Osprey continues to offer more choices for cyclists in their expanding selection of hydration packs. New for 2011 are the Viper and Verve line. With four sizes each, from the 250 cubic inch ‘4’ to the 800 cubic inch ’13’, the Verve is unique in that it is aimed at the lady riders among us. Both the Verve and the Vipers are priced a bit more modestly than the Raptor line of packs, but have a strong family resemblance.
Described by Osprey as “a favorite of weekend warriors to elite mountaineers,” I tested a 2010 Argon 85 expedition pack. The 2010 model is the third generation version of this pack.
The Argon 85 (loaned by Osprey for the duration of the test) comes in three frame sizes: medium, large, and extra large, with the two larger frames having slightly bigger capacities. I tested a medium frame, which has a 5,100-cubic inch capacity. Hip belts are available in small, medium, large, and extra large.
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