Osprey Packs Aether AG 70L Backpack

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Osprey Packs Aether AG 70L Backpack and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 95 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.8 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.6 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 78

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Comfortable and fairly lightweight, but can carry heavy gear.
  • The padded straps allow you to carry heavy weight without them digging into your shoulders.
  • Pack can reportedly be used as flotation aid.
  • Easy to access gear due to convenient storage pockets.
  • Easy to load.
  • Padded hip belt for comfort and support.
  • Large mesh pocket on the back for ventilation.
  • Easy access to the water bottle pockets without having to stop.

Expert Reviews

  • Lifetime guarantee.
  • The top and side zipper open to the main compartment.
  • Features trekking pole holders.
  • Hydration reservoir sleeve holder for convenience.
  • Detachable day pack with features like ice ax loop.
  • The hip belt has 2 large zippered pockets for easy access.
  • The high quality foam in the hip belt and shoulder straps combine comfort and support.
  • Strong metal frame and suspended back panel for support and ventilation.
  • Useful and strong compression straps.
  • Convenient for heavier loads due to the high quality hip belt and suspension.
  • Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • No rain cover included.
  • Lack of exterior pockets.
  • Takes some time to get the pack adjusted to your body.
  • Straps and belts can be squeaky.

Expert Reviews

  • No zippered front pockets.
  • Relatively heavy weight, but similar to the competition.


The Osprey Packs Aether AG 70L Backpack carries heavy loads comfortably – plain and simple. The pack has an abundance of features and is well-designed and functional. While its comfort and bells and whistles come with a weight penalty, this pack is a top choice for backpackers.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.