Three Cheap Osprey Backpacks

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If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to turn your back on a great deal on a new backpack. Osprey, of course, is one of those coveted brands that can be tough to find on sale.

So, in the interest of helping anyone out there looking for a new backpack narrow down their choices, I’m going to take a moment today to highlight three cheap Osprey backpacks!

Osprey Daylite Plus

Cheap Osprey Backpacks - daylite plus

Pack Capacity: 2 liters (1220 cubic inches)

Weight: 1 pound

Fabric Details:
210D Nylon Double Diamond Ripstop (Main) and 400HD Nylon (Accent and Bottom)

Dimensions: 18 x 10 x 9 inches

Best Use: Day Hiking, Travel, Everyday Use

This pack was originally designed to be an accessory to some of Osprey’s larger packs. However, it has taken on a life of its own and now stands alone as a great pack for day hiking, lightweight travel, and everyday use.

They are still able to attach to a variety of larger Osprey packs and are popular as summit packs for hiker on longer treks. They’re comfortable, simple, and, most importantly, affordable.

With a large, padded interior sleeve, you’ll be able to safely carry a laptop around town or insert a hydration bladder for a long day hike. It also has one of those great front “shove-it” pockets for those items you don’t want to bother organizing elsewhere!

Osprey Scorpion 45

Cheap Osprey Backpacks - scorpion 45

Pack Capacity: 43 liters (2563 cubic inches) for the Small/Medium size and 45 liters (2764 cubic inches) – Large/XL size

Weight: 3.37 pounds for the Small/Medium and 3.46 pounds for the Large/XL

Fabric Details: 630HD Nylon Packcloth (Main) and 1000D Nylon Packcloth (Accent and Bottom)

Dimensions: 24.8 x 13.78 x 11.02 inches (S/M) and 26.77 x 13.78 x 11.02 inches (L/XL)

Best Use: Backpacking, Hiking, Climbing

This is a great pack for the old-school ultralight hiker that doesn’t need all the excessive features that some other ultralight packs tout. The Scorpion 45 has been stripped down to the bare essentials to allow you to go farther, faster.

This pack owes its original design to users in outdoor programs like Outward Bound where they needed packs that could handle more than 150 days of use per year.

In addition to the bare essentials for hiking, this pack has everything you’ll need for backcountry travel, including an A-frame ski carry solution, rope carry, and ice tool attachments.

Osprey Kresta 30

Cheap Osprey Backpacks - kresta 30

Pack Capacity: 28 liters (1709 cubic inches) for the XS/S size and 30 liters (1831 cubic inches) for the S/M size.

Weight: 3.04 pounds (XS/S) or 3.16 pounds (S/M)

Fabric Details: 420HD Nylon Packcloth (Main and Bottom) and 420HD Nylon Mini Check Dobby (Accent)

Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 12 inches (XS/S) or 20 x 12 x 12 inches (S/M)

Best Use: Women’s Backcountry Riding

This pack has great options for attaching skis or a split board, as well as all essential gear for safe backcountry riding. It’s got a large front zippered pocket to keep your shovel and probe ready at a moment’s notice.

One cool features is back panel access that helps you access snacks and other gear while keeping everything inside your pack dry (an essential for backcountry riding!).

Side compression straps help to keep the pack load stable when you’re breaking trail and a built-in back pocket is ready for a hydration bladder so you can stay hydrated as you keep seeking your next epic line!

Quick Backpack Buyer’s Guide

Purchasing any new backpack requires careful consideration. It’s an item that you don’t want to mess up because it can (and should) last you for a long time.

For example, I still have the very first pack I bought. It is now over 10 years old and probably has been used for well over a thousand cumulative miles.

To aid in your decision, this quick buyer’s guide will focus on two critical factors: how much you want to carry and how much you’ll be using your new backpack.

How Much Do You Want to Carry?

