Osprey Aether AG 60 Review
Cons: Slightly on the heavier side, not the best for super heavy loads
Bottom line: An extremely comfortable and feature-rich design that handles heavy loads, while only being marginally heavier than average.
Volume (liters): 60 L
Access: Top + side access zipper + sleeping bag compartment
The Aether AG takes the cake for finishing towards the top of the pack for feature-rich contenders. When testing, we determined that if there was one pack that had it all, this would likely be it. While this competitor is heavier than average, it is only just barely so. Even beyond its features, it has a supportive frame and is certainly on the more comfortable side of packs included in our review. The Aether AG 60 also sports nicely padded and ergonomically designed shoulder straps, as well as a respectable suspension, helping justify its marginally heavier than average 5 pounds 3 ounce weight. While there were packs that could handle mega heavy loads better, the Aether AG 60 held its own to around 50 pounds - something that many options that were significantly lighter often struggled with.
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The latest version of this pack is stacked with features, pockets, and a stowable day-pack built into its lid. While not the lightest pack, the Aether isn't overly heavy and still offers a comfortable waist belt and shoulder straps, as well as a suspension system that is more robust than most. The Aether is a pack that will excel at single overnights but still has the suspension for those week-plus long adventures - where you might be starting your trip in the neighborhood of 50 pounds.
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