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Osprey Nebula

photo: Osprey Nebula daypack (under 35l)

This bag is spacious enough for all of your books/gear, it has plenty of organization, and many great features. This bag is perfect for students, for going to work, or for traveling. While its best use is around town, it easily accommodates an active lifestyle.


  • Organization
  • Separate laptop/tablet sleeve
  • Large volume
  • Stretch mesh external pocket
  • Minimalist waist/chest straps


  • Weak zipper pulls
  • New version has less organization

Disclaimer: I do not own the most recent version of this bag. I purchased my Osprey Nebula four years ago.  

This bag is great for work or for traveling. It is a well organized pack that can be used on the trail if need be. I recently took my Osprey Nebula abroad and it functioned great in both the airport as well as in the mountains.  

The Nebula has a large interior pocket for any and all books/gear. This includes a small sleeve towards the back for loose papers. As well, the new version of the Nebula includes a small zippered pocket on the interior. On the exterior, there are two compression straps that can be tightened if you don't use all of the available space. This makes the bag comfortable to wear whether you have a large or a small load.  

On the front of the bag, there is a stretch mesh pocket (perfect for shedding an extra layer on the go) as well as a large organizational section. I own an older version of the pack with many additional pockets (nearly 7). I am a little disappointed in Osprey's new version of the pack as there are only 3-4 pockets in the organizational section which leaves a lot of wasted space. As well, Osprey got rid of the buckle on the stretch mesh pocket and two additional attachment loops which I have found useful (e.g. clipping climbing shoes to the outside of my pack).  

The pack also contains two more important pockets. The first is a small pocket on the top of the pack that has a scratch resistant material to protect items like sunglasses (I use this pocket to store my wallet and other small items). The second is the laptop and tablet sleeves at the back of the pack. Though they are separate from the large interior pocket, they are both easily accessible (the pocket unzips the full length of the pack so you don't have to remove your laptop when going through TSA security. Still, TSA always asks you to remove it). The laptop sleeve can also carry a hydration reservoir (there is an opening at the top of the pack for a tube).  

The Nebula has two mesh water bottle pockets with compression straps to secure the bottle (Nalgene sized). As well, the pack has both a thin waist and chest strap if needed.  

The pack is made of very durable material and has sustained a lot of use. I have used my pack nearly every day for four years and the only part that has broken are the zipper pulls (Osprey has an "Almighty Guarantee" so they will fix/replace any broken part of their gear no matter the circumstance).  

My Osprey Nebula continues to stand the test of time. It is a versatile pack perfect for day to day activities from work to the trail.


I have owned this bag for nearly four years and use it almost every day. I use it at both school and work to carry materials. I also have taken my pack traveling many times and have used it as a daypack when hiking.

Source: bought it new

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Price Current Retail: $120.00
Historic Range: $27.73-$120.00
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