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    8 Reviews


    Haul it all.

    You don't have much to complain about since trading your car payments for a commuter bike, but the one thing you miss is the easy and efficient storage of a trunk. Luckily, Osprey Packs offers the next best solution in the form of the Radial 34 Backpack. This bike-friendly pack is loaded with cycling-specific features, including a LidLock helmet attachment and stretchy U-lock front pocket.

    This year, Osprey decided to add an external shoe pocket to the Radial (34L only), so your stinky cycling shoes won't get mixed up with your clean clothes or documents. Osprey also equipped the Radial with an extremely well-ventilated Airspeed back panel, so you don't walk into the office with a huge sweat stain on your back. The laptop sleeve has an external access zip so you can reach your computer quickly when you show up two minutes for a meeting starts. Side compression strap, a lightweight waist belt, and a sternum strap keep the pack from bouncing around when you're weaving through busy city streets. A high-visibility raincover keeps your supplies dry, while also helping you remain seen on overcast days. And when you need to stop for a drink of water, the Kickstand keeps your pack upright, whether it's empty or fully-loaded.

    • Bike-friendly daypack for dedicated commuters
    • Laptop and tablet sleeve with external access
    • Airspeed back panel ventilates, even with heavy loads
    • Built-in high-visibility raincover
    • Side compression straps stabilize load
    • LidLock helmet attachment and U-lock sleeve
    • Blinker light attachment and reflective details
    • Integrated Kickstand keeps pack upright
    • Item #OSP0356

    Tech Specs

    420D nylon, 420D HD nylon
    [small/medium] 32L (1953cu in), [medium/large] 34L (2075cu in)
    [external] 1 zippered front, 1 zippered side, [internal] 1 tablet
    22 x 15 x 12 in
    Claimed Weight
    [S/M] 2 lb 12 oz, [M/L] 2 lb 15 oz
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Works well

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Its a really nice backpack and like other reviews I think the new straps are not the best. If your looking for a pack that holds everything you need for school or work this is the pack

    Disappointed with update.

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

    The old radial pack minus the kickstand had a egg carton back in case your back made contact through the ventilation mesh onto the back of the pack. The egg carton texture prevented flat surface to flat surface contact that would render the unique design of the $150 and plus priced pack useless. The next kickstand included radial pack no longer has the egg carton texture on the back. I tried it on, and my warm back frequently made contact through the mesh ventilation. The warm sweaty back feeling was comparable to an experience wearing a backpack bought at Kmart for $40.

    The old osprey radial also has a sturdy adjustable strap near the shoulder straps. These straps balance out weight, reduce movement, adjusts for comfort, and ultimately prevents the shoulder straps from ripping when there is a heavy load.

    The new bungee cord is obviously cheaper and easier to manufacture. It reeks of cheapness and only stretches without being adjustable or weight distributing.

    The old adjustable sturdy straps are MUCH MORE high quality and functional.

    This new PACK IS A GIMMICK.


    Pete - so sorry that this isn't working out for you. I have a great friend who swears by this pack, specifically the ventilated back panel. I understand that you prefer the egg carton, but I don't believe that it's the case for everybody. I also have heard about the bungee on the harness. Please don't assume that we change something to make it cheaper. We tried to make it better and it seems like the old harness had worked better. I have given Osprey this feedback already.

    As always, Osprey packs have an "All Mighty Guaranty" - There is no pack company that has such an extensive warranty on their product. Because we have this warranty, it is in our best interest to build products that don't need to "engage" the warranty. We don't do "cheap" and to your point about being easier to manufacture; it's just untrue.

    You words about this pack being a "GIMMICK" seem pretty rough. Necessary? Please consider in future reviews keeping your criticism constructive. We are always happy to hear ways to improve our products.

    Osprey Rep

    The bungee cord on shoulder strap produces some cartoon effect of the pack bouncing up and down like a stupid horsey as you jog military style up cavernous and treacherous trails. Yeah.... right. Out where comfort, survival, safety, and dependability are important, a well engineered pack that prevents equipment failure is what is necessary and desirable. Osprey has been maintaining a reputation of producing high quality products, but OSPREY packs inc. seems to have let this capitalistic sucker product that maximizes profits on the shoulders of a high reputation slip by their image and quality assurance management.

    Redesign ups and downs

      Decent redesign but Bunjee load "straps" do not provide the same level of stability at traditional ones.

      Hi there - thank you for the review. Can you tell me more about this? The stretch given on the straps is designed for premium comfort while riding and commuting, which is the focus of this pack. If one uses it for other things (technical day pack use, etc), there are other packs we make that are better for that, but not as ideal for bike commuting. It's always a trade off!

      Hope you enjoy the Radial, regardless - I think the straps are completely a great update.

      Osprey Rep

      Leta, I can comment on this. The bungee cords amplify any side-to-side motion, while creating some up-and-down bounce, which only gets worse when you stand to peddle up a hill. Casual commuters won't spend $180 on a dedicated bag, hybrid or touring riders can use panniers, road bikers or people with multiple bikes (me) can't use panniers and need something stable at speed.

      Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Size: 5'10", 18.5" torso, S/M
      Commute: 10 miles roundtrip
      Weather: Boston in January....

      I had been eyeing the previous model of this bag for a while and actually went to REI multiple times to check out both the 26 and 34 versions. The problem always came down to wanting the larger one, but hating those weird little side pockets.

