The average mountain bike ride starts, finishes and winds up at a brew pub in under five hours. Most of us are in and out—a quick and dirty foray into the wilds. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We could stay all day. And night. Provided we had the gear to do so.
Bikepacking might be the trendiest of things these days (the Great Enduro Craze of 2014 finally losing its bit of steam), but as far as bike-industry trends go, bikepacking is pretty damn cool. Extending our time in the outdoors so that we move beyond the impersonal rip through the countryside? I’m all for that. The gear that’d let you extend your stay, however, has been lacking. That’s where the Osprey Escapist series comes in. There are three models in the line, with the 32 (shown here) being the largest of the bunch. And large it is: this thing is, really, more of a daypack with hydration capability than the other way around. The Escapist 32 offers up 32 liters (that’s 2,000 cubic inches for everyone who still thinks of engine displacement as either “289” or “302”). Or, to put a finer point on it, you can hump between 15 and 30 pounds worth of crap in this thing. Try that with your garden-variety hydration pack.