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June 8, 2016

Next up in our Every Day Carry series is Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz. The 2013 EWS and 2015 European Enduro overall winner split his carry up for us, showing what he brings during a race and some of the extras he brings along on training and fun rides…

This is his race pack, built around the Alpinestars Paragon Vest. The vest incorporates back protection and a sleeve for the Osprey water reservoir, plus pockets for the snacks, mini pump, tool, tire lever and a few spare parts. He only fills the 1.5L bladder with 0.75L to 1L depending where the feed stations are located…

For fun, training rides, the story’s a bit different. Here’s what Jey says about his every day carry bags:

“I don’t like to go with a bag that is too big and have much volume. My choice goes for an Osprey viper 9L bag.”

Read Full Post – Featuring Syncro 15 – June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015

Call me old school but despite the fact that water bottles are reappearing on all-mountain bikes, I’m not about to give up wearing my hydration pack. Most riders (like myself) wouldn’t hit the trails without some basic tools, and having an extra layer on board is never a bad idea. After Bikerumor previewed some of Osprey’s 2015 hydration packs earlier this spring I had the opportunity for a full review on the Syncro 15, the closest comparison to my previous hydration pack made by ‘a leading competitor’ in the industry.

I’ve found the pack offers excellent storage space, a comfortable fit and its minimalist construction makes for a lightweight bag with extremely good ventilation. My old pack has been collecting dust since I got my hands on the Syncro 15.

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Download PDF – Featuring SS15 Syncro, Zealot and Escapist Series – April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015

synchrozealotescapistAlthough water bottle cages are making a comeback in the trail riding scene, they don’t carry anything but water – and not that much of it. Whether for fear of running dry or having a mechanical breakdown, many off-road riders won’t go too far without a good hydration pack. While there used to be one prominent brand in this market, companies like Osprey have jumped in with some nice looking product…

Osprey’s Syncro series packs have a clean and slim overall appearance, and the 10 and 15 are now 30% lighter than the outgoing models. The Syncro 3 has also been added to the lineup as a simple, compact option for shorter rides…

The revised Zealot is a 15L pack (down from 16) aimed at the all-mountain or enduro crowd. It’s ready for race day with full face helmet carrier straps, a front ‘shove-it’ pocket and large side pockets for armor, a removable tool pouch and Osprey’s 3L Hydraulics reservoir…

The Escapist Series is classified as ‘multi-use’ by Osprey. Since it does include a hydration pack pocket, a blinker light attachment, integrated raincover, and Lidlock helmet attachment it could easily do double-duty as a large riding pack and an all-purpose knapsack. However, the Hydration resevoir is not included with the Escapist series. For 2015 Osprey has updated the looks and released new sizes for the Escapist Series…

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Download PDF – Featuring Zealot and Raptor Series – December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014

I’m not sure that my mom reads, but I sure hope she does. The holidays are a fun time to exchange some gifts, but also figure out what to get for others. After all, it’s the thinking of others that really makes me truly happy…

Osprey Packs have figured out how to make an excellent riding pack. Their entire line has proven to work very well, and their guarantee is above all others. If you are going to spend your money on a pack, an Osprey is the way to go. The Zealot and Raptor are my primary ride packs, and even after several years of use, both are still working like new.

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Download PDF – Featuring Raptor 6 – October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014

Osprey has been making backpacking packs since 1974, and have built a reputation for themselves as one of the most durable pack makers. In 2009, they introduced the Hydraulics line, aimed at cyclists and runners, these are smaller packs that have specific designs and integrated hydration bladders. The Raptor series is for mountain biking, trail running and light hiking, and were re-designed in 2012 with easier bladder removal, a tool pouch, lighter shoulder straps and better ventilation than the first generation.

