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Osprey Reviews

FlapJill Pack
FlapJill Pack Posted: 7/30/14
Reviewer: from Chicago, IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a fantastic backpack! I love that it is super functional, yet stylish and not your typical-looking backpack. It has plenty of pockets, and I like that the water bottle holder pocket zips all the way up. It also has a hidden pocket inside the large pocket on the inner right-hand side which is cool too. I replaced my old North Face backpack with this one, and I'm glad that I did. It is constructed really well and has plenty of room for storage without being too bulky. I would definitely recommend this backpack to anyone!

Pixel
Pixel Posted: 7/24/14
Reviewer: Jenny from Oakland, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very happy with this bag! Pros: - Memory foam type padding on straps and top handle make it comfortable. - Main compartment is separate from the computer, so my lunch, papers, etc. don't get smashed. - Plenty of space with a small silhouette. - The color is darker than in the photo. Cons: - Chest and waist straps not necessary for daily commute for me. Could be an advantage for others. - Wish there was a small pocket (maybe on the strap itself?) for keys and phone.

FlapJill Mini
FlapJill Mini Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Cute bag, although the strap is much too short for tall people to wear as intended (I'm 5'10"), as a cross-body bag. Sad because other than that, I love it! Will be returning.

FlapJack Pack
FlapJack Pack Posted: 7/18/14
Reviewer: D. Chang from Walllingford, CT
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This a great pack with a couple of key issues that doom it for me. It does not have outside mesh side pockets and it also has the wrong shape for me. Outside mesh pockets are great for water bottles (that inevitably get covered in condensation) or compact tripods (I'm a photographer). It does have a side zipped pocket that might be okay for a really small tripod, but it is too small for a full size Nalgene and, if you for a water bottle, the condensation would get it all wet inside the pocket. It would also be a pain to access without taking off the pack. There is only one of these side pockets, too, which can imbalance the pack if it is filled with a liter of water. There is an inside mesh pocket on the opposite side, but this is not too useful for a water bottle and if used to hold a tripod, it is not convenient or safe for the other photo equipment. The shape is doesn't for my needs. I understand that the one great benefit of this design (flat and wide) is that you do not ram your pack into other people on the subway or in line at the airport and that it has much less sway when fully loaded. There is a practical problem with this design, though. Packs that have a footprint that is more square than rectangular are always easier to use because one can more easily see into the bottom of the pack and it stands upright with more stability. Obviously this is a trade off. For me, I am always digging into my pack for my equipment, so the Flap Jack's design was not ideal for me.

Flare
Flare Posted: 7/16/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have a small frame (5'1", 110 lbs) and was hoping this backpack would be small enough for me, but unfortunately it was just an inch or two too long for my torso. Aside from the fit though, this pack had a nice variety of pockets for storing things, including a nicely padded laptop compartment.

Farpoint 70
Farpoint 70 Posted: 7/15/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought this based on the excellent reviews above. It arrived last night, and though it looks small coming out of the bag, this pack has a lot of space. I already had packed my stuff into packing cubes, after trying to smush it all into my old Eagle Creek bag. It was a very tight fit into the old bag, and fit with lots of extra room into the Farpoint 70. And the Farpoint only weighs 3.7 pounds! This is going to save my back. I have to say I was very impressed with the thoughtful design with the straps. It is very comfortable on, and as other reviewers note, you can strap the day pack to the front after you put your backpack on. It is not demonstrated in the video, but the backpack has clever little clips on the front straps, which insert into the little hidden clasps on the day pack, so you can wear it like a kangaroo pouch out front, with your critical stuff right there where you can keep an eye on it. Others had an issue with only two zippered compartments in the backpack, but I don't think it is a problem so long as you use cubes. It maximizes the space so you can organize it the way you want it done. Fantastic pack. I am not going to need another, ever!

FlapJill Pack
FlapJill Pack Posted: 7/14/14
Reviewer: from Virginia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love the look, the way it fits (I'm only 5 ft tall and have had to previously use children's packs to get a good fit) but . . . I'm disappointed in the fact that apparently they have changed it since this video description was made. It does NOT have a drawstring closure (which I really wanted) so it just flaps over and clips. Also, both my pockets under the flap are zippered, not one Velcro and the other zippered. The pockets are probably better that way but I really don't like it being open all the time with no other way to close it. Water can easily get into it this way. So I'm bummed. I threw the box out in my excitement to get it so not sure if I want to return it or not. I got it so my stuff would be protected in rainstorms. It's so cute (I got the plum color. Just be aware that a change to the pack was made and it should be reflected in the description please. That drawstring closure addition was a BIG reason I bought it. Zappos is great had it delivered before a big rainstorm tomorrow, but not sure how well this will work. :-( Hoping for the best planning for the worst (carrying a BIG umbrella)

