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Osprey Radial Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019

4.29
based on 208 reviews


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

Check all the pros and cons here.


87% of the reviewers give the Osprey Radial a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (70%)
Good (17%)
Average (9%)
Poor (3%)
Bad (0%)





Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Radial

  • Many reviewers commend the Osprey Radial backpack for the optimal comfort it delivers.
  • Bikers appreciated its lid lock helmet attachment which keeps their hands free after they park their bike.
  • Testers lauded the kickstand feature of the pack which keeps it upright, making it easier to access the gear.
  • Laptop users lauded the presence of a padded sleeve dedicated to keeping their gadgets safe and secure.
  • Reviewers mentioned that the pack is comfortable to wear due to its padded shoulder straps and back panel.
  • Testers felt that the bag was durable due to its fabric.
  • Several of those who have tried the bag found its main compartment spacious enough to hold several things including extra clothes and essential gears.
  • Other users praised its integrated rain cover which keeps the bag dry when used during severe weather.
  • Reviewers praised its internal organization sleeves which can store files and documents.
  • Testers commend the backpack for its plenty pockets which make it easy to organize things.
  • Other testers praised its built-in raincover which keeps the bag dry when exposed to increment weather.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the backpack might be a little bit heavy.
  • Another reviewer noted that it has no hydration system at all.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Radial models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity26-32 l (1587-1953 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.8-3.3 oz (1.3-1.5 kg)
Length iconLength21 in (53 cm)
Width12-13 in (30-33 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Cycling
Sport
School
Hiking
Travel
Backpacking



Popular Models


Osprey Radial 34

57% choose the Osprey Radial 34

57 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity32 l (1953 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.3 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength21 in (53 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)


Osprey Radial 26

43% choose the Osprey Radial 26

43 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Green
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity26 l (1587 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.8 oz (1.3 kg)
Length iconLength21 in (53 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)




Osprey Radial 26 vs Radial 34


The two most popular Osprey Radial models are the Radial 26 and the Radial 34, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Osprey Radial bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Radial 34 which is choosen by 57% (1.3 times as many as the 43% that choose the Radial 26).

Radial 26Radial 34
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Radial 26 is typically around $20 cheaper than the Radial 34, but check the deals before you buy.

Radial 26Radial 34
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Radial 26 has a capacity of 26 l, while the Radial 34 has a capacity of 32 l.

Radial 26Radial 34
Biggest

For a traveller, the 6 L (366 cuin) difference equals around 1 laptop.

Packing the Radial 26
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
Extra in the Radial 34
laptop
1

If you are an athlete, the 6 L difference equals 1 water bottle, 2 protein bars and 1 book.

Packing the Radial 26
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 Radial 34
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 Radial 26
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 Radial 34
shorts
1
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1

Check how you can pack the Radial here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Radial 26 is 0.5 kg (17.6 oz) lower than the weight of the Radial 34.

Radial 26Radial 34
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, both the Radial 26 and the Radial 34 has the same length (21 in). It's 1 in (2 cm) wider (12 vs. 13 in), while the height is the same (both 13 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black and red. Only the Radial 26 is available in green.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Radial features:
  • Raincover included
  • Reflective
  • Sternum strap
  • Stretch mesh
  • Hip belt

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Compression straps
  • Laptop compartment

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 Radial models (the most popular choice is the Radial 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
2626 l2.8 oz0.11 oz/L
3432 l3.3 oz0.1 oz/L


Osprey Radial
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Radial ranks #36 compared with the other Osprey bags.

34Osprey Flare
4.31
Osprey Flare
35Osprey Viva
4.29
Osprey Viva
36Osprey Radial
4.29
Osprey Radial
37Osprey Duro
4.29
Osprey Duro
38Osprey Waypoint
4.29
Osprey Waypoint

vs All Bags

The Osprey Radial ranks #419 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 20% bag

417The North Face Jester
4.29
The North Face Jester
418Osprey Radial
4.29
Osprey Radial
419Dakine Valise
4.29
Dakine Valise
420Osprey Duro
4.29
Osprey Duro
421Osprey Waypoint
4.29
Osprey Waypoint



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Radial vs 5 other, similar bags.

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Osprey Radial vs Osprey Escapist


Osprey Radial
Osprey Radial

4.29

Based on 208 reviews
Capacity: 26-32 l
Weight: 2.8-3.3 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 Radial is rated slightly worse than the Escapist.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,138 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Radial is 7% bigger than the biggest Escapist (32 L vs 30 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Radial is 50% heavier than the biggest Escapist (3.3 oz vs 2.2 oz).

FeatureRadialEscapist
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
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:
Black
Red

Only the Radial is available in these colors:
Green

Only the Escapist is available in these colors:
Blue
Grey




Osprey Radial vs Osprey Momentum


Osprey Radial
Osprey Radial

4.29
BEST
Based on 208 reviews
Capacity: 26-32 l
Weight: 2.8-3.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Momentum
Osprey Momentum

3.99

Based on 199 reviews

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

  • The Radial is rated a bit better than the Momentum.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 407 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Radial is the same size as the biggest Momentum (both 32 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Radial is 22% heavier than the biggest Momentum (3.3 oz vs 2.7 oz).

FeatureRadialMomentum
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

Only the Radial is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Momentum is available in these colors:
Grey




Osprey Radial vs Osprey Nebula


Osprey Radial
Osprey Radial

4.29

Based on 208 reviews
Capacity: 26-32 l
Weight: 2.8-3.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38
BEST
Based on 516 reviews

Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$

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

FeatureRadialNebula
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




Osprey Radial vs Osprey Spin


Osprey Radial
Osprey Radial

4.29
BEST
Based on 208 reviews
Capacity: 26-32 l
Weight: 2.8-3.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Spin
Osprey Spin

3.97

Based on 63 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.8-2.4 oz
Price:

  • The Radial is rated a bit better than the Spin.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 271 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Radial is 38% heavier than the biggest Spin (3.3 oz vs 2.4 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red

Only the Radial is available in these colors:
Green




Osprey Radial vs Osprey Tropos


Osprey Radial
Osprey Radial

4.29

Based on 208 reviews
Capacity: 26-32 l
Weight: 2.8-3.3 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Tropos
Osprey Tropos

4.31
BEST
Based on 137 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price: $$

  • The Radial is rated about the same as the Tropos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 345 reviews of the two bags.

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Green

Only the Radial is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Tropos is available in these colors:
Blue
Grey







Selected Reviews


Single Track World

At first glance £110 seems a lot to ask for a commuting backpack, but I’ve not seen many backpacks with as many features as this. Not only that but it’s incredibly well-made and has an attention to detail that made me smile at times, especially the kickstand feature which makes me go “ooooo that’s cool”, every time, without fail.

Posted 28 December 2016 by Jason Miles - Read full review

Traveling Up

Overall, it’s a good backpack for longer trips especially when you need to bring a laptop. Bike commuters who need to carry electronics will appreciate the padded compartments and bike-specific features.

Posted 12 March 2016 by Kara - Read full review

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Last updated on May 12, 2019