I wanted to talk about how great this pack is. I used the Osprey Aura 65 on my thru-hike and it did amazing. There are a few things I look for in a good pack, and this one has them all.
Comfort. This is the number one thing I keep in mind when choosing a pack. If my pack is uncomfortable to wear, the shoulder straps rub me the wrong way, or the hip-belt doesn’t have good support; that pretty much means that I’m going to have an unpleasant hike.
This pack is so comfortable. The hip-belt is easy to tighten and it can be adjusted so the padded part is longer or shorter. The hip-belt offers lots of support, so the weight stays off my shoulders. There are several different places where the pack can be adjusted. Although the pack comes in several different sizes, the torso is still adjustable to allow a perfect fit.
Durability. If I’m going to be spending my money on a pack, it better last me a long time. I carried my Osprey pack from Georgia to Maine, and it still has plenty of life left in it.
I was NOT easy on this pack either. I tossed it on the ground pretty much every time I took it off. There were parts of the trail up North where I had to sit down and slide because it was so steep. When I did that, the bottom of the pack would drag against the rock. There were even times that I kicked it out of frustration. The fabric never ripped, snagged, or even appeared as if it was getting too worn.
Bottom line: this pack can take a beating.