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Osprey Reviews

Meridian 28
Meridian 28"/75L - 2012 Posted: 8/27/14
Reviewer: Charles from Charleston, SC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I ordered the 28" and 22" bags to take to Europe. I haven't been yet but I laid out all my things. The 22" is MUCH smaller even though the listed capacity is not that different. Full access like a suit case. The day pack is a nice size. I think you lose some space where the straps for the big bag are stored

FlapJill Pack
FlapJill Pack Posted: 8/21/14
Reviewer: from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great bag! Comfortable to carry, even when loaded down with Macbook, iPad, and other essentials. Not too big, not too small. Exactly what I was looking for. Love the light color, too and interchangeable colored straps.

FlapJill Courier
FlapJill Courier Posted: 8/11/14
Reviewer: from Central New Jersey
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought this bag to supplement my leather bag (heavy but stylish), my timbuk2 messenger bag (functional but leaves pulls in my clothing) and "men's" Oggi laptop bag (functional but large). The Osprey is smaller than the Oggi by enough of a difference to fit my small frame better than the Oggi. The Osprey is much better quality where it counts - straps, stitching, clips etc. Plenty of space to segregate all the items I carry. The design is a bit funkier than I would prefer, but still looks nice (grey) and is very comfortable. I wanted a lighter bag for commuting by train/subway/walking. This bag is the right bag for hoofing it around NYC. And, if I decide to ride in NJ, I could definitely use it as a messenger bag. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.

Escapist 30
Escapist 30 Posted: 8/9/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have always been a Mountainsmith guy. Being that I couldn't find a hydration pack with them I was forced to look elsewhere. I compared Arcteryx, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot and Camelbak. They have nothing on Osprey. When you see the materials used you understand how they are able to give the warranty that they do, Lifetime! Not for defects, for anything! No matter how old. They thought of everything. I've never seen such care and attention to detail go into any bag ever. Love this bag. I will be upgrading my heavy backpack to Osprey for sure and any bag I need in the future will be Osprey. So worth the money.

Verve 9
Verve 9 Posted: 8/5/14
Reviewer: Shari Milkowski from Boston MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a great hiking pack. 3L of water is great for a day hike. Pack rested comfortably with straps. Waste strap is a little thin, so might get uncomfortable for really long hikes, but was comfortable for me on a 9 hour intermediate hike. Love all the pockets.

FlapJack Courier
FlapJack Courier Posted: 8/4/14
Reviewer: ajdev from Bonita Springs, FL
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Overall this is a good messenger bag for the price. I would have preferred at least one more exterior pocket (water) and another interior mesh pocket for incidentals. Otherwise, no complaints.

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!

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