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Osprey Aether 60 (2016) Internal Frame Backpack


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Item # OSP13204M
The Osprey Aether 60 strikes an excellent balance between weight and load-bearing performance. Ideal for multi-day backpacking trips, the Aether 60 offers 3400+ cubic inches of storage capacity and comfortably carries up to 60 pounds!
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The Osprey Aether 60 strikes an excellent balance between lightweight design and load-bearing performance. Ideal for long weekends or multi-day backpacking trips, the Aether 60 offers 3400+ cubic inches of storage capacity and comfortably carries up to 60 pounds!

Constantly striving to enhance comfort and performance, Osprey has equipped the Aether 60 with a LightWire aluminum alloy peripheral frame and a recycled HDPE framesheet. A single vertical aluminum stay further bolsters the Aether 60's load-bearing capability. This design ensures your balance by effectively distributing weight. A textured, foam Airscape backpanel and IsoForm harness maximize comfort and help to reduce heat build-up between your back and the pack. Further enhancing fit, the revolutionary IsoForm CM hipbelt utilizes an ErgoPull closure that draws tension along the top and the bottom of the belt. A sliding sternum strap and load-lifter straps allow you to fine-tune fit with on-the-go adjustments. Each of three available sizes of the Aether 60 offers torso adjustability. The Small accommodates torsos ranging from 16"-18.5" in length, the Medium accommodates torso lengths ranging from 18"-20.5" and the Large is designed for torso lengths measuring 20"-22.5".

To further guarantee that the Aether 60 fits like a glove, Osprey offers swappable IsoForm CM hipbelts and shoulder harnesses. The S hipbelt fits waists ranging from 27"-31", the M hipbelt fits waists ranging from 30"-34", the L hipbelt fits waists ranging from 33"-37" and the XL hipbelt is designed for waists larger than 36". The Aether 60's IsoForm CM harness is available in four sizes. Each size of the harness provides a vertical adjustability of 2"-3". NOTE: For most backpackers, the shoulder harness size should match the selected pack size, but for those with wider or narrower shoulders, choose one size up or down for the best fit.

The Aether 60’s packbag is top-loading, but a sleeping bag compartment offers lower, front access. Additionally, a zipper on the front of the pack allows quick access to the main packbag. A large front pocket utilizes welded stretch woven Nylon fabric to serve as a convenient storage spot for layers of clothing or other gear. Elastic side pockets are the perfect place for stashing water bottles or other smaller items. Integrated hipbelt pockets provide a spot to keep essentials close at hand. Side compression straps enable you to cinch down your pack to keep contents safely and securely in place and also double as lash points for additional gear. Buckled straps that pass over the front of the packbag are designed to further enhance the compressibility of the Aether 60 and provide yet another place to lash gear.

Other features found on the Aether 60 include integrated trekking pole loops and a top lid that is removable for use as a lumbar pack. Removable straps located in front of the sleeping bag compartment securely stow sleeping pads. An external sleeve tucked behind the Airscape backpanel makes the Aether 60 hydration system (sold separately) compatible without eating into any internal capacity.

The Osprey Aether 60 is available in your choice of size and color options.

  • LightWireHD peripheral frame transfers load to hipbelt
  • Airscape backpanel with smooth spacer mesh lumbar fabric
  • IsoForm CM hipbelt balances firmness and cushioning for optimum carry
  • Spacer mesh IsoForm harness provides comfortable fit
  • Single center stay maintains backpanel shape
  • Top pocket converts to lumbar pack with built-in belt
  • External hydration sleeve in backpanel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills
  • Large stretch mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear
  • Front J-zip provides quick access to main compartment
  • Wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider
  • Zippered hipbelt pockets
  • Dual access stretch mesh side pockets
  • Dual side compression straps
  • Removable sleeping pad straps
  • Two ice axe loops and handle wraps
  • Trekking pole attachment
  • StraightJacket compression secures any size pad



Best Use Backpacking
Access Top Loading with Front Access and Lower Sleeping Bag Compartment
Warranty Lifetime
Volume Small: 3478 cu in
Medium: 3661 cu in
Large: 3844 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack
Torso Adjustment Yes
Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Position
Maximum Weight 60 lbs
Material 210D Nylon Dobby, 210D Nylon Block Shadow, 75D Nylon Stetch Woven Ripstop and 500D Plain Weave Nylon Oxford
Item Weight Small: 4 lb 7 oz
Medium: 4 lb 11 oz
Large: 4 lb 14 oz
Hydration Compatible Yes
Frame Material Aluminum
Fits Torso Small: 16"-18.5"
Medium: 18"-20.5"
Large: 20"-22.5"
Fits Waist Small: 27"-31"
Medium: 30"-34"
Large: 33"-37"
Dimensions 31" x 14" x 12"
Detachable Daypack Yes


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 20 real customer reviews)

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Great for a couple nights camping/hiking
Reviewed by Hendrick M. - May 17, 2017

Likes: Fits 2-person tent and sleeping bag with ease. Easy access j- zipper is convenient. It is very well made.

