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Osprey Ariel Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019

4.61
based on 548 reviews


We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 7 reasons to buy the Ariel - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


92% of the reviewers give the Osprey Ariel a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (81%)
Good (11%)
Average (5%)
Poor (1%)
Bad (0%)





Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Ariel

  • Most of the reviewers said that it is a durable and sturdy backpack for travelling.
  • Many others said that the pack is super comofortable to wear and carry with adjustable straps.
  • Some reviewers said that the bag is spacious and helped them to carry all their stuffs for camping and hiking.
  • They are also happy with the great number of pockets to organize their stuffs for long travels.
  • A user said that the hip belt pockets helped him to carry emergency items for easy access.
  • A buyer said that the top lid of the pack can be detached and converted to a lumber pack.
  • A few users also said that the pack has good suspension and ventilation system and keeps the sweat away from the back.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Many have complained that the pack is a little heavier to carry.
  • Most of the users also complained that the pack comes with no rain cover.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Ariel models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity55-75 l (3356-4577 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.5-4.8 oz (1.1-2.2 kg)
Length iconLength29-32 in (74-81 cm)
Width13-16 in (33-41 cm)
Height12-13 in (30-33 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Backpacking
Hiking
Cycling
Travel
School
Sport



Popular Models


Osprey Ariel 65

59% choose the Osprey Ariel 65

59 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Brown
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity65 l (3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight4.4 oz (2 kg)
Length iconLength31 in (79 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)


Osprey Ariel 55

27% choose the Osprey Ariel 55

27 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity55 l (3356 cuin)
Weight iconWeight4.8 oz (2.2 kg)
Length iconLength29 in (74 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)


Osprey Ariel 75

14% choose the Osprey Ariel 75

14 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity75 l (4577 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.5 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength32 in (81 cm)
Width16 in (41 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)




Osprey Ariel 55 vs Ariel 65


The two most popular Osprey Ariel models are the Ariel 55 and the Ariel 65, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 86% of the people interested in the Osprey Ariel bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Ariel 65 which is choosen by 59% (2.2 times as many as the 27% that choose the Ariel 55).

Ariel 55Ariel 65
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Ariel 55 is typically around $30 cheaper than the Ariel 65, but check the deals before you buy.

Ariel 55Ariel 65
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Ariel 55 has a capacity of 55 l, while the Ariel 65 has a capacity of 65 l.

Ariel 55Ariel 65
Biggest

For a traveller, the 10 L (610 cuin) difference equals around 1 blouse, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks and 1 shorts.

Packing the Ariel 55
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
2
pants
2
tshirt
5
boxers
5
socks
5
shorts
1
jacket
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
2
Extra in the Ariel 65
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1

If you are an athlete, the 10 L difference equals 1 blouse, 1 pair of shoes, 1 towel and 1 book.

Packing the Ariel 55
water_bottle
3
toilet_bag
1
blouse
2
tshirt
3
boxers
3
socks
3
shorts
2
jacket
1
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
football
1
book
1
Extra in the Ariel 65
blouse
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 water bottle, 1 fleece, 1 trangia and 2 packaged meals.

Packing the Ariel 55
water_bottle
3
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
pants
1
tshirt
3
boxers
3
socks
3
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
6
Extra in the Ariel 65
water_bottle
1
fleece
1
trangia
1
packaged_meal
2

Check how you can pack the Ariel here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Ariel 55 is 0.4 kg (14.1 oz) higher than the weight of the Ariel 65.

Ariel 55Ariel 65
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, the Ariel 55 is 2 in (5 cm) longer than the Ariel 65 (29 vs. 31 in). It's 2 in (5 cm) wider (13 vs. 15 in), while the height is the same (both 12 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in blue, grey and red. Only the Ariel 65 is available in brown.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Ariel features:
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Hydration compatible
  • Hydration bladder
  • Lumbar pack lid
  • Compression straps

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

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 Ariel models (the most popular choice is the Ariel 65).




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.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
5555 l4.8 oz0.09 oz/L
6565 l4.4 oz0.07 oz/L
7575 l2.5 oz0.03 oz/L


Osprey Ariel
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Ariel ranks #6 compared with the other Osprey bags.

Top 10% Osprey bag

4Osprey Porter
4.66
Osprey Porter
5Osprey Aether
4.66
Osprey Aether
6Osprey Ariel
4.61
Osprey Ariel
7Osprey Exos
4.58
Osprey Exos
8Osprey Farpoint
4.56
Osprey Farpoint

vs All Bags

The Osprey Ariel ranks #50 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 5% bag

48Deuter Futura
4.61
Deuter Futura
49Osprey Ariel
4.61
Osprey Ariel
50Vanquest Envoy
4.61
Vanquest Envoy
51The North Face Banchee
4.60
The North Face Banchee
52Cotopaxi Cusco
4.60
Cotopaxi Cusco



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Ariel vs 6 other, similar bags.

