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

4.09 based on 109 reviews
Osprey Variant
99% of the Osprey Variant reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (57%)
Good (42%)
Average (0%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)

Specs across all Variant models
Capacity iconCapacity34-49 l (2075-2990 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.2-3.4 oz (1.5-1.5 kg)
Length iconLength28-29 in (71-74 cm)
Width12-13 in (30-33 cm)
Height10-11 in (25-28 cm)

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.

Popular Models

Osprey Variant 52

64% choose the Osprey Variant 52

Colors and combinations:


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

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity34 l (2075 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.2 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength28 in (71 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height10 in (25 cm)

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

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.

3734 l3.2 oz0.09 oz/L
5249 l3.4 oz0.07 oz/L

Osprey Variant
Average for 17,986+ different bags


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The Osprey Variant ranks #57 compared with the other Osprey bags.

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The Osprey Variant ranks #678 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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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 January 11, 2019