This is the second women’s specific piece of gear we have reviewed at readaboutgear.com, I hope it sure is informative. This time around Bethany took out the Osprey Aura 65 pack which has just received a facelift for 2012. She used it well she took it on a six day trip on the San Rafel Swell in Utah. First I’ll go over the key features of this pack and then we’ll go in to her review.
- Airspeed Suspension
- Torso Adjustable Interchangeable Shoulder Harness
- Adjustable Fit on the Fly Hipbelt
- Zippered Fabric Hipbelt Pockets
- Side Stretch Mesh Pockets
- Front Stretch Woven Pocket
- Intergraded Hydration Compatibility
- Stow-on-the-Go Trekking Pole Attachment System
- Sleeping Bag Compartment (65 L)
- Comes in to Volumes 65 L or 50 L
Review By Bethany Rennaker
I liked the look of the pack when I pulled it from the box. Green is totally my color. Then I stuffed it full of anything that would weigh it down to do some training for a 6-day, 50 mile trip. So, my first impression of the Osprey Aura 65 is that the “Fit on the Fly” waist belt was perfect for a large girl like me. The belt extends to fit large body types so comfortably that I felt confident that I wouldn’t experience any problems with it. And I didn’t. I really felt the benefit of the well-fitted hip belt. The weight was distributed to my hips and yet there was no discomfort in my hips. This was the first impression of the Aura 65.
On the 6-day trip I took, I found the pack proved just as impressive. The space that I needed for this trip was provided in the bag. The pockets were great and there is some stretch in the outside pocket that expanded to fit those last items I would stuff in the bag. Again, the fit was great and the weight of the bag was kept to the waist and off of the shoulders. I also felt the benefit of the sculpted, mesh backing that kept my back nice and dry.
There were two things that I would have enjoyed the Aura 65 to have included. The top of the pack is not a removable hip pack and I like that feature in other Osprey bags. Also, the side pockets were not elastic tops and that made it tough to get my water bottles in the pocket some times.
All in all, I really enjoy my Osprey Aura 65 because it fits great and provides a fantastic amount of space.
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