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

4.26 based on 78 reviews
Osprey Viva
88% of the Osprey Viva reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (78%)
Good (10%)
Average (0%)
Poor (10%)
Bad (0%)

Specs across all Viva models
Capacity iconCapacity50-65 l (3051-3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.2-3.4 oz (1.5-1.5 kg)
Length iconLength31 in (79 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height12-14 in (30-36 cm)

Reviews Summary

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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Viva

  • Many users praised the Osprey Viva backpack for its floating top pocket which organizes small items and extends to handle an oversized load.
  • Several reviewers recommend the use of the bag for ice climbing, backcountry skiing, or traveling.
  • Other users were able to attach or tuck away trekking poles quickly without having to remove their packs.
  • Several others mentioned that the bag is practical due to its sufficient compartments and straps which keeps equipment and belongings securely.
  • Many of the users found the pack breathable and comfortable due to its padded back panel and shoulder straps.
  • Users thought that the backpack is able to adjust to their size.
  • Reviewers also noted that the pack was affordable yet durable as well.
  • Other reviewers found it easily compressible.
  • Other reviewers praised the bag for its versatility, making it easier to adjust its straps.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user thought that the pack does not have a magnet to hold hydration bladders.
  • Another user felt that its hip pads rub against the body, causing soreness.

Popular Models

Osprey Viva 50

62% choose the Osprey Viva 50

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity50 l (3051 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.2 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength31 in (79 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)

Osprey Viva 65

38% choose the Osprey Viva 65

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity65 l (3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.4 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength31 in (79 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Osprey Viva features:
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Hip belt
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Stretch mesh
  • Compression straps
  • Side pockets
  • Hydration bladder

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 Viva models (the most popular choice is the Viva 50).

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.

5050 l3.2 oz0.06 oz/L
6565 l3.4 oz0.05 oz/L

Osprey Viva
Average for 17,986+ different bags


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The Osprey Viva ranks #40 compared with the other Osprey bags.

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vs All Bags

The Osprey Viva ranks #339 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Osprey Viva vs Osprey Aura

These trekking backpacks are great for women who might want to explore the great outdoors but find the cumbersome design of some of the trekking backpacks discouraging. The Viva is designed to give as much support as possible to the wearer.

It's great for those out there who might want to bring along a little bit more than others for their trips. The Aura doesn't have the same amount of support but it more than makes up for it with the quality of comfort it provides. Buy it for those trips where you need to enjoy the whole experience.

Osprey Aura 4.59 based on 784 reviews

Selected Reviews

Backpack Gear Test

The many adjustments allow this pack to be versatile for many different types of trips. The pack rides extremely well whether it is lightly pack or fully loaded.

Posted 1 October 2013 by Frances Penn - Read full review

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Last updated on January 11, 2019