BikeRadar.com – Featuring Manta 20 – July 5, 2013 – Osprey Packs Press
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BikeRadar.com – Featuring Manta 20 – July 5, 2013

While the 20 litres of storage space makes it overkill for your average trail centre spin, if you’re preparing to head further off the beaten track then this multi-use pack is comfortable, versatile and adaptable.

We really love the Airspeed back, which uses a sprung mesh panel to evenly distribute weight without any hot spots, and allows plenty of airflow. The well-designed waistband also helps to keep weight on the hips, preventing back pain even when the pack is fully loaded.

Two wide and long zipped waist pockets give quick access and loads of storage, but people with particularly skinny waists might struggle to tighten it down sufficiently. The straps are a similarly light, comfortable and well-vented mix of mesh and foam; neat guides keep excess straps under control.

There’s a separate compartment for an up-to-3L bladder, though you don’t get one with the pack. Osprey’s own redesigned, rigid-backed Hydraulics 3L bladder is an excellent match, though, and resists the tendency some bladders have of turning into an unmanageable sausage at maximum capacity. The magnetic bite valve holder is a great party trick too.

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