I have used this pack as my go-to for day rides for the last two years, trying to get to the edge on that legendary Osprey durability. It has been crashed, submerged, rained on and sweated in. Here’s how it held up…

The “6″ in the name of the Raptor 6 refers to the volume of the pack in liters, with it being the smallest of the Raptor line. A 10 and 14 are also available. I found the 6 to be just the right size for day rides, as the space inside was very thoughtfully sorted out to carry all of the things necessary. There is an included roll-up tool pouch for the small things, along with two slots on each side of the pouch for pumps or other longer things. I typically carried a tire pump, shock pump, multi-tool, tire lever, chain lube, spare tube, cell phone, keys and camera on a ride.  There was plenty of room for all of these things, as well as extra for any additional food or clothing needed that day…

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Download PDF – Featuring Talon 6 – September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

Fanny packs. If enduro wasn’t already the lamest marketing trend since 27.5″ wheels, the ass backwards 80′s fanny pack has suddenly reared its ugly head in some misguided sort of pseudo euro fashion statement. Damn it…Yet it’s our duty to report on the latest and greatest coming and goings of the industry, so since Tyler is a roadie, and Zach only rides fat bikes, I was somehow conned… into running an enduro bro fanny pack battle off. Yay me…

Like the Camelback FlashFlor LR, the Talon 6 from Osprey was designed with hikers in mind, although the company claims it’s also ideal for trail running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing…Inside there are two major compartments. The outer is smaller, but still large enough to fit a cellphone, wallet, etc… and has a key ring…The inner most pocket is voluminous and can easily hold a small jacket, and a couple of beers. Once fully loaded, two compression straps on the exterior of the bag allow you to cinch everything down…

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Download PDF – Featuring Portal Series, Radial Series, Spin Series and Momentum Series – May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

Osprey has expanded their lineup of packs from the hydration models we’ve seen before to cover commuters as well.

The new Portal series gets, as the name suggests, clear “portals” that allow tablets to be used without removal. Shown above is the Pixel (right) and Pixel Port (left). The Pixel’s portal is under the flip cover front panel, and there’s a handy removable zippered punch to store all of your cables, chargers and various other lifelines required in this digital age. Closed, it fits into the lower zippered pocket on the bottom of the bag.

Inside the Pixels are plenty of pockets for small bits, a main cargo section and padded laptop sleeve. The larger Pixel also has zippered expansion panels, increasing your carrying capacity on demand. Last but not least, both feature a padded top carrying handle. Retail for the two is $139 and $119, colors available are Black Pepper, Chestnut Brown, Pinot Red and Grey Herringbone (shown here).

Somewhat more bike-specific are the Spin (left) and Radial bags. The Spin uses a flap-style front cover with a nifty, easy to grab release handle on the bottom that holds it snug without the business-meeting-interrupting rip of Velcro. Inside there are laptop, tablet and document sleeves plus the main cargo section. A top stash pocket is on the outside, just above the LidLock helmet retention doodad (which works pretty well in our experience). Two sizes are available, retail is $129 to $139.

The Radial series (green) comes in two different volumes, each with two different frame sizes. The cargo section has a main top-zip entry plus a separate exterior zip entry for the padded laptop sleeve.

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Download PDF – Featuring Escapist Series – February 19, 2012

February 19, 2012

We saw the new Osprey Zealot and Syncro cycling packs at Interbike, both of which have a few bike-friendly features and are worth checking out. The new Escapist joins the 2012 lineup as the all-day pack with massive volume.

It shares the helmet attachment and short/tall size options and gets internal organizer pockets for bike specific tools and a blinky attachment loop with reflective strips all around. Straps are a breathable stretch mesh with wrap around waist belt with side pockets on the larger Escapist 30 (above, left). The main compartment has a large opening for cramming things in and a small slash/stash pocket on the top. The reservoir, which features their solid frame around it to keep the shape and help support the pack, uses a separate top loading insert slot. Various adjustment and compression straps help keep everything where it should be, and a ventilated back panel should help keep you cool and dry. And an integrated rain cover helps keep the pack dry. Two sizes, a 20 and 30 are available, both in the gray and blue colors shown.

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