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Don't just carry a daypack. Carry an Osprey.

With key features like a blinker light attachment and headphone routing port, the Quasar Pack brings Osprey's reputation for solid construction, fit, and function to your day hikes and urban commutes. Internal organization keeps your electronics away from your lunch and away from your workout clothes, while Spacer Mesh on the straps and an Airscape ridged back panel lifts the pack off your skin for better airflow.
  • 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

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4 5

Great all-around bag...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Recently retired a 13+ year old Timbuk2 messenger bag, and was in the market for a new day pack for work, that I could also take with me now and then for trips along with a carry on. Nothing wrong with the Timbuk2, and it pretty much looks as good as it did the day it was new, but it was a larger one, and not ideal for day to day stuff since I don't commute on a bike or work as a messenger anymore, and the Timbuk2 just became a bit cumbersome.

Of the three packs I tried out (The North Face Borealis, Timbuk2 Uptown and the Osprey Quasar) I went with the Quasar. The Borealis is a really nice pack built with high quality materials, burly zippers, and seemed like a great daypack for students, commuters, etc, but saw more versatility in the Osprey.

The Timbuk2 Uptown was a huge disappointment. I loved my old Timbuk2 messenger bag, burly as hell, bulletproof, never had an issue. The Uptown did not seem of the same quality. The bag felt flimsy, really weak zippers, thin shoulder straps, and it just didn't inspire confidence for being a pack that would last over the years. I guess thats the difference between a pack that was made in the USA and a pack made overseas that had a Timbuk2 logo slapped on it. Still love their old-school messenger bags, but their backpacks and stuff made now seems of inferior quality.

Enter the Osprey Quasar. Seems like it fits the bill perfectly for my intended use. It's tiny bit larger as far as volume compared to the other two packs mentioned. It's also a slightly narrower pack, resulting it being a bit longer top to bottom. Compression straps help with managing the contents.

Awesome Bungee Holds Everything

Awesome Bungee Holds Everything

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I like putting a jacket on the bungee, especially on windy days

5 5

Great Pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this for one and a half years now. I must say that it functions really well. It's very comfortable to wear, has some nice organization, and seems really durable. I love the bungee system in front. I remember debating between this bag and the osprey quantum (for the stretch front pocket) and I'm glad I have the bungee. It can fit hold a smaller tent. I mostly use it to keep my rain jacket. Oh, the back panel system doesn't work super well, but I would assume it keeps your back drier than most.

I have taken this bag all over the world and through all sorts of weather. I would recommend getting a rain cover for it. I bought one made by camelbak for $10. I mostly use it for school (where I bring books, a laptop, bike repair stuff, and stationary) but I have also done 14ers, day tours, overnight trips, and more with it. If you're looking for a versatile daypack that can do just about anything, this is it!

Is this pack waterproof?

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Is this pack waterproof?

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Hi Paula,

Unfortunately, no it isn't. You really won't find that many, if any, that are. Some packs will do a better job resisting water, but not "waterproof". Osprey makes several packs in this category that do have built-in rain covers, but, aside from that option, you'll want to generally check the specifications and look for fabrics that are treated with a water resistant finish like DWR. Still though, not anywhere close to waterproof. Hope this helps.

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the only ones that come close to waterproof are dry bags. If you're doing a rafting/boating trip, that's the type of bag you want to consider

5 5

Favorite pack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

As my title states, this is my favorite pack I have owned. It is well made, comfortable, nice looking, and can hold a lot more than I expected it to. The depth (front to back) of the pack isn't huge in my opinion, but can still hold plenty of gear. It is a pretty long pack, but still comfortable. As long as this pack continues to hold up, I will remain very satisfied with my purchase, and would definately recommend it.

Are the side pockets big enough to hold a...

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Are the side pockets big enough to hold a nalgene? Or, possibly a small book/guide. I'm interested in this pack for field work.

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Yeah, I have this pack and I put my nalgenes in the side pockets all the time!

Will this pack or any of the other Osprey...