Dislikes: Not stable when placed on the ground. It keeps toppling over even when empty. Some reviews are misleading, some says the top is detachable to be use as a day pack backpack, maybe the newer version, But, mine (2016) is a day pack fanny pack. The bag is a little on the heavy side

Great pack!
Reviewed by Scott J. - May 17, 2017

Likes: Love this pack. It's excellent. Super comfortable. After making sure I had the right size for my torso and getting it properly set up and adjusted, it fits me extremely well. Also very durable and extremely well made. Excellent quality in materials and workmanship. I also like the green color quite a lot.

Dislikes: Not much to dislike. Perhaps just a little on the heavy side compared to some others. But not by much. If you want the lightest possible pack in a similar size, you need to go with a model that does not have a separate compartment for a water bladder. This adds a little bit of weight. I like the convenience of a water bladder so the little extra in weight is OK for me.

Excellent Pack
Reviewed by Peter V. - April 19, 2017

Likes: Carries weight well, amazing storage capacity.

Dislikes: Nada

Steal for the Price
Reviewed by Samuel C. - February 21, 2017

Likes: Lightweight, perfect amount of storage, lots of great features (removable top, airscape ventilation system, bioform straps), comfortable, durable

Dislikes: Straps did not fit correctly at first, but a local Osprey dealer helped me to custom fit them using their oven! Now they fit like a glove!

Perfect Size. Lots of room, but not a tower!
Reviewed by Paulieboy - February 8, 2017

Likes: Love this pack. I considered the Volt but after weighing the pros and cons and discussing with 2 different Backcountry Edge gurus (Cassie and Luke), I opted for the Aether.
Fairly light considering its features. Note that my big winter sleeping bag WON'T fit in the compartment at the bottom. I have the Western Mountaineering Kodiak rated at 0. Even compressed, I must insert from the top- with a smaller sack below it to fill out the lower bottom zippered compartment. Then I follow with the sleeping bag on top of that, with other stuff filling up towards the top.
The "Midnight"is a dark navy, not almost black as I anticipated, but really attractive, with beige straps. Pack is asize "large" Materials are top shelf. Padding is good on the straps and hip and shoulder belts fit well in large.For reference, I'm 6'3' 200 lbs.
The lid has a HUGH pocket! The new model is going "Anti Gravity" so the price offered now is great. Scoop one up before they sell out-you'll be happy!

Dislikes: Sleeping pads straps on rear bottom are too short.
Wish it had a fold out top flap to cover the spindrift top when lid is removed. I think the new model has that feature.

Great Pack
Reviewed by Clayton D. - September 7, 2016

Likes: This pack is a fantastic light weight design that is great for multiday trips. I have taken this pack on multiple extended day trips and it has yet to let me down

Dislikes: Wouldn't suggest for more than 4-5 days as it isn't too big

Great Pack
Reviewed by M - July 18, 2016

Likes: High quality. Highly adjustable. Lifetime guarantee. Midnight Blue looks fantastic. Sure to be a great pack for years to come.

Dislikes: Could use a couple more quick access storage pockets.

You almost forget it's there
Reviewed by Andy H. - June 7, 2016

Likes: This pack fit me so well that I almost forgot I was carrying 30 lbs. I was originally looking at an Osprey Atmos but the mesh suspension didn't feel right on me. I did a fit-check at REI to determine the right size but Backcountry Edge had a better price at the time. Plus I like all the videos on the BE website. :)

Dislikes: I have a synthetic fill sleeping bag (30 deg) and it was hard to compress it enough to fit into the lower sleeping bag compartment. But it did eventually fit.

Excellent quality!!
Reviewed by Johnathan M. - April 21, 2016

Likes: Very comfortable. Osprey makes their packs custom fit to a persons size. The hip belt molds to the shape of your body after wearing it a while. Everything on this pack is top notch. I really like the hip belt pockets.
There is one on each side. I used it on a 3 day hike on the AT and it performed wonderfully. I had around 35 lbs. in it at the start of the hike and it did great. I really like the external reservoir pouch. I don't have to open up my pack and move things around just to take the reservoir out to refill it. It has easy access through the zipper that goes down the side so I don't have to open up the top flap and dig around to get something that is partway down in the pack. The top cover has a couple pockets that are convenient to store smaller items in and it can even be taken off to use as a small pack separately. I highly recommend this pack. I like my Osprey Aether 60 so much, that I'm planning on buying another Osprey pack for smaller hikes and travels. I have great confidence in the quality of Osprey packs. They also have a lifetime guarantee! Highly recommend!

Dislikes: I can't really think of any dislikes.

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - March 16, 2015

Likes: Fit is very adjustable. Good colors. Great warranty. Plenty of features.

Dislikes: Heavy.

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