The Syncro 3 hydration pack was my first experience with Osprey, and I was super impressed by the smart, well-thought-out details on this pack.
The Syncro 3 is new this spring, and it fills a much-needed role in my bag repertoire: For most of my hourlong, weekday trail rides, wearing a full-on hydration pack feels like overkill. I can bring a bottle, but because I hate the feeling of fully loaded jersey pockets, I don’t have a good solution for holding a tube, hand pump, mini-tool, and my phone without a bag.
The Syncro 3 is a minimalist pack designed for shorter ventures like these. It holds 1.5 liters of water, and has two small compartments—a pocket in the front that’s open at the top, but taut enough to hold most flatter items securely; and built into the main compartment, a small, zippered “shove-it pocket.”