Was trying to decide between the Aether 70 and 60. The 70 was a little much but...It has a good access zipper to the main compartment. The 60 has a side zipper which seems almost an after-thought and not nearly as usable. Also the 70 has bottom compression straps which can be run inside the mesh side pockets, the 60 does not. I got the 70. Both compress down extremely well, and when carrying a light load it doesn't look like a 70. Also for shorter overnight trips I take off the top compartment which contains the dayback (very nice feature) making the pack weigh in at just a little over 4lbs. (I have a small). Both put the weight as close to your back as possible, and this combined with the extraordinary hip belt system make this the most comfortable pack I've ever owned. I tried on a lot of packs before buying, and the Aether was in a whole other class when it came to comfort. Since it holds the weight closer than the Atmos, I traded off a little sweat for better weight distribution. Take the time to get a really good fit. Ospreys seem to run large. I'm 5'11 , 160# and have a "small"pack with "medium" straps and hipbelt and it fits perfect.
Great pack, the fit and finish is top notch. I would have wished the pack came with a rain fly. I appreciate having the hydration bladder included. The adjustability of the pack to the user is excellent. I have enough room to carry all my supplies for a 3-4 day back country adventure
Very versatile back pack. Lots of pockets and zippers, and the frame is excellent! It sits well on your shoulders and hips, and even with a full load, once you've adjusted it for your body, you hardly notice it's there. Seriously comfortable to hike with.
So happy I purchased this pack. Worked great and is going to hold up for a long time. I've been using a old external frame for the last 5 years and finally purchased a high quality pack-this is it! Thanks!
My way of hiking is this, I do not not need to cover more trail miles, I need to experience the miles I cover. Therefore i will be the old guy that you might see with an oversized comfortable pack . I am going to stay a few days in the area that you overnights in. Pls remember when you can that it is not the destination, but the journey, that makes a pilgrimage. I want the new Ag suspension as it rocks.
Getting limited with my old North Face backpack and seeing my brother being very satisfied with his older (non AG) Aether 70, I decided (after having read multiple reviews in magazines and websites) to get myself the new version.
amazing pack haven't gone on a hike with it yet, but loaded it up and it fits great. can't wait to use it
I have a 2016 Osprey Stratos 50L that I love. I wanted something in a bit larger capacity for when I backpack with the dogs in Winter, or when I'm carrying some luxury items for the Mrs. The Aether AG EX 70L fit the bill, seemed a lot like my buddy's Atmos, and I've taken it out on 4 separate 3-day trips, usually averaging around 25 miles a pop. I plan to return it to REI, after much deliberation. I'm a slim 5'11, 165lbs, with a torso of 19.5 inches. Pros: 1. The stuff pocket on the front, that my Stratos lacks, is awesome. I love the side pockets as well, as they are deep, and easily fit a Nalgene or a camp-chair (for the Mrs.). 2. The compression straps that cross the front are great for throwing an extra sleeping pad for my dogs. 3. Detachable top lid is awesome... I actually much prefer the bag without the lid at all, and love that this is a feature.