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Osprey Manta Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated April 2019

4.39
based on 460 reviews


We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 9 reasons to buy the Manta - and 3 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


84% of the reviewers give the Osprey Manta a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (71%)
Good (13%)
Average (11%)
Poor (2%)
Bad (0%)





Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Manta

  • Most of the testers said that it is a lightweight and sturdy pack for hiking day long.
  • They said that the pack has a rigid frame and is very comfortable to wear.
  • Many of the reviewers also mentioned the great suspension system and said that the mesh back panel provides good ventilation.
  • Few of them also said that the bag has lots of room to carry all stuffs for vacation.
  • They are also happy to have great number of pockets to organize things while travelling.
  • A user mentioned that the waist belt is very comfortable.
  • Another user said that the stretchable side mesh pockets helped him to carry water bottles while on trail.
  • A traveller was also happy to have a good trekking pole attachment on the outer side of the bag.
  • Most of the buyers are happy to have a rain cover with the pack.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some buyers said that the pack is bulky and is heavier for the size.
  • Another user said that the stretch pockets are not very durable and can tear out.
  • A few buyers have complained that the hip belt pocket is too small.

Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Manta models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity20-34 l (1220-2075 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.3-2.4 oz (1-1.1 kg)
Length iconLength22 in (56 cm)
Width12-15 in (30-38 cm)
Height12-13 in (30-33 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Hiking
Sport
Backpacking
Cycling
Travel
School



Popular Models


Osprey Manta 36

33% choose the Osprey Manta 36

33 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green
Grey


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity34 l (2075 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.3 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength22 in (56 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)


Osprey Manta 28

28% choose the Osprey Manta 28

28 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green
Grey


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity26 l (1587 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.4 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength22 in (56 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)


Osprey Manta Ag 36

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19% choose the Osprey Manta Ag 36

19 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green
Grey




Osprey Manta 20

12% choose the Osprey Manta 20

12 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green
Grey


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity20 l (1220 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.3 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength22 in (56 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)


Osprey Manta Ag 28

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9% choose the Osprey Manta Ag 28

9 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green
Grey






Osprey Manta 28 vs Manta 36


The two most popular Osprey Manta models are the Manta 28 and the Manta 36, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 61% of the people interested in the Osprey Manta bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Manta 36 which is choosen by 33% (1.2 times as many as the 28% that choose the Manta 28).

Manta 28Manta 36
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Manta 28 is typically around $20 cheaper than the Manta 36, but check the deals before you buy.

Manta 28Manta 36
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Manta 28 has a capacity of 26 l, while the Manta 36 has a capacity of 34 l.

Manta 28Manta 36
Biggest

For a traveller, the 8 L (488 cuin) difference equals around 1 laptop.

Packing the Manta 28
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
Extra in the Manta 36
laptop
1

If you are an athlete, the 8 L difference equals 1 water bottle, 2 protein bars and 1 book.

Packing the Manta 28
water_bottle
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
2
shoes
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
Extra in the Manta 36
water_bottle
1
protein_bar
2
book
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 shorts, 1 towel, 1 book and 1 sleeping bag.

Packing the Manta 28
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
packaged_meal
2
Extra in the Manta 36
shorts
1
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1

Check how you can pack the Manta here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Manta 28 is 0.1 kg (3.5 oz) higher than the weight of the Manta 36.

Manta 28Manta 36
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, both the Manta 28 and the Manta 36 has the same length (22 in). It's 2 in (5 cm) wider (13 vs. 15 in), while the height of the Manta 28 is 1 in (2 cm) less than the height of the Manta 36 (12 vs. 13 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in blue, green and grey.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Manta features:
  • Raincover included
  • Hydration compatible
  • Hip belt
  • Hydration bladder
  • Compression straps
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Sternum strap
  • Stretch mesh

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Adjustable torso

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


Packing Guide


See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Osprey Manta models (the most popular choice is the Manta 36).




Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
2020 l2.3 oz0.12 oz/L
2826 l2.4 oz0.09 oz/L
3634 l2.3 oz0.07 oz/L


Osprey Manta
Average for 22,363+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Manta ranks #24 compared with the other Osprey bags.

Top 30% Osprey bag

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4.39
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4.39
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24Osprey Manta
4.39
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25Osprey Nebula
4.38
Osprey Nebula
26Osprey Stratos
4.37
Osprey Stratos

vs All Bags

The Osprey Manta ranks #242 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 10% bag

240Osprey Xena
4.39
Osprey Xena
241Osprey Manta
4.39
Osprey Manta
242Bagail Packing Cubes
4.39
Bagail Packing Cubes
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Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Manta vs 11 other, similar bags.

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Osprey Manta vs Camelbak Fourteener


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39

Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Camelbak Fourteener
Camelbak Fourteener

4.51
BEST
Based on 380 reviews

Capacity: 18.5-24 l
Weight: 2.5-2.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Manta is rated a little bit worse than the Fourteener.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 840 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 42% bigger than the biggest Fourteener (34 L vs 24 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 8% lighter than the biggest Fourteener (2.4 oz vs 2.6 oz).

FeatureMantaFourteener
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Blue
Black

Only the Manta is available in these colors:
Green

Only the Fourteener is available in these colors:
Red
Orange




Osprey Manta vs Camelbak HAWG


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39

Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Camelbak HAWG
Camelbak HAWG

4.54
BEST
Based on 130 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 2.15 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Manta is rated a little bit worse than the HAWG.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 590 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 12% heavier than the biggest HAWG (2.4 oz vs 2.15 oz).

FeatureMantaHAWG
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Black

Only the Manta is available in these colors:
Green
Grey

Only the HAWG is available in these colors:
Orange
Red




Osprey Manta vs Osprey Escapist


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39

Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Escapist
Osprey Escapist

4.73
BEST
Based on 1,930 reviews

Capacity: 16-30 l
Weight: 1.7-2.2 oz
Price: $$

  • The Manta is rated a bit worse than the Escapist.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,390 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 13% bigger than the biggest Escapist (34 L vs 30 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 9% heavier than the biggest Escapist (2.4 oz vs 2.2 oz).

FeatureMantaEscapist
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Load-lifter straps
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket
Ventilated back panel

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Blue
Black

Only the Manta is available in these colors:
Green

Only the Escapist is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Manta vs Osprey Kestrel


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39

Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews

Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Manta is rated a little bit worse than the Kestrel.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,601 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 35% smaller than the biggest Kestrel (34 L vs 46 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 58% lighter than the biggest Kestrel (2.4 oz vs 3.8 oz).

FeatureMantaKestrel
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Grey
Blue
Black

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Manta vs Osprey Mira


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39
BEST
Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Mira
Osprey Mira

4.11

Based on 207 reviews

Capacity: 18-32 l
Weight: 1.5-2.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Manta is rated a bit better than the Mira.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 667 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 6% bigger than the biggest Mira (34 L vs 32 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 4% heavier than the biggest Mira (2.4 oz vs 2.3 oz).

FeatureMantaMira
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Raincover included
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Blue

Only the Manta is available in these colors:
Green
Black

Only the Mira is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Manta vs Osprey Momentum


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39
BEST
Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Momentum
Osprey Momentum

3.99

Based on 199 reviews

Capacity: 26-32 l
Weight: 2.4-2.7 oz
Price: $$

  • The Manta is rated slightly better than the Momentum.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 659 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 6% bigger than the biggest Momentum (34 L vs 32 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 13% lighter than the biggest Momentum (2.4 oz vs 2.7 oz).

FeatureMantaMomentum
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Grey
Black

Only the Manta is available in these colors:
Blue




Osprey Manta vs Osprey Raptor


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39
BEST
Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Raptor
Osprey Raptor

4.36

Based on 731 reviews

Capacity: 10-14 l
Weight: 1.7-1.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The Manta is rated about the same as the Raptor.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,191 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 143% bigger than the biggest Raptor (34 L vs 14 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 26% heavier than the biggest Raptor (2.4 oz vs 1.9 oz).

