REVIEWED: Osprey Cyber Port 18L daysack
Super-compact daysack for digital nomads with a unique tablet window
If you’re travelling with tech, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking that it’s all about protection. Gadgets need a layer of foam a zipped compartment, sure, but wrapping them up and hiding them away makes them pretty dormant, too. Step forward the Osprey Cyber Port, which makes it possible to use a tablet while it’s still in its dedicated storage pocket.
That ‘Port’ window is revealed after unzipping the front flap of the Osprey Cyber Port, with a toggle provided to hook it back out of the way (something that covers and encloses the shoulder straps). That pocket itself is good for a 10-inch tablet, though it’s designed in such a way that an iPad Mini sits in the correct position, too.
This novel design has its origins in bags designed for bike couriers, but here the ability to use a tablet – perhaps for consulting a map, a itinerary, calendar or check-in details (does anyone still travel with paper?) on an iPad – is a unique idea.
Weighing about 750g and measuring 450x300x200mm (well within the EU maximum carry-on luggage size), the Osprey Cyber Port isn’t the lightest daysack around, but it’s one of the most compact. Almost completely flat when empty – and with no expansion options (sadly) – its main compartment can store a laptop (measuring a maximum size of 340x228x25mm at the back. There’s a nice Velcro strap to hold it in place.
On the exterior of that pocket is a second tablet-sized pocket as well as two netting pockets, possibly designed for smartphones, one of which contains a short red clip to attach your house keys (always a welcome feature in a rucksack, whatever its size.
Too many pockets?
Also on that panel are two pen slots and three tiny USB stick-sized pockets, which are less than necessary and clutter-up an otherwise pretty sleek appearance.
However, the highlight is probably the increasingly popular easy access pocket on the to, a Kindle-sized area that can take a smartphone, and perhaps a pair of sunglasses, too. It’s actually larger than most such pockets, and it’s lined with scratch-free fabric that has a mottled look.
A die-cut foam back panel and some slim, yet strong, neoprene-backed shoulder straps prove comfortable to wear, with that all-important chest strap for cycling included, too. All zips are water-resistant design and sport silicon loops ideal for hanging a pair of sunglasses on.
With a tough though cleverly compact build quality and an attention to detail,the Osprey Cyber Port makes a great daysack for those travelling with tech.