Osprey Verve Hydration Pack Back

I’ve always been a little envious of trek7ks sleek Osprey Raptor hydration pack so I was excited to get an Osprey of my very own – the womens Verve 10 to be exact. This low-profile pack is full of features any girl would want.

Beginning with the storage compartments, there are three pockets (besides the hydration sleeve) to carry all the necessities for up to a half day of riding. The main compartment has a ton of room and I’ve been using it for everyday ride essentials like a spare tube, mini pump, tool, ID and a couple energy gels. Loosening the outer straps expands the space so you can store a jacket or legwarmers, a bottle of sunscreen, a trail journal, or even a small lunch. Even with all the room for storage, my favorite storage spot is actually the small stretchable pocket on the shoulder strap. I always have an energy gel in there which is super convenient. With my old pack I used to postpone eating a gel because I was too lazy to stop and take the pack off to get it out; now I eat on the go and keep my energy levels up the whole ride.

Osprey Verve Hydration Pack Front

The Osprey Verve 10 can obviously hold a lot of stuff and plenty of water too. The 100 oz. fluid reservoir is ideal for hot summer rides here in the south. The reservoir is easy to fill and the rigid back spine makes it easy to slip in and out of the dedicated sleeve. The bite valve is intuitive and perhaps my favorite feature is the magnetic bite valve holder on the chest strap. I don’t have to take my eyes off the trail for a second to put it back in place. When I’m racing I can use every second I can get!

As for fit, the Osprey Verve 10 is super easy to adjust. The pack stays put and remains centered without noticeable shifting in turns or when I get low on climbs. That’s definitely a plus in my book. I always laugh when I see someone riding with the bottom of their hydration pack slung over to one side of their body. Those straps are there for a reason! The waist and chest straps on the Verve could use some excess length management though; a simple belt loop would be ideal for keeping the dangling straps off my legs when riding.

Osprey Verve Hydration Pack

Though this pack has more carrying capacity than I need for most of my rides, because it’s so lightweight I end up using it all the time, even in races. On days when Im exploring new trails and want to take more stuff along with me it works just as well. Ill probably get some extra use out of the pack this summer hiking or maybe even trail runningthe Osprey Verve is a definitely a great multi-sport pack. And with Ospreys All Mighty Guarantee to repair any product for any reason as long as I own it, I know it will last through all my trail adventures.

Thanks to the folks at Osprey for providing the Verve 10 pack for review.

# Comments

  • maddslacker

    I won a women’s Osprey Verve from Singletracks last fall. My wife prefers her Camlebak Luxe, so we gave the Osprey to our daughter. She LOVES it! Especially the magnetic bite valve holder.

  • kcrushz

    I believed the male counterpart to the Verve 10 is the Viper 10? Any idea how the Verve/Viper series compares to the Raptor series?

  • mudhunny

    kcrushz, the Raptor and Verve/Viper are comparable capacity-wise but I think the biggest difference is the back panel. The Verve/Viper have a padded back panel but the Raptor has some built-in suspension (I think) covered in mesh that is a bit more breathable.

  • joetutt

    Love my Viper 7! I agree, the magnetic bite valve is genius! But my favorite thing is the HydraForm reservoir. The back panel makes it super easy to handle, fill and best of all put back into the pack. No squeezing and pushing and squishing, it just goes back in! Plus, since it’s rigid the reservoir is alway vertical and straight, so when you pack runs low it still flows well, unlike my Camelbak.

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