The Zealot 16 is Osprey’s first foray into the gravity orientated hydration pack realm. The fully featured 16 liter capacity pack is comfortable, tough and carries loads competently, with a nicely padded and well ventilated back panel. Osprey has been making packs since 1974, and although they’re headquartered in Cortez Colorado, their manufacturing takes place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Osprey Zealot 16
The Zealot 16 is made with tough and durable 210D Nylon Nailhead, 500D and 1000D nylon fabrics, and utilizes their molded foam AirScape back panel, BioStretch ventilated harness and a 40mm straight ErgoPull hip belt with padded hip wings. It has their brilliant LidLock helmet clip and blinker light attachment patch. The pack has a 16 liter capacity, and includes their 100 oz (3 L) Hydraform reservoir and a roll-out tool pouch. The pack comes in two colors, Pitch Black and Octane Blue, and two sizes, Small/Medium and Medium/Large, weighs in at 920 grams and retails for $149. In addition, they have a Zealot 10, which has a 10 liter capacity and retails for $129.
The large main compartment is accompanied by a padded front compression pocket, a top stash pocket, two stretch mesh side pockets, two hip pockets, and a mesh and zippered harness pocket. The main compartment is cavernous, and the useful back panel opening makes it easy to access items. I do wish there was some internal zippered pockets, slots and pouches for better organization of items in the main area, since things can get lost in the vastness of the compartment. The hydration reservoir fits into a separate pocket or sleeve on the rear of the main compartment, which isolates it for easier insertion while the pack is still fully loaded, and it has an elastic compression cord system to hold it tightly in place to prevent unwanted movement. The hip pockets worked for a gel packs, cameras, and phones, although it was a tight fit jamming an iPhone in there.
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