      ENTER THE REDESIGN and my wife for coming through big at Christmas! The suspended mesh back panel distributes the load well, comfy on or off the bike, and reduces the dreaded sweat build-up. I initially thought the kickstand was gimmicky, but boy was I wrong. It's super convenient having the pack stay up and open and is probably my favorite feature. The small front and side pockets are great for storing tools, plus phone/wallet, although I keep going back and forth on which to use for what. I have a 14" laptop, and the pocket for that is great, with lots of extra room if you have a larger one. The main compartment is massive; easily holding a day's worth of clothes and food, plus an extra pair of gloves, buff, and wool baselayer, with two little interior pockets for keeping the buff and gloves separate. Yesterday I put my softshell jacket in there too because it warmed up in the afternoon, and there was still room for more. I've been putting a small towel and a pump in the front shoe pockets, but will be carrying shower flops come summer since I leave my normal shoes at work. The sunglasses pocket on top is a nice touch, and keeps them from getting scratched or squished. I got caught in a storm on my way home, and the rain cover was excellent; protects the bag without any billowing.

      UPDATE: I started with the M/L, but traded it in for the S/M because I'm closer to that range. After using that for a little while, I decided 34L is just too big for me. The stretchy load lifters generate lots of instability, and I'm hoping to mitigate that with the smaller version.

      Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

      Nice bag, but has issue with framing.

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

      I was super excited to get this bag, but didn't realize at the time that it had an internal frame system. Not a deal breaker for having one by any means. It was light and made of high quality materials like every Osprey pack. The problem is that at the bottom of the framing system, there is a curved black plastic base on the outside of the pack that digs into your lower back. I tried mine on un-weighted, but could already tell it was a definite no-go. So I ended up returning it.

      Hey Duncan, thank you for writing. We have heard this issue and have addressed it with some changes for the future. But please know also that many people do not have this issue, so the current model will work for lots of folks. For you, we do have an update!


      Osprey Rep

      Holds a day's worth of essentials.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I was looking for a bag that wasn't huge and could fit a day's worth of cycling and work essentials in a tidy, organized way. This bag fits the bill perfectly. I'm about 5'8", 118lbs and got the S/M sized pack, which fits comfortably to carry everything without being too bulky. The separated mesh back panel is awesome for airflow and seems to conform to my back for comfy walking or riding, which is a huge improvement over other packs that just have the rigid laptop compartment right against your back.

      My favorite piece is all the organization. My laptop gets its own zippered compartment away from the main cargo compartment, and separate zippered compartments across the front and side let me keep all my riding gear, lunch, laptop accessories, etc. neatly organized. The side pockets aren't big enough to zip closed over a water bottle, but they're the perfect size for sunscreen, snacks, or a tub of chamois cream, and the side compression straps work well to keep water bottles in those pockets safely.

      On construction, this pack is pretty bombproof, which isn't surprising for an Osprey. So far it's holding up to day-to-day use perfectly.

      Holds a day's worth of essentials.

      Good bag but with one fatal flaw

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Has been using it for over half year.
      Pros: good craftsmanship as Osprey has always been--nice back venting system, practical and convenient pockets layout, good material, etc.
      Cons: the bag has a hard metal/plastic frame to keep the shape, and it is a contour shaped to fit perfectly with your back. It is a good intention, but the contour curves too much at the bottom of the bag, which is corresponding to your upper hip area. This cause the frame to poke your body, to pull your pants down because it is stuck with the belt area. Very annoying. I've tried both the S/M and M/L sizes, and unfortunately none works.

      Hey there BWK - Thank you for taking the time to share this. I have been a rep with Osprey for 22 years, and this type of constructive feedback gives us the opportunity to improve. Thank you so much - I will get this over to the designers at Osprey.

      Osprey Rep

      BWK, Leta here again from Osprey. Here is what the product designers said when I sent over your feedback:

      "We have made improvements to the frame shape to not have as much of a corner and we have added padding on that corner on the wing that attaches the hipbelt."

      So, the really take feedback like this to heart and work to improve the product constantly. They had heard this before and have already taken steps to correct it. That's one of the things I LOVE about Osprey!

      Again, thank you for writing!


      Hi Leta,

      So if I bought this bag today (10/16/2015), are you telling me that I will not find this issue with the frame poking into my hip as that has been taken care of already and the bags in stock everywhere currently are the updated version?


      Great bag overall but very big

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

      The bag is very high quality. It seems like it is better than my Osprey Escapist. It also vents well. However it is very large and I think too big for everyday commuting. As a result of the large size my back still had some sweat on it because it is fully covered. I am pretty big, 6'1'' 190lbs and pretty much every inch of my back is covered by the bag. Compared to an Osprey Escapist 30 this thing feels huge. The size down might be good for commuting. I think I am sending this one back and will try the size smaller.

      I packed it full of shoes, a change of cloth, lunch, tube and pump and there was still a ton of room for more stuff.

      Unanswered Question

      Is the black backpack the newest 2016 model? The black image shows the older model, but the image for the red backpack shows the newer model.

      Would this bag be big enough to get a pair of Alpine Ski Boots (26.5) inside the main compartment? I have a 32L bag that they fit into, but looking to update it. Some people might like the enormous unruly bags that are made for ski boots and such, but I've found that a large pack works just as well and I can use it outside of ski season.

      Your old 32L backpack is about 1952 cubic inches which is comparable to the Radial 34 in S/M. The internal tablet/laptop pocket will take up some of the volume inside the main compartment and might prevent your boots from fitting inside. Other good options might be an Osprey alpine/ski pack like the Kode or Kestrel. The good news is the we have an awesome exchange policy so if the Radial 34 does not work for your boots you can swap it for free.

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      Has anyone used this for mountain bike...

      Has anyone used this for mountain bike (single/double track trails) commuting? If not, is there a bag on the market that's specifically made for MTB commuting?

      I haven't personally used this, though I mountain bike a lot, and have with plenty of different backpacks. I'd say if this bag works for regular bike commuting (which it is designed for) I see no reason why it wouldn't work for mountain bike commuting as well.