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Some sources mention this feature


Osprey Ariel vs Gregory Deva


Osprey Ariel
Osprey Ariel

4.61
BEST
Based on 548 reviews
Capacity: 55-75 l
Weight: 2.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$


Gregory Deva
Gregory Deva

4.13

Based on 404 reviews

Capacity: 64-85 l
Weight: 5-5.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Ariel is rated somewhat better than the Deva.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 952 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Ariel is 13% smaller than the biggest Deva (75 L vs 85 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Ariel is 21% lighter than the biggest Deva (4.8 oz vs 5.8 oz).

FeatureArielDeva
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Raincover included
Removable daypack
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red
Grey
Blue

Only the Ariel is available in these colors:
Brown

Only the Deva is available in these colors:
Green




Osprey Ariel vs Osprey Aether


Osprey Ariel
Osprey Ariel

4.61

Based on 548 reviews
Capacity: 55-75 l
Weight: 2.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Aether
Osprey Aether

4.66
BEST
Based on 1,211 reviews

Capacity: 60-85 l
Weight: 4.4-5.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Ariel is rated about the same as the Aether.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,759 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Ariel is 13% smaller than the biggest Aether (75 L vs 85 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Ariel is 10% lighter than the biggest Aether (4.8 oz vs 5.3 oz).

FeatureArielAether
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red
Grey
Blue

Only the Ariel is available in these colors:
Brown

Only the Aether is available in these colors:
Green
Orange




Osprey Ariel vs Osprey Atmos


Osprey Ariel
Osprey Ariel

4.61

Based on 548 reviews
Capacity: 55-75 l
Weight: 2.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Atmos
Osprey Atmos

4.72
BEST
Based on 2,677 reviews

Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4.4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Ariel is rated a little bit worse than the Atmos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,225 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Ariel is 15% bigger than the biggest Atmos (75 L vs 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Ariel is 9% heavier than the biggest Atmos (4.8 oz vs 4.4 oz).

FeatureArielAtmos
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Waterproof
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red
Grey
Blue

Only the Ariel is available in these colors:
Brown

Only the Atmos is available in these colors:
Green




Osprey Ariel vs Osprey Aura


Osprey Ariel
Osprey Ariel

4.61
BEST
Based on 548 reviews
Capacity: 55-75 l
Weight: 2.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.48

Based on 967 reviews

Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Ariel is rated a little bit better than the Aura.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,515 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Ariel is 15% bigger than the biggest Aura (75 L vs 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Ariel is 12% heavier than the biggest Aura (4.8 oz vs 4.3 oz).

FeatureArielAura
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Waterproof
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red
Grey
Blue

Only the Ariel is available in these colors:
Brown

Only the Aura is available in these colors:
Green

Osprey is known to produce the best backpacks and both the Osprey Ariel and Aura are evidence for this reputation. What you get from any of the two is many interior and exterior pockets, exceptional comfort, and a lightweight structure. They are convenient for just about any outdoor activity.

There are a few main differences you should know of before settling on one bag over the other. Although both have adjustable AntiGravity Backpanel Suspension System, the Ariel has a bulkier suspension system and is more often than not preferred for heavy hauling outdoor adventures.

Other differences include:

  • The Aura has top access to the backpack while the Ariel has both top and front access.

  • Aura has more pockets (6 zippered and 3 enclosed) than the Ariel (5 zippered and 3 enclosed pockets).

  • The Ariel has 2 front compression straps while the Aura doesn’t.

  • Aura has an attached rain cover, a feature that's absent in the Ariel.

  • The Ariel has a special hip belt (heat moldable) while the Aura doesn’t.




Osprey Ariel vs Osprey Viva


Osprey Ariel
Osprey Ariel

4.61
BEST
Based on 548 reviews
Capacity: 55-75 l
Weight: 2.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Viva
Osprey Viva

4.29

Based on 110 reviews

Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 3.3-3.4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Ariel is rated a bit better than the Viva.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 658 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Ariel is 15% bigger than the biggest Viva (75 L vs 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Ariel is 41% heavier than the biggest Viva (4.8 oz vs 3.4 oz).

FeatureArielViva
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red
Blue

Only the Ariel is available in these colors:
Grey
Brown

Only the Viva is available in these colors:
Green
Purple




Osprey Ariel vs Osprey Xena


Osprey Ariel
Osprey Ariel

4.61
BEST
Based on 548 reviews
Capacity: 55-75 l
Weight: 2.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Xena
Osprey Xena

4.38

Based on 60 reviews

Capacity: 70-85 l
Weight: 5-5.1 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Ariel is rated a little bit better than the Xena.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 608 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Ariel is 13% smaller than the biggest Xena (75 L vs 85 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Ariel is 6% lighter than the biggest Xena (4.8 oz vs 5.1 oz).

FeatureArielXena
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Removable daypack
Seam taped
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red
Blue

Only the Ariel is available in these colors:
Grey
Brown

Only the Xena is available in these colors:
Green
Purple







Selected Reviews


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

Backcountry Skiing Canada

With the 2013 upgrades Osprey's Ariel backpack easily offers up one of the most supportive backpacks on the market for women and this is something you don't notice until you load 'er up and start walking a few km.

Posted 8 September 2013 by Marian - Read full review

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Last updated on May 12, 2019