The importance of optimal hydration for running performance is no secret, but it’s hard to stay vigilant when it comes to fluid consumption on longer distances on the roads and trails. This is where the latest hydration systems come in. Not only are they portable, they are also performance driven. Made with the athlete in mind, check out these top hydration solutions to take on the run.
Osprey Rev 1.5
A standout if you’re looking for something light and fast, the Rev 1.5 debuts a Biostretch body wrap harness that keeps the pack snug and stable, allowing it to move with you rather than swing in the opposite direction. Including Osprey’s new 1.5-liter Hydraulics LT Reservoir, which is built to reduce sloshing, this is one of the most streamlined packs on the market…
When we start our search for a new piece of gear we often look for things that can cover more than one activity. Maybe you’re looking for a baselayer that is going to be good for skiing and also just as at home on a multi-day bike or hike. One place where gear claims to be multi-use but is sometimes really stretching it is with backpacks. With their Escapist series, Osprey Packs aims to build a pack that can get you out the door, on multi-day hikes, adventure races and even comfortably on a bike. Here’s our take on the Escapist 30.
MATERIALS and CONSTRUCTION
The large majority of the Escapist 30 is made using 210D nylon mini hex. This fabric makes for super durable performance combined with shape that isn’t distorted and keeps the pack balanced. In addition, the pack sports narrow side panels that use a 420 HD nylon pack cloth. These panels sport 14 reflective elements each for great visibility should this be one of your preferred cycling packs (with the added bonus of looking like you’re rocking some glow-in-the-dark zebra print). Each of the seams of the Escapist 30 is fully reinforced giving the internal structure just as much durability as the exterior.
For the shoulder harness and hipbelt, Osprey uses full-on EVA foam that includes ventilation slits. The foam, used in most shoes for cushioning, means that this pack has a dense and very solid feel in its contact points. The shoulder harness itself is wrapped in a very open Biostretch mesh and rather than thin straps, they’ve opted for a wider harness which again, aids stability and fit.
I was introduced to the Osprey Spin 32 at Interbike this year. I knew I’d enjoy her, but I had no idea she and I would be inseparable since the day she arrived at my doorstep.
This bag was born with a purpose and meticulously designed for ultimate user satisfaction.
The Osprey Spin 32 is a focused bag for the cyclist, not the racer, not the bike messenger, but all the other ‘tweeners, this includes the commuters, bike tourers, park rats, afternooners, all day adventurers, joy riders, grocery getters and the likes…
Hiking in cold climates requires an artful dance of gear selection. Too much and you end up overheating in a heartbeat, too little and you start to mentally list the first signs of hypothermia. Layering is vital, but it’s equally important to layer up with the right gear. Here are a few trail-tested cold-weather items, along with the best footwear to use and the right pack to carry your kit.
Cold-weather hiking means shedding and pulling on layers as you shift from overheated to cold, and the Stratos 26 makes that dress/undress routine a breeze. The two front zippered pockets on the waist straps are perfect to stash your gloves when things get warm, while the host of internal organizational options across 26 liters of storage space can let you separate your food from your layers. Trekking pole attachments lets you easily transition from straightforward hiking to rock scrambling, and it’s a breeze to stash your jacket under the lid of the top-loading pack…
While relatively new to the cycling scene, Osprey’s hydration packs have quickly built a following for their well-considered designs and robust construction. Perhaps because of the company’s focus on solid construction (as backed by the packs’ lifetime guarantee), the company has until now had little to offer the fast and light crowd.
Introduced at Interbike last fall, the Rev series is aimed at trail runners and endurance athletes looking for a stable, streamlined pack. In keeping with competition’s no stopping ethos, the Rev series is loaded with pockets that are accessible without removing the pack: our 6L example had six separate strap and wing pockets that a moderately flexible cyclist can reach while riding. Add a generous central compartment, a soft electronics pouch, a dedicated bladder space, and a bungee for the odd loose end and the Rev has plenty of storage to keep necessities close at hand and compulsive organisers happy.
Few products are as ubiquitous nowadays as the hydration pack. There are as many pack styles as there are preferences, so it’s definitely a crowded place for a company to compete. Naturally, Osprey is one of the big players in the market and their Viper 5 fits the fast-and-light niche that I’m so fond of…
The Viper 5 is the most compact backpack in Osprey’s entire line-up so it’s also their very lightest offering. The humble hydration pack is elevated to new levels of functionality by Osprey’s unique take on design and construction – throughout the tiny pack there are a host of clever features and thoughtful design touches that provide for a great user experience…
The basic layout of the pack is pretty simple – there’s the main hydration compartment, a small protective pocket for glasses and devices, an open shove-it pocket and a storage compartment with several pockets and keepers. The hydration pocket is special in that the zipper travels all the way down the right strap, thereby keeping the hose in-place and removing the hassle of having to thread it through a small opening (so nice)..