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Osprey Viva Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019

4.29
based on 110 reviews


We have checked tens of reviews and found 9 reasons to buy the Viva - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


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

Excellent (79%)
Good (8%)
Average (3%)
Poor (8%)
Bad (0%)





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.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Viva models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity50-65 l (3051-3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.3-3.4 oz (1.5-1.5 kg)
Length iconLength31 in (79 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height12-14 in (30-36 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Backpacking
Hiking
Cycling
Travel
School
Sport



Popular Models


Osprey Viva 50

62% choose the Osprey Viva 50

62 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity50 l (3051 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.3 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

38 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue
Green


Specs
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)




Osprey Viva 50 vs Viva 65


The two most popular Osprey Viva models are the Viva 50 and the Viva 65, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Osprey Viva bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Viva 50 which is choosen by 62% (1.6 times as many as the 38% that choose the Viva 65).

Viva 50Viva 65
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Viva 50 is typically around $30 cheaper than the Viva 65, but check the deals before you buy.

Viva 50Viva 65
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Viva 50 has a capacity of 50 l, while the Viva 65 has a capacity of 65 l.

Viva 50Viva 65
Biggest

For a traveller, the 15 L (915 cuin) difference equals around 1 blouse, 2 tshirts, 2 boxers, 2 pair of socks, 1 shorts and 1 book.

Packing the Viva 50
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
2
pants
2
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
jacket
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Viva 65
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
1
book
1

If you are an athlete, the 15 L difference equals 1 water bottle, 1 pair of shoes, 1 towel and 1 book.

Packing the Viva 50
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
3
boxers
3
socks
3
shorts
2
jacket
1
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
football
1
book
1
Extra in the Viva 65
water_bottle
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 fleece and 1 trangia.

Packing the Viva 50
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
pants
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
4
Extra in the Viva 65
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
fleece
1
trangia
1

Check how you can pack the Viva here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Viva 50 is 0.1 kg (3.5 oz) lower than the weight of the Viva 65.

Viva 50Viva 65
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, both the Viva 50 and the Viva 65 has the same length (31 in). Both bags are the same width (14 in), while the height of the Viva 50 is 2 in (5 cm) less than the height of the Viva 65 (12 vs. 14 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in blue and green.




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.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
5050 l3.3 oz0.07 oz/L
6565 l3.4 oz0.05 oz/L


Osprey Viva
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Viva ranks #35 compared with the other Osprey bags.

33Osprey Tropos
4.31
Osprey Tropos
34Osprey Flare
4.31
Osprey Flare
35Osprey Viva
4.29
Osprey Viva
36Osprey Radial
4.29
Osprey Radial
37Osprey Duro
4.29
Osprey Duro

vs All Bags

The Osprey Viva ranks #416 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 20% bag

414Solo Kilbourn
4.30
Solo Kilbourn
415Osprey Viva
4.29
Osprey Viva
416The North Face Terra
4.29
The North Face Terra
417The North Face Jester
4.29
The North Face Jester
418Osprey Radial
4.29
Osprey Radial



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Viva vs 3 other, similar bags.

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Osprey Viva vs Osprey Ariel


Osprey Viva
Osprey Viva

4.29

Based on 110 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 3.3-3.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Ariel
Osprey Ariel

4.61
BEST
Based on 548 reviews

Capacity: 55-75 l
Weight: 2.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Viva is rated a bit worse than the Ariel.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 658 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Viva is 15% smaller than the biggest Ariel (65 L vs 75 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Viva is 41% lighter than the biggest Ariel (3.4 oz vs 4.8 oz).

FeatureVivaAriel
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Red

Only the Viva is available in these colors:
Green
Purple

Only the Ariel is available in these colors:
Grey
Brown




Osprey Viva vs Osprey Aura


Osprey Viva
Osprey Viva

4.29

Based on 110 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 3.3-3.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.48
BEST
Based on 967 reviews

Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Viva is rated a little bit worse than the Aura.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,077 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Viva is the same size as the biggest Aura (both 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Viva is 26% lighter than the biggest Aura (3.4 oz vs 4.3 oz).

FeatureVivaAura
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Waterproof
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Red

Only the Viva is available in these colors:
Purple

Only the Aura is available in these colors:
Grey

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 Viva vs Osprey Kyte


Osprey Viva
Osprey Viva

4.29

Based on 110 reviews
Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 3.3-3.4 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Kyte
Osprey Kyte

4.36
BEST
Based on 331 reviews

Capacity: 34-44 l
Weight: 1.6-3.9 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Viva is rated a little bit worse than the Kyte.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 441 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Viva is 48% bigger than the biggest Kyte (65 L vs 44 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Viva is 15% lighter than the biggest Kyte (3.4 oz vs 3.9 oz).

FeatureVivaKyte
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Purple

Only the Viva is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Kyte is available in these colors:
Grey
Black







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 May 12, 2019