Summertime mountain bikers require plenty of water for long, hot, dusty rides, and what better way to carry that water than with a sweet Osprey hydration pack? I recently had the chance to review the women’s-specific Verve 9 Osprey pack, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.
According to the Osprey website, the Verve 9 is ideal for 1.5 to 3-hour bike rides and is also suitable for trail running or day hiking. It comes with a 3-liter hydration bladder as well. The pack includes 9 liters of storage space, as well as several great new features. I took it out on a 2.5-hour bike ride recently, and it held plenty of water and gear for a ride of that length.
The Verve 9L pack (pictured here in Passion Purple) has two zippered storage compartments and a deep, open center pouch for stuffing rain coats, bandanas, etc. Visible in the top center is the helmet holder. This is a great feature for times when you’re simply climbing up a dirt road on a hot day and really don’t need your helmet on. The lower hip belt (which I’m using) can be removed if you so desire.
I found that the pack had plenty of room for my tools, windbreaker and snacks. All the straps are easily adjustable, and the backpack is comfortable even when loaded with gear and 2.5L of water.
One of the greatest features of any Osprey pack is the magnetic bite valve clip. Instead of fumbling for a drooping hydration hose and bite valve while riding, this one attaches to your sternum strap buckle. It has a 180-degree on/off pivot and is easy to reach and reattach while riding. Also, one strap has a small front pocket for stashing a gel shot or granola bar.