The Sea Otter Classic represents the start of the race season in North America, and serves as a venue for brands to show their latest wares to thousands of consumers roaming the aisles of the outdoor festival…There is a lot to see and we’re checking it all out over the next three days. Here are a few highlights from day one:
The new Osprey Escapist was made with bikepackers in mind. It comes in three sizes–18, 25 and 32 liter– and features a sleeping bag compartment, rain cover, external lid lock for helmet storage, adjustable harness for optimal comfort, water bottle side pockets and space for a hydration reservoir in an external sleeve.
Osprey also has a new line of ultra lightweight hydration packs called Syncro that come in 3-, 10- and 15-liter options. Each one shaves about 11 ounces off its predecessor by using a lighter reservoir and cap and lighter materials. But the best part is the Quick Connect tube, which allows you to disconnect the water hose without unraveling it from the pack in order to free your reservoir for refilling.