Nano Port™
Nano Port™ Posted: 7/10/14
Reviewer: Darlene Nichols from Michigan
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I like this bag. Somehow it's just more comfortable and easier to carry than my horizontal Osprey messenger bags. Of course, it doesn't hold as much either. I carry my iPad, keyboard and a few essentials such as pens, etc., leaving a little room for a folder or small book or other small items. It's generally sufficient for my needs. I do wish that there were an external pocket, something for keys or a phone or wallet, so that I don't have to completely open it to retrieve such critical items. I don't use or understand the designer's addition of the clear-view flap. I tried it with my iPad, but would never put my iPad in the front, least padded part of the bag. It's a useless extra. It's still my mainstay, every day go-to-work bag, though. With a few tweaks, it would be perfect.

Manta 28
Manta 28 Posted: 7/6/14
Reviewer: Kevin Hicks from Portland OR
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Overall a nice, lightweight pack. Lots of pockets for smaller items. Once the platypus pack is filled with water the cargo capacity is on the smaller side. If you tend to carry more than a few things it would be a tight fit.

Mira 18
Mira 18 Posted: 6/29/14
Reviewer: K. from Los Angeles
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I got this bag for an active vacation and it was super helpful to have so many pockets, the rainproof cover, and the huge bladder. 3 liters is bigger than most I've had. The bag is great - durable and fits well. I like the little loops on the zippers, and pockets on the hip belt are helpful. The one thing that is strange is the arched shape. I know its to keep sweat off my back, but it bows into itself so much - it can be a little hard to pack- but the bowed shape does open up is you mash stuff in there and push it all the way to the bottom. There are lots of ways to adjust it and that takes a little getting used to. But overall, great bag!

FlapJack Pack
FlapJack Pack Posted: 6/27/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This is clearly a very well-made backpack. The zippers are high-quality, and they have the flaps and little hoods to keep rain out. Everything is well-sewn. The gray is an awesome color. It's a handsome pack. I bought it for a travel/laptop bag for work (wanted something that looked cooler that the typical laptop backpack) and unfortunately it just wasn't as comfortable as my old SwissGear backpack. The straps aren't as plushly padded and that could be why. It's also a little tough getting the laptop in/out because of the way the top is tapered in (to help keep out the rain once the flap is in place) but it would be too cumbersome for getting it in/out at the airport for security lines. I know it was meant to be a commuter/biking backpack and for that, it's great. My 15-inch laptop with extended battery did fit well, though, and I liked that there wasn't a bunch of unnecessary pockets/slots/etc. A regular water bottle is a bit of a tight fit in the side zip compartment, but again it's a biking pack, so your water bottle would presumably be on the bike frame. The grab handles on the outside and inside of the flap are a nice touch. Really, everything about it was nice other than that it wasn't that comfortable on my back, and didn't fit my needs quite right. I'm a woman with a really thin frame, and didn't find the size to be too large. It's a good size to carry a laptop, tablet, and just the accessories you need. I like the flap design that keeps all the interior zippers (apart from the one zip slot on the outside) safe and not easy for pickpockets to access. The straps for adjusting everything (chest, shoulders, waist) are long so if you're a bigger person, this could be really nice.

FlapJill Pack
FlapJill Pack Posted: 6/24/14
Reviewer: Liz from Chicago
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is hands down the most comfortable backpack I've ever owned. I decided to invest in a good backpack after buying a bike for recreational riding and seeing an increase in the amount of commuting I was doing with my work laptop. The work computer is a clunky 15" and is difficult to fit due to an extended life battery sticking out the back, but it fits beautifully in the laptop compartment of this backpack. The straps are nicely padded and fit my lady-size shoulders well. The hefty weight of my laptop (and it's brick of a power supply, and my coffee thermos, and my water bottle, and an extra book for the long commute, and my kitchen sink. . .) is distributed evenly across my shoulders and centers nicely somewhere up around my shoulder blades. I find it has enough space for everything I take on my commute to the suburbs and also for a weekend bike ride around the city when I don't want to be tied to a purse. And to top it all off, it's pretty. Teal Blue is much more of a Teal green when you see it in person, but it's gorgeous either way.

FlapJill Courier
FlapJill Courier Posted: 6/12/14
Reviewer: Laney Fox from San Diego
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This bag is awesome! It is everything that I wanted in a messenger bag. I am taking it to Europe and I packed it for my carry on item and it is perfect! It is very well made, and comfortable fully loaded!

