Osprey Aether 60

Priced: $199.19 - $260.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 23 reviews.
Osprey Aether 60 -
Lightweight and comfortable Aether 60 is a versatile pack with adequate space and organization for weekend or weeklong trips lasting 2 to 5 days. The bestselling backpacking series on the market just got even better. Known for its ability to be taken all over the world, from the summit of Everest to a backpack trip through your local wilderness, the fourth generation of Aether builds upon its reputation for combining clean design, custom fit and outstanding load carrying comfort. Amongst a plethora of upgrades, the new IsoForm? CM hipbelt adds stiffness and padding for even better performance with heavy loads. Amazingly, all this comes with no increase in weight.

• AddOn Attachment - Attach an AddOn style pack such as the Daylite daypack using the built-in cord loops.
• Dual Access Side Pocket.
• Dual Ice Axe Loops.
• External Hydration Compatible - External hydration sleeve in backpanel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills.
• Front Stretch Mesh Pocket.
• Hipbelt Pocket.
- The compression strap on the side stretch woven pocket can be routed externally or internally to secure your gear.
• Strong J-zipper on front panel provides quick access to gear in main compartment.
• Lumbar Pack - The top pocket quickly converts to a lumbar pack with a built-in hipbelt.
• Easy to find red compression strap compresses loads for fit and stability.
• Sleeping Bag Compartment.
• Zippered top pocket offers storage for smaller items like maps and headlamps.
• AirScape Backpanel - New AirScape backpanel with ridge molded foam and smooth spacer mesh lumbar fabric for increased comfort.
• LightWire peripheral frame works in conjunction with a single 6061-T6 center stay and an HDPE framesheet to effectively transfer loads and provide optimal carry.
• IsoForm Harness - Interchangeable, adjustable gender specific IsoForm harness provides a comfortable, stabel fit.
• IsoForm CM Hipbelt - Gender specific, Custom Moldable and removable IsoForm CM Hipbelt balances firmness and cushioning providing optimal carry.
• Volume Cubic Inches: (S) 3478 cu in, (M) 3661 cu in, (L) 3844 cu in.
• Volume Liters: (S) 57L, (M) 60L, (L) 63L
• Weight: (S) 4lbs 7oz, (M) 4lbs 11oz, (L) 4lbs 14oz.
• Dimensions: 31 x 14 x 12 in. (79 x 36 x 30 cm)
• Recommended Use: 2-5 day backpacking trips, 50-65lb load

Support and Cushioning:

  • Custom-moldable, anatomically contoured hipbelt balances firmness and cushioning for optimal support and comfort
  • Single 6061-T6 aluminum stay provides enough support to comfortably carry loads between 35 and 60 pounds
  • IsoForm CM waist-belt and harness provide supportive cushion and are fully adjustable for a custom fit


  • LightWire peripheral frame gives the pack structure and effectively transfers the load to the waist-belt


  • Osprey certified custom molding is available in most REI stores—check your local store for a custom hipbelt molding oven
  • Peripheral frame effectively transfers weight to the hipbelt; single 6061-T6 aluminum center stay helps maintain back panel shape
  • Zippered hipbelt pockets and dual-access stretch-mesh side pockets provide secure storage and organization

Weather and Wind:

  • Front mesh stash pocket is ideal for a rain jacket or puffy


  • Large J-zip on the front panel provides quick access to the main compartment
  • Top-loading main compartment can also be accessed through a curved side zipper on the front of the pack body; wide-mouth sleeping bag compartment is easy to load and unload


  • Large stretch-mesh front pocket makes it easy to quickly stash and access extra gear
  • Dual waist-belt pockets provide on-the-go access to lip balm, bug spray, and point-and-shoot cameras


  • New spacer mesh IsoForm4 harness provides comfortable fit


  • 210D nylon block shadow
  • 500D plain weave nylon oxford
  • 75D nylon stretch woven ripstop

Lining and Layers:

