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Osprey Manta 30

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Osprey Manta 30 daypack (under 35l)

I just bought this pack, and not only did I get a great deal, but this is the best hydration pack I have ever owned before. I am used to having a CamelBak that I have used for around 10 years now, however after switching to Osprey I will never go back!

Pack space is incredible, the Osprey reservoirs are sooo much better than the Camelbak ones, and Osprey's lifetime warranty is one of the best around! Buy this pack and you will never need another hydration pack!

Price Paid: $139.95

I bought this bag trying to simplify my bag collection. Thinking it could be an overnight/travel/hunt/climbing/day I special ordered it in since nobody stocked them. 

I loved the cross vent! Like a lot of the other bags that Osprey makes. It packed well for traveling (2-3 days) and overnight, however it was not well suited to holding climbing gear. I think I may just be a biased top-loader fan, but again I felt like it weighed a little and dragged on me. 

The straps are super wimpy and kept getting twisted as I hiked (taking it on and off a few times to take photos and what not) I wouldn't notice it at first, but then it would cause discomfort. The zippers on the hip pockets  get snagged often and overall if you're skinny you get straps flappin (even though they are connected). 

In short, I got rid of it, grabbed a smaller Camelbak and another an Osprey Talon for travel/school/overnight.

Price Paid: $118

So I love my new Manta. I got it for a day bag / laptop backpack so I can use it for work, travel, hiking, etc. It fits my 13inch screen (9 "x 12.5" total size of outside of laptop) but it does so with it bulging out on the sides slightly.

If you are looking for an ideal bag for a laptop, I would go with the Stratos 34 or the Aurora 35. I have not used either one yet, but I saw both at a tradeshow and have been meaning to buy one for my regular work/travel backpack, and switch my Manta to more of a day hiking/hydration pack, but it works well now for everything.

I love the included rain cover and hydration bladder and air suspension to keep my back ventilated.

I travel around the world with this bag, 3 continents and 5 countries so far.

Size: 30
Number of Pockets: about 6
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'8"
Price Paid: $90

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Price MSRP: $149.00
Historic Range: $96.82-$159.95
Reviewers Paid: $90.00-$139.95
Weight 2 lb 6 oz / 1.07 kg 2 lb 9 oz / 1.16 kg
Capacity 1600 cu in / 27 L 1800 cu in / 30 L
Reservoir weight 9 oz / 255 g
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