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Great pack with a lot of features
Just used this pack for two weeks on the Appalachian Trail—it was perfect! I really liked the multiple points of access, weight distribution and fit, hydration sleeve, hip pockets, daypack lid, and blue color. I'm 5' 1" and was fitted for a youth pack. I almost went with the youth size, but am SO glad I got a women's Ariel instead. It was well worth the extra dollars to have a comfortable fit every step of the trail. Once I wore the pack for a couple days, the hip belt and straps molded very well.
My only complaint is that I had some trouble figuring out the Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment. It didn't work well with a 32 oz. water bottle in the pocket so I never got to use that feature. I know most Osprey packs don't include a rain cover, but this pack would check every box if it did!
perfect outdoor buddy
snugs perfectly. i love the feature :)
I broke this backpack in on a 6 day 5 night trip in the Grand Canyon. Hermit Trail, Hermit Rapids, Monument Creek, Tonto West, Indian Gardens, and then up Bright Angel Trail. This pack was just enough room and not to heavy considering we were filtering from the creeks and carrying full water weight on each trail till Indian Gardens. The AG system really does make it feel like you are carrying less weight compared to my old pack Osprey Exos 46. Since the hip belt is molded it helps keep your pack in place versus bouncing around when hitting rough terrain. I am so glad I upgraded!
No dislikes, but I do recommend breaking in your pack a few times before a long trip. Since the hip belt is molded it took about two days to form to my hips before I felt the full comfort. Takes a little getting used to getting the pack on due to the hip belt, but really minor and not a issue.
AG system is amazing
I am so glad they added the anti-gravity suspension to the ariel/aether packs. It fits snuggly and comfortably on the back and around the hips. It moves as though it's a part of you. The suspension system really does a great job of distributing the weight of the pack evenly without creating pressure points and also makes the carrying load feel a lot less. The pack is rated to carry 35-60lbs. The most I've carried in my 55L is 40lbs and it felt at least 10lbs lighter. I'm a huge fan of the top lid converting to a daypack (glad they innovated away from the hipbelt). I love daisy chains for attaching my gear quickly, but this pack has a lot of useful attachment points that I don't miss the daisy chain.
Nothing, but it would have been nice if Osprey included a rain cover.