I bought this pack when I was leaving for Yosemite. The pack I had couldn’t fit half of what I needed, so I ran down to the local outdoor shop and they fitted me with the Osprey Ariel 75. The Osprey pack offers custom molding on the hip belt, although I’m not sure how much that helped as far as fit. By offering a range of sizes, I was able to find a pack that fit my body size well and offered plenty of room so that I didn’t have to hang my tent and sleeping bag off the back and instead was able to pack them inside along with my bear canister.
The pack did get a small rip in the bottom during the first week I used it, but since then over the past three months has not had any damage to it, despite carrying it, dragging it and sometimes tossing it over rugged terrain.
The biggest downside to this pack is the minimal padding on the hips and shoulders and I found belts digging into my sides. I bumped into several women on the trail this year who had the same pack and padding was the only complaint. I have no doubt the padding was sacrificed in order to lighten the load, for an overall lightweight, practical, gender specific custom fit.
Here are the specs for the pack:
- Hipbelt convertible top pocket/lumbar pack
- LightWire™ alloy peripheral frame
- Red internal load compression strap
- Stow on the Go™ trekking pole attachment
- Three horizontal compression straps
- J-zipper panel access
- Stretch woven dual access side
- Stretch woven front pocket with
- welded vent
- Cord loop Add-Ons™ attachment slots
- StraightJacket™ compression
- Side gear loops and straps
- Wide mouth sleeping bag access
- with divider
- Two ice axe loops
- Removable sleeping pad straps