich in pockets that make organization of items more manageable. It has hip-belt and drinks or water bottle compartment.

Osprey Aether, however, beats the Gregory Baltoro regarding comfort. The latter is praised for its superior fit, but generally, it is not as durable as the Osprey Aether.

Gregory Baltoro 4.77 based on 900 reviews

Osprey Aether vs Osprey Volt

The Osprey Aether and Osprey Volt are both geared towards campers. They're designed to rest the weight on your hips rather than your shoulders and their torso harnesses makes it incredibly easy to tote your luggage around as you see fit. Regardless of which pack you pick you're going to be prepared for camping.

The key differences to understand are the additional features. The Volt has a trekking pole while the Aether uses load compression to increase the load you can store.

Osprey Volt 4.18 based on 142 reviews

Osprey Aether vs Osprey Xenith

Osprey provided the Aether and the Xenith for people who are planning an upcountry or hiking expedition. Sporting Osprey's signature LightWire suspension system,Both are built with long-lasting material and are designed with many storage compartments as well as support and comfort features.

Major differences

  • Osprey Aether is built with 210 Nylon Dobby with the Xenith is constructed with 420D High Tenacity Nylon and 500D Nylon Packcloth for the bottom.

  • Tougher fabric on the Xenith.

  • The Xenith has a BioForm harness and heat-molded hip belt so that it can fit anyone's size dimensions.

  • The Xenith has 4 access points to the main compartment, more external pocket and a larger load capacity.

Osprey Xenith 4.55 based on 177 reviews

Selected Reviews

We are Explorers

The Osprey Aether 60AG greatly exceeded my expectations and while I spent some time humping it all over the shop, not once did I whinge about having sore shoulders or a sore back. I am sure the lads I was hiking with would attest to my annoying proclamations of comfort as they battled with their less comfortable packs.

Posted 3 August 2018 by Dan Parkes - Read full review

Dirtbag Dreams

After a month of being dragged around rocky fields, thrown in and out of cars and planes, exposed to constant rain and sun and an ungodly sharp plant called the sweet-thorn bush, it shows virtually no signs of wear.

Posted 21 September 2017 by Mike Kimmel - Read full review

Backcountry Skiing Canada

Overall the 2017 Ariel and Aether AG series is a remarkable improvement over it’s predecessors and well worth the upgrade particularly if, like me, you like to move more efficiently and take it a little easier on your body so that you can focus on getting out to enjoy being out in the mountains.

Posted 5 August 2017 by Marian - Read full review

Bushwalking Blog

I really liked the front pocket, if you haven’t loaded up the straps, it functions well as somewhere to stow a couple of maps and a book within easy reach when you need them on the trail.

Posted 16 June 2017 by Michael - Read full review

Backcountry Skiing Canada

This is a well built, full feature, multi-day carrying machine. The Osprey Aether can literally do it all from summer hikes to winter ski tours—be sure to check it out!

Posted 9 July 2013 by Brad - Read full review

Review Outdoor Gear

Posted 1 July 2013

Backcountry Skiing Canada

The design is well thought out, the pack has many unique features that only Osprey offers, is built tough, has many add-ons to compliment the pack, and comfortable as they get.

Posted 2 April 2011 by Brad - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

This is a feature laden pack which might receive a little customization. Overall it is a good fit, functional and comfortable backpack to carry.

Posted 14 July 2009 by Paul Schilke - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

It is big enough pack for family vacations. The hydration sleeve holds all sizes of hydration bladder. The pack is comfortable to carry.

Posted 24 December 2008 by Raymond Estrella - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

It is a lightweight pack with good suspension system. The durability of the pack is also very good and can be used as a regular daypack.

Posted 28 February 2007 by David Bradish - Read full review

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Last updated on January 11, 2019