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Will this pack or any of the other Osprey packs hold a 15.6" laptop? Thanks

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This one should hold a 15.6" laptop but it would be a tight fit.

Is this a good school back pack. I am...

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Is this a good school back pack. I am prabably going to be carrying at least 1, maybe 2, textbooks at once and probably 2 or more binders. Is this pack big enough? And i am around 5'5" or 5'6" so would this pack fit me?

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Are these large binders? Two textbooks shouldn't be a problem, but tossing a bunch of 3" binders in there is going to eat up space quickly. If it's big enough for your needs, it'll be the baddest backpack at school.

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Easily. This pack is badass and holds a ton of crap!... a shockingly large amount of stuff actually.

Does this pack have a mesh water bottle...

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Does this pack have a mesh water bottle holder on the side?

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yes, it does have a mesh water bottle holder

4 5

Room To Spare....

Like the extra pocket on the front of my NEW Quasar Pack, don't miss the mesh which was on my Ouantum, I don't miss the 1/2"in the main compartment that I gave up,still packing all that I need with room to spare in my NEW Quasar. Both are great backpacks. Wish Osprey would get rid of the elastic bands on the right shoulder harness strap (they stretch out shape)and go with what they have on the left shoulder harness(Nylon Cloth)on both sides..

5 5

Every day useability

I've had this bag about a year now and have no complaints whatsoever about it. I use it primarily as an every day bag between work and school. It somehow holds my 17" MacBook Pro in the laptop compartment as well as a couple books and papers without any problems. I also really like how this bag has a harness, which makes it perfect for use while riding a bike or a motorcycle.

It isn't totally waterproof by any means so that is one downside. Also, while I have used it for shorter dayhikes, I normally will use another bag for that purpose as this isn't by any means the best hiking daypack out there. Anyway, another fantastic entry from Osprey.

Every day useability
4 5

Great versatile bag

I bought this as my primary laptop bag to and from work and as a sometimes daypack. I have zero complaints when packing it with lunch, my laptop, water bottle, and some gym clothes. It's light and comfortable to wear.

As far as the day hiking goes there are definitely better bags out there but this still worked fine. It's construction is sturdy but I'm not sold on the laptop sleeve as a spot for the hydration bladder, though it works. Other than that I don't really have complaints.

I think that if you want a bag that fits 2 roles then this bag will be just fine.

I have a Talon 22 that I run with and...

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I have a Talon 22 that I run with and thoroughly enjoy. I would like a computer friendly pack that I could run, walk and bike with. Will this one work?

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It will as long as your Laptop is smaller than about 15 inches. To be on the safe side, I would look at a rain proof cover, as a heavy downpour will surely eventually soak through a bit, no sense losing your lappy to some outdoor wet fun

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I agree with Dwayne above. HOWEVER, there is no protective laptop sleeve in the Talon 22 (not designed for that). But, what I do when I use my Talon 22 for a laptop is throw the coputer in a neoprene sleeve. My favorite is made by Built Designs. Check out the dimentions and make sure its right before you buy one, but they are great.

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This would be a good back for that. If you need to carry a lot of other items like notebooks, textbooks, etc. you could consider a larger pack like the quantum but this should work fine for you. Do note that the hip belt is not as substantial as that on the talon (potentially important for running).

Will this backpack hold a 17 in laptop?

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Will this backpack hold a 17 in laptop?

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No. You would need a larger pack to carry a larger laptop like that. This pack should fit any laptop up to around 15 inches.

5 5

Great Pack

I've had this for about a week now. I currently use it for school in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and love it. It carries as much as I need, yet securely and snugly, whether I am walking or biking to class. The laptop poscket is nice, and the adjustable straps makes the fit just great. Well worth it.

Does this pack's laptop sleeve also hold...

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Does this pack's laptop sleeve also hold a bladder and have a port for the tube?

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Yes, the sleeve is for a laptop or bladder. The port doubles as a hydration tube pass through or a headphone pass through for the interior mp3 pocket.

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Yes, but the port for headphones/water is in the center of the top of the pack, which can make routing the cable a little tricky.