Best Day Hiking Backpack – Osprey Manta 25

Osprey Manta 25

Osprey Manta 25

Are you looking for a day hiking backpack? In my opinion, the best backpack for day hikes is the Osprey Manta 25 – hands down! I took this backpack on multiple day hikes and I absolutely love it. It is very durable, light and really comfortable to wear.

The Osprey Manta 25 is slim & long and fits snug onto your back, so that your arms are not scrubbing against it while hiking. This also makes it a great backpack for trail running.

My back tends to start sweating quickly and the Osprey AirSpeed suspension offers a great amount of ventilation between the pack and your back.

Check out another great review of the Osprey Manta 25 at

Key Features:

  • Packing Volume: 25 Liters / 1,300 cu.
  • Weight: 11 oz. (empty)
  • Pack includes a 3 liter Nalgene Hydration Reservoir with a 180° on-off pivot bite valve
  • Integrated rain cover and pole stowing system
  • Magnetic sternum strap buckle
  • Elastic stretch woven front pocket
  • Light alloy frame suspension
  • Tensioned breathable mesh fabric provides superb airflow through back contact zone.
  • Side crescents for side ventilation


  • Our Rating:
  • Light-weight, comfortable and very durable
  • Price range: $97.98 – $139.70

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2 Responses to Best Day Hiking Backpack – Osprey Manta 25

  1. Zeusman says:

    Totally agree with this review! I own one too and it’s superb! Tried A TON of backpacks and this one is so well thought out with great pockets, and place to sunglasses away from rest of gear and nice outside pouch to keep wet, smelly clothing away from expensive electronics.

    The bladder is super and its pocket is lined much better than other hydration packs.

    This is the pack I reach for whenever I’m headed out and it’s warm outside. Truly superb!

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