Osprey Aether Plus 85 Men’s Backpack Review

By Richard Corrigan •  3 min read

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When you’re hiking a long distance, you need a big pack. And make no mistake, the Osprey Aether Plus 85 Men’s Backpacking Backpack is a big pack. It’s sturdy and versatile, and has room for all your essentials on extended outdoor adventures. 


Stats and Specs

Offering Osprey’s largest backpack capacity, the Aether Plus 85 Men’s Backpacking Backpack is made to be fully loaded. In addition to its spacious top-loading main compartment (also accessible through a front-panel zipper) this pack has a lot of straps, pockets and attachment points that allow you to arrange and carry your gear in a manner that best suits your needs and preferences. 

In short, you can strap a lot of gear to the outside of this backpack as well as packing it inside. The top lid is fully removable, and can be used separately as a day pack. The hip belt and shoulder straps are easily adjusted to fit any body type and torso length, and the back panel is designed for a stable, close-to-body fit that’s also well-ventilated. 

The Osprey Aether Plus 85 Men’s Backpacking Backpack is available in two sizes: S/M (83L, 5.9 lb.) and L/XL (85L, 6.2 lb.). It’s made of 210 Denier nylon with a DWR (Durable Water Resistant) coating. Rain cover is included. 

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Pros of the Osprey Aether Plus 85

Cons of the Osprey Aether Plus 85

Osprey Aether Plus 85: Final Thoughts

If you’re planning to tackle a long-distance trail like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail, the Osprey Aether Plus 85 Men’s Backpacking Backpack is the type of pack that will sustain you for weeks or months at a time. It’s spacious, durable, and surprisingly comfortable considering its size and heft. 

Richard Corrigan

Richard Corrigan has been writing about outdoor adventures, gear and travel for more than 10 years. His work has been featured by USA Today, 10Best.com, Next Luxury, and Gone Outdoors. He lives in Upstate New York, and If he isn't at his writing desk, you can probably find him out in the woods somewhere.

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