INTERBIKE 2011: OSPREY PACKS GET SIMPLER, GO BIGGER
While Osprey’s entries into the bike market have all been very well built, it turns out that some riders aren’t looking for quite so much organization (or the weight and complexity that it can bring) in their packs. For them, Osprey has released the pared-back Syncro 10, 15, and 20.
On the rough & tumble side of things, Osprey’s Zealot is a freeride-oriented pack that is a bit sturdier, is fairly thin (to be comfortable while riding the lifts), and has full clamshell-style access and a cool tool roll that deploys from the bottom of the bag.
For spring 2012, Osprey is pushing harder into the gravity realm, as well as into adventure biking. For the former there’s the Zealot series of freeride packs, with the 16 and the 10. Both have anchors/sleeves for a full-face/body armor while maintaining access to side- and top pockets as well as the heart of the pack. The entire back panel clamshells open, with your pads or body armor or jacket still attached to the outside, so you can gain access to the center without removal of all that gear. Another clever addition is a removable, roll-out tool pouch that gets its own pocket at the base of the pack.