As I am spending longer and longer days on my mountain bike this summer to get ready for the Breck Epic, I need more than just one water bottle to get me through the ride (on my new bike I won’t even have the liberty of a water bottle cage). With a 2.5L reservoir and just enough space for the essentials, the Osprey Syncro 3 makes the perfect dirt shredding companion.
The Syncro 3 verges on the minimalist side and that’s just the way I like it–all I want with me on a ride around Marin is water, snacks, tools, my phone, and a jacket. The 2.5L reservoir (included) fits inside the main compartment, with a hanger to hold it in place. The larger Syncro models feature a J-zip front tool organizer pocket but not the 3L size. Instead, I just shove my tool roll, along with my jacket, in the bottom of the rather large front stretch pocket. A smaller zipper compartment with key clip provides enough room for your iPhone 6 and some snacks.