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Osprey Aura Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.47
based on 921 reviews


We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 8 reasons to buy the Aura - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


93% of the reviewers give the Osprey Aura a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (79%)
Good (14%)
Average (3%)
Poor (1%)
Bad (1%)



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Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Aura

  • Most reviewers complimented that the pack is super durable and comfortable for travelling.
  • They also said that the pack is lighweight and fits comfortable on the back for easy carrying.
  • Many buyers said that the pack is spacious with good number of organizable pockets for carrying all sorts of stuffs for camping.
  • A user said that the separate sleeping bag compartment helped him to pull out the tent and without removing the other stuffs in the main compartment.
  • Some mountaineers are also happy to have loops all over the bag for carrying extra gears for climbing.
  • Almost all of the reviewers said that the extra padded shoulder and waist straps are super comfortable to carry.
  • Another user said that the good ventilation system of the pack helped him keep dry during travelling.
  • A buyer mentioned that the built in hyderation component was very helpful for travelling long distances.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some buyers complained that the hip strap is fixed which made them difficult to adjust it with loads.
  • A user said that the internal hydration pack was difficult to access as she had to unpack her bag before adjusting the bladder.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Aura models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity50-65 l (3051-3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight4-4.3 oz (1.8-2 kg)
Length iconLength30-31 in (76-79 cm)
Width14-15 in (36-38 cm)
Height14-16 in (36-41 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Backpacking
Hiking
Cycling
Travel
School
Sport



Popular Models


Osprey Aura 65

44% choose the Osprey Aura 65

44 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity65 l (3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight4.3 oz (2 kg)
Length iconLength31 in (79 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height16 in (41 cm)


Osprey Aura 50

27% choose the Osprey Aura 50

27 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity50 l (3051 cuin)
Weight iconWeight4 oz (1.8 kg)
Length iconLength30 in (76 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)


Osprey Aura Ag 50

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16% choose the Osprey Aura Ag 50

16 %
Colors and combinations:

Green
Red




Osprey Aura Ag 65

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12% choose the Osprey Aura Ag 65

12 %






Osprey Aura 50 vs Aura 65


The two most popular Osprey Aura models are the Aura 50 and the Aura 65, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 71% of the people interested in the Osprey Aura bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Aura 65 which is choosen by 44% (1.6 times as many as the 27% that choose the Aura 50).

Aura 50Aura 65
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Aura 50 is typically around $40 cheaper than the Aura 65, but check the deals before you buy.

Aura 50Aura 65
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Aura 50 has a capacity of 50 l, while the Aura 65 has a capacity of 65 l.

Aura 50Aura 65
Biggest

For a traveller, the 15 L (915 cuin) difference equals around 1 blouse, 2 tshirts, 2 boxers, 2 pair of socks, 1 shorts and 1 book.

Packing the Aura 50
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
2
pants
2
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
jacket
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Aura 65
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
1
book
1

If you are an athlete, the 15 L difference equals 1 water bottle, 1 pair of shoes, 1 towel and 1 book.

Packing the Aura 50
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
3
boxers
3
socks
3
shorts
2
jacket
1
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
football
1
book
1
Extra in the Aura 65
water_bottle
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 fleece and 1 trangia.

Packing the Aura 50
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
pants
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
4
Extra in the Aura 65
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
fleece
1
trangia
1

Check how you can pack the Aura here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Aura 50 is 0.3 kg (10.6 oz) lower than the weight of the Aura 65.

Aura 50Aura 65
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, the Aura 50 is 1 in (2 cm) longer than the Aura 65 (30 vs. 31 in). It's 1 in (2 cm) wider (14 vs. 15 in), while the height of the Aura 50 is 2 in (5 cm) less than the height of the Aura 65 (14 vs. 16 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in blue, green, grey and red.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Aura features:
  • Hydration bladder
  • Hydration compatible
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Stretch mesh
  • Side pockets
  • Sternum strap

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Zippered top
  • Hip belt
  • Compression straps
  • Detachable lid
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops
  • Load-lifter straps
  • Ventilated back panel
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Waterproof
  • Adjustable torso

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 Aura models (the most popular choice is the Aura 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
5050 l4 oz0.08 oz/L
6565 l4.3 oz0.07 oz/L
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Osprey Aura
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Aura ranks #15 compared with the other Osprey bags.

Top 20% Osprey bag

13Osprey Talon
4.47
Osprey Talon
14Osprey Kestrel
4.47
Osprey Kestrel
15Osprey Aura
4.47
Osprey Aura
16Osprey Skarab
4.47
Osprey Skarab
17Osprey FlapJack
4.42
Osprey FlapJack

vs All Bags

The Osprey Aura ranks #129 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 5% bag

127Osprey Kestrel
4.47
Osprey Kestrel
128Osprey Aura
4.47
Osprey Aura
129Deuter Aircontact
4.47
Deuter Aircontact
130Osprey Skarab
4.47
Osprey Skarab
131Ortlieb Back Roller
4.47
Ortlieb Back Roller



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Aura vs 9 other, similar bags.