  • Back panel is lined with flat spacer mesh for a smooth and breathable contact surface


  • StraightJacket compression secures any size pad
  • The Osprey Aether 60 pack features dual side compression straps, removable sleeping pad straps, trekking pole attachment and 2 ice-axe loops and handle wraps
  • Removable sleeping pad straps provide a secure exterior attachment point


  • Airscape back panel has a highly breathable mesh spacer for improved ventilation


  • External hydration sleeve in back panel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills
  • External hydration sleeve protects the inside of the pack from spills and allows you to hydrate on the go (reservoir not included)


  • StraightJacket compression straps help to balance the load
  • Red Internal Compression Strap


  • Stow-on-the-Go Trekking Pole attachments allow you to quickly secure poles when not in use
  • IsoForm CM waist-belt can be custom heat molded at CM Certified Osprey retailers
  • Sleeping bag compartment with divider allows you to quickly pack sleep gear
  • Detachable top lid has a built-in waist-belt which allows it to double as lumbar pack for short hikes away from your main camp
  • AddOn Compatible
  • InsideOut Compression

The Osprey Aether 60 provides full customization and light weight in a moderate volume, top loading, grab it and go pack. A great pack for overnight to full week trips, the Aether 60 is also a staple for alpine endeavors. Osprey has added a sleeping bag compartment and J-Panel access to gear along with an improved suspension.

FEATURES of the Osprey Aether 60 Pack.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Aether 60 Pack.


A custom-fit pack with good support can mean the difference between a weekend getaway and a back-breaking death march. Shoulder the Osprey Aether 60 Backpack and you'll have 40 years of pack fitting experience and expertise on your side, including the LightWire peripheral frame for support and an IsoForm CM waist-belt that can be heat molded for a fully customized fit. Plus, the detachable top lid doubles as a lumbar pack so you carry the perfect amount of gear on day hikes after establishing your main camp.

Mountain Gear

After 4 generations of being one of the most versatile and top performing packs on the market the Osprey Aether 60 Backpack is back again and better than ever. An IsoForm CM hipbelt adds stiffness and extra padding without adding any extra weight to the pack for a more comfortable and stable carry. A strong, durable J zipper across the top of the main compartment of the pack allows easy access to its contents without having to pull everything out.


The bestselling Osprey Aether 60 pack just got even better with an updated design and a stiff, well-padded hipbelt. You'll be amazed by its light weight, support, comfort and highly customizable fit.


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Access:Top Loading with Front Access and Lower Sleeping Bag Compartment
Adjustable Torso Length:No
Adjustable torso:Lightweight backpack
Backpack Features:Lumbar Pack Lid, Sleeping Bag Compartment, Top Loader
Backpack Style:Multi-Day Pack
Capacity:Small: 3478 cu in / 57 L Medium: 3661 cu in / 60 L Large: 3844 cu in / 63 L
Detachable Daypack:Yes
Detachable Pack:yes
Dimension:(H x W x D)
Dimensions:31 x 14 x 12 in / 79 x 36 x 30 cm
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"
Fits waist/hips:No
Frame material:57 liters
Frame type:Backpacking
Gear capacity (L):Internal
Gear capacity (cu. in.):Internal
Helmet Carrier:no
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:yes
Ice Axe Loops:yes
Item Weight:Small: 4 lb 7 oz Medium: 4 lb 11 oz Large: 4 lb 14 oz
Laptop Sleeve:None
Material:210D Nylon Dobby, 210D Nylon Block Shadow, 75D Nylon Stetch Woven Ripstop and 500D Plain Weave Nylon Oxford
Max Capacity:S: 57L, M: 60L, L: 63L
Max Load Capacity:60 lb / 27 kg
Maximum Weight:60 lbs
Number of Pockets:6
Number of exterior pockets:3,844 cubic inches
Number of stays:60 liters
Organization Pocket:yes
Pack Size:3000-3999 cu in
Pack access:3,661 cubic inches
Pack loading:3,478 cubic inches
Primary Access:Top Access
Raincover included:4 lbs. 11 oz.
Recommended Use:Multi-Day and Extended Backpacking
Shovel Pocket:no
Ski / Snowboard Carrier:no
Sleeping bag compartment:4 lbs. 7 oz.
Sternum Strap:Yes; Adjustable Position
Suspended mesh back panel:63 liters
Suspension:Internal Frame
Torso Adjustment:Yes
Trekking Pole Loops:yes
Type:Internal Frame Backpack
Volume:Small: 3478 cu in Medium: 3661 cu in Large: 3844 cu in
Weight:Small: 4 lb 9 oz / 2 kg Medium: 4 lb 12 oz / 2.2 kg Large: 5 lb 3 oz / 2.4 kg
Weight - metric:Lightweight backpack
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Osprey Aether 60 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great pack, slight improvements possible

