Osprey’s Viper and Verve packs are now available in a smaller version that has 3 liters of cargo capacity, just enough room to carry a few tools and a small jacket.
Hydration pack specialist Osprey has been gradually expanding their range over the years, and for 2015 they’ve updated the Syncro by putting it on a bit of a diet, with a claimed a 30% weight reduction compared to the previous model. As the name suggest, the Syncro 15 can carry 15 liters of cargo, and holds Osprey’s own 3 liter reservoir (sold separately) in a dedicated sleeve. The reservoir has an large cap that makes it easy to clean, and the whole thing holds it shape no matter how much water it’s carrying. The hose has an drip-free nozzle and a magnet clip attaches it to the shoulder straps. Biostretch ventilated harness straps at the waist and chest and Osprey’s AirSpeed suspension, a mesh panel stretched over a Lightwire frame, ensure the pack is elevated off your back and held securely in place.
Hip bags have brought about a fresh trend in the mountain bike community, with riders looking for lighter and more minimalistic ways to carry essential items when out on the trail. Osprey’s new trail running Rev 6 pack might look a lot like a traditional mountain bike bag but it slots into that category as well by sporting a lightweight and simple package. The bag also sits higher on the back and is secured with two elastic-enhanced chest straps, a layout that is said to provide a comfortable yet snug fit that won’t shift around when you need employ some body english. And despite its trail running intentions, the Rev’s versatility should also make it an option for riders who are willing to considering something different.
The Rev line comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from the small 6 liter all the way up to a 24 liter option, with 12 and 18 liter options balancing out the line. Designed around the minimalist demands of a ultra-trail runners, the Rev packs include a variety of great features to make gear stowage easy and organized…
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. For Osprey, each of their male hydration packs come with a female equivalent. The Raven has a shorter torso length than it’s counterpart, the Raptor, as well as narrower shoulder straps and wider hip belts to better accommodate the female form.
Orange car, to orange pack. Osprey’s 2015 Zealot pack has been evolved to meet the needs of the enduro mountain bike racer. Plenty of features including the Airscape back panel and an improved hip belt to keep it securely on your back. There’s space for your helmet and protection, plus water and tools. The Zealot is available in 2 sizes, S/M and M/L and Atomic Orange or Charcoal colourways.
A 3 litre Hydraulics Reservoir is included with the Zealot, which has a stiff back plate on the reservoir that can help to protect your spine and also keep its shape so all your water doesn’t rush to the bottom of your pack, plus the handle to the front makes it nice and easy for you to hold on to when filling. The removable roll-out tool pouch lives in its own pocket at the bottom of the Zealot for quick access. The bite valve features a magnet to attach to the chest strap so it’s always easy to locate.
What Tyler Found: Day 1 – Sea Otter 2013
• This pack is made with female riders in mind: shorter torso, narrower harness straps, different hip strap cut.
• 3L reservoirs
• Roll out tool pouch
• Men’s version is the Raptor
• Comes in 6L ($109USD), 10L ($119USD) and 14L ($129USD) options
Pacific Northwest Deep Winter Gear Review – 10 Suggestions to Beat the Chill (…)
Osprey would seem to be the new kid on the block for bike packs, having started making hydration packs only in 2009. Owner/lead designer Mike Pfotenauer designed his first pack at age 16 and founded Osprey Packs in 1974 in Santa Cruz, CA. Now their headquarters are in Cortez, Colorado, where they have ready access to a plethora of trails for testing. The Syncro Pack from Osprey is lightweight, streamlined, and has a ventilated harness – just the thing for all-day trail epics. The pack comes in three variations based upon storage volume: 10 liter, 15 liter, and 20 liter. All three feature a 100-denier triple-Ripstop ‘High Tenacity’ nylon body, a Lidlock helmet clip, a three-liter hydration bladder, a variety of pockets for storage, and mesh side pockets for quick-stash items. Notable details are Osprey’s magnetic sternum buckle for holding the bite-valve, and an integrated rain cover that was a key selling point for me. I opted to test the Syncro 20, reckoning that while it has a LOT of cargo space, it also comes with compression straps, allowing me to streamline the fit of the pack in the event I wasn’t maxing its capacity. It has a main gear compartment, a smaller pouch for important gear like phones and wallets, as well as medium and a small-ish zippered stash pockets for tools, etc. The rain fly unfurls from its own zippered pouch on the underside of the pack.
Definitely a pack for wet weather! Osprey’s rain fly works well, and the pack itself is capable of swallowing as much gear as you are willing to carry.
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Osprey has a full lineup of bags that includes models for hiking, travel bags, and even child-specific offerings, but the Momentum 26 tested here has been designed with bike commuting in mind. The bag’s name refers to its 26 liters of storage capacity, although that figure increases to 31 liters when the zippered expansion panel is utilized, providing enough room for a change of clothes, your lunch, and whatever else you’d like to bring to work with you. A dedicated sleeve provides a protected place for a laptop, and a zippered pocket on the shoulder strap is ideal for a phone, camera, or wallet (although not large enough for all three at the same time, obviously), with the opposite strap being home to a key pocket that incorporates a clever retractable clip – no need to remove the bag to unlock the front door, and it also keeps you from dropping your keys. Your helmet can be clipped onto the bag via a plastic section that is attached to stretch cords, allowing you to slip it through one of the helmet’s vents and snug it down. The entire package becomes easy to deal with thanks to tuck-away shoulder straps that turn the Momentum 26 from a backpack into a handbag, complete with a side handle. Color options are bamboo (tested) and carbide.