Carrying capacity is an important consideration because experienced backpackers have often narrowed down their gear to the absolute essentials. Therefore, they’re most likely searching for a smaller pack that allows them to travel lighter, further, and faster.

However, new or intermediate backpackers (or those of you that only get out a few times each summer) typically like to have a little more space to carry their gear.

This allows you to throw in a few of those last-minute items that may not fit on the “Essentials” list, but that will make your trip that much more fun and enjoyable.

My general rule is as follows: My typical daypack falls in the range of 20 to 30 liters (this is still a bit large, but I like to carry a little extra if I’m going out for just a day).

My typical overnight pack falls in the range of 35 to 50 liters (this gives me plenty of space for sleeping gear, food, and cooking equipment, but I won’t be bringing too much else).

And my typical multi-day pack falls in the range of 50 to 70 liters (this gives me plenty of space for everything I’ll need for a week, or even a month, on the trail).

How Often Will You Use Your New Pack?

Are you backpacking every weekend during the summer or are you only getting out on two or three trips per summer? There will be a difference in your needs depending on how much you plan to use your new backpack.

If you fall on the spectrum of more infrequent use, you can get by with buying a solid “middle-of-the-road” pack (in terms of price) and still have it lasts a few years before you even think about replacing it.

If you plan on using your new pack on a nearly weekly basis, however, it makes sense to pay a little more for a pack that you can be sure will last.

When it comes to your pack, the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” certainly rings true. Fortunately for you, Osprey is one of the most trusted brands on the market today.

What Do You Think Of These Osprey Packs?

Which of these, if any, would you consider buying? I’d love to know what attracts you to one pack over the others, and what features you deem “indispensable” when it comes to a backpack.

Also, if you decide to purchase any of these packs after reading this review, I’d love to know how you like it once you’ve put it to good use for a few fall adventures!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review of these discounted Osprey backpacks and I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below. I’ll be quick to reply to any questions, comments, or concerns you feel like sharing!

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  1. Rodarrick

    Great post you have shared here and I must say you have shared quite a lot of things concerning all these Osprey backpacks. They look really great and worthy. Also, the variety in structure and all makes them really good to get. From the listing here, the one I found really good is the Wayfarer 70. Very good one!

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  2. Tom

    Hi Tucker,

    I am a big fan of Osprey backpacks, I don’t have one myself, but I have a couple of hiking friends that swear by them. We do a lot of hiking together in the French alps. During the summer we did a two day hike to Chamonix, staying in a refuge. For a hike like this, you really need to have some room for supplies. The Variant 52, would be ideal for this kind of trip.

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hey Tom! I’d love to make it over to hike there someday. I believe that you’re right in selecting the Variant 52 for a hike like that. Although everyone seems to be trending towards ultralight hiking/trekking, I always find that a little extra pack space goes a long way! 

  3. Rose

    Thanks for this post on the backpack. I got the Wayfarer 70 around last year in April when we wanted to go for a vacation. The bag was just the best for me. It’s very spacious and contained every item I took in it, but it got it misplaced at the camp so I think I am gonna get another one soon. Thanks for this great review!

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      Tucker Ballister

      So sorry to hear that your bag was misplaced Rose! I’d love to hear how it goes acquiring another one. If you’d like any other recommendations for packs similar to the Wayfarer 70, please don’t hesitate to let me know! 

  4. Gracie

    Thanks for this great review on The Backpack Guide. Some months ago we wanted to travel to greet some of my family members in a foreign country. We had to get a good backpack and we got the Variant 52, which was very good for us because it contained everything we packed inside of it. I would like to recommend it to anyone going for a trip. Thanks!

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  5. Sipheni

    I like this women’s perigee pack especially for hiking and travel. It looks portable and simple but in a stylish way. You seem to have quite a collection of nice backpacks here. You know what, I’ll have to bookmark this post so I can later revisit it and drill down the text. Thanks a lot for this wonderful post.

