Multi-day alpine traverses and grand backpacking loop trips define the uses of the redesigned, lightweight Osprey Ariel 65 womens backpack. State-of-the-art durable materials, custom fit options designed for a womens specific fit, and innovative, practical features combine to create the superior fit and function of this surprisingly affordable pack. In fact, Backpacker magazines 2006 Gear Guide edition recommends it as a Best Buy. The deep front pocket, made of tough two-way stretch woven nylon with Lycra, is a great example of the innovative use of advanced materials found on this pack. The pocket serves as a versatile catchall for carrying anything from a climbing rope to a pair of snowshoes, or any other straggling piece of camping gear you forgot to load when breaking camp. But most importantly, the load carrying comfort of the Osprey Ariel 65 womens backpack is far superior than one would expect given the affordable price. The IsoForm hipbelt is custom moldable, using heat to warm the belt in preparation for achieving an exact fit. These hipbelts come in four womens 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. A fabulous harness system is useless, however, unless a quality suspension can transfer the load to these weight-bearing surfaces. Enter 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. And like the front pocket described earlier, the Osprey Ariel 65 backpack features two dual access stretch woven side pockets, deep for cramming all sorts of necessities within easy reach, and perfect for one liter bottles. Other great features include a zippered sleeping bag compartment, option to convert the top pocket and hipbelt into a fanny pack, and an internal backpanel hydration pocket with twin tube exit ports. For a smaller, very similar version be sure to check out the Osprey Ariel 55 backpack.