I bought the aether for a mountaineering class. When I tried it on in the store, it seemed to fit perfectly. No issue with it whatsover, and I tried it on with a backpack employee helping me load it. I liked it more than the Gregory Beltoro 65, which is saying a lot! I had initially thought that the 65 and the luxury-ness of the Beltoro was the perfect pack. But the Aether fit me much better. I have an 18" torso.

I've climbed in it probably around 10 times now, and I have to say this pack is quite great. I have very small complaints about it, but I don't think you can get much better without trying a completely different pack.

The size of the pack was perfect for me. I could have gone bigger, but I really don't need anything bigger (I would have ended up packing it full of too much stuff).

The two issues: 1. the hip belt cut into my hips slightly, making it a little uncomfortable. I didn't notice it as much towards the last 2 or 3 climbs, so maybe my body just needed some adjusting. I also never bothered to have the hip belt custom heat molded to my body (I never had time). 2. I notice that there aren't a lot of loops and attachments on the outside of the pack, that are very easily accessible while you're hiking. They have a trekking pole series of attachments, but it's not very easy to attach anything else to them. And they have two small gray loops on the outside of the side pouches, but those are also really uncomfortable to get to, and I worry that any significant load (a water bottle) is going to wrip them off of the back pack. They're not terribly secure.

Other than that, this seems like a quality pack that will last me a long time. I have seen no signs of wear to date.
Ryt007 at REI on 05/05/2013

Worth every penny!

First of all, i am a 5'6" 120lbs 29" waist guy and the small fit perfectly.

Hip belt: Its very hard to find a pack for us small guys where the hip straps actually fit without cinching all the way down. The hip belt is amazing, I never had sore hips with the new padding and the hip pockets are large enough to fit a larger point and shoot camera (canon s100 in my case).

Suspension: Ive never had an issue with the shoulder straps; no digging into the side of the neck or anything. load lifters- perfect. I do like the new external hydration bladder. If you use the osprey brand bladder, it shouldnt bludge out too much since it has a hard panel. Lower back is padded nicely and fills the lumbar region. This extra padding does come at the weight cost (WELL WELL worth it in my opinion).

Zippers and straps: All zippers function smoothly although I can do without the large J zipper. In theory its nice but if you organize/plan well you wont ever have to use it (wont be deducting stars since I knew that when purchasing). Also, I can do without the red internal compression strap and sleeping bag compartment divider.How often does a sleeping bag fit perfectly into that region anyways?

Overall quality: EXCELLENT! yes the material is thicker and heavier but it will last you a very long time.

