More like a speeding bullet than a cosmic ball of ice and dirt.
- Padded sleeves for your laptop and documents
- Media pocket with headphone port for public-transit tuneage
- Key clip to hold your house/car keys
- Stretch woven side pockets for water bottles or shades
- Spacer Mesh harness and Airscape back panel for airflow
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Share your thoughts
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I use this pack for work and school. It is lightweight and durable. The laptop compartment is lightly padded and compact, offering laptop protection without a lot of bulk (one of the key features I was looking for). The separate tablet pocket is also quite handy. The sturdy handles at the top and on the front also offer quick-grab-ability when I reach to pick it up - love it. There are several zippered pockets inside and out to stash pens, pencils and other small items, and the two mesh pockets on the sides conveniently hold water bottles or snacks without taking up room in the main compartment. The red color is very sharp (although I would have considered the gold/yellow if it was still available). Overall, very pleased with the pack, and I have already recommended it to a friend.
Is the backpack waterproof?
Is the backpack waterproof?
The bag is not waterproof. It might be able to shed a little light rain for a limited time, however eventually water will soak through. I don't think it has a rain cover either requiring you to purchase one separately if you plan on using this on days with heavy preciptation. Hope this helps
Osprey Packs Comet 1700 CU
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Great Bag for day trips, plane trips, hiking, outdoors. Just big enough to fit everything in, great pockets and love the easy pick up handle. Great design. Comfortable to wear, great pockets for all your kit, phone, keys, water bottle, spare clothes. Love this bag.
Does this have a waist strap and clip?
Does this have a waist strap and clip?
Cant say for sure but I have not seen an Osprey pack (not including duffels with shoulder straps) without a waist strap. There appears to be one if you look at the photo closely. Having some experience with Osprey products I don't believe they would manufacture a pack like this without one.
Yes, waist strap is single-width nylon webbing in pack color. It's plenty of support and comfortable enough for me. I use this pack a whole lot!
Does this pack have a harness good for...
Does this pack have a harness good for biking? I was looking at the Quasar and the Flare, two similar osprey packs, and both say they have one but I couldn't tell if this pack does.
A very small harness try to look at the "Ospery Manta"
The Comet is the same build as the Quasar so it will have the same harness. So in short, yes.
Also, because the Manta has a rigid frame for carrying hiking gear, I've seen it fit only 60-75% of people well while biking--when sitting in the "biking" position, the frame sometimes rubs in certain areas on the lower back as you pedal if the pack doesn't fit you well enough. I would actually recommend the Momentum 26--it's pretty sweet for biking.
How spacious are the side zipper pockets?...
How spacious are the side zipper pockets? Do you think they could hold a pair of shoes? (one on each side)
It's hard to visualize, but the pocketing goes in two directions--one under the handle, the other under the side pocket. That allows the two pockets to be spaced well and be deep enough for a large computer cable or two.
However, though both are good sized and will fit my dainty Wmns 7 Chacos fine, they'll not fit my hiking not my running shoes.
Will this hold a 15" MacBook
Will this hold a 15" MacBook
Yes. It will be a bit of a tight fit, but it shouldn't be a problem.
Greatest pack company ever...
I work in the outdoor industry and take my gear pretty seriously. I came across the Osprey Comet while looking for a school pack that featured a laptop compartment. This was my first Osprey pack after a long history with Deuter.
First things first, the design in amazing. The pockets are organized well and vary in size and shape to accommodate any and all gear. I'm an engineering student and carry around two calculators, drafting gear (protractor, ruler, etc.), 13" Macbook Pro, mouse, charger, video cable, plus my books and notes. It handles it all securely and with ease. The zipper pulls are the best I've ever seen. The shoulder straps and back panel are excellent for this type of pack. Just an overall great package.
The only minor concerns with the pack are the bottle pockets and the zipper fly. The lower compression straps sit right over the top of the bottle pockets, putting pressure near the bottom of your bottle. If you're moving around a lot and the bottle moves up a little bit, the compression strap squeezes it higher and out of the pocket. I've lost a couple of 20 oz. soda bottles that way. I don't use the pockets any more unless I have a carabiner to secure my water bottle to the top compression strap. On day hikes when school gear is emptied, my 27 oz Klean Kanteen fits in the full length side pocket with room to spare. The zipper eats its rain fly if you're not paying attention, but almost every backpack has issues with this. It's easy enough to avoid and unjam if necessary with no damage incurred. Also, the hip belt is minimalistic, at best. It is removable and mine has been off since I bought the pack.
The absolute best part of the pack though- Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee. How many times have you seen a student with a huge webbing knot holding their shoulder strap together or a student just using one strap because the other is ripped? I slammed the shoulder strap in my car door, snapping the plastic slide. The shoulder strap was broken and I would have been out a pack. However, I shipped it to Osprey, and about two weeks later received a repaired backpack, no questions asked. The company is amazing! Spending this much money on a non-technical, everyday school pack was hard, but this one incident and Osprey's awesome guarantee made it worth every penny.
Bottom line, Osprey makes top of the line products and is an outstanding company! My wife and I have since purchased three other Osprey products and love them all. Do yourself a favor, buy an Osprey.
Do the water bottle pockets stretch enough...
Do the water bottle pockets stretch enough to take a 32oz. Nalgene when this bag is stuffed to full capacity?
Most likely. I just shoved my Nalgene stainless steel bottle in the side pocket (it is a bit tapered on the bottom and the top so it is not as cylindrical as the plastic 32oz) and it went in with ease. It will be a tighter fit with your bigger bottle, but based on how easy it was with a pretty big bottle, a slightly bigger one will be fine.
Well Made Backpack! Light and Functional!
This is the nicest backpack I have ever owned and this is my second Osprey purchase. Good quality and well designed. Extremely light and it is perfect for work/commute/school.