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Osprey Variant Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.08
based on 110 reviews


We have checked tens of reviews and found 10 reasons to buy the Variant - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


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

Excellent (54%)
Good (40%)
Average (5%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)



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Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Variant

  • Several users noted that the Osprey Variant backpack is durable due to its robust nylon fabric.
  • Reviewers recommend the bag to be used for ice climbing and other similar excursions.
  • According to those who have tried that pack, Osprey Variant is comfortable to wear.
  • Reviewers thought that carries well when loaded.
  • Users found that it is easy to attach crampons and ice tools through designated attachment points in the bag.
  • Users also praised its sufficient gear volume.
  • Users also noted that its hip belt is enriched with EVA foam to provide comfort and support.
  • Several reviewers have pointed out that it is easier to quench thirst while wearing the bag because it is compatible with hydration systems.
  • Other reviewers found that the bag can carry A-frame ski tools well.
  • A lot of testers thought that it was stable when used on terrains.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the pack has no exterior pocket for an accessible storage.
  • Another reviewer said that the bag might not contain enough space for storage.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Variant models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity34-49 l (2075-2990 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.25-3.6 oz (1.5-1.6 kg)
Length iconLength28-29 in (71-74 cm)
Width12-13 in (30-33 cm)
Height10-11 in (25-28 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Hiking
Backpacking
Cycling
Travel
School
Sport



Popular Models


Osprey Variant 52

64% choose the Osprey Variant 52

64 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity49 l (2990 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.4 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength29 in (74 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)


Osprey Variant 37

36% choose the Osprey Variant 37

36 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity34 l (2075 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.4 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength28 in (71 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height10 in (25 cm)




Osprey Variant 37 vs Variant 52


The two most popular Osprey Variant models are the Variant 37 and the Variant 52, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Osprey Variant bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Variant 52 which is choosen by 64% (1.8 times as many as the 36% that choose the Variant 37).

Variant 37Variant 52
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Variant 37 is typically around $40 more expensive than the Variant 52, but check the deals before you buy.

Variant 37Variant 52
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Variant 37 has a capacity of 34 l, while the Variant 52 has a capacity of 49 l.

Variant 37Variant 52
Biggest

For a traveller, the 15 L (915 cuin) difference equals around 1 blouse, 1 pants, 1 jacket and 1 book.

Packing the Variant 37
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
Extra in the Variant 52
blouse
1
pants
1
jacket
1
book
1

If you are an athlete, the 15 L difference equals 1 jacket and 1 football.

Packing the Variant 37
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
2
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Variant 52
jacket
1
football
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 shorts, 1 towel, 1 book and 2 packaged meals.

Packing the Variant 37
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
2
Extra in the Variant 52
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
towel
1
book
1
packaged_meal
2

Check how you can pack the Variant here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of both bags is the same. Both bags weight 3.4 oz.

If we look at dimensions, the Variant 37 is 1 in (2 cm) longer than the Variant 52 (28 vs. 29 in). It's 1 in (2 cm) wider (12 vs. 13 in), while the height of the Variant 37 is 1 in (2 cm) less than the height of the Variant 52 (10 vs. 11 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black and red.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Variant features:
  • Hydration bladder
  • Lumbar pack lid
  • Compression straps
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Sternum strap

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Ski carry
  • Hip belt
  • 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 Variant models (the most popular choice is the Variant 52).




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
3734 l3.4 oz0.1 oz/L
5249 l3.4 oz0.07 oz/L
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Osprey Variant
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Variant ranks #61 compared with the other Osprey bags.

59Osprey Mira
4.11
Osprey Mira
60Osprey Kamber
4.10
Osprey Kamber
61Osprey Variant
4.08
Osprey Variant
62Osprey Viper
4.06
Osprey Viper
63Osprey Kode
4.05
Osprey Kode

vs All Bags

The Osprey Variant ranks #998 compared with all the bags we have checked.