Additional comments: The fanny pack top lid conversion is nice. I use it when busing and carry all my essentials with me while the rest of my pack goes into the storage region. The buckles for the fanny pack can also replace the hip belt buckles if those ever fail. A rain cover might be nice, once the pack gets wet... it will remain so for some time. oh yeah.... OSPREY WARRANTY - enough said. Enjoy the pack I know I will
mike n ike at REI on 08/08/2013

Just What I Needed For Backpacking

I bought an older model of the Osprey Aether 60 about two and half years ago. My brother and I were preparing to get back into backpacking, and we had a trip along the Rogue River Trail planned out. I researched quite a bit, like I do for all of my gear, and came across the Osprey Aether. For myself, I was looking for a strong, durable, easy to load, multi day pack, that had enough pockets for separating my gear, as well as straps to either add gear to, or use them to compress the pack for shorter trips. This pack was perfect for all of that.

Since that first trip along the Rogue River Trail, I have started an outdoor group, and gone on numerous backpacking and overnight snow camping trips. My pack has been with me each and every time. It holds all my gear, I can keep gear seperated for quick and easy access, and it allows me to strap my tent to it easily using the "straight jacket" straps.

Some features for the Osprey Aether that I enjoy are the three "straight jacket" straps along the back. I like having them for carrying my tent on the back, as well as a great way to carry my snow shovel and snowshoes on winter snow camping trips. Also, the "J zip" is very useful. Once I have reached camp and have my tent set up, I can simply lay my backpack down and grab gear out using the "J zip", which allows quick and easy access to the main compartment.

The Aether 60 is large enough to hold my sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cooking set, water filter, clothing for several days, food and my ten essentails. It's a great backpack and I would definitely recommend it to others seeking a durable multi day backpack.
MatthewHowell at REI on 12/12/2013

Love it!

We are just getting started so we went to REI to check out what they had. I had searched online looking for a "deal". What I learned with the amazing staff and trying on many packs, that there was no way to purchase a pack online and there was no settling for 2nd best. We have started going on day hikes to get a feel for the bag and to figure out the best strategy for backpacking with our family (with a 10 and 3 year old it is going to take special planning). What I have figured out is that I wouldn't trade this bag for ANYTHING. I LOVE It. I am a 5'7" woman with an athletic build, so we went to the men's bags to get a wider space in the shoulder straps. I love the thumb pulls on the hip pouches. I love the exterior space for the bladder. I love all of the compression straps to keep everything still and tight. I love how adjustable it is. After a little time playing around with it I was able to find the perfect height and adjustment. I also love that I haven't had any trouble finding places to hook things to the outside. If I could make a perfect bag better, the only other thing I would add to it, is one or two more exterior pouches on the bag, but I am not complaining.
jmrking at REI on 11/11/2013

Love this pack, Best pack ever!

I love this pack. I bought it for an 11 day trip to Burkina Faso in west Africa.

This bag + a contractor grade trash bag = airplane ready.

Once we arrived the bag rode on top of a land cruiser for a total of 12 hours on dusty African dirt roads. The bag was dirty but my gear was safe, dry and clean.

The Osprey guarantee is what sold me on the bag and gave me confidence to pursue adventure and not worry so much about my stuff.

Pockets are plentiful enough that you have a lot of options. At the same time, there aren't so many pockets that you start losing stuff simply because you can't remember where in the bag you put it.

Isoform = comfy. REI will heat the belt and have you wear it. You'll look stupid walking around the store with a huge padded belt. However, when you throw 40lbs in the pack and are hauling it around and it feels like a jansport book bag... you will be singing the praises of REI and Isoform.

This bag might feel a little expensive but considering it is probably the last pack you will ever purchase, it's a bargain.
Mark Retzloff at REI on 04/04/2013

I use a Gregory Baltoro 65 but have used an Aether 60 multiple times, as it is what 2 of my buddies have, and have no complaints about it, I am just a fan of Gregory. I do know that Osprey is really good with customer service and they will help you out with almost anything you need! The pack has a lot of really neat features and great thermo moldable waist straps that help a lot with comfort and weight distribution. It has many pockets that become very useable. I do love the way the brain cinches down really well on the pack, it just feels as though the whole pack secures with the brain tight down. It also has many really unique cinch straps throughout the pack sides and stuff that really helps! OH and I also really love the wet pocket on the front, you put your wet stuff in it and it doesn't get anything else wet! Its great!

