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Osprey Zealot Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

3.99
based on 233 reviews


We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 8 reasons to buy the Zealot - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.





Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Zealot

  • Most reviewers said that it is an excellent pack to carry all gears for weekend trips and hiking.
  • Some said that the pack is sturdy and well made for heavy duty tasks.
  • Many buyers said that the pack is very comfortable to wear with good adjustable features.
  • Travellers said that the hydration bladder is easy to refill.
  • Most of the buyers confirmed that with adjustable harness and hip belt strap the pack stays stable on their back.
  • Few buyers said that the pack is roomy and can hold lots of gears and clothes for weekend trips and also for long vacations.
  • Some are happy to mention the small zipped pockets on the hip belt strap to carry snacks and other gears for emergency use.
  • A user said that the padded back is very comfortable and the mesh allows good breathability.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A few of the buyers complained that the pack is little heavy when fully loaded.
  • A user said that there is no clip to hold the hydration tube to the shoulder strap.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Zealot models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity13 l (793 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.9 oz (0.9 kg)
Length iconLength14 in (36 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height6 in (15 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Cycling
Hiking
Travel
School
Backpacking
Sport



Popular Models


Osprey Zealot 15

89% choose the Osprey Zealot 15

89 %
Colors and combinations:

Grey
Orange


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity13 l (793 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.9 oz (0.9 kg)
Length iconLength14 in (36 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height6 in (15 cm)


Osprey Zealot 16

11% choose the Osprey Zealot 16

11 %
Colors and combinations:

Blue






Osprey Zealot 16 vs Zealot 15


The two most popular Osprey Zealot models are the Zealot 16 and the Zealot 15, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Osprey Zealot bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Zealot 15 which is choosen by 89% (8.1 times as many as the 11% that choose the Zealot 16).

Zealot 16Zealot 15
Most popular

Features and Colors

Only the Zealot 16 is available in blue. Only the Zealot 15 is available in grey and orange.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Zealot features:
  • Helmet carry
  • Hydration bladder
  • Sternum strap
  • Hydration compatible
  • Hip belt
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Tool pouch
  • Media pocket

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 Zealot models (the most popular choice is the Zealot 15).




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
1513 l1.9 oz0.15 oz/L



Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Zealot ranks #69 compared with the other Osprey bags.

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4.00
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68Osprey Momentum
3.99
Osprey Momentum
69Osprey Zealot
3.99
Osprey Zealot
70Osprey Cyber
3.96
Osprey Cyber
71Osprey Trillium
3.96
Osprey Trillium

vs All Bags

The Osprey Zealot ranks #1257 compared with all the bags we have checked.

1255Mountainsmith Scream
3.99
Mountainsmith Scream
1256Osprey Zealot
3.99
Osprey Zealot
1257Boreas Buttermilks
3.99
Boreas Buttermilks
1258Fjallraven Foldsack
3.99
Fjallraven Foldsack
1259Badlands Kali
3.99
Badlands Kali



Vs Other Bags


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

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Osprey Zealot vs Osprey Raptor


Osprey Zealot
Osprey Zealot

3.99

Based on 233 reviews
Capacity: 13 l
Weight: 1.9 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Raptor
Osprey Raptor

4.36
BEST
Based on 731 reviews

Capacity: 10-14 l
Weight: 1.7-1.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The Zealot is rated slightly worse than the Raptor.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 964 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Zealot is 8% smaller than the biggest Raptor (13 L vs 14 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Zealot is the same weight as the biggest Raptor (both 1.9 oz).

FeatureZealotRaptor
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Media pocket
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket
Tool pouch

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Blue

Only the Zealot is available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Raptor is available in these colors:
Black
Red
Green




Osprey Zealot vs Osprey Syncro


Osprey Zealot
Osprey Zealot

3.99

Based on 233 reviews
Capacity: 13 l
Weight: 1.9 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Syncro
Osprey Syncro

4.21
BEST
Based on 1,250 reviews

Capacity: 2-13 l
Weight: 0.9-1.7 oz
Price: $$

  • The Zealot is rated a little bit worse than the Syncro.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,483 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Zealot is the same size as the biggest Syncro (both 13 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Zealot is 12% heavier than the biggest Syncro (1.9 oz vs 1.7 oz).

FeatureZealotSyncro
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Media pocket
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Tool pouch
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Blue

Only the Zealot is available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Syncro is available in these colors:
Green
Black
Red




Osprey Zealot vs Osprey Viper


Osprey Zealot
Osprey Zealot

3.99

Based on 233 reviews
Capacity: 13 l
Weight: 1.9 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Viper
Osprey Viper

4.06
BEST
Based on 587 reviews

Capacity: 3-13 l
Weight: 0.9-1.3 oz
Price: $$

  • The Zealot is rated a little bit worse than the Viper.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 820 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Zealot is the same size as the biggest Viper (both 13 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Zealot is 46% heavier than the biggest Viper (1.9 oz vs 1.3 oz).

FeatureZealotViper
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Media pocket
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Tool pouch

Both bags are available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Zealot is available in these colors:
Grey
Blue

Only the Viper is available in these colors:
Black
Green
Red







Selected Reviews


Enduro MTB

The 2014 Zealot was a popular pack. but felt a little clunky and stiff; the 2015 update is made from more comfortable materials, saving weight and increasing comfort.

Posted 22 December 2014 by Trev Worsey - Read full review

Bike Radar

Good as it is for lugging kit, the Zealot works on the bike too, thanks to the comfy AirScape rear, chunkily winged waist strap and a 3-litre reservoir.

Posted 12 June 2012 by Ric McLaughlin - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019