Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) Review

The Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) offers protection and easy access to your phone, wallet, snacks, and tools while hiking and exploring a new destination.

Our Verdict

7.4 /10
Good info

Form

80/100

Design

67/100

Value

77/100
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Pros

  • Durable materials with good padding to protect gear
  • Versatile attachment system lets you fasten it to multiple things
  • No issues with the zippers or hardware

Cons

  • The colorway options aren’t for everyone
  • It’s a bit large for smaller packs with thinner shoulder straps
  • Plus-sized phones don’t fit inside the mesh pocket

Technical Details

  • Capacity

    1l

  • Weight (oz)

    2.75 oz (78 g)

  • Dimensions

    7.09 in x 4.33 in x 1 in (18 x 11 x 2.5 cm)

  • Notable Materials

    Nylon, Meets bluesign® CRITERIA, DWR Coating, YKK Zippers, Duraflex Hardware

  • Manufacturing Country

    Vietnam

  • Warranty Information

    All Mighty Guarantee

Buying Options

Brand
Price
Deal
Osprey Logo
$25.00 
Backcountry Logo
$24.95 
Moosejaw Logo
$25.00 
Amazon Logo
$25.00 

Full Review

We’ve all been there—you find a daypack you love or explore an excellent trail with your new favorite pants, only to realize you don’t have a quick and effective way to store your phone, wallet, or snacks. What are you supposed to do? Well, you should check out the Osprey Pack Pocket. This design lets you quickly access your phone or any other similarly sized item, whether you’re wandering through the airport or down the Grand Canyon Trail. The look isn’t for everyone, but we’ll get to that!

External Components

In typical Osprey fashion, the Pack Pocket’s product page has a wealth of information about the materials. This time around, we’ve got bluesign® approved nylon stretch mesh, which has a durable, water-resistant coating made without PFAS, an excellent shout for the environment and sustainability. At the time of writing, Osprey has gone to great lengths to ensure many of their products utilize bluesign® approved, sustainably sourced materials. In our experience, that’s rad!

Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) Outdoor
Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) | We dig this thing.

The zippers are from YKK and operate smoothly. There’s a paracord-like pull with plastic on the end. It forms a loop, making it easy to open and close, no matter the weather or location of the Pack Pocket.

The pouch’s padded exterior protects the gear you store inside. This is ideal for all kinds of equipment. After all, you don’t want to break the glass on your phone when a wayward branch comes crashing into your chest because your hiking partner didn’t hold it long enough, and you probably won’t be too happy if you smush your celebratory Honey Bun while scrambling up a mountain with rocky outcroppings. Whether you’re looking to protect a phone that costs $1,000 or a snack that costs $1, this thing has you covered.

Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) Full
Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) | In the studio.

A non-padded version of the Pack Pocket won’t offer you as much protection but will save you a few ounces. At the time of writing, you’ll save $5 by choosing that option, too. If weight is significant to you or you don’t need extra protection, that’s not a bad look.

The Osprey logo is imprinted on the front of the pouch, which we dig. It isn’t loud or in your face, which can’t be said for other Osprey gear we’ve tested. From a distance, it isn’t visible. Once you approach, you can see it, but it’s still subtle.

The back side has two hook-and-loop fastener arms. You can attach these to a shoulder strap, hip belt, or a standard pants belt. The zipper is oriented so that you can access it no matter how you have it attached, so long as you pay attention to where you’re putting it. The track opens around two sides, so you can always get to it.

Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) Back
Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) | Here’s the harness system.

On the top is a small clip that you can connect to PALS webbing (even though this isn’t technically a MOLLE accessory) or an attachment loop, offering another connectivity method inside or outside your pack. This hardware is small and stays out of your way when you aren’t using it, which we dig.

The back panel has mesh and padding, which promote airflow and comfort, respectively. These add weight to the pack but also offer protection for the backside of the pouch, so we’re on board.

At the time of writing, there are two colorways available. We’ve got the Waterfront Blue model, and there’s a Black one available, too. The model we have on hand is a little loud for our liking, and even if you like saturated colorways, this might be too much. That said, both protect your gear and get it from point A to point B, which is the most important thing. How does it do that? Let’s dive into it.

Inside The Pocket

There’s not much going on inside the Pack Pocket, but there might be more than you expected.

Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) In Use
Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) | It offers quick access to your phone.

There’s a mesh pocket on the back wall for storing gear you don’t want bouncing around the main compartment. It has a diagonal topper, which makes access easier. There’s a little tab in the center so you can grab onto the top more easily to place and remove gear. A standard-sized phone should fit here, but your device might not if you have a plus-sized model or a large case. The mesh pocket is a great place to lock down larger, heavier gear, too, so that it isn’t bouncing around and annoying you while you’re walking, hiking, or jumping rope. Hey, we don’t judge.

Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) Stuffed
Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) | There’s a phone, wallet and snack inside.

There’s a key leash inside, too, which, in our experience, we found to be handy. There’s nothing worse than not being able to find your keys after a long day hike or evening exploring the city. That said, if you don’t plan to use it, it can be annoying to get around when accessing the compartment, particularly the mesh pocket. On the Waterfront Blue colorway we have on hand, the key leash is red, which is easy to see.

That’s it—there isn’t any more organization here, just space to stow your gear. It’s a stellar size to fit your phone, snacks, minimalist wallet, and an everyday carry tool or two. Sometimes, using this handy pouch can negate the need for a sling if that’s all you’d stow in there.

Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) Waist
Osprey Pack Pocket (Padded) | It works on a belt, too.

The Pack Pocket is an excellent tool for hiking or on more adventurous trips; however, it looks a little out of place in the city, especially if you get one of the more saturated colorways. If that doesn’t bother you, you’re all set!

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • The back side has ample padding and mesh for breathability, which we dig
  • We’re curious how secure the hook-and-loop fasteners are
  • The hardware is from top brands; we’re excited to put it to the test
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

  • The materials and hardware have held up well, even after multiple drops
  • No issues with the attachment system; it’s sturdy
  • The interior may leave something to be desired, but it works for most travel uses
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By Eric Hergenreder
Created January 3, 2024 • Updated April 9, 2024
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