Osprey Manta 36

rated 5.0 of 5 stars (3)

The Manta 36 has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Osprey Manta AG 36.

photo: Osprey Manta 36 daypack (under 35l)

Specs

Price Historic Range: $79.93-$159.99
Reviewers Paid: $150.00-$160.00

Reviews

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

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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.

Source: received it as a personal gift

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

Pros

  • Weight distribution
  • Comfort
  • Hydration bladder
  • Rain cover

Cons

  • 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. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: ~$160

IMO the best all around hydration pack.

Pros

  • Well organized
  • Rain cover and hydration bladder included

Cons

  • 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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 and $110 U.S.

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