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Urban-style pack for everyday essentials.
Commuting to work, biking to class, or walking to the library—it's all in a day's work for the Osprey Flapjack Pack. Built to haul your everyday essentials, the Flapjack offers urban-inspired looks, serious durability, and plenty of features to help you navigate everyday life with ease.
The padded laptop sleeve protects your computer or tablet when you're on the move, and the tough fabric ensures the pack can handle the occasional drop or scrape. A document sleeve keeps your papers and notebooks organized, and an internal mesh pocket provides a place to stash cords, chargers, and other accessories. Multiple external pockets help you keep pens, snacks, and other small items in order. Reflective details and a patch to attach your blinking light help you stay visible when you're riding your bike at night. No matter what's on the agenda for the day, the Flapjack is the perfect sidekick.
- 900D polyester fabric
- Padded 15in laptop sleeve
- Document sleeve and internal mesh pocket
- Multiple zippered external pockets
- Reflective hints and blinker patch
- Padded grab handle
- Item #OSP003Z
- Q & A
Better than I expected!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After watching & reading several reviews about older versions of this pack including the reviews here, I was intrigued and very interested. When I started shopping around, I found there was a new edition in burnt orange! With the new features and colors, I was convinced it was a must buy.
Some features and changes:
Starting with the exterior, the thick nylon shell - very different from the Osprey backpacks I own and have seen. It is on par with the exterior of my wife's Osprey Porter backpack, which is a tank.
Single, large plastic buckle clasp - for quick easier access. To seemingly compensate for the ease of access, the buckle is slightly recessed under the top flap when cinched down tightly. This also keeps it from getting caught on the floor when slipping under the front seat on a plane.
Similarly, to make access difficult if you aren't the owner, the small, top flap pouch (under the top grab handle) requires that you reach down into the pocket from above, underneath the handle. This has been the biggest complaint that I have seen with this new style. The top handle is quite comfy and much sturdier than those seen on most modern day packs.
Another big difference, the drawstring that previously sealed off the main compartment, has been replaced by a thick "collar" of sturdy material which allows it to maintain its shape in that oval opening while still staying under the top flap, which is water repellent if not waterproof. I haven't had a chance to test that part, but do carry a 30L pack cover just in case. The 3 reflective bands are a nice touch to the exterior, as are the reflective strips on the shoulder straps.
The 3 pouches just under the flap are now zippered, with a previous version not having all 3 pouches zippered. The side pouch's zipper now extends further down the front by more than half, allowing you to place a larger variety of items, including a 32-40oz Hydro Flask bottle. It does intrude into the large opening, effectively limiting what can be stored. The other large bottle pocket also fits the same Hydro Flask as seen in Cameron's pic. You probably couldn't store as much if you had bottles on both sides.
As far as using a water bladder, you can easily fit it in any of the pockets along the back of the pack and clip it to a small loop just under the flap. The hose would just slip around the top flap and down the strap, though you would need to rig a means of wrangling the hose to the strap, if you chose to use one. The pack’s straps are nice and flat and not overly padded while remaining very sturdy. I keep thinking the overall goal was to have very clean lines and avoid having all the extra loops and clasps that can easily snag when pulling the bag out from under an airline seat or in tight spaces. One small drawback for me on the chest strap is the lack of a whistle. The strap is very well sewn on, so simply swapping it out for one will require some modding of the clasp or losing the beautiful orange strap on one side.
Overall, the burnt orange is a vivid color and gorgeous. I get so many positive comments about the bag, and after showing it to a few folks, the bag has already convinced them to get one of their own. This bag was meant to be a travel bag, but has now replaced my Osprey Comet as my EDC bag. I have been able to fit all the previous EDC items in this bag, and it carries much better. One shoulder carry is very nice, and doesn't slip off the shoulder like the Comet in single shoulder carry. I initially felt the top of the straps would be a problem as my neck is a bit wider than where they come together, despite it being a much more solid way of securing the straps. It's no longer a problem if I just let it sit a little further back on my shoulders. It really is quite a nice pack, and unless you are looking for a larger capacity, this is going to serve you well. While it doesn't expand much beyond the current size, it sits quite comfortably on the back, once adjusted properly.
I was looking for a commuter bag to go from home to school. i was looking at the previous version, but the black was not on sale and the new version was on sale.
Osprey just updated their classic Flapjack for fall 2015. I was looking to update from my old Dakine cause it was finally coming to the end of its life and the Osprey has a lot of great features for a commuter/school/urban backpack. It's been a popular choice for backcountry.com employees for a few years and the new upgrades are worth mentioning.
First of all, the new pack is the best looking Flapjack ever. The design is clean and aesthetically pleasing. The new edition only has one buckle, instead of the two, which makes it easier to open and close. The flap is trimmed with the same 900D fabric the pack is made of, which makes for a very sleek finish.
The pockets on the new edition are simpler and more user friendly than the old version. There are two zippered pockets located in front of the large cargo pocket. One is smaller and has organizational pockets for pens/pencils and other items for school (I don't use them). The other pocket is larger and I have yet to use it because I forget it's there.
The laptop sleeve is plenty padded and fits both my work and personal laptops (not at the same time). The tablet sleeve is also padded and is plenty big for my full size tablet.
The water bottle holder on the side is very clever. The holder is gusseted and an elastic holds the gusset closed when not in use. This keeps the pack streamline when the water bottle holder isn't in use. When you put a water bottle in it, the gusset expands the pocket and fits snug around your water bottle. Whether it's holding a bottle or not, the pocket is the right size. I have yet to use the zippered side pocket.
My only gripe and the reason it's 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the pocket on the flap. The zipper is located directly beneath the padded grab handle. It's very difficult to retrieve items from the pocket because the handle is in the way. If the pocket and handle were offset it would be easier to get items in and out of the pocket.
Overall the pack is very comfortable and well built. You'll love the pack and its versatility!