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BikeMag.com – Featuring Zealot 16 – June 30, 2013

June 30, 2013

Thirty-eight years in the trade have clearly taught the designers at Osprey a thing or two about making packs, because the Zealot 16—their 976-cubic-inch dump truck of a hydration pack—is the king of comfort. Go ahead, load the Zealot with 100 ounces of water, body armor, a full-face helmet, tools and any other creature comforts—the one thing you won’t feel is a pain in the back.

Though Osprey packs are no longer hand-made in the U.S.A., its quality control is remarkably stringent: The company’s founder and owner spends months out of every year at the factory in Vietnam to ensure that
design and production standards are kept high.

The results are evident. Consider the clever weight-distributing straps, low-profile reservoir, well-ventilated shoulder harness and ridge-molded back panel. No hot spots or aching shoulders from wearing this pack. The Zealot is also loaded with useful features, including the LidLock helmet clip—which fastens XC helmets to the outside of the pack—a removable, rollout tool pouch, a smart-phone/music-player pocket on the left shoulder strap and a magnet built into the sternum strap that secures the reservoir hose and keeps the bite valve within easy reach. The rigid-framed reservoir was also a breeze to fill and insert into a fully loaded pack.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Zealot 16 – June 30, 2013

June 30, 2013

Thirty-eight years in the trade have clearly taught the designers at Osprey a thing or two about making packs, because the Zealot 16—their 976-cubic-inch dump truck of a hydration pack—is the king of comfort. Go ahead, load the Zealot with 100 ounces of water, body armor, a full-face helmet, tools and any other creature comforts—the one thing you won’t feel is a pain in the back.

Though Osprey packs are no longer hand-made in the U.S.A., its quality control is remarkably stringent: The company’s founder and owner spends months out of every year at the factory in Vietnam to ensure that

design and production standards are kept high.

The results are evident. Consider the clever weight-distributing straps, low-profile reservoir, well-ventilated shoulder harness and ridge-molded back panel. No hot spots or aching shoulders from wearing this pack. The Zealot is also loaded with useful features, including the LidLock helmet clip—which fastens XC helmets to the outside of the pack—a removable, rollout tool pouch, a smart-phone/music-player pocket on the left shoulder strap and a magnet built into the sternum strap that secures the reservoir hose and keeps the bite valve within easy reach. The rigid-framed reservoir was also a breeze to fill and insert into a fully loaded pack.

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Mtbr.com – Featuring Zealot 16 – June 30, 2013

June 30, 2013

The Zealot 16 is Osprey’s first foray into the gravity orientated hydration pack realm. The fully featured 16 liter capacity pack is comfortable, tough and carries loads competently, with a nicely padded and well ventilated back panel. Osprey has been making packs since 1974, and although they’re headquartered in Cortez Colorado, their manufacturing takes place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Osprey Zealot 16

The Zealot 16 is made with tough and durable 210D Nylon Nailhead, 500D and 1000D nylon fabrics, and utilizes their molded foam AirScape back panel, BioStretch ventilated harness and a 40mm straight ErgoPull hip belt with padded hip wings. It has their brilliant LidLock helmet clip and blinker light attachment patch. The pack has a 16 liter capacity, and includes their 100 oz (3 L) Hydraform reservoir and a roll-out tool pouch. The pack comes in two colors, Pitch Black and Octane Blue, and two sizes, Small/Medium and Medium/Large, weighs in at 920 grams and retails for $149. In addition, they have a Zealot 10, which has a 10 liter capacity and retails for $129.

The large main compartment is accompanied by a padded front compression pocket, a top stash pocket, two stretch mesh side pockets, two hip pockets, and a mesh and zippered harness pocket. The main compartment is cavernous, and the useful back panel opening makes it easy to access items. I do wish there was some internal zippered pockets, slots and pouches for better organization of items in the main area, since things can get lost in the vastness of the compartment. The hydration reservoir fits into a separate pocket or sleeve on the rear of the main compartment, which isolates it for easier insertion while the pack is still fully loaded, and it has an elastic compression cord system to hold it tightly in place to prevent unwanted movement. The hip pockets worked for a gel packs, cameras, and phones, although it was a tight fit jamming an iPhone in there.

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TheAdventureBlog.com – Featuring Zealot 16 – June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012

Backpacks are a lot like tools. You definitely want the right one for job at hand. It use to be that you would simply buy a pack or two in the sizes that you needed and then you’d make them work for what ever outdoor pursuits that interested you. The same daypack could be used for hiking, mountain biking, skiing or what ever other activities that you needed it for. Now however you can buy a pack specifically designed for the sport you need it for, and like having the the right tool for the job, it can make all the difference.

Take for example the new Zealot 16 from Osprey, a pack designed from the ground up for mountain bikers. With its ample storage, well padded shoulder straps and belt, integrated AirScape suspension and built-in media pocket it has just about everything a rider could ask for when hitting the trail. Throw in a 3-liter hydration bladder and a Lidlock helmet attachment, and you have a pack that can match just about anything else on the market in terms of features. But we all know a checklist of features is only useful when comparing packs at the gear shop.

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SingleTracks.com – Featuring Zealot 16 – May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

Osprey has taken everything they learned from the Raptor, Manta, and other packs they have produced and used those lessons to release two new ultra-refined pack series: the Syncro and Zealot. Having previously reviewed the Manta 20 and Viper 13, I am familiar with the high quality of Osprey packs, and not much has changed there!

When I first checked out the Zealot at Interbike I was thoroughly impressed with the direction this pack was going. So read on, and for all you riders who fancy the wilder side of riding, pay close attention. This just might be the pack for you!

The Zealot is a definite departure from Osprey’s other packs, specifically in the materials department, with heavier duty materials and thicker webbing (straps). The mix of 210D, 500D, and 1000D nylon make up this pack, along with sections of stretch material strategically placed for comfort, and the ability to stabilize gear stored in those pockets.

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