Shawn Cash at Backcountry.com on 08/08/2013

I've used this pack for about 2 and a half years now, and I'm pretty happy with it. Sure, it's heavier then other packs, but with the extra weight you get a ton of features, most of them useful. It has lasted through 2 week long trips in Colorado, trips in Utah and Wyoming, as well as a ten day trip in New Mexico, and during all of them it was bush-whacked with, fallen on and scraped up, and constantly abused, and the material has totally held up. the lid/fanny pack serves its purpose. The suspension is pretty good, and it's nice that you can swith the shoulder and hip pads out for better sizes, but I stongly prefer the comfort of the suspension on my brother's Atmos (which is lighter). All in all, great pack, and has interchangable suspension, but is a little heavy for 60L. Worth my money.

Sam Dickerson at Backcountry.com on 01/04/2014

Well worth the $$

Picked up this badboy for an extended backpacking trip across Asia.
Pros: Very comfortable. The AirScape suspension does the job. Hipbelts are moldable and large. Very comfortable all around.
Plenty of pockets and storage.
The Aether is able to be connected to the Daylite day pack. The main reason I bought it.
Cons: No separate access to sleeping bag compartment.
Hipbelt could benefit from some extra small zippered compartments.
Daylite daypack attachment is not the easiest to figure out.

All in all, I have been very satisfied with this pack. It holds plenty, is comfortable to wear and does what it's supposed to do. I really like the way I can attach my daypack to the main pack, however that convenience does come at a price, as the daylite is somewhat smaller than my usual daypack. Overall, a bomber pack from a bomber company.
K9 at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2009

The shoulder straps and hipbelt are awesome. They are very nicely padded and, in conjunction with the suspension system, make the pack carry very well. I put 35 pounds into it and felt like I was carrying nothing. I haven't been able to take it out on a trip yet or walked many miles with it on, but I think it will be very comfortable.
This pack does a nice job at sitting up straight on my back instead of pulling out. That means a lot of weight goes on my hips! I only wish this pack had a few more organization pockets, like the Atmos' 2 front/side pockets. I can't wait to use this. Updates to come.

Koman at Backcountry.com on 12/05/2013

Great Pack!

Wow, very impressed with this bag. I went to the store last week to try on several packs, and kept coming back to the Aether 60. I feel like I finally know how a backpack is really supposed to fit. Carson(at the North Shore store) was a huge help, showing me how to adjust each of the packs I was trying on, and telling me about all the features of each pack I was checking out.

After a weekend of backpacking, I've got 0 complaints about this pack, and am very satisfied with my decision to buy it.
Ralph at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Comfy, but not with a bear canister.

I purchased the Aether 60 (small) primarily on comfort and the ability to adjust every part of the bag to my personal fit. Being a short male, this pack fit just fine. If you are considering a smaller pack and do not require a bear canister, You should definitely try this on in a store.

If you do need a bear canister, that's where things get tricky. I bought a Bearvault 450 from REI. I ended up using the side entrance because the can's diameter seemed larger than the vertical opening. the fit was quite snug, and it also left no room for my all of my tent to be packed inside the bag. I was interested in taking longer trips, so I went ahead and purchased the Aether 70.

If I was going travelling across the country/countries, or going backpacking without a can, I would definitely keep this. However if you need a bear canister, I would highly suggest getting the 70L version.

I would like to give it a 4/5 based on comfort, but I don't want anyone else to make the same mistake as I did.
modestpace at REI on 09/09/2013

Just not my cup of tea

I've backpacked for two years now with this pack and never felt comfortable. Since I'm a minimalist it seems heavier than two other packs I've used. Quality is excellent. Padding is insufficient since I have a very slender build. Side pockets could be better for water bottles. We have three Ospreys and we all complain about the side pockets.
Prarie Schooner at REI on 05/05/2013