We don’t review gear too often on Daily Hiker these days, but every once and a while we’ll come across gear we really like, and want to share with others. Osprey’s new Aura 50 pack for women falls into that category. Read more for our full review of the Osprey Aura 50.
As a long-time fan of Osprey Packs, I was eager to test out the new Aura pack to see how it stacked up. I was intrigued by the Aura’s 50 liter size because it seemed to be like a little sister to one of my favorite backpacking packs, Osprey’s Ariel 65.
The Aura 50 was designed with the weight-conscious backpacker in mind. Weighing in at 3 pounds, the 50-liter size (3000 cubic inches) provides plenty of space for overnights or superlight thru-hiking, with loads between 35 and 50 pounds. It’s a traditional top loading pack, but designed with zipper and stretchy stash pockets so that frequently-accessed gear (sunblock, maps, etc) doesn’t fall to the bottom of the pack, never to be seen again. Some of the other features are pretty standard: internal hydration sleeve, ice ax/tool loops, removable top pocket/lid, and adjustable harness. It also comes with it’s own sleeping pad straps (so you don’t have to buy your own), which can be removed if you aren’t using them. The Aura 50 also features Osprey’s Fit-On-The-Fly™ hipbelt, which allows you to expand and adjust the padded portion of the hip belt, for maximum comfort. The air mesh back panel provides lots of support and breathability, and as a result, is quite comfortable.