FlapJill LG Pack
FlapJill LG Pack Posted: 6/10/14
Reviewer: from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This may be the best money I've ever spent. This pack is everything I wanted -- comfortable, roomy, stylish, well-made. Perfect number, size and placement of pockets, and a lifetime warranty! I've been showing it to all my friends and telling them they need to get one. My back feels better already after years of carrying a handle bag on one shoulder.

FlapJill Pack
FlapJill Pack Posted: 6/10/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Comfortable, the sternum and waist strap make it easier to carry. It does not weigh down in the shoulders as much as other packs. I thought it did not have a place for a water bottle but on one of the sides there is a place to put either a water bottle or an umbrella. The colors are fun and I get a lot of compliments from my younger work colleagues!

Ozone 18
Ozone 18"/36L Posted: 6/4/14
Reviewer: Claire from NYC
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great bag; roomy and lightweight. Just wished it had backpack straps. I returned it, it didn't seem like it would be a good bag to carry but seemed to be an excellent roller.

Lt Reservoir 1.5
Lt Reservoir 1.5 Posted: 5/24/14
Reviewer: from Northern California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great reservoir for shorter rides, fits perfectly in all my hydration packs. Good design. I like the quick disconnects.

Rev Solo
Rev Solo Posted: 5/24/14
Reviewer: Sarah Ridgway from United States
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The Rev Solo is a comfortable lumbar pack with included water bottle. It has pockets for keys and other small necessities and a zippered phone pocket with clear plastic window on top. The waist band adjustment clamp is sturdy and easy to use, but the waist band buckle is thin and flimsy. My complaint is that the water bottle is not quick, one-handed release. The bottle is held in by a toggle at either end. The holes in the neoprene slings are small and a tight squeeze for the toggles - it took me 5 minutes to get the bottle secure again, and I'd only opened one side. I don't want to fart around in the middle of a run trying to get my bottle out and back in again. I would have also liked to see reflective material on the exterior of the pack - wasted opportunity. Going back.

FlapJill Mini
FlapJill Mini Posted: 5/19/14
Reviewer: Amelia Huehls from Upper Valley, NH
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This bag blew away my expectations. I have an 11" Macbook Air, and I have been trying to find a smallish bag that will hold it. The tablet compartment in this bag is big enough to hold the Macbook perfectly. The pocket is also much more padded than I expected, so it should protect nicely. There are just about the right number of pockets/stash spots in this bag to hold everything you need for daily life plus the computer and peripherals. And, best of all, it is small enough to be a handbag. So I can bring it all with me, and still just look like I'm going out to the store.

FlapJill LG Pack
FlapJill LG Pack Posted: 5/3/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The best backpack I have owned. I have a small frame, and this pack fits me perfectly. It is light, yet spacious. I use it for work and overnight trips without issue. The inside handle is really nice when I go through security at the airport and have to pull out my laptop. The little pockets aren't huge, but they fit what I need. My number one favorite thing is just how light it is, but you can fit so much.

Transporter 60
Transporter 60 Posted: 5/2/14
Reviewer: Martha from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Transporter 60 is an amazing bag. I compared it side by side to the Osprey Porter 46. The Transporter 60 (Liter) obviously holds more. The design of the outer cinch straps lets you crank it down, so that it will fit as a carry-on on any airline (even the notorious British airline EasyJet) as long as you leave a little leeway on top. This makes it superior to the Patagonia Black Hole duffel, plus it doesn't have a big honking logo. I have carried-on a ~60L duffel for years, but the duct tape to fabric ratio made it time to get a new bag, and I love the squashability so I can fit it in any luggage measurer. The design of the shoulder straps is comfortable, although there is no waist band, so the backpack straps are strictly for station-to-station travel in cities, not hut-to-hut hiking in the Alps. For public transportation, one nice feature is that you carry it with the top zipper against your back and the bottom facing out, so it is somewhat theft-deterrent. The straps come out of the smaller end pocket, so you can't store things in there if you intend to use the straps. There is a larger shoe-sized end pocket on what becomes the bottom of the pack, but that's the only exterior pocket. If you want to be a one-bag traveler, you might prefer the Timbuk2 line of courier/backpack convertibles which has pockets galore. The Porter 46 seemed small. It does have a structured bag and a waistband. This structure adds considerably to the weight and it might be hard to stow the straps when the bag is full. The shoulder straps are rather close together, which I found immediately uncomfortable when it was loaded with 20 lb of stuff, and I'm a 5'6" woman without big shoulders. I wouldn't take the Porter hiking in the Alps either. The Porter is slightly tapered toward the opening, so the "bricks" in a stack of travel cubes don't line up. Two Eagle creek 11 x 14 pouches fit on the bottom, but not in the second layer, and two layers is all you get. In the Transporter 60 there's space for a jacket, purse or flat thing on top (to satisfy EasyJet's one carry-on, no extras).

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