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Osprey Skarab Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Mar 2019)

4.46
based on 80 reviews




Reviews Summary


99% of the Osprey Skarab reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (84%)
Good (15%)
Average (0%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Skarab

  • Almosst all of the testers said that it is a rugged, well designed and versatile pack for weekend hiking.
  • The said that the bag is very light to carry and comfortable to wear.
  • Some reviewers said the back is roomy and with good number of internal and external pockets for organizing stuffs.
  • Some trekkers are happy to have outside holster for carrying trekking poles.
  • A few buyers also mentioned the hip belt pockets were perfect to carry snacks on their trail.
  • A user said that the side water bottle pockets are big enough to carry large bottles for travelling.
  • Some buyers are happy to have the built-in reservoir for hydration system.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some said that the back panel of the pack is not ventilated properly.
  • Other buyers said that the pack doesn't have an adjustable torso length.
  • A few complained that the pack doesn't come with a rain cover.

Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Skarab models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity18-30 l (1098-1831 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.1-1.55 oz (0.5-0.7 kg)
Length iconLength18-20 in (46-51 cm)
Width11-13 in (28-33 cm)
Height9-14 in (23-36 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Hiking
Backpacking
Cycling
Travel
School
Sport



Popular Models


Osprey Skarab 32

41% choose the Osprey Skarab 32

41 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity30 l (1831 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.4 oz (0.6 kg)
Length iconLength20 in (51 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)


Osprey Skarab 24

36% choose the Osprey Skarab 24

36 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity22 l (1343 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.4 oz (0.6 kg)
Length iconLength18 in (46 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)


Osprey Skarab 18

23% choose the Osprey Skarab 18

23 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity18 l (1098 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.1 oz (0.5 kg)
Length iconLength18 in (46 cm)
Width11 in (28 cm)
Height9 in (23 cm)




Osprey Skarab 24 vs Skarab 32


The two most popular Osprey Skarab models are the Skarab 24 and the Skarab 32, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 77% of the people interested in the Osprey Skarab bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Skarab 32 which is choosen by 41% (1.1 times as many as the 36% that choose the Skarab 24).

Skarab 24Skarab 32
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Skarab 24 is typically around $20 more expensive than the Skarab 32, but check the deals before you buy.

Skarab 24Skarab 32
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Skarab 24 has a capacity of 22 l, while the Skarab 32 has a capacity of 30 l.

Skarab 24Skarab 32
Biggest

For a traveller, the 8 L (488 cuin) difference equals around 1 laptop, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers and 1 pair of socks.

Packing the Skarab 24
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
3
boxers
3
socks
3
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
Extra in the Skarab 32
laptop
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1

If you are an athlete, the 8 L difference equals 1 water bottle, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 shorts, 2 protein bars and 1 book.

Packing the Skarab 24
water_bottle
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
shoes
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
Extra in the Skarab 32
water_bottle
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
protein_bar
2
book
1

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

Packing the Skarab 24
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
packaged_meal
1
Extra in the Skarab 32
blouse
1
shorts
1
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
1

Check how you can pack the Skarab here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of both bags is the same. Both bags weight 1.4 oz.

If we look at dimensions, the Skarab 24 is 2 in (5 cm) longer than the Skarab 32 (18 vs. 20 in). It's 1 in (2 cm) wider (12 vs. 13 in), while the height of the Skarab 24 is 2 in (5 cm) less than the height of the Skarab 32 (12 vs. 14 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in blue, grey and red.




Feature Summary


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

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Organizer panel

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 Skarab models (the most popular choice is the Skarab 32).




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
1818 l1.1 oz0.06 oz/L
2422 l1.4 oz0.06 oz/L
3230 l1.4 oz0.05 oz/L


Osprey Skarab
Average for 20,280+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Skarab ranks #17 compared with the other Osprey bags.

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4.47
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4.46
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4.43
Osprey Xena
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vs All Bags

The Osprey Skarab ranks #135 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 10% bag

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4.47
Crumpler Karachi Outpost
134Osprey Skarab
4.46
Osprey Skarab
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Bago Packing Cubes
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Amy Butler Marni
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Metolius Competition



Vs Other Bags


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

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Osprey Skarab vs Osprey Manta


Osprey Skarab
Osprey Skarab

4.46
BEST
Based on 80 reviews
Capacity: 18-30 l
Weight: 1.1-1.55 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39

Based on 460 reviews

Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.4 oz
Price: $$$

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

FeatureSkarabManta
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 Skarab is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Manta is available in these colors:
Green




Osprey Skarab vs Osprey Talon


Osprey Skarab
Osprey Skarab

4.46

Based on 80 reviews
Capacity: 18-30 l
Weight: 1.1-1.55 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Talon
Osprey Talon

4.57
BEST
Based on 1,706 reviews

Capacity: 6-44 l
Weight: 0.7-2.3 oz
Price: $$

  • The Skarab is rated a little bit worse than the Talon.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,786 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Skarab is 47% smaller than the biggest Talon (30 L vs 44 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Skarab is 48% lighter than the biggest Talon (1.55 oz vs 2.3 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red
Blue
Black

Only the Skarab is available in these colors:
Grey

Only the Talon is available in these colors:
Green
Orange





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Last updated on March 17, 2019