This pack is a great addition to any trail running and mountain biking gear collection. It’s a minimalist pack that’s just big enough to carry a two-liter reservoir, a spare tire, bike tools, a Clif Bar, cell phone, an extra layer, or, in my case, bear spray.
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The Osprey Aether 85 is an outstanding pack that sets the bar in quality and features for the price. As with any feature-built pack, the extra zippers and tool ties add a bit more weight to the design but the trade off is absolutely worth every ounce. The Aether, along with all of Osprey’s packs have a very durable construction that shows almost no abrasion or wear after a solid three months of daily use on the trails of New Mexico.
The Momentum is weather resistant, hydration compatible and laptop friendly. It has a high-visibility reflective graphic to ensure cars see you, an integrated rain cover and a LidLock™ helmet attachment. A few other features include a blinky patch and a U-lock pocket. Side “briefcase” handles easily transition the pack from the bike rack to the office.
Deliverying a more streetwise look to bike commuting, the Metron has a high-visibility raincover that deploys on the fly to keep your gear dry, padded laptop sleeve, smartphone pocket on the shoulder strap, internal organization for mp3 players, pens, and a LidLock™ helmet attachment.
We’ve been singing the praises of the Osprey hydration packs that were introduced this year and for 2011 the company is diving even deeper into the bike scene. The Momentum (yellow pack in photo below) is geared toward commuters, though urban mountain bikers will love the hydration compatibility, LidLock helmet attachment, and U-lock pocket. This pack is so new there isn’t any info on Osprey’s website or in the pamphlets they were handing out.