Interbike 2013: Osprey

Here at Singletracks, most of us have tried an Osprey pack or two. We’re familiar with the good quality that Osprey produces, so when I hit the show, I was expecting something new and exciting. Osprey delivered yet again.

For me, the big story was the new REV line of packs. These are the ultra minimal pack for that Racer/Enduro kinda person, with a bladder ranging from 1.5L to 3L on the larger version.

Both packs use improved bladders and materials to ensure better fit. Made predominately out of lighter-weight materials this time around, these packs are all about freedom of movement, light weight, and just enough room for that run or race lap.The Rev 1.5 does not use a waist belt, as it sits right between the shoulder blades and uses only a sternum strap to secure it in position.

On the other end of the scale, a new Momentum 30 pack is available. This pack can carry it all, no matter what your “all” might be. Although the Momentum 30 does not have a hydration bladder, this can carry a bunch of your gear that you may need on a commute while out with your bike around town. A nice padded waist and shoulder strap system keeps you comfortable while riding. Other key features include a place for your U-lock, laptop sleeve, and a rain cover.

Improvements on the Zealot, Verve, and Syncro make it worth your time to take a second look at them. With improvements on things like suspension on the Syncro, to easy-to-remove bladders that come out with only one zip, Osprey has really improved the overall function of the packs.