- Aug 30, 2018 at 8:29 pm #3553912Ryan GardnerBPL Member
I’m just getting into mountaineering – I have extensive 3-season UL experience but this season will be my first time venturing up peaks in the winter. The last time I wore a traditional “framed” pack was probably 2008. Because of the bulk and weight of mountaineering gear, I’m trying out different traditional packs.
I just bought an Osprey Aether Pro 70. When I put it on my back, with only around 15 lbs in it, it’s extremely uncomfortable around my lower lumbar area. I know you can get these hip belts custom heat molded, but I would have imagined it would be more comfortable out of the box than this.
Am I just not remembering what carrying heavy loads in a framed pack felt like? (My usual base weight is around 10 lbs, and I often use a thin cuben fiber pack). Or is this pack not for me?
Any thoughts? (Or any recommendations on other 70-80L packs with features for ice axes, crampons, etc).
RyanAug 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm #3553916David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
From online pictures, that Osprey Aether Pro 70 isn’t a traditional (external) framed pack, but more of an internal-frame pack with some of the frame on the outside.
When I put my external-frame pack on with 50 pounds in it, it is far more comfortable than the UL packs I have with that weight in them.
Sometimes a particular pack just isn’t a good for your body. Best to get to an REI for a few hours and spend lots of time walking around the stores (and up and down the stairs) with 40+ pounds in each pack.
Can you fit all your winter gear, plus climbing gear in a 70-liter pack? I couldn’t. Bigger sleeping bag, pad, clothes, 4-season tent, more food and fuel. . .
If alpine climbing with all your gear along, yeah, I guess look more widely at internal-framed-ish packs. If you are doing an approach with all your gear, base-camping, and then peak-bagging, I’d consider an external-frame pack that allows for lots more volume to be lashed on.Sep 14, 2018 at 2:07 am #3555784Ryan GardnerBPL Member
Thanks for the response. As I started acquiring the rest of my gear, I realized 70L was nowhere near as big as I needed. I ended up getting the Osprey Xenith 105. Loaded with 60lbs, it is way more comfortable than the Aether Pro was, so that pack just may have been a bad fit for my body.
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