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Osprey Pulsar Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.03
based on 94 reviews


We have checked tens of reviews and found 11 reasons to buy the Pulsar - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


93% of the reviewers give the Osprey Pulsar a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (65%)
Good (28%)
Average (6%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)


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Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Pulsar

  • Many reviewers noted that the Osprey Pulsar pack is intended mostly for everyday use.
  • Many users also pointed out that the quality of its material & design is top notch.
  • Several reviewers found out that the bag has a small half-height pocket in the front with a soft lining for their smartphone & earbuds or perhaps a pair of sunglasses.
  • Many of the users indicated that it has numerous dividers in the middle zip that are great for organizing.
  • Reviewers praised its very subtle attachment points at the lower middle part of the backpack face.
  • Users also lauded the presence of cinch straps to tighten around the water bottles for a more secure hold.
  • Other users pointed out its standard ventilated straps, and back panel offers great, air movement to reduce sweaty back syndrome.
  • Several reviewers found the bag to be incredibly well-made.
  • Reviewers pointed out that the pack is lightweight.
  • They also noted the presence of a perfect number of pockets.
  • Testers also mentioned that it is roomy.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user had issues with the zipper strings that need adjusting once in a while.
  • A reviewer said that the bag has no true hip belt.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Pulsar models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight1.8 oz (0.8 kg)
Length iconLength19 in (48 cm)
Width11 in (28 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)





Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Pulsar features:
  • Hip belt
  • Water bottle pockets

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


Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Pulsar ranks #65 compared with the other Osprey bags.

63Osprey Kode
4.05
Osprey Kode
64Osprey Rev
4.03
Osprey Rev
65Osprey Pulsar
4.03
Osprey Pulsar
66Osprey Koby
4.00
Osprey Koby
67Osprey Spin
4.00
Osprey Spin

vs All Bags

The Osprey Pulsar ranks #1134 compared with all the bags we have checked.

1132High Sierra Summit
4.03
High Sierra Summit
1133Osprey Pulsar
4.03
Osprey Pulsar
1134Eberlestock Terminator
4.03
Eberlestock Terminator
1135OGIO Soho
4.03
OGIO Soho
1136Metolius Speedster
4.03
Metolius Speedster



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Pulsar vs 2 other, similar bags.

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Osprey Pulsar vs Osprey Comet


Osprey Pulsar
Osprey Pulsar

4.03

Based on 94 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.8 oz
Price:


Osprey Comet
Osprey Comet

4.39
BEST
Based on 441 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The Pulsar is rated slightly worse than the Comet.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 535 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Pulsar is 6% lighter than the biggest Comet (1.8 oz vs 1.9 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue

Only the Pulsar is available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Comet is available in these colors:
Red
Black
Grey

The Pulsar has every quality you would look for in a backpack. It's excellent design makes it easy for you to haul your goods from one place to another. There simply isn't anything else on the market with the same amount of space or utility.

Osprey's Comet certainly has some weight to it but it's much lighter than the Pulsar. The Comet is meant for someone who needs to haul books or electronics but doesn't want to carry too much on them. Busy students will love wearing this on campus.


Osprey Pulsar vs Osprey Quasar


Osprey Pulsar
Osprey Pulsar

4.03

Based on 94 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.8 oz
Price:


Osprey Quasar
Osprey Quasar

4.37
BEST
Based on 631 reviews

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

  • The Pulsar is rated a bit worse than the Quasar.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 725 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Pulsar is 6% heavier than the biggest Quasar (1.8 oz vs 1.7 oz).

FeaturePulsarQuasar
Compression straps
Hip belt
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue

Only the Pulsar is available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Quasar is available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Red

The Pulsar is a travel backpack for the outdoors enthusiast. If you need to bring everything you can with you and you want to take some things home from your trip, this is going to be the best backpack for you.

The Quasar is a backpack built to give you comfort the entire time you're traveling along mountain trails. It's harnesses and hip belt are ideal for those out there who might want to give themselves a bit more support when they decide to climb. Buy the Quasar if you absolutely need great support. If you just want the bare bones, you'll do well with the Pulsar.



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Last updated on July 03, 2019