Osprey Variant 52

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


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Weight 3 lb 9 oz / 1.62 kg 3 lb 12 oz / 1.70 kg 3 lb 15 oz / 1.79 kg
Stripped weight 2 lb 1 oz / .91 kg 2 lb 3 oz / .99 kg 2 lb 6 oz / 1.08 kg
Capacity 3000 cu in / 49 L 3200 cu in / 52 L 3400 cu in / 55 L



Straps fray after 6 months. Warranty?...still waiting…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: >200

Straps fray after 6 months.

Warranty?...still waiting for repairs >4months and counting...after several complaints.

Bad material....bad construction, bad brand experience.


I bought this pack for winter mountaineering. At first…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $179 on sale

I bought this pack for winter mountaineering. At first I thought the size would be a little small but after 4 nights up at Mt Whitney I love it. I can fit all my gear inside the pack, down sleeping bag, women's Prolite Thermarest ( I am a 5'10" 180lb male but use the small pad for size), cookware, clothes, gloves, down coat, complete 2 man 3 season tent or a 4-man 4 season tent minus the fly, and 5-6 days of food.

The side pockets don't fit water bottles but fits MSR fuel bottles, tent poles, shovel. The back pocket fits fuel bottles, shovles, crampons. Just depends on how I decide to pack it.

The hip belt has a loop for climbing hardware and works great to hang a water bottle from. Padding is very thin on the hip belt but very comfortable. I loaded 52lbs on this pack and it felt comfortable.

I agree with other reviews, adding snowshoes is tuff because the back pocket staps are not long enough but every other strap was buit to long. After cinching the main compartment there is a long strap for cinching down a rope, sleeping pad or a tent depending how you want to pack your gear.  I love the ice axe straps.  

The size is 3400 cubic inches but seems much larger. I love the color. Easy to see if rescue was needed and has a built in whistle on the chest strap. 

Overall this pack is my go-to pack.


The Osprey Variant is one of the best mountaineering…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $199

The Osprey Variant is one of the best mountaineering packs I've used so far. I tried other packs in the genre and this pack has a massive load capacity in comparison.

I tried the Mammut Trion Guide, and I loved all of the straps and lashing points on it. However, It did not have near the capacity that I needed. I exchanged it for the Variant and it fits all of my winter overnight gear with room to spare.

The thing I was most impressed about is this pack's ability to repel water. I was unloading my car and my pack fell out into a mud puddle that was about an inch deep. When I recovered my pack, I was amazed to see the water beaded off and the inside was still dry. I figure it can handle some light/moderate rain without having to use a pack cover. This is important living in the Pacific North West.

The only problems that I have with this pack are minor. Like I said, I loved the lashing points of the Mammut pack; the variant has some of the similar straps. The only thing is that I need to find a way to lash my snowshoes on the pack.

The Variant doesn’t really have an effective way to carry a sleeping pad on the outside of the pack. The straps are a little bit long and can get a little out of control, I am planning on sewing some small pieces of Velcro to the ends of the straps so I can roll them up and keep them out of the way when all the straps are cinched down.

The only other modification I am planning on making is adding a separate rope securing strap. All of these are personal preference, but I love using this pack its sturdy, comfortable, and has a massive capacity.

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Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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Free Shipping. Osprey Variant 52 Pack FEATURES of the Osprey Variant 52 Pack Water resistant zippered front pocket Dual ski loops Removable HDPE framesheet with aluminum tubing Crampon compression pocket Interchangeable hipbelt available in 4 sizes Glove friendly buckles Removable dual compartment top pocket with spindrift collar Top quick-release and bottom side compression straps Wand/ice-pro pocket Three-point haul system Under-lid rope compression strap Compressible front panel pocket Dual ice tool holster with three position Y-clip bungee tool tie-offs Thermoformed Contoured Backpanel Snow shedding material Fixed Stretch Comfort Harness Adjustable sternum strap with safety whistle buckle Contoured Eva Hipbelt Reverse wrap stowable ErgoPull closure Tool loops SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Variant 52 Pack Matrix 420D nylon 315D Cordura nylon Dimension: (H x W x D): 33 x 14 x 14in. / 85 x 36 x 36 cm SPECIFICATIONS for Small Volume: 2990 cubic inches / 49 liter Weight: 3 lbs 8 oz / 1.58 kg Stripped: 2 lbs 1 oz / 0.91 kg SPECIFICATIONS for Medium Volume: 3173 cubic inches / 52 liter Weight: 3 lbs 10 oz / 1.64 kg Stripped: 2 lbs 3 oz / 0.99 kg SPECIFICATIONS for Large Volume: 3356 cubic inches / 55 liter Weight: 3 lbs 13 oz / 1.73 kg Stripped: 2 lbs 6 oz / 1.08 kg OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean.

