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Osprey Reviews

FlapJill Pack
FlapJill Pack Posted: 9/18/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

A cool, sleek design, but beware of the grey! In the pictures it appears as more of a white, light grey, yet in person it was disappointingly a drab, muted grey... and same with the green straps! It surprises me that osprey would even release it in these unfortunate colors. Definitely going back. But the design is very clever and appealing.

Manta 28
Manta 28 Posted: 9/18/14
Reviewer: Bruce Verde from Kansas City
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I purchased this backpack from Zappos and took it hiking in backwoods of Colorado Rockies. Backpack performed great. 3 liter bladder is perfect and not obtrusive. The backpack holds much more than is apparent at first glance. It is durable. It easily withstood being drug down the side of a mountain with no adverse affects. Zappos had cheapest price I could find.

Pogo (Kids)
Pogo (Kids) Posted: 9/9/14
Reviewer: from Greenwich, CT
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I bought this backpack for my son going into Kindergarten. It is a really nice pack and the perfect size. However, he complained that the straps hurt his shoulders. They are a little stiff and need some more padding to them. So sadly, it went back.

Tempest 40
Tempest 40 Posted: 9/7/14
Reviewer: Sandi Brandes from Kansas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is an awesome pack!! I am 46 years old, 4' 10.5" and rather over-weight. I have been using this pack loaded with about 20 pounds now for a little over a month and have NO complaints! It fits like a dream; honestly, I don't even realize it's there. We just finished a 3-day, 32 mile hike on moderate terrain and have no aches/pains from carrying this pack!

FlapJill Mini
FlapJill Mini Posted: 9/3/14
Reviewer: Shannon D from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I really like this bag. It fits my new 13.5in work laptop perfectly. At first I thought it was a little too snug, but the bag is so light, and I love the extra padded shoulder strap, that I decided to keep it. I took off one star because I wish there was another exterior pocket. Otherwise, a great bag for commuting to and from work on the train with my laptop, documents, wallet and lunch.

FlapJill Pack
FlapJill Pack Posted: 9/2/14
Reviewer: from Idaho
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great little pack. Used it as a carry on and a out and about diaper bag. Nice size, good pockets. Lack of water bottle holder on outside is a bit of a pain, would be more so on the trail. Nice styling, good buy.

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.

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