FeatureMantaRaptor
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket
Tool pouch

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Grey
Blue
Black

Only the Raptor is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Manta vs Osprey Skarab


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39

Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Skarab
Osprey Skarab

4.47
BEST
Based on 80 reviews

Capacity: 18-30 l
Weight: 1.1-1.55 oz
Price: $$

  • The Manta is rated a little bit worse than the Skarab.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 540 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 13% bigger than the biggest Skarab (34 L vs 30 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 55% heavier than the biggest Skarab (2.4 oz vs 1.55 oz).

FeatureMantaSkarab
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Blue
Black

Only the Manta is available in these colors:
Green

Only the Skarab is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Manta vs Osprey Stratos


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39
BEST
Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Stratos
Osprey Stratos

4.37

Based on 1,397 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 2.6-3.55 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Manta is rated about the same as the Stratos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,857 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 48% lighter than the biggest Stratos (2.4 oz vs 3.55 oz).

FeatureMantaStratos
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Load-lifter straps
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Grey
Blue
Black

Only the Stratos is available in these colors:
Red
Orange

Osprey has quite a bit of experience in terms of understanding what makes a great backpack. The Manta and Stratos are intended for different users but still manage to maintain the level of quality Osprey is known for. The Manta is a day backpack meant for the students who need to carry their textbooks. It's nylon mesh makes it great for carrying heavy books to and fro.

The Stratos is more of a hiking backpack for those looking to spend a lot of time outdoors. The hip belt and harnesses ease the stress off of your shoulders and onto your back. This makes it much easier for you to walk long distances with it on your back. Its design makes the Stratos too awkward for those who might want to use this on a daily basis but perfect for trips.


Osprey Manta vs Osprey Syncro


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39
BEST
Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Syncro
Osprey Syncro

4.23

Based on 1,250 reviews

Capacity: 2-13 l
Weight: 0.9-1.7 oz
Price: $$

  • The Manta is rated a little bit better than the Syncro.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,710 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 162% bigger than the biggest Syncro (34 L vs 13 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is 41% heavier than the biggest Syncro (2.4 oz vs 1.7 oz).

FeatureMantaSyncro
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Grey
Blue
Black

Only the Syncro is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Manta vs Osprey Talon


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39

Based on 460 reviews
Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Talon
Osprey Talon

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,723 reviews

Capacity: 6-44 l
Weight: 0.7-2.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The Manta is rated a little bit worse than the Talon.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,183 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Manta is 29% smaller than the biggest Talon (34 L vs 44 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Manta is the same weight as the biggest Talon (both 2.4 oz).

FeatureMantaTalon
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Raincover included
Reflective
Shoulder strap pockets
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Black

Only the Manta is available in these colors:
Grey

Only the Talon is available in these colors:
Red
Orange

You can use either of these backpacks for the great outdoors but the experience you'll have is going to be different. The Manta is for a casual and short outdoors trip. It's for someone who simply wants to catch a few sights before heading back to the office job.

The Talon is designed for those out there that might want to experience more of the wilderness. It's designed in such a way that you'll have no problem bringing a little bit more with you if you decide to out exploring.





Selected Reviews


We are Explorers

With many of the great features of the Atmos but in a smaller 28-litre format, the Manta should be your go-to for day hiking (or an ultra-minimalist overnighter if you’re that way inclined!).

Posted 26 July 2017 by Nathan - Read full review

The Big Outside

While it’s a little more daypack than I would choose with lighter loads, when you want a pack for hikes and adventures when you have to haul 15 to 25 pounds all day, there may not be a more comfortable choice than the Manta and Mira.

Posted 8 June 2016 - Read full review

Bike Radar

A big and very comfortable pack for big days in the mountains.

Posted 5 July 2013 by Jon Woodhouse - Read full review

The Run Commuter

It is a great backpack that can carry descent amount of gear and water, comfortably and securely.

Posted 18 June 2013 by Josh - Read full review

Review Outdoor Gear


Posted 28 April 2012

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