996Arcteryx Aerios
4.08
Arcteryx Aerios
997Osprey Variant
4.08
Osprey Variant
998Gregory Drift
4.08
Gregory Drift
999Deuter Schmusebar
4.08
Deuter Schmusebar
1000Granite Gear Nimbus
4.08
Granite Gear Nimbus



Vs Other Bags


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

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Osprey Variant vs Osprey Atmos


Osprey Variant
Osprey Variant

4.08

Based on 110 reviews
Capacity: 34-49 l
Weight: 3.25-3.6 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Atmos
Osprey Atmos

4.73
BEST
Based on 2,649 reviews

Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4.4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Variant is rated worse than the Atmos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,759 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Variant is 33% smaller than the biggest Atmos (49 L vs 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Variant is 22% lighter than the biggest Atmos (3.6 oz vs 4.4 oz).

FeatureVariantAtmos
Abrasion resistant
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Waterproof
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red

Only the Variant is available in these colors:
Black

Only the Atmos is available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Blue




Osprey Variant vs Osprey Exos


Osprey Variant
Osprey Variant

4.08

Based on 110 reviews
Capacity: 34-49 l
Weight: 3.25-3.6 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Exos
Osprey Exos

4.57
BEST
Based on 1,302 reviews

Capacity: 38-58 l
Weight: 2.3-2.6 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Variant is rated somewhat worse than the Exos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,412 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Variant is 18% smaller than the biggest Exos (49 L vs 58 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Variant is 38% heavier than the biggest Exos (3.6 oz vs 2.6 oz).

FeatureVariantExos
Abrasion resistant
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Lumbar pack lid
Organizer panel
Seam taped
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sleeping pad attatchment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ultralight
Ventilated back panel

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the Variant is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Exos is available in these colors:
Blue
Green




Osprey Variant vs Osprey Kestrel


Osprey Variant
Osprey Variant

4.08

Based on 110 reviews
Capacity: 34-49 l
Weight: 3.25-3.6 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews

Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Variant is rated slightly worse than the Kestrel.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,251 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Variant is 7% bigger than the biggest Kestrel (49 L vs 46 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Variant is 6% lighter than the biggest Kestrel (3.6 oz vs 3.8 oz).

FeatureVariantKestrel
Abrasion resistant
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Lumbar pack lid
Raincover included
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Blue




Osprey Variant vs Osprey Kode


Osprey Variant
Osprey Variant

4.08
BEST
Based on 110 reviews
Capacity: 34-49 l
Weight: 3.25-3.6 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Kode
Osprey Kode

4.05

Based on 18 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 2.95 oz
Price:

  • The Variant is rated about the same as the Kode.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 128 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Variant is 22% heavier than the biggest Kode (3.6 oz vs 2.95 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the Variant is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Kode is available in these colors:
Green




Osprey Variant vs Osprey Mutant


Osprey Variant
Osprey Variant

4.08

Based on 110 reviews
Capacity: 34-49 l
Weight: 3.25-3.6 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Mutant
Osprey Mutant

4.71
BEST
Based on 62 reviews

Capacity: 26-35 l
Weight: 2.1-2.65 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Variant is rated somewhat worse than the Mutant.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 172 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Variant is 40% bigger than the biggest Mutant (49 L vs 35 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Variant is 36% heavier than the biggest Mutant (3.6 oz vs 2.65 oz).

FeatureVariantMutant
Abrasion resistant
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the Variant is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Mutant is available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Grey







Selected Reviews


Peak Mountaineering

The construction quality is excellent, the materials have proved to be very hard wearing and, because potential wear points are protected, it has had no problems standing up to use and abuse in winter and summer conditions.

Posted 11 May 2016 by Paul - Read full review

HSX Antarctica


Posted 21 March 2016

Backcountry Skiing Canada

Although this pack is well made, beautiful and overall well designed for climbing and mountaineering, I feel more features suited for carrying other items are in order, such as larger side compartments, a deeper front pocket and honestly, just more pockets in general.

Posted 12 March 2015 by Chandra - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019