Still, packs are like shoesif they don't fit right, the issue of quality becomes moot. So, if I were you, I'd try on an Ariel pack as well as some other packs in that price range and size. Mountainsmith's Chimera 4000 ($260; www.mountainsmith.com) is a woman-specific pack, similar in size to the Ariel 75, that's been out for three years and has been very highly rated. It too is a "light" pack (three pounds, seven ounces), which is actually almost a pound less than the Ariel. Take a look also at Lowe Alpine's popular Alpamayo ND70 ($240; www.lowealpine.com), another pack designed to fit women, which has suspension that easily adjusts for a precise fit.
Take a hands-on approach: go to a store, stuff some packs with 25 to 30 pounds, compare them, and have a salesperson show you how to fit them. That way, I'm sure you'll find a pack that fits great and carries the load you want to carry.
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