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

4.23 based on 146 reviews
Osprey Nova
91% of the Osprey Nova reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (80%)
Good (11%)
Average (7%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)

Capacity iconCapacity33 l (2014 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.05 oz (0.9 kg)
Length iconLength19 in (48 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)

Reviews Summary

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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Nova

  • Reviewers are ensured of the safety of their things because of the heat embossed scratch-free slash pocket of the Osprey Nova backpack.
  • Other reviewers recommend the backpack for those who are hiking in relatively dark places due to its blinker light attachment strap.
  • Laptop users commend the pack for having a designated padded sleeve where they can place their laptop and tablets in place.
  • Testers found its fit specifically designed for women's use.
  • A lot of users felt that its spacious pockets are great for holding personal belongings including phones and wallets.
  • Other users commend its lightweight design brought about by its smart use of fabrics.
  • Many of those who have tried the bag noticed that the bag is comfortable to wear due to its proper ventilation that it provides.
  • Others who have used the backpack recommend the bag for work use and school use.
  • Many reviewers found it easy to organize their things on the bag.
  • Users applaud the minimal yet compact design of the backpack.
  • Other users praised the volume capacity of the bag which is enough to place all essential things.
  • Many reviewers felt comfortable using the backpack.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user thought that the zippers of the backpack might have the tendency to be fragile.
  • Another user felt that there were stitching issues of the pack.

Popular Models

Osprey Nova 33

100% choose the Osprey Nova 33

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Capacity iconCapacity33 l (2014 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.05 oz (0.9 kg)
Length iconLength19 in (48 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Osprey Nova features:
  • Sternum strap
  • Stretch mesh
  • Hip belt
  • Water bottle 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 Nova models (the most popular choice is the Nova 33).

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.

3333 l2.05 oz0.06 oz/L


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The Osprey Nova ranks #43 compared with the other Osprey bags.

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vs All Bags

The Osprey Nova ranks #398 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Osprey Nova vs Osprey Nebula

The Osprey Nova and the Osprey Nebula appear to be extremely similar in design and intended function, with very few visually-distinct features. The most noticeable of which appear to be that the Osprey Nova's front pocket meets in the middle with one strap, whereas the Nebula features two straps that meet on either side.

The Next most obvious difference between the two packs is the location and depth of their side pockets - the Nova's side or “water bottle” mesh pockets ride high on either side of the pack, allowing the user easier access to its cargo.

In comparison, the Nebula's pockets appear to be deeper and with larger security carrying capacity, with only slightly less accessibility to the user. Aside from these differences, these backpacks appear to be functionally and qualitatively the same product.

Osprey Nebula 4.34 based on 255 reviews

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Last updated on January 11, 2019