After the successful introduction of its trail-oriented Raptor hydration packs, Osprey developed the larger Zealot for all-mountain rippers and freeriders. The pack comes in either 10-liter or 16-liter sizes, in two torso lengths. The Zealot has space for a full-face helmet and sleeves for armor. A clamshell design allows access to the large main pocket, but the pack’s trickest feature may be the roll-up tool pouch that zips into an easily accessible pocket under the pack.
Bicycle Retailer and Industry News Interbike Show Daily – Featuring Zealot Series – September 14, 2011
Imagine being able to strap a 17-inch laptop into the padded pocket, then toss in school books and papers, a bike u-lock, a change of clothes, and shoes, to your back—and hardly feel it. The Osprey Momentum pulls off this feat, and is one of the most well-designed and highly versatile commuter packs I’ve used. A wide wide variety of organizational pockets keep your tire pump, patch kit, and multitool in place, leaving more than enough space to stash all your daily commuter materials. With 34 liters of storage, if you run out of space you’re probably packing too much—except the pack also has a zippered expansion panel that offers eight additional liters of storage capacity!
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.
Women’s Verve 10 Hydration Pack, Breast Cancer Edition
I’ve become so numb to the ubiquitous pink ribbon that it’s rare when a special-edition breast cancer awareness product catches my eye. So when I spotted this amethyst-hued hydration pack and learned that Osprey donates $4 of the purchase price to the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund, I was intrigued. With its strong-yet-feminine color and subtle graphics of prayer flags that Fund supporters use to communicate inspirational messages, the pack doesn’t scream cliché.
As for functionality, the lightweight pack features an outer mesh pocket and two zippered pockets, the divided main one big enough to stow several spare tubes, CO2 canisters, cell phone, and enough food for hours on the trail. The reservoir holds 100 ounces of fluid, more than enough for my weekend afternoon trail excursions. The bladder contains no BPA or PVC, so water doesn’t take on a plastic aftertaste, and an antimicrobial coating prevents germy nastiness. Thanks to an anatomically contoured shape, the pack is comfy to wear and doesn’t bounce around or slide.
I have been using this backpack for the past four months, putting it through international travel, bike and hiking excursions and daily commuting and shopping trips in rain, shine and snow. My medium/ large pack has been a burly companion that can tote up to 34-liters-worth of stuff and weighs 2.9 pounds (1.3 kilograms).