Like most outdoor sports, mountain biking is primarily a man’s world, at least in terms of gear. So I was happy to find the women’s specific Osprey Verve 10 Hydration Bike Pack. I’m an intermediate mountain biker and most of the rides I did in this pack were one to three hours. I used the Osprey Verve 10 on around 20 rides for this review.
I’m picky when it comes to hydration packs, the extra weight on my back usually makes my lower back hurt. For years, I used a minimal Wingnut pack that didn’t even have a top compartment.
Osprey makes the Verve series in both a men’s and women’s model, with the primary difference being that the women’s pack features a shorter torso. This is good or bad, depending on the length of your torso. I am 5’8” and felt the torso on the women’s pack might be a bit short for me.
However, the pack is comfortable and has some nice features. There is a small pocket at the top that is good for small items or electronics. Since I turn my phone off and don’t ride with an Ipod, I fill the small pocket with car keys, lip balm, patch kit and energy bars – the kind of stuff that would fall to the bottom in other packs I used.