Best Women’s Backpacking Pack
Testers had experienced the previous version of this Osprey backpack and raved about its performance and design. Then Osprey went and added their Anti-Gravity technology to the Ariel 75, and our opinion of this backpack has only increased.
Pros: The Ariel 75 has plenty of storage space and organizational features: stretch mesh stuff pockets, dual hip belt pockets and removable brain top for day hikes, to name a few. This backpack is also ready for technical adventures with dual ice tool loops and trekking pole attachments. The Anti-Gravity system is comprised of lightweight mesh suspended from shoulder blades to lumbar keeping the pack off your back and weight on your hips.
Cons: The Ariel, while exceedingly adjustable, isn’t easy to tweak as the Velcro back panel is finicky to make minor adjustments. However, once properly dialed, the Osprey maintains adjustment until the wearer is ready to make changes.
Tester Comment: “One of the best packs I’ve ever carried including an older model of the Ariel used for the past 5+ years. To say it’s treated me well is an understatement. I’ve loved my old one so this year’s updates make a great pack better.” Bottom Line: If your budget permits, the Ariel AG is worth considering, whether the 75-liter model or a smaller version. Down to every zipper and stitch, the Ariel was a clear winner on the trail.
Best for: Longer trips, hauling a bunch of gear into the backcountry, international travel
Key Attribute: Performance
- CUSTOM FIT
- ANTI-GRAVITY™ TECHNOLOGY
- CONVERTIBLE TOP-LID DAYPACK
Size: 72 L; 32.28H X 16.14W X 13.39D IN.; 5.038 LBS
Material: MAIN: 210D Nylon Dobby; ACCENT: 210D High Tenacity Nylon Shadow Box; BOTTOM: 500D Nylon Packcloth