Excellent for summer weekend backpacking trips, the redesigned Osprey Ariel 65 Backpack for women offers an improved female-specific backpack suspension design. For those new to Osprey packs, the Women's Ariel 65 series is the female-oriented counterpart to the Osprey men's Aether series. The Ariel backpacks have a female-specific IsoForm harness and IsoForm CM hipbelt that are specifically designed to fit a women's body far better than any unisex backpacking or mountaineering backpack. The Ariel 65 has three load access points–including a J-Zip front panel entry–for easy accessibility at camp or during rest breaks. A dual-zipper wide mouth opening gives you access to a sleeping bag compartment and a drop-down divider that separates your sleeping bag from cooking components and clothing. The Women's Ariel 65 backpack is AddOn compatible, so you can attach an Osprey day pack (sold separately) to the pack exterior to add room for extra essentials or as a lunch pack for day excursions after you reach your destination.
Women looking for a versatile pack for weekend trips, canyoneering, or extended trips with a go-light emphasis will certainly appreciate the Osprey Ariel 55 backpack. A trimmer version of its big sister, the Ariel 65, this backpack offers the same great harness / suspension system but in a smaller version. If you're budget conscious about your pack purchase, you don't have to settle for a generic fit. The editors at Backpacker magazine would agree, as they tagged the Ariel 65 (the 55's big sister) a Best Buy in their 2006 Gear Guide.The Osprey Ariel 55 women's backpack features the IsoForm custom moldable hipbelt that uses heat to achieve a precise fit. These hipbelts come in four women's specific sizes. Furthermore, the Isoform shoulder harness is available in four sizes, also contoured to fit women best. The pack to body surface of both the hipbelt and shoulder harness are entirely seamless, reducing the chance of pressure points developing. Next, the AirScape suspension, a carefully assembled sandwich consisting of an internal framesheet with single aluminum stay, ventilated rubber foam backpanel, and peripheral 7075 AL rods evenly transfers the weight to the hipbelt and shoulder harness for a terrific carry. The Osprey Ariel 55 backpack offers a number of useful features. A highlight is the two-way stretch woven front pocket, great for stowing almost any piece of camping equipment imaginable.