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Osprey Aether 85 Review

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Price:   Varies from $232 - $310 online  —  Compare at 6 sellers
Pros:  Super comfortable, good suspension, good price
Cons:  Some people thought it needed more pockets
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Manufacturer:   Osprey


The Osprey Aether 85 is the largest of the Aether packs and is the big brother to Aether 60 (that we did a full hands on review of). The Aether 60 won our Best Buy award in the backpack category.

How is the Aether 85 different than the other Aether packs?

The Aether 85 is:
  • 2 oz Heavier than the Aether 60L, and 1 oz Heavier than the 70L
  • $70 more than the 60L, and $40 more than the 70L
  • 25 Liters larger than the 60L, and 15 Liters larger than the 70L

To get a better sense of how the Aether 85 stacks up against the competition, we urge you to look at our hands-on review of it's sibling pack the Osprey Aether 60 as well as our Backpacking Backpack Review.

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Eastern Mountain Sports $232.46  -  25% off!
Backcountry $309.95
REI $309.95
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