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BikeRadar.com – Featuring Escapist 32 – May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015
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Surely it can’t be… oh, but yes, it is! It’s the end of another work week, which means that it’s time to show you the latest test gear to arrive at BikeRadar’s US office in Boulder, Colorado. Feast your eyes on the goodness while you make your plans for the weekend. And now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go for a ride…

Osprey Escapist 32 pack: The Escapist 32 is aimed at bikepackers and adventure riders who need big capacity in a lightweight package. The huge main compartment can be accessed through upper or lower zippered openings, or split into two separate sections. A plethora of other zippered and open sections on the exterior help you organise smaller items, too.

There’s also a dedicated sleeve for a hydration reservoir, a liberally padded mesh back panel and hip belt for comfort, side compression straps to help manage bigger and/or heavier loads, and even a built-in rain cover for when the weather turns sour…

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BikeRadar.com – Featuring Zealot 15 – February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015
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Hey there, bike riders. Happy Friday. Take a break from your work and get the weekend started off right with a nice visual dose of bike gear. Here are 10 pieces of the best and most interesting gear that showed up at the BikeRadar offices this week…

Osprey’s Zealot 15 aims to meet the needs of enduro racers and bike park riders. The Zealot can carry body armor, a full-face helmet and has a separate zippered compartment on the bottom of the bag for tool storage — there’s even a removable tool roll for trailside repairs.

The Zealot 15 now features a clamshell-style main compartment that opens wide to allow access to your essentials as well as to the hydration sleeve, so there’s no need to remove the three-liter reservoir when it’s time for a refuel…

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BikeRadar.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014

The Raptor 10 is just large enough to carry everything you need for extended backcountry riding while leaving the kitchen sink at home. As the name implies, the Raptor 10 has 10 liters of cargo capacity. It’s just large enough to hold a pump, tools, a couple of tubes, some food and a light jacket without feeling cumbersome.

Pros: Comfortable fit, packed with thoughtful features

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While this pack has the all essentials of most other trail packs, it’s the small creature comforts that set the Raptor 10 ahead of the competition. Osprey’s LidLock is an oval shaped piece of plastic that passes through a vent on the top of your helmet and is held in place by elastic cord. It’s a nice touch that makes transporting your gear that much easier.

Of all the details Osprey includes in its packs, perhaps the most useful is the magnetic hose holder that’s mounted to the sternum strap. There’s no fussing with trying to tuck the hose out of the way to keep it from flopping around in front of you while you ride; it just stays put.

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BikeRadar.com – Featuring Manta 20 – July 5, 2013

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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BikeRadar.com – Featuring Syncro 10 – April 5, 2012

April 5, 2012

Osprey’s latest offering, the Syncro, is essentially a lighter, more streamlined version of their Raptor series packs. Three different capacities are available – 10 (tested), 15 and 20L – and each pack comes in both small/medium and large/XL sizes, which is great for riders at either end of the body spectrum.

Once the correct size is chosen, the pack fits quite comfortably thanks to multiple strap adjustments and padding on both the shoulders and hips. The one weak link is the thin, flimsy and removable waist strap, which seems out of place when compared to the rest of the retention system. And speaking of retention, there’s nothing to keep all the strap ends from flapping around in the wind.

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Bikeradar.com – Osprey Talon 22 backpack – September 14th, 2010

September 22, 2010

The Talon’s well designed harness system gives a truly comfortable feel out on the trail. The deep hip belt sits snugly in position and it’s easy to fix the weight to your shoulders with the looped adjusters.

The Ripstop fabric used for most of the body means that you’re not carrying extra weight before you pack up, and once you do fill your pack, the profile is still sleek.

The overall effect is that the pack feels like it’s wrapped round your core, so that it not only seems like you’re carrying less, but the load remains supple and moves with you.

The well thought out pockets include zipped numbers on each side that you can access without removing the pack, and a stretchy helmet/wet weather compartment.

This is the pack we’d choose for epic days, and it’s also available in a 20L size to fit narrower or shorter backs. It has a hydration slot, but no bladder.

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Raptor New Hydration Pack Leader

December 28, 2009

BikeRadar.com made this statement after spending some time reviewing the pack. They loved the multitude of innovative features found on the pack, and said that this product “soar[s] over other hydration packs”. To see more, click here.