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      Tucker Ballister

      Thanks Sipheni! I’m glad you found the site useful and I’d be happy to work on reviewing any other packs that you’re curious about. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! 

  6. Travis

    I am a big fan of Osprey backpacks. In fact, I have had my current backpack for many years! Unfortunately, it is time to get a new one, as I have worn this backpack out, but many amazing adventures were had with it! The Wayfarer 70 looks like the perfect replacement for me, but enough to carry what I need to carry and I really like the idea of the detachable day pack for smaller excursions. Thank you so much for your help! I can’t wait to get out of the trail with my new pack!

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      Tucker Ballister

      And so the cycle continues Travis! I had my first REI backpack for over 10 years and lots of miles. But there comes a time when we all must upgrade. I’m glad you found a recommendation that suits you here and I’d love to hear about your experience with your new pack once you’ve put it to the test!

  7. LJ

    As a mother of 3 boys who are now grown, it used to be that the zipper would break or the threading would come undone. Every 6 months to a year I would have to replace the bags. What I would like to know, are the bags boy-proof? :)… I like the look of the Variant 52 and the women’s Perigee. Great bags are always worth the money you pay for them. Another thing is that when I click on the link to check the price it took me off your website.

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hi LJ! These packs are designed to hold up for miles and miles on the trail or traveling around the world. The link you clicked should take you to Amazon if you’re looking at the Variant or the Perigee! If you’re having trouble with that, please let me know. Just for your convenience, you can click the links below for the pack you’re most interested in! 

      Perigee Pack

      Variant 52

  8. Pamela Arsena

    I am thrilled to stumble across your website as I am in the market for a new backpack for my sister.  Her favorite colors are pink and purple therefore I will be getting her the Women’s Perigee Pack I discovered on your blog.  I can’t wait to see the look on her face this Christmas because it is hard finding that color combination that looks classy and sophisticated like she is.

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      Tucker Ballister

      I love to hear that Pamela! I think that will be an excellent choice for her and I look forward to hearing how she likes it! When you have time after the holidays, come on back and shoot me a message. Happy Holidays! 

  9. Jordan Smith

    Very accurate assessment of the variant 52 pack which has become my “go to” pack for…summer. I might not qualify for the ultra-light category of long distance hikers but I’m very conscientious of what I carry. I’d be in the camp that believes the only thing that really matters is how the pack feels on your back once loaded and that the materials, workmanship, looks and design do matter. I might take a look at the other packs in the future.


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      Tucker Ballister

      I couldn’t agree more Jordan! I wouldn’t consider myself an “ultralighter” and I place a higher priority on how the pack feels once it’s loaded down. I’m glad to hear you’ve liked your experience with the Variant 52! If you’d be interested in crafting a full review of it and guest posting it here, please shoot me a direct email and I can provide a template! 

  10. Justin Eberly

    Great article on backpacks!
    I use a backpack for my hunting trips and they are defiantly worth their price!
    The amount of things you can put in them is unbelievable and it will keep your pockets and hands empty!
    I prefer a backpack that is sturdy with several different zippered compartments to store food and hunting accessories separate from the main storage area where I put my coat while I am walking.

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hey Justin! 

      What type of pack do you use for your hunting trips?

      It’s clear that you know what you’re looking for in a hunting pack and I’d be curious if you’d like to review the pack that you use and publish your experience on The Backpack Guide for other readers?!

      If you’re interested, shoot me an email and I’ll send a review template your way! 

  11. Riley

    Hello Tucker, it’s nice to be able to come back to your website and get some very nice reviews on some very good backpacks. U like so many times that I just come to gaze at the beauty of your recommendation, I actually am being recommended to something today. The osprey Scorpion is the bag I’m going for because I’ll be going hiking in a couple of weeks and I need a very good backpack for it. I’m happy you shared this post. Thanks

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hey Riley! 

      I’m glad you found a pack that you’re excited about from this post. 

      Would you be interested in sharing your experience once you’ve taken the Scorpion out for a few trips?

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