Review: Osprey Pixel Port backpack


Raise your hand if you have a bag obsession. Me! Me! Backpacks are great for my shorter rides and I’ll take a two-strap pack over a briefcase for work any day.

The Port in the name refers to a clear window under the main flap, designed for accessing a tablet’s screen without removing it. This could be a great feature for folks who use public transit or need to find directions around town; either way, not having to take out your electronic device during a rushed time period is very cool. For me, the front window was useful for displaying my “to do” lists everyday. Open the bag and—BAM!—list of things I should have done yesterday.


Inside, the Pixel Port has a snug, padded and fuzzy laptop sleeve with a Velcro closure that will fit up to a 15-inch laptop. There are also plenty of inner pockets as well as a pocket on the outer flap for things like keys or lip balm.

One of my favorite little touches about this backpack is an inner handle under the main flap, a very handy feature when using the Port and needing to hustle. The straps and back of the bag are comfy with a nice amount of padding without being too bulky. The sternum strap has the ability to slide up or down for a good fit. The bag is a little too slim to squeeze a water bottle inside when a laptop and tablet are already in place, but that’s what water bottle cages are for.

At $119, Osprey’s Pixel Port backpack has a plethora of pockets and a swanky style. If your daily adventures involve trekking out into the rain, I would recommend picking up one of Osprey’s Hi-Vis raincovers to go along with it.




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