- Moosejaw

This streamlined Osprey Variant 52 pack is perfectly designed for ice climbing and ski mountaineering with all the gear stowage and features you expect, plus a variant suspension system. Alpine Climbing/Expedition Mountaineering. The Variant 52 is a top loading, unisex pack designed specifically for alpine climbing and expedition mountaineering. A-frame ski carry: The reinforced A-frame ski carry loops found near the base of either side of the Variant work in conjunction with the side compression/retention straps to provide stable, easy to use A-frame ski carry. Simply slide your ski's tail through the loops until the bindings rest on the loop and use the upper compression/retention strap to secure to the side of the pack. EVA foam expedition hipbelt: Each Variant Series pack features a removable/interchangeable EVA foam hipbelt with modified straight ErgoPull closure designed specifically for optimal fit, comfort and load transfer/stability. Reinforced gear loops on either side of the hipbelt allow for additional gear attachment points. ErgoPull hipbelt closure: To operate, loosen the webbing enough so that you can connect the center buckle. Grasp the loose ends of the webbing on either side and pull in and across evenly with both hands at the same time. Front panel compression pocket: A reinforced front panel compression pocket provides external storage and access to crampons and other items. To tighten or loosen the compression pocket, locate the cam lock buckles found on either side of the pack near the backpanel and unlock to access the webbing. Slide the webbing through the buckle to the desired length and re-lock the buckle to hold in place. Hydration: A sewn-in hydration sleeve located on the inside of the backpanel accepts up to a three-liter reservoir while the backpanel hydration exit port allows either right or left routing using the elasticized straps on the pack's harness. Integrated FlapJacket closure system: When used without the removable top pocket, the FlapJacket lid deploys to provide main compartment protection from the elements and top-down compression to keep the pack load stable. Removable suspension/backpanel: The expedition suspension featured on all Variant Series packs consists of a removable HDPE framesheet and aluminum peripheral rod. These works in conjunction with a thermoformed, contoured snowshed backpanel to ensure a high level of comfort and load transfer with heavy climbing gear inside the pack while also ensuring minimal snow and ice buildup on the user's back. Removable top pocket: A floating, removable single compartment top pocket with internal key clip and under-lid zippered fabric pocket keeps often needed items organized and accessible. Three point haul system: A three point haul system via dual front and single rear reinforced haul loops provide simple, secure hauling capabilities. Attach your haul rig to the two reinforced sewn-in haul loops on the front of your pack and the reinforced grab handle loop on the back. Tool carry: A dual ice tool holster with bungee tool tie-offs and lower side release buckles to ensure secure storage and quick one handed access and removal. The ultra-durable pick sleeves and axe head straps protect and fit a wide range of ice tool shapes. Wand/Ice Pro pockets: Dual side pockets provide secure storage and easy accessibility to wands, pickets and other longer items. Utilize the side compression straps to secure. Available Sizes: Medium and Large. M Volume: 52L or 3173 cu. in.. L Volume: 55L or 3351 cu. in.. M Weight: 1.56 kg or 3 lbs. 7 oz.. L Weight: 1.63 kg or 3 lbs. 9 oz.. Dimensions: 29 x 13 x 11 in. or 74 x 24 x 28 cm. Available Color(s): Galactic Black

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

Alpine Climbing, Expedition Mountaineering This pack offers big volume, intelligent features and clean styling. Water resistant zippered front pocket Removable HDPE framesheet with alumninum tubing framesheet Crampon compression pocket Dual ski loops Removable hipbelt .99 kg or 2 lbs. 3 oz. stripped weight in size medium Features Adjustable Tool Bungee Y-Clip Crampon Compression Pocket Glove Friendly Buckles Hipbelt Removal Hipbelt Stow Ice Tool Attachment Spindrift Collar - 1 Spindrift Collar - 2 Three-Point Haul System Underlid Pocket Variant backpanel Wand Pocket Size cu. in. liter lbs/oz kg. S 2990 49 3/8 1.58 M 3173 52 3/10 1.64 L 3356 55 3/13 1.73

- Mountains Plus

The Osprey Variant 52 offers big volume, intelligent features, and clean styling.

- CampSaver.com