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Osprey Comet Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Jan 2019)

4.44 based on 526 reviews
Osprey Comet
92% of the Osprey Comet reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (82%)
Good (10%)
Average (2%)
Poor (2%)
Bad (1%)

16 - this bag is popular.

Weight iconWeight1.9 oz (0.9 kg)
Length iconLength20 in (51 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)

Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Osprey Comet:

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Comet

  • Many reviewers commend the Osprey Comet backpack for the optimal comfort it delivers.
  • Laptop users lauded the presence of a padded sleeve dedicated to keeping their gadgets safe and secure.
  • Testers have discovered that the bag includes a blinker light attachment, providing an area to place a blinker light which makes the backpack visible when users are in dark environments.
  • Several of those who have tried the bag found it spacious to hold several things including books, extra clothes, and essential gears.
  • According to some users, the bag can fit on several body structures excellently.
  • Other users praised the stability and versatility of the backpack, even when in motion.
  • Testers found the pack to be slim. However, it expands well.
  • Reviewers praised the pull tabs of the zippers which are easy to grab.
  • Testers commend the backpack for its plenty pockets which make it easy to organize things.
  • Other testers praised its lower compression straps for being able to help hold water bottles.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that its higher compression straps might seem to get in the way of things.
  • Another reviewer felt that the waist belt of the pack does not seem to offer enough support.

Popular Models

Osprey Comet 30

100% choose the Osprey Comet 30

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Weight iconWeight1.9 oz (0.9 kg)
Length iconLength20 in (51 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Osprey Comet features:
  • Hip belt
  • Stretch mesh
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Sternum strap
  • Compression straps
  • Reflective
  • Side pockets
  • Laptop compartment

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


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The Osprey Comet ranks #19 compared with the other Osprey bags.

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The Osprey Comet ranks #122 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Osprey Comet vs Osprey Celeste

Little difference exists between Osprey Comet and Osprey Celeste. The looks, organization, and size are almost similar.

Choose either bag if you need a well-padded sleeve for your laptop, ample room for lunch, books, and other accompaniments for school or work. They also measure up well as travel bags.

Both have external access zippers to the laptop compartment. The main material on the Comet is denier nylon while the Celeste is made of nylon packcloth or nylon ripstop. Also note that Celeste is a women-specific commuter pack while the Comet has models for men, women, and children.

Osprey Celeste 4.32 based on 184 reviews

Osprey Comet vs Osprey Flare

These two bags have many features that make them great options for a crossover day pack.

Similar attributes include:

  • Both are made of Nylon Oxford material.

  • Zippered top scratch-free electronics/sunglasses pocket.

  • Well-padded rear laptop/tablet storage.

Differences include:

  • The Comet has a more dedicated organizer compartment.

  • Laptop sleeve on the Comet is separated from the main compartment. An external zipper for the laptop sleeve allows easier access to the laptop. The Flare's laptop storage is inside main compartment – getting the laptop out when the bag is fully packed is challenging.

  • The Comet has a front handle that lacks in the Flare.

  • Osprey Flare has a front stretch pocket for quick stashing of a jacket or newspaper.

Osprey Flare 4.30 based on 375 reviews

Osprey Comet vs Osprey Momentum

The Comet is a small travel and commuter pack with decent amount of space for your gear. It has many features of a crossover day pack, such as a divided organizer compartment, laptop pocket, and waist belt. It also has a space dedicated to storage of easy-to-break accessories such as sunglasses. Its two single hand carry straps make it more like a duffel bag. The pack sheds snow and rain pretty easily but doesn’t come with a rain cover.

The Momentum is for the bicycle commuter. Its features are designed around cycling. Unlike the Comet, it comes with a rain cover and an LED light attachment point. It has a LidLock feature that gives you a nice place to stash your cycling helmet.

Osprey Momentum 3.99 based on 186 reviews

Osprey Comet vs Osprey Nebula

The obvious difference between Osprey Comet and Osprey Nebula is their sizes. The Nebula backpack is like the big brother of the Comet. If you are planning a one to two-day trip and want a decent amount of space to pack your things, the Comet is sufficient. It is a nice commuter and travel bag that provides a great deal of organization without complicated hiking style features you may not need.

But if you need to carry a little heavier load comfortably and safely, the Nebula fits the bill. It comes with a removable hip belt that really helps to make your heavy load feel easier to carry.

Osprey Nebula 4.34 based on 255 reviews

Osprey Comet vs Osprey Parsec

Both the Comet and the Parsec are lightweight packs that provide easy access to the inside. They have great designs, built with a bevy of compartments to carry necessities – whether they are books, electronics, or gear. Both have well-thought out ventilation strategies. The Parsec has a breathable mesh harness and a back panel works with the hip belt to provide comfort and support.

However, while the Comet is not suitable for long treks in the woods, the Parsec has a sturdy structure so you can use it for hikes. The Comet is spiffy and lightweight, but its structure and lack of rain protection makes it unsuitable for use in the woods.

Osprey Parsec 4.02 based on 29 reviews

Osprey Comet vs The North Face Surge

It is never easy to get a backpack that meets your needs, but the North Face Surge is loved for its looks and cute style which comes in five different colors. It also has a large laptops compartment that can fit up to a 17" laptop. It, however, lacks support as it only has a nylon strap as a hip belt that offers no padding.

Osprey Comet, on the other hand, is loved for being high quality and durable. It has a removable waist strap for convenience when not needed. The strip is however thin and offers little support. Both packs are rich in pockets that make organization of items more manageable.

The North Face Surge 4.40 based on 5,653 reviews

Selected Reviews

Scout Tech

Posted 6 August 2017


It is a great design backpack for hiking. Made with top notch materials it is highly durable and comfortable for your treks.

Posted 7 July 2014 by Karl - Read full review

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Last updated on January 11, 2019