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Osprey Nebula Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.38
based on 516 reviews


We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 7 reasons to buy the Nebula - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


94% of the reviewers give the Osprey Nebula a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (88%)
Good (6%)
Average (2%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (1%)



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Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Nebula

  • Several reviewers recommended the Osprey Nebula backpack to be used in business and leisure travels.
  • Other reviewers praised the ventilation which the meshed back panel provided.
  • Laptop users lauded the presence of a padded sleeve dedicated to keeping their gadgets safe and secure.
  • Other users thought that its sufficient pockets made it easier for them to organize items such as hydration bottles and electronics.
  • 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.
  • Many reviewers thought that the backpack was lightweight and durable.
  • Other users also found the bag comfortable to use.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user mentioned that the hip straps are difficult to stow when not needed.
  • Another user said that the backpack has a seemingly thin fabric material.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Nebula models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity34 l (2075 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.1 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength19 in (48 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Travel
Hiking
Cycling
School
Backpacking
Sport



Popular Models


Osprey Nebula 34

100% choose the Osprey Nebula 34

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Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity34 l (2075 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.1 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength19 in (48 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Nebula features:
  • Stretch mesh
  • Sternum strap
  • Compression straps
  • Reflective
  • Hip belt

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Laptop compartment
  • Side pockets

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 Nebula models (the most popular choice is the Nebula 34).




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
3434 l2.1 oz0.06 oz/L



Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

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

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vs All Bags

The Osprey Nebula ranks #257 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 10% bag

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Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Nebula vs 13 other, similar bags.

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Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Comet


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38

Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Comet
Osprey Comet

4.39
BEST
Based on 441 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The Nebula is rated about the same as the Comet.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 957 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is 11% heavier than the biggest Comet (2.1 oz vs 1.9 oz).

FeatureNebulaComet
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

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




Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Farpoint


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38

Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Farpoint
Osprey Farpoint

4.56
BEST
Based on 2,251 reviews

Capacity: 38-76 l
Weight: 3-4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Nebula is rated a little bit worse than the Farpoint.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,767 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Nebula is 124% smaller than the biggest Farpoint (34 L vs 76 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is 90% lighter than the biggest Farpoint (2.1 oz vs 4 oz).

FeatureNebulaFarpoint
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Reflective
Removable daypack
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

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

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Green

The Nebula and the Farpoint are ideal for people who carry lots of different things – electronics, book, pens, cables, etc.

Nebula has a place for everything you have to carry along. Made of Nylon Oxford, the Nebula features a front organizer pocket, dedicated rear tablet and laptop sleeves, 2 side water bottle mesh pockets and a top scratch-free pocket.

Osprey Nebula is for you if you like all things well-organized and secure.

The Farpoint gives a good run for the most comfortable day commuter bag. It features dual front mesh pockets, a heat-embossed scratch-free slash pocket with zipper, lockable compartment for laptop/tablet and a stowaway back panel.

The main difference: Osprey Farpoint has well-padded and highly adjustable straps, something that the Nebula hasn’t keenly addressed.


Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Momentum


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Momentum
Osprey Momentum

3.99

Based on 199 reviews

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

  • The Nebula is rated slightly better than the Momentum.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 715 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Nebula is 6% bigger than the biggest Momentum (34 L vs 32 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is 29% lighter than the biggest Momentum (2.1 oz vs 2.7 oz).

FeatureNebulaMomentum
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Green
Grey

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Blue
Red




Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Nova


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Nova
Osprey Nova

4.24

Based on 187 reviews

Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Nebula is rated a little bit better than the Nova.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 703 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Nebula is 3% bigger than the biggest Nova (34 L vs 33 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is the same weight as the biggest Nova (both 2.1 oz).

FeatureNebulaNova
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Black
Grey

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Red
Green

Only the Nova is available in these colors:
Purple
Orange
Yellow




Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Ozone


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Ozone
Osprey Ozone

4.22

Based on 629 reviews

Capacity: 36-70 l
Weight: 1.2-6.85 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Nebula is rated a little bit better than the Ozone.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,145 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Nebula is 106% smaller than the biggest Ozone (34 L vs 70 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is 226% lighter than the biggest Ozone (2.1 oz vs 6.85 oz).

FeatureNebulaOzone
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Harness system
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Organizer panel
Reflective
Removable daypack
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ultralight
Wheeled/rolling
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Black
Red

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Green
Grey

The Nebula is considered a jack of all trades. It can be used for travel in planes, trains, and everywhere. The backpack can be used for light day hiking but its build supports everyday travel needs. Impressive features of the Nebula include its TSA approved laptop sleeve that's highly padded. It also has a blinker light attachment for your safety in case you’d want to bike home.

As for the Ozone, travel is made even simpler and more stylish by including a carrying handle and small skate wheels. The bag is lightweight but has smaller internal space compared to the Nebula. The bag can also be used as a carry-on bag, but its carry-on features don’t measure up to compete with the Nebula.


Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Pandion


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Pandion
Osprey Pandion

3.94

Based on 14 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price:

  • The Nebula is rated slightly better than the Pandion.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 530 reviews of the two bags.

FeatureNebulaPandion
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Black

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Red
Green
Grey

Here are two great Osprey backpacks with a wide variety of applications. Both feature Osprey's common backpack qualities such as a dedicated tablet/laptop sleeve, scratch-free top pocket, roomy front organization pocket and many mesh pockets, adjustable padded shoulder straps and removable hip straps.

The Pandion backpack is designed with the “trampoline style” mesh ventilation panel at the back for better ventilation. The bag also sports a kickstand to enable you put the bag down and it will not tip over.

However, since it doesn’t have a fully-fledged hip belt, it isn’t great for long hikes.

