OSPREY(オスプレー) イーサー 70 アロヨレッド M OS50074
I am 6'4" about 240 lbs with a wide chest about 48". My torso is about 21"
This review is for the Large size in this pack.
The Large fit my torso perfectly.
I really wish people would start stating their size and the pack size/size of what they're buying more in reviews, it really helps me when another big/tall guy gives me stats, I would think it would help for people of all sizes. What's good for the average size person, really doesn't matter to us big and tall types, and vice verse I would assume. The more info the better, especially on sizing.
I will start by saying I returned this pack. I gave it 4 stars because I didn't want to hurt the rating and I didn't want to give it 5 because I feel you have to actually use the product to rave about it. The 4 stars are because this is obviously a quality pack, Osprey makes great packs, I use the Manta 36 daily.
So why did I return it you ask - Simple, I was between this and the Gregory Baltoro 75 and although it was a close one, the suspension of the Gregory won out. Simply put I felt like the Gregory displaced the majority of the weight of the pack to my hips - I'd say 75% Hips 25% Shoulders.. whereas the Aether was about a %50/50. It was 100% noticeable, especially the more weight I put in the packs to test.
The Aether is a more vertical pack - meaning it's slim and tall. The way the suspension curved it brought the top load into my head, I'm sure I could adjust straps, etc. to change the placement of the top pack, but I found it mildly annoying.
All in all the pack is quality, I love the Osprey mesh pocket, I use it on my daypack all the time and really wished the Gregory pack had that. The pockets on the hipbelt are roomy and could easily fit an iphone where the Gregory's can't (almost useless). The top pocket of the top lid is cavernous, which is nice, but not nice.. One of the reasons I liked the Gregory was because of a lot of pockets to organize, having to throw everything you want to access from the outside of the pack in that huge pocket could get really messy. The Osprey guarantee is unmatched, even by Gregory, I really wanted to like the Osprey more for this reason, however, when I'm out on the trail with 50+ lbs of gear on my back I really don't care about warranty, and the Gregory should more than hold up and has a great warranty as well.
I know this was a mixed review of the Aether and Baltoro, I tried keeping it mainly towards the Aether, but felt I had to explain why I sent it back. Also I enjoy reviews when someone talks about the products they compared the reviewed product to, a lot of times it's the same products I'm looking at, or it points me in a direction I wasn't thinking.
Hope this helps someone.
My friend has purchased the new Aether 70 AG from REI and it is also very nice fit wise, design and well thought out as well.