Triple A gear and good zippers.
Hi, I went on a holiday to Colombia and I planned a 4-5 day hiking trip to Ciudad Perdida (the lost city). So I need a backpack with a volume around 30L, the size fit for handluggage and I like my back cool.
Osprey has a lot to offer, but if you add these 3 components, its a hard bargain. For instance, KLM guidelines fore handlugage size are 55(l)-35(w)-25(d) in cm, the most important one is length (because the handluggage space above the seats have a fixed depht, a little bit wider or higher can be fixed, except in small planes where you have to put it under a seat, in this case width and hight become also important), so a hikingbag within the volume range off 30L, adjustable airspeed backsystheem, fit for easy flight, 90% off the options expires.
Except the Manta 34
At first I didn’t opt for 2.5L hydraulics systhem, but I did the track, got hit by a mule and the hydraulics are cool. It works excellent. It’s a great hikingbag. You can pack a lot off stuff and it carries excellent, the weight distribution is high end, the airspeed backsysthem works, good quality triple A gear and good zippers by the way.
So I am a happy customer. I will probably also buy the 24, because the manta 34 is a little bit to big in terms off city use and there so much space, I took to much stuff with me for the hiking trip and in the end, it comes all down to weight, so next time I will try the 24L as maximum volume.
Little personal minors.
I am 1.83m, in combination with the length off my back, probably this is the maximum length for a person, I adjusted the backsetting on maximal length and it works. Only just, because sometimes you losen up the shoulder straps and you can't lower the connecting band enough, so its touches your throut. The same accounts for water tube, I would like to fix it on one side, instad off crossing in front off your trout, but this is a minor and can be fixed.
Just a few more wishes. The belly strap, a little bit wider perhapse, since you can put comfortable a lot off weight in it.. Since it’s a travel bag and hiking bag in on, a hybride, good gear for light travel, why no straps on the top or bottum, for extra luggage, such as tent, sleeping bag, yoga mat. And finaly, now there is corona, the top pocket I use for quick grab, sunglasses, mobile (size is fit for), etc., etc,. I want to split it from cash money, separate
But besides all that, I am a happy camper, will use it untill old age!
Heavy, Roomy and almost perfect!
All things you need on the trail or on the road are exactly where you need them to be. The hip belt pockets are large enough to fit an iPhone 11 pro. The capacity of the main compartment is enough for a very small lightweight tent, a quilt and your food system, but it will also carry the daily groceries. I miss the straps on the bottom of the pack to attach a sleeping pad (like the Kestrel), but for a few bucks I bought some generic straps that will do the job. The water hose is on the short size and the magnetic closure of the sternum strap is something a cannot really get used to - especially because I don't need a magnet there, I have attached one below the shoulder straps, where I prefer the mouthpiece to be. Also the magnetic closure is too close to the stow-on-the-go attachment to operate really comfortable. Strange enough, the zipper of the smaller compartiment has no flap over it to protect it from the elements, like all the other zippers do have. But overall this pack really has become my new friend. It is great, although there is still some room for little improvement.