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A do-it-all pack for the singletrack bound.
Get your mountain bike or hiking gear together with the Osprey Manta AG 28 Hydration Pack. Designed for daylong adventures, the Mantra AG 28 incorporates tons of thoughtful details to keep you on the move. A lightweight, supportive, and breathable Anti-Gravity suspension system helps to distribute the weight of the pack evenly along your hips, shoulders, and lower back, while the convenient panel-loading design grants easy access to the cavernous main compartment with a quick zip. Osprey built the Manta AG from durable nylon fabrics to withstand heavy wear, and the included hydration reservoir makes it easy to stay hydrated whether you're mountain biking, hiking, or just hoofing it across campus.
- Anti-Gravity suspension system
- Lightwire frame
- Biostretch harness
- Front panel access
- High tenacity nylon fabrics
- Integrated rain cover
- Hydration sleeve (reservoir included)
- Helmet attachment loops
- Side compression straps
- Trekking pole loops
- Item #OSP004X
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Before I launch into this review (and this is my first review ever) let me say that I am a fan of Osprey and own 6 of their packs in different sizes and for various purposes.
My wife and I use our day packs on a continual basis in our role as interpretive rangers at a state natural area here in Texas. The AG design is not only comfortable but also works great in the heat. The layout of the pack is well thought out and the new hydration bladder ( no more cross threading) and reservoir sleeve design is a real plus. The shut-off on the bite valve is not as simple as the old design.
Now for the negative. The H2O hole is in the center of the pack. Gone is the selection of left or right holes to route the tube from the bladder. Consequently, the tube exits the pack right at the base of your neck and must make a right angle bend to thread down the shoulder strap. Because of the bends in the tube coming off the side of the bladder and then making the right angle turn, the connection at the quick release tends to come undone...not to mention having the tube riding on your neck. I have fiddled with the system and seem to have it under control. I can only assume that the rational for the one centrally located H2O hole is cost. I think in this instance Osprey has messed with what was a previously successful equation and they should rethink this feature. Still, the AG design makes it an extremely comfortable pack that I can (and do ) wear all day.
Probably more of a 4.5 star rating.
Still a fan of this fine product.
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Durable and comfortable
This is the One
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My wife used this pack for nine consecutive days of day-hiking on the Tour du Mont Blanc in France, Switzerland, and Italy. To avoid the cost and complication of having porters bring our luggage around from town to town, my wife packed all of her belongings for nine days into the Manta AG 28. Mind you, this was two pairs of pants, base layers, shorts, several pairs of underwear (for hand washing), sandals, rain gear, gaiters, toiletries, sleeping bag liner, water, and kindle. There was even space to stuff in a packed lunch. With those items, this pack was completely maxed out for space, but my wife did comment that this pack does not lose any comfort with added weight, due to the Anti-Gravity suspension system.
This pack was great on warm days, and when it snowed on us on July 14 in the Alps, the rain cover that is included with this pack kept it dry, and also served as a waterproof butt-protector for impromptu sledding! I can't say enough good things about this pack.
Great design, but needs a L/XL size.
The M/L sizing really doesn't work for me as I'm just beyond it's extreme range of torso length at 22". I tried to get fitted in the store and it just won't sit right. I'm 6' 1" 205Lbs and although the hip sizing has lots to spare, this model pack could really use the addition of a L/XL size to account for long torsos. Other than that it seems like a fantastic pack for day hikes with that extra bit of gear. I love all of the features and the burly construction, not flimsy material like the U/L Osprey packs. I'm giving it 4 stars from what I can tell from reviewing it in the store. Dropped a star since it won't fit.
Fantastic Day Hiker
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is my first Osprey bag, and I absolutely love it. By far the most comfortable pack I have used. The feature that keeps the surface of the backpack out of direct contact with your back really makes long treks on hot days quite comfortable. With the new 2016 model, the hip belt actually grips your hips, making for even better weight distribution and less fatigue. Phenomenally functional and supremely stylish, this pack is a no-brainer for any outdoor enthusiast.