The gear trend these days has been about the “one quiver.” You know, that gear that can do it all, every day? We’ve got one-quiver skis, one-quiver bikes, one-quiver shoes, and even one-quiver backpacks. Well if you’re in the market for a one-quiver pack, then rest your trail-weary eyes on the Osprey Escapist 30 hydration pack.
The Osprey Escapist 30 is part of Osprey’s mountain biking pack line, and has all the features you’d want for that. But strap this to your back, and you’ll find that it’s also ideal for long day hikes, adventure racing, or even carrying your text books across campus. It’s a true one-quiver piece of gear, but born from the womb of mountain biking. As such, I took the Escapist out on all of my mountain bike rides in Utah and Colorado this spring and put it to the test.
The first thing I noticed when I pulled the Escapist out of the box is that it’s a true Osprey, built with all the features that make us love their packs. Features like the AirScape ventilated backpanel, BioStretch harness, and LidLock bike helmet attachment are all there. But as far as bike-specific packs are concerned, the Escapist 30 goes beyond by literally “packing” everything you could want inside. There’s huge main compartments that fit whatever you’d need to pack for a long day in the saddle or multi-day bike packing trips. There’s also internal organizer pockets for bike tools that keeps things like pumps, chain tools and tire levers right where you need them for when you need them.