Osprey Packs Manta AG 36 Hydration Pack
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- Pockets: 3 interior slip, 7 exterior
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Osprey Manta AG 36
Deluxe daypack with comfort and features to support a quick overnight or lengthy dayhike
Grab Osprey’s Manta AG 36 and hit the trail for a long day hike. The Anti-Gravity (AG) suspension system a combination of LightWire frame, mesh backpanel, BioStretch shoulder harness and AG hipbelt distributes weight to keep you comfortable no matter how far you roam. Dual upper and lower compression straps help stabilize the load and provide add-on storage options if you have extra bulky gear.
The pack’s main compartment is accessed via a front zip panel so you can see all your gear at a glance. There’s a front panel fabric shove-it pocket for quick transitions and a large zippered front panel pocket with internal mesh pockets for securing small items.
The integrated, removable raincover provides pack protection in adverse conditions. It stores in a small external zippered compartment near the bottom of the pack and can be quickly deployed to provide protection at a moment's notice.
Stow-on-the-go Trekking Pole Attachment
Osprey’s unique Stow-on-the-Go system allows users to tuck away trekking poles quickly without having to remove their packs.
Stretch Mesh Front Pocket
Large front stretch mesh pocket for quickly stashing extra gear.
Helmet Attachment Loop
Located just below the Osprey logo near the top of the font panel, the helmet attachment loop keeps your helmet securely in place while not in use.
Blinker Light Attachment
The blinker light attachment strap found near the base of the front panel of the pack allows for quick light attachment for high visibility in the dark.
Stretch Mesh Side Pockets
Dual stretch mesh side pockets provide additional, easily accessible storage options.
Zippered Hipbelt Pockets
Dual zippered hipbelt pockets provide secure storage for often needed items.
Direct zip access hydration compartment for spill-free refills. Hydraulics LT 2.5 reservoir included.
|Manta AG 20||Manta AG 28||Manta AG 36|
|Volume||1220 cu.in / 20L||1709 cu.in / 28L (M/L)||2197 cu.in / 36L (M/L)|
|Stow-on-the-go Trekking Pole Attachment||✓||✓||✓|
|Helmet Attachment Loop||✓||✓||✓|
|Zippered Front Panel Pocket with Internal Mesh Pockets||✓||✓|
|Front Panel Shove-it Pocket||✓|
Grab osprey's Manta ag 36 and hit the trail for a long day hike. The anti-gravity (ag) suspension system-a combination of light wire frame, mesh back panel, bio stretch shoulder harness and ag hip belt-distributes weight to keep you comfortable no matter how far you roam. Dual upper and lower compression straps help stabilize the load and provide add-on storage options if you have extra bulky gear. The pack's main compartment is accessed via a front zip panel so you can see all your gear at a glance. A series of well-designed pockets keep you organized on the trail. There's a front panel fabric Shove-It pocket for quick transitions and a large zippered front panel pocket with internal mesh pockets for securing small items. Dual side stretch mesh pockets provide space for extra water bottles and the hip belt has two zippered pockets for keeping trail snacks or a phone. A scratch-free zippered slash pocket provides safe harbor for your shades. Additional storage features include a helmet attachment loop and osprey's stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment system to stash your sticks. An integrated removable rain cover protects your gear if the weather rolls in. This pack comes with a hydraulics lt 2.5 liter reservoir compete with osprey's magnetic sternum strap bite valve for instant access to fluids.
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I cannot express how awesome the Anti-Gravity behavior of the pack is, but I assure you, not having a sweaty back and not noticing the weight of a full pack as previous backpacks is a testament to an amazing design.
For reference, I did order the small/medium version as a 5' 8" ~150lb Male, and it might still be a little on the tall side for me, but it's overall very adjustable and have no complaints since using it.
In regards to some of the negative reviews:
- There is indeed creaking from one of the shoulders (it does appear to be the right one), but I believe this will dissipate over the usage of the backpack, not really an issue either way
- Complaints about the taste of the water from the bladder on first usage should be expected if you're drinking from anything plastic based... Regardless, there is explicit instructions in the manual online on how to help eliminate the taste (freezing + lemon juice). With that note READ THE MANUAL, it explains how to properly wear the backpack optimally and other useful things. It seems stupid to say "Read the manual on a backpack", but seriously, it's worth a once over, also reading on the sizing is important.
Two things I still intend to test this bag for that might adjust it's rating (I'll update when this happens):
- A one day camping trip
- Used as a carry-on bag *NOTE here: I believe the small is going to be the only size that technically abides to the rules of a carry-on bag, based on the dimensions I measured: I did end up using it as a carry on without issue. I will say it's a little annoying to try and get the hip wings to fold in when storing it in the overhead storage and I have been able to push it under the seat in some situations. However, if the pack is completely full (the back pouch is filled), stashing it under the seat is nearly impossible. Not really an issue though as it's not my largest use case for the backpack.
- Tons of straps for adjusting it to fit you perfectly
- Waist and shoulder straps are made of comfortable material
- Great airflow, never had a sweaty back
- Super light
- Construction seems durable, haven't noticed any signs of tearing yet.
- I wish there could've been two attachment points added to the bottom to hold sleeping bags/other bulky items. It wouldn't cost much or taken up room, but would've had a variety of uses.
- Two more small pockets on either side of the pack for miscellaneous items would've been convenient
This is a great, light, pack for short camping trips. Super comfortable too. I took it on a hike and barely noticed it. I was able to strap light, bulky, items on the various straps on the pack. I don't think they were meant for that, but it worked!
I used the local trails as proving grounds for the test packs before committing one to more strenuous demands. With the aforementioned load, the Manta got the job done, but was not a stellar performer. One of the main issues was that the AG system didn't quite seem up to the task. The belt, which is half as wide as most, had to be over tightened to keep it from slipping too low. The back trampoline also lost most of its spacing from the back panel and frequently bottomed out against my back. IMO, the Manta AG wasn't optimized for being loaded to the upper end of the 30 lb limit.
I could almost live with keeping the Manta for lighter loads of it didn't have one fatal flaw. Yes, it is true, the Manta squeaks like a tree swaying in the wind. I didn't want to believe the reviews that listed this issue and thought it must be exaggeration. It's not. Every step I took induced the Manta to squeak. This phenomena pulled me away from my immersion in the hike. As I walked, I tried tightening and loosening the load lifters and shoulder straps, until I finally realized it was a lost cause.
What the Manta does well is organization. If you carry a lot of small items, the Manta has plenty of pockets. The panel loading layout is not unlike a book bag. I would have preferred the hydration sleeve was just a pouch in the main chamber to improve space instead of a separate zippered section. It might be nice for a laptop though. Overall I prefer a top loading layout to panel loading, but I liked the look of this design enough to try it. However, the water bottle pockets are quite fun with the front facing port. This is great for accessibility but could be an issue if you use the water bottle pockets for small items.
The Manta also had the forward facing trekking pole attachments. I tried it with Leki corklite poles and determined that it would only be convenient if I was frequently stowing the poles and then taking them out again. Otherwise I prefer the poles being stowed on the back and out of my way. I can't fault Osprey for attempts at innovation though.
Overall the Manta is a very well constructed bag with high quality materials. It needs some work to better carry heavier loads, but I suspect it would work well if one was just carrying a light layer, some food, and a smaller hydration pack. I truly hope Osprey can fix the squeaking problem as well so I would be inclined to try their other packs in different sizes.