Osprey Announces Expansion and Redesign of Best-Selling Aether/Ariel Featuring Innovative Backpanel and Custom Fit System

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Cortez, CO – July 15, 2020 – Osprey, the leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative carry solutions, today announced the expansion and redesign of the brand’s best-selling Aether/Ariel series to include an innovative backpanel design, an all-new, customized fit system as well as the utilization of sustainable fabrics and construction. The all-new Aether/Ariel Plus and the redesigned Aether/Ariel will be available to consumers in October 2020.

“The Spring 2021 Aether/Ariel represents a significant upgrade in our custom fit program,” said Erik Hamerschlag, Sr. Product Manager at Osprey. “Our new in-pack sizing adjustment system, eliminates interchangeable componentry which allows for a reduction in SKUs for our retail partners and an overall better experience for our customers. The new Custom Fit-on-the-Fly™ Hipbelt and Shoulder Strap are intuitive to adjust, offer a wide fit range, and promise to deliver fine-tuned fit on trail for years to come.”

The Design

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The new Airscape™ Suspension features an injection-molded, die-cut foam backpanel that maintains a comfortable and breathable contact surface, flexibility for dynamic movement and improved carry performance. Horizontal plane channels prevent barreling under a full load to ensure consistent fit and optimal stability while vertical planes follow the contours of the back preventing collapse under heavy loads.

In addition to the new backpanel, Osprey is debuting an all-new Custom Fit-on-the-Fly™ Hipbelt, a Custom Fit-on-the-Fly Shoulder Strap and adjustable torso length that allows for a fine-tuned fit for a variety of body shapes and sizes while allowing for easy adjustment on the trail.

In step with Osprey’s goal to become the most progressive, transparent and sustainable hardgoods brand in the world, the packs feature high quality bluesign®-approved body fabrics and PFC-free DWR. Additionally, the injected molding on the Airscape Suspension virtually eliminates plastic waste.

Aether Plus (men’s)/Ariel Plus (women’s)

With a highly proficient suspension and a selection of larger volume styles, the Aether Plus/Ariel Plus Series offers an impressive carrying ability to support the heaviest of loads. A full-range of features like a DayLid daypack, Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment and reliable high-tenacity durable nylon fabrics make life on the trail easier.

Features:

  • Removable top lid converts to DayLid daypack
  • Included raincover made with PFC-free DWR and bluesign®-approved materials
  • Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
  • Floating top lid with lash points
  • Integrated FlapJacket cover for lidless use
  • Dual front panel zippered pockets for easy-access storage
  • Large front panel zip access to main compartment
  • Fabric reinforced front shove-it pocket
  • Large dual-access stretch mesh side water bottle pockets
  • Dual upper/lower side compression straps
  • Dual front panel compression straps with StraightJacket compression
  • Dual zippered hipbelt pockets
  • Dual ice axe loops with bungee tie-offs
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment with removable divider
  • Removable sleeping pad straps
  • Internal hydration reservoir sleeve
  • 3.5 mm (4.0 mm on Aether/Ariel Plus 85L, 100L) Lightwire suspension

Available in:

Aether Plus 100 | $390
Aether Plus 85/Ariel Plus 85 | $380
Aether Plus 70/Ariel Plus 70 | $360
Aether Plus 60/Ariel Plus 60 | $340

Aether (men’s)/Ariel (women’s)

A customizable, perfect-fitting pack that has the ability to carry larger and heavier loads. With an adjustable Custom Fit-on-the- Fly™ Shoulder Strap and Hipbelt, the user can calibrate the perfect fit.

Features

  • Included raincover made with PFC-free DWR and bluesign®-approved materials
  • Large front panel zip access to main compartment
  • Floating top lid with lash points
  • Fabric reinforced front shove-it pocket
  • Large dual-access stretch mesh side water bottle pockets
  • Dual upper/lower side compression straps
  • Dual front panel compression straps with StraightJacket compression
  • Dual zippered hipbelt pockets
  • Dual ice axe loops with bungee tie-offs
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment with removable divider
  • Removable sleeping pad straps
  • Internal hydration reservoir sleeve
  • 3.5 mm Lightwire suspension

Available in:

Aether 65/Ariel 65 | $280
Aether 55/Ariel 55 | $260

About Osprey

Founded in 1974 and based in Cortez, Colorado, in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, Osprey designs the highest performing and longest lasting carry solutions on the market including technical packs for outdoor, travel and everyday adventures.

In addition to creating top-quality packs, the Osprey team is focused on becoming the most progressive, transparent and sustainable hardgoods brand in the world. From raw materials and chemistry benchmarks to progressive factory code of conduct agreements and programs that extend a product’s end of life, Osprey is taking a truly holistic approach and looking at every aspect of their business to ensure they leave as little trace possible. Osprey’s dedication to create innovative, high performance, sustainable gear reflects the brand’s love of adventure, devotion to the outdoors and steadfast resolve to leave the world better than they found it.


To learn more about Osprey and its products backed by their industry leading All Mighty Guarantee, visit osprey.com. Osprey products can be found online at osprey.com and in specialty retailers in over 60 countries worldwide. Follow all brand updates on Instagram (@ospreypacks), Facebook (@ospreypacks) and Twitter (@ospreypacks). 

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