Deep in the American West is a chasm so great, crossing it seems out of question to the average tourist peering into its maw. But there’s soul in the Grand Canyon, and those willing to take the plunge will find the beating heart of a beast, not to mention two billion years of geological history. Going “Rim to Rim to Rim” is a double-crossing of the Grand Canyon, covering 42.4 miles and 22,000 feet of vertical, and it’s a rite of passage for ultra runners. In late April I laced up with my friend Erich Owen and ran the trail from mid-morning to dusk…
The Rev series is Osprey’s vision of a technical trail running hydration pack, with a proprietary harness and belt designed to fit like a shirt. The reservoir has built-in baffles to reduce sloshing, and also has convenient features like a media pocket and bungee compression on the front panel.
When I’m on the trails, it takes all of my mental fortitude to avoid tripping on a root and smashing my face into the ground. Because of this, I have long been on the lookout for a hydration pack that allows me to focus on my feet instead of the bouncing of the pack on my back. Osprey’s new Rev Series, available in Spring 2014, absolutely nails it.
Offered in six sizes ranging from a solo bottle up to a 24 liter, the Rev Series is unique in that it features the new BioStretch body wrap harness and waist belt. Truthfully, it sounded gimmicky until I tested it on the trails. However, the BioStretch is legit in that it allows the pack to move with the wearer, almost fitting like a shirt instead of a backpack. After 35+ miles on both trails and road, I can confidently say that I have never worn a hydration pack that moves so easily with my body.
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Given their reputation for quality and accompanying lifetime guarantee, it’s no surprise that Osprey’s hydration packs have traditionally run to the ‘substantial’ end of things. Function and durability have long been good and the packs have held up very well, but the Colorado company hasn’t always had much to offer the fast and light crowd.
For 2014, this changes with the introduction of the Rev series. Coming in 1.5L, 6L, 12L, and 24L capacities, the Rev packs make use of what Osprey are calling the “Biostretch” harness and body (as opposed to waist) belt. The design is intended to hold the packs’ content against the rider’s back while allowing the pack to move with the rider. A pared-back and baffled Hydraulics LT reservoir does away with much of the Hydraulics model’s structure, contributing to significant weight savings. As an added bonus, the reservoir’s disconnect has been moved to the top of the bag, reducing the likelihood of spillage when removing the hose.
Highlighted here is the new Rev series of packs from Osprey from the Spring 2014 collection. The Rev packs will be available in 3 sizes – 1.5 liter, 6 liter and 12 liter.
The Rev 1.5 pack is lightweight and made for short, quick rides and it is also handy as a race pack or for those rides where you don’t need to carry a lot of stuff. It comes with a redesigned, simple, lightweight reservoir that holds 1.5 liters. Basic storage compartments for keys and other small items. The 1.5 list size uses a body belt system as opposed to the typical full length pack with a hip belt. The straps are shorter than a full size pack, but are wide for comfort. The double sternum strap holds the pack in place. the digi flip pocket on the left strap allows the phone to be carried safely, but still remains easily accessible right through the clear plastic. The MSRP for the Rev 1.5 is $70.
The Rev 6 (6 liter size) comes with a 2.5 liter reservoir and features more storage space than the 1.5. The MSRP for the Rev 6 is $100.
The Rev 12 (12 liter size) has a belt that comes around your rib cage with zippered pockets on the belt section. It has more storage capacity and is made for longer rides when you need to store more gear and accessories. The MSRP for the Rev 6 is $110.
As part of the Sping 2014 collection from Osprey, all 3 packs in the Rev series will be available in February of 2014.
Osprey is a well known and loved brand. When it comes to light weight packs, they are one of the best. It’s great to see them innovating and light weight, minimalist packs are perfect for those quick after work rides.