Osprey Aether 70L
Dave Greig, our hunting and fishing ambassador has been out and about with the Aether 70L pack from Osprey.
It’s been a good few months since getting hold of the Osprey Aether 70 litre packs and Pete and I have been lucky to get into the hills either side of lock down for a hand full of trips to see how the packs hold up.
The pack is pretty standard in all its fundamental parts so there’s no unnecessary gimmicks, but the nice little features that the pack does have, are handy and well thought out additions.
The frame is lightweight and carries weight well. It has a mesh layer allowing it to sit off your back slightly so air can get in between your back and the pack. The mesh is always up against your back, so there is no chance of it ripping on scrub. The rest of the pack’s outer material is a grunty nylon.
The bottom of the pack has a separate zipped and clipped compartment for a sleeping bag, which is nothing new, but something I like because it means you don’t need to pull everything out of your pack to get to the things at the bottom.
The top lid can unclip and become a tidy little day pack, which is handy when you want to shed a bit of weight to head out for a day trip. The stow away straps for the daypack are sturdy and provide a chest clip to swing an EPIRB or a GPS, with another few handy mounting points on the back.
The back face of the pack has a compartment which allows you to access the main body of the pack, but also allows you to stuff a drink bottle or a rain jacket down into it. This compartment is great for stashing those items you’re always putting in and out of your pack to be within quick reach.
I have in the past had packs that have blown out due to being squeezed shut or overloaded. In the unlikely event of this happening, its good to know this pack always has a backup clip or strap which means you’ll never be left miles up a valley with a blown-out pack!
This is an awesome pack and the 70 litre volume is a great for what I use a pack for. It gives me enough space for a all the essentials of an extended hunting trip with external mounting points on the side and back for camera tripods and rifle, whilst still having spare room for loading up a decent amount of meat if you have some luck.