Osprey has come out with the Aura, a new women’s series in their backpack line that offers their great comfort in backpacking. This is an extremely functional pack with key features that make things easily accessible and adjustable to best fit your body. The Aura 50 is the perfect size for a day hike up to a few days of hiking. It is also a great pack for a day of ice or rock climbing.
The Aura 50 has AirSpeed™ Suspension with a LightWire™ frame, a 3D tensioned breathable mesh back panel that optimizes pack balance, ventilation and support. The pack allows for a fine-tuned fit with the Women’s Torso Adjustable Interchangeable shoulder harness. The women’s Fit-on-the-Fly™ adjustable hip belt uses dual density foam for improved support and spacer mesh for breathability while offering an exclusive adjustment system. It is hydration compatible with tube exit ports on both sides of the pack. On the front of the pack, located at the bottom are removable sleeping pad straps. The front also features dual ice tool loops and bungee tool tie-offs for your ice climbing gear. Dual vertical zippered front pockets help making organizing your gear easy, and there’s a floating top pocket with an under-lid mesh pocket that is removable.
When trying to find the right size of Osprey pack, it is highly recommended to get measurements of your torso, hip and shoulders. This is so the pack is fitted just right for your body. If you’re buying the pack from a local store such as REI, make sure to speak to someone about getting the right measurements for your Osprey pack. This will avoid guess work for you when trying to get the right one for your needs. See here for sizing and fitting advice.
I took the Aura 50 on an ice climbing trip to Ouray, Colorado, and all the gear I needed was easily stored in the pack. There was a place for everything and accessibility was fantastic. One of the first things I noticed when putting the Aura 50 on my back was how it literally fit like a glove. I’ve never had a pack that has fit this perfectly to my small torso. There were no pressure points on any parts of my back, shoulders, torso or hips. Everything seemed so perfectly proportioned.
There was a bit of a hike to some of the climbs, and most of them required rappelling down to the bottom to start the climb. I wasn’t worried about any of my gear falling out of the Aura 50 pack as it was all very secure. The pack wasn’t bulky whatsoever and didn’t throw me off while rappelling down in the gorge.
The dual vertical zippered front pockets were nice and roomy to stash extra hats, carabiners, ATC devices, and gloves. In addition to the dual vertical zippered front pockets, the center pocket was very convenient to hold my climbing helmet when I didn’t need it. The hip belt pockets were perfect for storing smaller things like chapstick, food bars, and keys. The side pockets held extra food bars, my camera and anything else I needed immediate access to. I was able to keep nicely hydrated with my water reservoir with the hydration compatibility of the pack and not have to worry about carrying excess water bottles.
The Aura 50 has unquestionably been the most comfortable, versatile and convenient backpack I have used while on my outdoor ventures. Osprey has always produced great products, and the Aura 50 is just another one they can truly be proud of. The attention to detail and functionality of the pack was very impressive and it’s definitely one to add to your “must-have” list.
The Aura comes in a 50 and 65 liter. The men’s series is the Atmos that also comes in a 50 or 65L. The Osprey Aura/Atmos series is available at your local REI, Kirkham’s Outdoor Products, Backcountry.com, and Canyon Sports.
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