Our continual favorite for women's specific backpacking packs is the Osprey Aura model. For Spring 2018, we tested the newly updated Osprey Aura 65 AG, which weighs only a few ounces more than the 50-liter model. Though this is a new model, there are very few differences from the previous version. Most notably, the waist belt is much more streamlined, and the suspension system is, overall, sleeker. We were excited about this because the previous version could feel overly bulky if the pack was not entirely full.
We liked that it provides more flexibility and storage space without the added bulk. This pack model has been a long-time favorite due to its incredible comfort, support, and simple design. It has just the right number pockets to keep your gear organized, without becoming overly complicated. Additionally, the Anti-Gravity technology was by far the most comfortable suspension system of any pack we tested. Even in hot weather, this award winner provided support and ventilation that was incomparable to other models in our fleet.