The Nebula is similarly awesome as a light day bag. It has all the great qualities of a hiking, traveling, and trekking bag. And in addition to this, it has a LED light attachment for bikers’ safety.


Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Parsec


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Parsec
Osprey Parsec

3.85

Based on 21 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price: $$

  • The Nebula is rated somewhat better than the Parsec.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 537 reviews of the two bags.

FeatureNebulaParsec
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket
Water bottle pockets

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

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Grey

Someone looking for a backpack that's highly versatile can easily be torn between the Nebula and the Parsec. Just as the Nebula can be used for everyday travel needs, school, and even light day hiking, the Parsec is also a high-ranking everyday commuter pack. Both bags exhibit excellent organization, a separate padded laptop pocket, and a comfortable carry system.

Nebula has a blinker light attachment but the Parsec doesn’t have this feature.


Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Quantum


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Quantum
Osprey Quantum

3.85

Based on 190 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price:

  • The Nebula is rated somewhat better than the Quantum.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 706 reviews of the two bags.

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Blue
Black
Red
Green
Grey




Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Quasar


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Quasar
Osprey Quasar

4.37

Based on 631 reviews

Capacity: 28 l
Weight: 1.3-1.7 oz
Price: $$

  • The Nebula is rated about the same as the Quasar.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,147 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Nebula is 21% bigger than the biggest Quasar (34 L vs 28 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is 24% heavier than the biggest Quasar (2.1 oz vs 1.7 oz).

FeatureNebulaQuasar
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

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

The Osprey Nebula and the Osprey Quasar are both highly durable and allow you to transport your laptop and other items with ease. These are great bags to use if you are commuting.

The Osprey Nebula will allow you to transport a lot of stuff. It provides a significant volume of 34 L. Also, you will enjoy the usage of the mesh panel pocket on the front that holds an incredible amount of stuff. This bag really helps you to stay ultra organized even with a pocket on the top that is ideal for sunglasses and your phone.

The Osprey Quasar is not bulky at all. It is highly streamlined. This allows for high efficacy in moving about in congested areas with ultra ease. The top grab handle is durable and comfortable for transporting the bag. It provides ample storage space.


Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Radial


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Radial
Osprey Radial

4.29

Based on 208 reviews

Capacity: 26-32 l
Weight: 2.8-3.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Nebula is rated a little bit better than the Radial.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 724 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Nebula is 6% bigger than the biggest Radial (34 L vs 32 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is 57% lighter than the biggest Radial (2.1 oz vs 3.3 oz).

FeatureNebulaRadial
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red
Green

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Blue
Grey

Both the Osprey Nebula and the Osprey Redial are terrific choices for both leisure and business usage. Both bags have ample storage to allow the easy transport of electronics, water bottles, shoes, or whatever else you need to take with you.

The Osprey Nebula has a great padded sleeve that truly keeps your gadgets secure and safe. This bag is lightweight and comfortable to use.

The Osprey Radial is highly functional. It is durable and will last for many years for all your business and leisure needs. The kickstand is easy to use and conveniently keeps the bag upright.


Osprey Nebula vs Osprey Tropos


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Tropos
Osprey Tropos

4.31

Based on 137 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price: $$

  • The Nebula is rated a little bit better than the Tropos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 653 reviews of the two bags.

FeatureNebulaTropos
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

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

Only the Nebula is available in these colors:
Red

These backpacks are great for school and traveling by flight. Their harnesses makes it easy to carry your luggage without any issues in particular and they're made of strong, durable material.

Despite these similarities, there are still differences between the two backpacks. The Nebula is designed around it's laptop compartment with pockets for electronics. Use it if you need to use your laptop on a regular basis or want to maintain access to wifi. Tropos backpacks are suited for college students who need to carry heavy books and supplies to class.


Osprey Nebula vs The North Face Recon


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38

Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38

Based on 15,718 reviews

Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Nebula is rated about the same as the Recon.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 16,234 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Nebula is 10% bigger than the biggest Recon (34 L vs 31 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is 24% lighter than the biggest Recon (2.1 oz vs 2.6 oz).

FeatureNebulaRecon
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

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

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Orange
White
Purple
Yellow
Pink

There are many applauses for both the Osprey Nebula and the North Face Recon due to the fact that they are made with outstanding quality. And many consumers are delighted that these bags are highly rugged and have terrific storage.

The Osprey Nebula balances well, even with a lot of cargo, which makes it ideal for lengthy hiking episodes. This bag has ample storage and the pockets are beneficial for extra items such as money, an extra water bottle, a flashlight and more.

The North Face Recon is a splendid bag, since it is truly light in weight. Consequently, it is easy to transport during your treks. This bag provides you with several compartments, which give you with the additional storage you crave.


Osprey Nebula vs The North Face Surge


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38

Based on 516 reviews
Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38

Based on 5,908 reviews

Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Nebula is rated about the same as the Surge.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 6,424 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Nebula is 3% bigger than the biggest Surge (34 L vs 33 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Nebula is 48% lighter than the biggest Surge (2.1 oz vs 3.1 oz).

FeatureNebulaSurge
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

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

Only the Surge is available in these colors:
Purple
Pink

It's not easy to set apart the Nebula and the Surge. Both are made by backpack companies known for excellent functional features and high-quality, durable materials.

The two backpacks are airline compliant, TSA compliant (they quickly go through customs), they are truly hybrid, and have side water bottle pockets. Both have a rugged build so they are dependable for hiking excursions.

In terms of comfort, Osprey Nebula is slightly more comfy especially when carrying heavy loads. The Surge comes with a padded mesh pack panel to enable you carry your electronics and gear around without worrying about a back ache. Both packs have a hip belt that helps to stabilize your load.

The other main difference is that the Nebula's front panel has one stash pocket while the Surge sports 3 slash pockets.



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Last updated on July 03, 2019