When I’m on the trails, it takes all of my mental fortitude to avoid tripping on a root and smashing my face into the ground. Because of this, I have long been on the lookout for a hydration pack that allows me to focus on my feet instead of the bouncing of the pack on my back. Osprey’s new Rev Series, available in Spring 2014, absolutely nails it.
Offered in six sizes ranging from a solo bottle up to a 24 liter, the Rev Series is unique in that it features the new BioStretch body wrap harness and waist belt. Truthfully, it sounded gimmicky until I tested it on the trails. However, the BioStretch is legit in that it allows the pack to move with the wearer, almost fitting like a shirt instead of a backpack. After 35+ miles on both trails and road, I can confidently say that I have never worn a hydration pack that moves so easily with my body.
We review a whole lot of travel gear on this blog every week, some of it good, some of it so great we can’t stop talking about it. Out of the 250+ travel and outdoor adventure items we used and abused this year, here’s what the four of us liked the best…
Amy Whitley’s Family Travel Outdoor Gear Picks
For me, 2013 was the year of wilderness travel for me and my gang, and my top travel gear reflects this. It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but topping my list has to be my Osprey Verve 5 L, reviewed in this hydration pack round-up post. Not only did the Verve get me through ski season well hydrated, but it continued to work hard throughout summer mountain hikes and desert road trips. I even got gross chair lift oil on my Verve, and it came out good as new.
The new Osprey Waypoint is a streamlined, modern conversion pack made for mobility. It has Osprey’s top-of-the-line suspension for days when you’re shouldering your load, as well as a new zip-away padded harness and hip belt. A large torso-adjustment range allows a great fit for most sizes. Bonus: a passport-size secret zip security pocket hidden behind the harness. The removable daypack has Osprey’s innovative Port Window tablet access – touch-sensitive film means you never need to remove your tablet from your pack to use it.