Gear We Check: 12 Days Backpacking with Osprey’s Ariel 55

Rafael Farouq

The Ariel 55 within the wild. Picture courtesy of Osprey.

For those who’ve spent a big period of time backpacking, you doubtless have a love-hate relationship together with your pack. Maybe your most important piece of substances, it’s chargeable for transporting and maintaining the remainder of your gear protected and dry. Over time, I’ve spent a number of time on the paths and have worn my fair proportion of dangerous packs and good packs—Osprey’s Ariel 55 falls into the latter class.

Created particularly for ladies to supply a fine-tuned match, the Ariel 55 is designed to accommodate a wide range of physique sizes and shapes. The pack includes a customized Match-on-the-Fly Hipbelt and shoulder strap, so it might probably simply be adjusted as your journey. Constructed from high-quality bluesign authorized nylon and PFC-free DWR, the pack sports activities an injection-molded, die-cut foam AirScapeTM backpanel that creates a breathable, close-to physique match. Moreover, the close-to-body match and carry system permits the pack to work properly with heavier masses and on technical trails. 

With the Ariel 55, Osprey considered all the pieces. The pack features a raincover, a big entrance panel zip entry essential compartment, a floating high lid with lash factors, a cloth bolstered shove-it pocket, dual-access mesh facet water bottle pockets, twin higher/decrease compression straps, twin entrance panel compression straps, twin zippered, hipbelt pockets, twin ice axe loops with bungee tie-offs, zippered sleeping bag compartment with detachable divider, an inside hydration reservoir sleeve, and anchor loops for attaching a day pack.

My Take

Placing the Ariel 55 to the check in Iceland. Picture: Rebecca Parsons

I not too long ago went on a 12-day backpacking journey by means of the highlands of Iceland and introduced the Ariel 55 alongside for the journey. Admittedly, I didn’t attempt the pack out forward of time and was nervous about taking a brand new pack on such a prolonged journey. I’ve worn Osprey packs up to now and their repute is impeccable, however it was a bet nonetheless. 

After I first tried on the pack, I believed I had ordered the mistaken measurement. I’m 5’7”, 125 kilos and I ordered the S/M. However after some adjusting, I used to be capable of get the pack fitted and located it was the right measurement for my lean body.

There’s loads to like about Osprey’s Ariel 55. I’m an enormous fan of the multitude of pockets, quick-stash zippered sections, and the number of straps. The climate in Iceland is mercurial, so I continuously discovered myself stripping and including layers, so it was good to have locations to simply stash issues. I saved necessities like chapstick and gloves within the hipbelt compartments and snacks and different necessary gadgets within the floating high lid. 

I drink a number of water, so I introduced a hydration bladder which I saved within the specialised compartment and two water bottles that I stashed within the outer water bottle holders. I put common water within the bladder and water with electrolytes within the bottles, so the mixture of hydration sources and storage areas labored properly for me.

I wish to put on my pack as comfortable as doable across the hips, so I actually appreciated the on-the-go adjustment system, which I loosened when taking off the pack and synched as tight as doable when hitting the paths. The shoulder straps have been additionally adjustable, however I discovered that one in every of them refused to take a seat flat which proved to supply some discomfort–maybe it was consumer error however it was one in every of my solely qualms with the pack.

Twelve days is a very long time on the path and the Ariel 55 proved its value by means of sunny days, rainstorms, and all the pieces in between. I foresee many extra adventures in our future.

Get the Ariel 55 at Backcountry or REI.


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