When we start our search for a new piece of gear we often look for things that can cover more than one activity. Maybe you’re looking for a baselayer that is going to be good for skiing and also just as at home on a multi-day bike or hike. One place where gear claims to be multi-use but is sometimes really stretching it is with backpacks. With their Escapist series, Osprey Packs aims to build a pack that can get you out the door, on multi-day hikes, adventure races and even comfortably on a bike. Here’s our take on the Escapist 30.
MATERIALS and CONSTRUCTION
The large majority of the Escapist 30 is made using 210D nylon mini hex. This fabric makes for super durable performance combined with shape that isn’t distorted and keeps the pack balanced. In addition, the pack sports narrow side panels that use a 420 HD nylon pack cloth. These panels sport 14 reflective elements each for great visibility should this be one of your preferred cycling packs (with the added bonus of looking like you’re rocking some glow-in-the-dark zebra print). Each of the seams of the Escapist 30 is fully reinforced giving the internal structure just as much durability as the exterior.
For the shoulder harness and hipbelt, Osprey uses full-on EVA foam that includes ventilation slits. The foam, used in most shoes for cushioning, means that this pack has a dense and very solid feel in its contact points. The shoulder harness itself is wrapped in a very open Biostretch mesh and rather than thin straps, they’ve opted for a wider harness which again, aids stability and fit.