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YMMVReviews.com – Featuring Syncro 15 – September 2012

September 18, 2012

YMMV Review

Everyone out there probably knows who Osprey is. They are one of the large pack manufacturers with a range of packs varying from urban to the backcountry and much in between. Over the last couple of years, they have been focusing more on their Hydration line and in 2012, they introduced the Syncro collection. This collection is made up of three packs varying from 10 to 20 liters in size. I worked with Osprey to test the middle one, the Syncro 15 Pack.

Testing

The Syncro Series of packs are a multi use hydration series aimed first at cyclists and then hiking and other activities. I tested the Syncro 15 mainly on the bike but also took it out on the trail and even used it commuting. For my rides, they varied from 15 to 100 miles in a variety of temperatures. As I tested the pack through the summer, I did not have any real rain to deal with, lucky me!

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YMMVReviews.com – Featuring Xenith and Xena – August 16, 2012

August 16, 2012

In the Spring of 2013 Osprey will be releasing some new packs for those carrying large loads in the backcountry. The Xenith is the men’s version while the Xena is for the women. They will be engineered to carry large loads comfortably with gender-specific needs and fits. They will have a more robust version of the LightWire peripheral frame suspension for ideal load transfer. They will also have the all-new BioForm4 CM hipbelt and harness to provide a supportive and customizable fit. The hip belt is exchangeable for different sizes and can be heat molded for a truly unique fit. The packs will have good pocketing and multi zip access to the main compartment for better organization. Even the zippers have been designed with a curved path for smoother action and relieved stress. The hipbelt will have pockets for storing smaller items, and the lid will have two pockets and be able to be removed to be used as a lumbar pack. The biggest change with the packs is that they will have an external hydration sleeve in the backpanel so you will not need to remove items from your pack to get to the reservoir.

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YMMV reviews – Featuring Talon 22 – July 2011

July 19, 2011

The Osprey Talon 22 is a solid lightweight do almost everything pack. It features a bunch of pockets for your organizational needs. There are two on the hip belt for storing small items like digital cameras or nutrition. There are two pockets on the shoulder straps as well. These are a bit smaller and can fit music players or cell phones. The pack has a large main compartment and a smaller essentials pocket also accessible from the top. Inside the main pocket there is also a small Velcro closing pocket that can be used to store important items; it is not very big (15 cm Tall x 14 cm Wide). The most useful pockets I have found are the stretchy pockets on the outside of the pack. There is one on each side which is good for water bottles or other small items you need to stash quickly. There is also a large stretch pocket on the outside of the pack which is great for a jacket. Osprey has really thought out the details on these outer pockets, the main back pocket has a drain hole built in to it. The side pockets have a mesh section at the bottom so they can also let out water.

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