New Osprey Hydration Packs for 2015 – Syncro, Zealot, and Escapist Refresh

When you’re out on the trail on your bike, you have a lot to carry: water, food, tools, a spare tube, pump or CO2, an extra layer.  It all takes up space. We can think of a few handy ways to carry things, depending on your preference.  Our preference – a hydration pack.  Alternative? A frame bag, maybe.  For some reason, riders are veering back to water bottles on their mountain bikes.  We think it’s silly to carry something that only has one use.  Even if you have water bottles, you still need to carry everything else!

We’ve been big fans of Osprey hydration packs for a long time.  When we rock packs, Engearment rides with well used Osprey Raptors – one 6 liter and one 14 liter.  For Summer, 2015, Osprey is updating their bike packs with the new Zealot, Syncro, and Escapist.

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Zealot 15

Zealot 15

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Syncro 3

Syncro 3

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Escapist 32

Escapist 32

Osprey Zealot Pack

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Zealot 15

Geared toward the enduro crowd, the new Zealot 15 has dedicated pockets and attachments for a full-face helmet and armor.  It features a removeable tool pouch to stay organized and back-panel access to get at your gear even when you have a load strapped to the outside of the pack.

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Zealot 15 full face helmet armor

Strap on your full face helmet and armor

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Zealot 15 removeble tool pouch

Removeble Tool Pouch

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Zealot 15 backpanel access

Backpanel Access

Features:
• Upper side release buckle side compression straps
• Dual stretch mesh side pockets
• Small zippered external non-scratch pocket
• LidLock™ bike helmet carry
• Front padded shove-it pocket and full face helmet carry
• Blinker light attachment
• Backpanel access to main compartment
• Removable roll-out tool pouch
• Internal reservoir sleeve with a 3L Hydraulics™ Reservoir included
• Dual stretch mesh harness pockets
• Dual zippered hipbelt pockets

Osprey Syncro Packs

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Syncro 10

Syncro 10

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Syncro 3

Syncro 3

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Syncro 15

Syncro 15

Osprey’s Syncro Series comes in 3, 10, and 15 liter sizes.  The updated models are up to 30% lighter than the previous model.  Lighter is good!  The Syncro packs incorporate Osprey’s Airspeed suspension and backpanel to keep things breathable when you’re riding hard and multiple zipped pockets to organize your gear.  The Syncro 3 is a new addition for short rides where you want to carry the basics.

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Syncro 3 panel load main compartment

Panel Load Main Pocket

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Syncro 3 airspeed suspension backpanel

Airspeed Suspension/Backpanel

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Syncro 3 front panel pocket

Front Panel Pocket

Each Syncro features mesh side pockets for stashing bars  and uses a 2.5L Hydraulics reservoir that minimizes sloshing.  The reservoir is sold separately and weighs 6 oz / 170 g.  So, the pack weights listed are for pack only.

Syncro 3
Pounds/Ounces: 0/13 (S/M), 0/14 (M/L)
Colors: Blue Racer, Velocity Green, Meteorite Grey
MSRP: $80
Unique feature: Front shove-it pocket

Syncro 10
Pounds/Ounces: 1/1 (S/M), 1/2 (M/L)
Colors: Blue Racer, Velocity Green, Meteorite Grey
MSRP: $110
Unique features:
• Integrated raincover
• J-zip front tool organizer

Syncro 15
Pounds/Ounces: 1/3 (S/M), 1/4 (M/L)
Colors: Blue Racer, Velocity Green, Meteorite Grey
MSRP: $120
Unique features:
• Integrated raincover
• J-zip front tool organizer
• Upper side compression straps

Osprey Escapist Packs

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Escapist 32

 

The biggest of Osprey’s packs, the Escapist series is designed for multi-day bike excursions.  The packs come in 18, 25, and 32 liter sizes.  Each of the Escapists feature an internal divider and the two larger sizes have a separately-zippered bottom compartment.  All of the Escapists have pockets galore – a front stretch pocket, hipbelt pockets, a front pocket to organize tools, a shoulder belt pouch for phones or cameras, and a non-scratch-lined pocket for sunglasses or goggles.  Osprey incorporates their Airscape back panel for ventilation.

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Escapist 32 dual compartment access

Dual Compartment Access

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Escapist 32 top slash pocket

Top Slash Pocket – Heat-embossed Non-Scratch Lining

Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Pack Escapist 32 dual compartment access front panel pocket

Front Panel Pocket

Again, the Hydraulics reservoir is not included, so weights below are pack only.  The Escapist series fits a 3 liter (100 oz) reservoir.  Add 11 oz or 300g to the weight.

Escapist 18
Pounds/Ounces: 1/10 (S/M), 1/12 (M/L)
Colors: Black, Indigo Blue, Cayenne Red
MSRP: $100

Escapist 25
Pounds/Ounces: 2/2 (S/M), 2/4 (M/L)
Colors: Black, Indigo Blue, Cayenne Red
MSRP: $120
Unique features:
• Dual zippered hipbelt pockets
• Lower compartment with zip divider
• Upper side release buckle compression straps
• InsideOut™ lower compression straps

Escapist 32
Pounds/Ounces: 2/4 (S/M), 2/6 (M/L)
Colors: Black, Indigo Blue, Cayenne Red
MSRP: $130
Unique features:
• Dual zippered hipbelt pockets
• Lower compartment with zip divider
• Upper side release buckle compression straps
• InsideOut™ lower compression straps

If you need Gear Advice to help you decide which one of these awesome Osprey packs is for you, contact our Bike Gear Concierge.  Otherwise, we appreciate you using our Gear Search tool to shop for the best price on Osprey packs at over 150 retailers.