Women’s Verve 10 Hydration Pack, Breast Cancer Edition
I’ve become so numb to the ubiquitous pink ribbon that it’s rare when a special-edition breast cancer awareness product catches my eye. So when I spotted this amethyst-hued hydration pack and learned that Osprey donates $4 of the purchase price to the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund, I was intrigued. With its strong-yet-feminine color and subtle graphics of prayer flags that Fund supporters use to communicate inspirational messages, the pack doesn’t scream cliché.
As for functionality, the lightweight pack features an outer mesh pocket and two zippered pockets, the divided main one big enough to stow several spare tubes, CO2 canisters, cell phone, and enough food for hours on the trail. The reservoir holds 100 ounces of fluid, more than enough for my weekend afternoon trail excursions. The bladder contains no BPA or PVC, so water doesn’t take on a plastic aftertaste, and an antimicrobial coating prevents germy nastiness. Thanks to an anatomically contoured shape, the pack is comfy to wear and doesn’t bounce around or slide.