Osprey Aura 65 AG Backpack For Women
Tried and tested by satisfied users over the years and designed with a nice broad range of functional features. A very well-ventilated back-panel. Comfortable, supportive shoulder straps. An effective, durable anti-gravity suspension system.
This pack is suitable for use in hot weather, with good carrying capacity, versatility, and impressive ventilation, also fine for use in other cooler seasons.
Nice range of pocket sizes
Adjustability is user friendly
Easy top access
Some users suggest the waistband requires practice to get into
For those with broad shoulders, the shoulder harness yoke runs slightly narrow
Lots of bending forward on technical terrains, the top of the pack can shift around at times
Front stretch mesh pocket
Removable floating top lid
Dual zippered pockets - Top Lid
Web attachment points
Dual ice tool loops
Internal hydration reservoir sleeve-3 liters - sold separately
Load range: 30-50 lbs
Trails - Backcountry
Long and short distance hiking
You get a choice of three sizes, with just over three inches of adjustability for each available size. This allows good flexibility for those still growing or unsure of exact FIT.
For those with fuller hips, the hip belt will adjust down from 52 inches to 24 inches. If you have a larger waist, there are 7 inches of user-friendly adjustable padding. Adjustability is effortless and only takes a few seconds to adjust to a comfortable FIT.
The designed-in carrying features work for day or multi-day hiking trips. For short hikes, the lid can be removed, and compression straps can down-size the bulk outline. The reverse is also the case. The pack can be expanded so that you can carry a lot more gear for longer hiking trips.
This is possible due to multiple designed compression straps in the interior, top, and sides. You can also attach a lot of external gear to the pack. The adjustability is designed to be quick and easy.
On the outside, you get two spacious zip pockets and a big mesh pocket. The main compartment has ample storage space and allows for access via the bottom or the top. A quick-access drawstring closure will secure your gear.
The compartment can be switched into two chambers by using a removable separator. User feedback indicates this is good if you want to carry a sleeping bag separately in the lower chamber.
The external mesh pocket gives good stretch and easily carries and access gear that you want close by for quick access. The lid area offers two zipper pockets in which you can carry smaller useful gear. This pack features two hip pockets, and these are good for carrying small items.
The two side pouches for water bottles will comfortably carry water bottles and can be adjusted vertically or at an angle. In terms of available carrying features, this pack does allow good versatility for organizing to carry gear.
Suspension and comfort
A perforated mesh backing is fitted from the hip belt up through the rear of the pack. This has a double purpose, good ventilation combined with suspension support.
User feedback does regularly comment on the need to practice and master putting on the belt. You will need to figure out the best angle of the counter for your FIT and comfort. These are minor drawbacks and are about you getting to know your pack's design and performance.
The Anti-Gravity suspension is a crucial feature for why this pack has done well in being tried and tested. In short, it is effective and works. Add in the nicely padded shoulder straps and the load-bearing easy to adjust harness, resulting in a light perimeter frame.
The back panel and hip belt are integrated designs that allow the weight to sit comfortably on the hips with minimal movement. Users mention that putting the hip belt on and setting it into a position that works for you requires some practice.
This slight drawback does require practice but is worth the effort. For ladies with broad shoulders, you need to know that the shoulder harness yoke tends to run slightly narrow.
If you are going to tackle very technical terrain, requiring you to bend forwards often, some users have pointed out that the top of the pack can at times shift around.
This does not qualify as a very light pack due to the design in performance features that have proven to be popular. The average weight is 4.7 pounds, and this is a reasonable trade-off for versatility and performance.
For men, you will be looking for an excellent comparative option.
The choices are many, and you can get a good range of comparative options by looking through the ten best hiking backpacks which we have reviewed.
An interesting popular comparative option is the WASING 55L Internal Frame Backpack. This is good for hiking, climbing, and camping. Not a significant brand name, but it certainly offers versatility, good carrying capacity, and comfort at a very friendly buyer price.
This pack has dual access for convenience and includes well-designed compartmentalization.
Comparative Snap Shot:
Zipper and Buckle closures (adjustable)
Internal Zippered Divider
Water-Resistant Rip-Stop Polyester
Molded Foam Back Panel
Airflow Ventilation Channels
Adjustable Aluminum Frame Bar
Bladder sleeve (separate purchase)
One front pocket
One rain cover
Two mesh bottle pouches
The pack is expandable
Padded shoulder straps
Adjustable hip belt
Capacity: 50 + 5 liter
Weight: 2.98 lbs
Hiking, short and long distances
The design and components have stood up well for being tried and tested.
Yes, there are slight drawbacks for use that you will need to master, but the effort is worthwhile. We have given the pack a score of 9 out of 10. The drawbacks are minimal enough to not detract from the overall performance, comfort, durability, and versatile use.
The suspension system certainly allows for comfort. The versatility for carrying small amounts of gear for short hikes or lots of equipment for multi-day hiking is why this pack has remained a popular option for hikers.
This is an excellent option to add to your hiking gear.