The Osprey Ariel Women’s 75 pack strikes an excellent balance between lightweight design and load-bearing performance. Ideal for multi-day backpacking trips, the pack offers over 4200 cu. in. of storage capacity and comfortably carries up to 60 pounds!
At a load hauling capacity of 75 liters, the Osprey Ariel 75 pack has an array of features and a custom fit that make it stand out amongst a lot of other work horse packs in this category. And it maintains a relatively low weight for the load hauling stability and the customization.
So the first thing to talk about with any pack of this size is the suspension system and how it carries the load. You have got Osprey’s airscape back panel here. And if I turn the pack around the airscape back panel has ridged foam. So that foam is going to offer support and comfort. And you do have spacer mesh in front of that foam. There is a little central chimney there that allows warm air to escape. So the area of the pack that comes into contact with your back is going to keep you nice and comfortable. But the place that this pack really shines is the custom features and the customizable fit of this pack. So you can actually choose the components here and the size of each of the components. You can choose the torso length of the pack. So this pack itself comes in different sizes. You can choose the shoulder harness, so the length of the shoulder straps here. And you can choose the hip belt. So you can definitely have a very custom fit here. You can dial in the fit and know that this pack is right for you. Along with that, you can adjust the torso length. So you have got different spots her where you can adjust the torso up and down and that just adds to that perfect fit.
Along with that you have obviously load lifter straps on the top that make it comfortable for your shoulders. Moving down the shoulder harness itself is very padded. It has a gender specific fit. So this is a women’s pack. You have nicely formed shoulder harness with really great padding and the same thing on the hip belt. It is a women’s specific fit on the hip belt. You have got mesh there and it curves really well around your hips.
With this padding it definitely forms to the shape of your body. So as you are wearing this pack for multi days on the trail, as you sort of break it in, it is going to take the shape of your body. So when you put that pack back on it is going to fit like a glove. It is going to feel really nice. So all of the padding and all of the features here make it extremely comfortable. And you even have some other materials here that give rigidity to this pack, it being kind of a workhorse pack, a big capacity. You do have a light wire aluminum frame that goes around the outside. It is behind the scenes so you can’t really see it, but that adds a lot of rigidity. It transfers the weight right to your hips. You have a single aluminum stay behind the scenes as well. So that gives a little bit more rigidity and there is even an HDPE frame sheet back there that offers rigidity, but also keeps the weight of the pack down. So even though this is such a workhorse pack, it comes in a relatively low weight. So it is going to appeal to all different types of backpackers.
On the back here some other features to point out. You have that sleeve for the hydration system in the back. So you don’t have to take things out of your pack. You don’t have to take the lid off in order to get to that. It is extremely convenient. You have got places on that shoulder harness to route the hose. You have got a nice lid pocket up here you can access from the back. You can get hands on gear quickly. You have got pockets on the hip belts. So granola bars, cell phone, a small camera, something like that. It makes it really convenient. So you have a lot of attentions to detail with this pack that make a really big difference.
Obviously an adjustable sternum strap and there is even a whistle not her.
The other pockets and organization are really convenient, really well thought out. On the side here you have really long stretchy mesh pockets. This is typically where you would put a water bottle, but they are extra long so I have got a pair of tent poles just to show that space. So really convenient pocket there. And then on the other side I have got a water bottle. So you have got access through the side here with that water bottle and access through the top. And even the compression strap is routed so that you could put it underneath of this stretchy pocket or over top.
This is a true top loading pack. I already mentioned the lid. So if I remove that lid you have got great access into the top of the pack. It is really simple to just open this up and access all the gear that you need on the inside of the pack. There is a compression strap there on the top so you can compress that down. But that also makes it great for draping something over the top of this pack like a rope if you are using this as a mountaineering pack. You can use this pack in so many different ways. And there is even... the lid is removable. And there is even little straps underneath of there that you can use that as a hip pack or put it over your shoulder.
Along with the top access, you have access into the pack through a zipper here in the middle. This is a J shaped zipper. You are able to get hands on gear in the middle part and in the lower part of your pack. So that makes it really, really convenient. And then you also have a lower sleeping bag compartment. This compartment does have a divider. But if you don’t want that divider, you can just toggle it away and then use the full size of that pack.
On the front you have nice compression straps. This also allows you to store other types of gear. You can be really creative with this pack and use it in a lot of different ways. But these compression straps fall away and there is a nice shove it pocket here on the front. So I have a couple of layers in there.
There are trekking pole attachment loops here. You also have stow on the go trekking pole loops that you can use while you are wearing the pack. These are also great for other types of tools. So you do have two rigid tool loops on the bottom, great for any sort of climbing or mountaineering gear there. And on the bottom of the pack there are straps that can either compress the pack or you can put a sleeping pad or something lightweight on the outside.
With all of the different ways you can use this pack, it would be great for a multitude of adventures from multi day backpacking to mountaineering to whatever else you can throw at it.
This is just a really great custom fit. So you know it is going to fit you well and you know you are going to have a lot of comfort with all of the load hauling capacity that this pack offers.
It is the Osprey Ariel 75 liter backpack.