Osprey Manta 36

3 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



This pack is great! It's my first one, but I am so…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift


This pack is great! It's my first one, but I am so beyond happy with it!


  • Pack is kept off of your back, which keeps you cooler.
  • Lots of pockets
  • Hip pockets are really handy


  • The water freezes faster because it's off your back
  • The frame doesn't allow the pack to be small when it's empty

I really, really love this pack. It's my first, but I've taken it on many trips, and it's great. I would recommend as long as you're not going to be in weather below freezing.


One of the best packs I have ever owned. Really comfortable…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: ~$160


One of the best packs I have ever owned. Really comfortable great for daily commute or day hikes.


  • Weight distribution
  • Comfort
  • Hydration bladder
  • Rain cover


  • Dangling straps ( you need to roll em up or something)

I love the "air suspension" or whatever they call it, distributes the weight really well so it "sits well" and is comfortable to wear for longer periods. I use it daily around the city (around 15 lbs of stuff) and on short day hikes.

The straps annoy me. I like rolling them up, which obviously you can still do, but it doesn't come with a method to secure them. 


IMO the best all around hydration pack. I had the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 and $110 U.S.


IMO the best all around hydration pack.


  • Well organized
  • Rain cover and hydration bladder included


  • Lots of compartments make the overall size seem a bit smaller than it is.

I had the 25 (or was it 28L) and gave it to my friend.  Ordered the 36L model and it's an ideal size for slack packing on the AT or even one or two nights out.

Lightweight, lots of features and worth the money. Shop around online and you might get it for around $110.

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On Sale. Free Shipping. Osprey Manta 36 Pack FEATURES of the Osprey Manta 36 Pack Direct zip access hydration sleeve with HydraLock frame Wide panel access to main compartment Dual side compression straps Roomy zippered hipbelt pockets provide quick, secure storage Zip access sunglass pocket with protective embossed fabric Helmet attachment loop Stretch mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear Integrated raincover for all-weather protection BioStretch, ventilated harness is cool and comfortable Magnetic sternum buckle for quick access to the reservoir bite valve AirSpeed suspension provides a stable, highly ventilated fit Stow-on-the-Go feature quickly secures trekking poles Full hipbelt keeps pack stable and transfers load effectively Large front pocket with mesh organizer and shove-it pocket Stretch mesh side pockets Full length side access zipper SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Manta 36 Pack 70 x 100D nylon shadow check 600D poly Reservoir Weight: 11 oz / 0.31 kg Dimension: (H x W x D): 19 x 15 x 11in. / 49 x 37 x 27 cm SPECIFICATIONS for S/M Volume: 2075 cubic inches / 34 liter SPECIFICATIONS for M/L Volume: 2197 cubic inches / 36 liter

- Moosejaw

With an added large front organizer and shove-it pocket the largest of the Manta series provides ultimate space for extended day trips with stretch mesh side pockets as well as full length side access zipper for easy access to extra gear.

- CampSaver.com

The updated Osprey Manta 36 hydration pack combines ample volume and great carrying comfort with the latest in easy, functional hydration.


The Osprey Manta 36 pack has the addition of a large front organizer and shove-it pocket, compared to the Manta 28. The largest of the Manta series, the 36 provides ultimate space for extended day trips with stretch mesh side pockets, as well as, a full length side access zipper for easy access to extra gear. Men's fixed mesh covered perforated EvA foam Biostretch(TM) harness with spacer mesh provides a precise fit and excellent breathability Men's fixed, mesh covered perforated foam BioStretch(TM) hipbelt transfers weight Dual vertical zippered front panel pockets provide additional storage capacity Dual stretch mesh side pockets allow for additional external storage options Osprey Hydraulics(TM) 3 Liter Reservoir included, with customizable delivery hose routing to tailor the hose length to your body HydraLock(TM)internal compression compartment provides a dedicated space for the reservoir so that cargo volume is not affected by a full reservoir HydraLock system squeezes the reservoir to minimize sloshing and increase the flow and pressure Large zippered front pocket with internal organization and adjustable shove-it pocket for additional storage capacity and organization Between the two stretch mesh side pockets, front stretch pocket and top slash pocket you should find a home for all your essentials Helmet Attachment Stow-on-the-Go(TM) trekking pole Includes an integrated raincover for all-weather protection

- OMCgear

Osprey decked out the Manta 36 Hydration Pack with all the thoughtful features that grace the rest of its Manta series and gave the pack a large 36-liter size for epic day hikes and super-light overnighters. Stuff all your needs and wants into its capacious main compartment and plentiful pockets, and marvel at how comfy and light your load feels with the AirSpeed suspension system and BioStretch harness. Tons of ventilation and padding reduce sticky sweat, and the hydration system with stabilizing HydraLock and magnetic valve holder keeps your whistle wet, so you can keep on trucking from sunup until sundown.

- Backcountry.com