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Osprey Aura vs Gregory Deva


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47
BEST
Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Gregory Deva
Gregory Deva

4.13

Based on 403 reviews

Capacity: 64-85 l
Weight: 5.2-5.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Aura is rated a bit better than the Deva.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,324 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is 31% smaller than the biggest Deva (65 L vs 85 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 35% lighter than the biggest Deva (4.3 oz vs 5.8 oz).

FeatureAuraDeva
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Detachable lid
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
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets
Waterproof
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Grey
Red

Having a backpack that fits your body and needs correctly is essential for making your backpacking experience fun.

You will love the Gregory Deva with its high back support ideal for women travelers. Also, it is spacious, with comfortable padding making it excellent for long distances. It also has lower part compression traps for stabilizing your load and reducing bulk for maximum comfort.

Osprey Aura has an adjustable harness and hip belt, a removable floating top lid, and two zippered pockets. You will love its hydration sleeve and removable sleeping pad straps. Both bags are useful for both short and extended adventures.


Osprey Aura vs Osprey Ariel


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47

Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Ariel
Osprey Ariel

4.61
BEST
Based on 540 reviews

Capacity: 55-75 l
Weight: 2.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Aura is rated a little bit worse than the Ariel.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,461 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is 15% smaller than the biggest Ariel (65 L vs 75 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 12% lighter than the biggest Ariel (4.3 oz vs 4.8 oz).

FeatureAuraAriel
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:
Blue
Grey
Red

Only the Aura is available in these colors:
Green

Only the Ariel is available in these colors:
Brown




Osprey Aura vs Osprey Atmos


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47

Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Atmos
Osprey Atmos

4.73
BEST
Based on 2,649 reviews

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

  • The Aura is rated a bit worse than the Atmos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,570 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is the same size as the biggest Atmos (both 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 2% lighter than the biggest Atmos (4.3 oz vs 4.4 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Grey
Red




Osprey Aura vs Osprey Exos


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47

Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Exos
Osprey Exos

4.57
BEST
Based on 1,302 reviews

Capacity: 38-58 l
Weight: 2.3-2.6 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Aura is rated a little bit worse than the Exos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,223 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is 12% bigger than the biggest Exos (65 L vs 58 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 65% heavier than the biggest Exos (4.3 oz vs 2.6 oz).

FeatureAuraExos
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Organizer panel
Seam taped
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sleeping pad attatchment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ultralight
Ventilated back panel
Waterproof
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue

Only the Aura is available in these colors:
Grey
Red

Only the Exos is available in these colors:
Black




Osprey Aura vs Osprey Kestrel


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47

Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews

Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Aura is rated about the same as the Kestrel.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,062 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is 41% bigger than the biggest Kestrel (65 L vs 46 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 13% heavier than the biggest Kestrel (4.3 oz vs 3.8 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Grey
Red

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Black




Osprey Aura vs Osprey Kyte


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47
BEST
Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Kyte
Osprey Kyte

4.36

Based on 331 reviews

Capacity: 34-44 l
Weight: 1.6-3.9 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Aura is rated a little bit better than the Kyte.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,252 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is 48% bigger than the biggest Kyte (65 L vs 44 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 10% heavier than the biggest Kyte (4.3 oz vs 3.9 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Grey

Only the Aura is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Kyte is available in these colors:
Purple
Black




Osprey Aura vs Osprey Sirrus


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47
BEST
Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Sirrus
Osprey Sirrus

4.22

Based on 609 reviews

Capacity: 24-36 l
Weight: 2.5-2.95 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Aura is rated a little bit better than the Sirrus.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,530 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is 81% bigger than the biggest Sirrus (65 L vs 36 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 46% heavier than the biggest Sirrus (4.3 oz vs 2.95 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Grey

Only the Aura is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Sirrus is available in these colors:
Black
Purple




Osprey Aura vs Osprey Viva


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47
BEST
Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Viva
Osprey Viva

4.17

Based on 104 reviews

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

  • The Aura is rated a bit better than the Viva.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,025 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is the same size as the biggest Viva (both 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 26% heavier than the biggest Viva (4.3 oz vs 3.4 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Red

Only the Aura is available in these colors:
Grey

Only the Viva is available in these colors:
Purple




Osprey Aura vs Osprey Xena


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47
BEST
Based on 921 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Xena
Osprey Xena

4.39

Based on 62 reviews

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

  • The Aura is rated a little bit better than the Xena.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 983 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Aura is 31% smaller than the biggest Xena (65 L vs 85 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Aura is 19% lighter than the biggest Xena (4.3 oz vs 5.1 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Red

Only the Aura is available in these colors:
Grey

Only the Xena is available in these colors:
Purple







Selected Reviews


Her Packing List

I’m really happy with the quality of the pack, the design with all the extra pockets, and the look of it. I’m definitely planning on keeping this pack for a long time to come.

Posted 19 December 2016 by Ali Garland - Read full review

Backcountry Skiing Canada

Overall, I really love this pack. Undoubtedly its best feature its how incredibly comfortable it is!

Posted 15 June 2015 by Jenny - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

It is a very comfortable pack to carry on long trails. Easy to pack and with good ventilation system this pack can be the first choice for many hikers.

Posted 26 September 2009 by Gail Staisil - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019