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Osprey Releases New 2015 Syncro, Zealot and Escapist Packs

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Osprey Syncro 15 hydration pack, blackOsprey Syncro 10 hydration pack, blueOsprey Syncro 3 hydration pack, green

Although water bottle cages are making a comeback in the trail riding scene, they don’t carry anything but water – and not that much of it. Whether for fear of running dry or having a mechanical breakdown, many off-road riders won’t go too far without a good hydration pack. While there used to be one prominent brand in this market, companies like Osprey have jumped in with some nice looking product.

Osprey makes a full line of backpacks and hydration packs for hiking, biking, mountaineering, trail running, and backcountry recreation. They’ve just announced their newly slimmed-down Syncro Series (seen above) and enduro-focused Zealot pack, plus the revised Escapist Series. Stay tuned to Bikerumor for a full review on the Syncro 15 later this summer, but for now here’s the basics on Osprey’s packs…

Osprey Syncro 3 hydration pack, black Osprey Syncro 15 hydration pack, green

Syncro Series: Pictured- Syncro 3 (left) and Syncro 15 (right)

Osprey’s Syncro series packs have a clean and slim overall appearance, and the 10 and 15 are now 30% lighter than the outgoing models. The Syncro 3 has also been added to the lineup as a simple, compact option for shorter rides.

The Syncro packs include a 2.5L Hydraulics reservoir that’s designed to minimize sloshing while you ride and features a quick-connection on the hose for easy removal and refilling. The Syncro series uses Biostretch ventilated harness straps and Osprey’s AirSpeed suspension, which suspends a mesh panel on their Lightwire frame to keep your back cool. Osprey has also redesigned the harness and back panels for an improved fit.

The packs include side mesh pockets and an external non-scratch pocket for your sunglasses or smartphone. Other biking-specific additions include a LidLock helmet attachment, blinker light attachment loop, front tool organizer pocket and integrated raincover. Please note that Osprey’s listed weights don’t include the reservoir – The Syncro series reservoirs weigh 6oz/0.17kg.

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

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 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

Osprey Zealot 15 hydration pack in orange, rear view Osprey Zealot 15 hydration pack in black

Zealot 15

The revised Zealot is a 15L pack (down from 16) aimed at the all-mountain or enduro crowd. It’s ready for race day with full face helmet carrier straps, a front ‘shove-it’ pocket and large side pockets for armor, a removable tool pouch and Osprey’s 3L Hydraulics reservoir.

Even when fully loaded it’s easy to get to your stuff with backpanel access to the main compartment, and hipbelt pockets make ideal storage for urgently needed items like small tools or powergels. The Zealot uses Osprey’s Airscape foam back panel construction for comfort and support, and Biostretch ventilated harnesses. The Zealot’s reservoir weighs 11oz/.31kg.

Zealot 15
Pounds/Ounces: 1/13 (S/M), 1/14 (M/L)
Colors: Atomic Orange, Carbide Grey
MSRP: $140

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 Escapist 32 pack in blue Osprey Escapist 25 pack, rear view

Escapist Series: Pictured- Escapist 32 (left) and Escapist 25 (right)

The Escapist Series is classified as ‘multi-use’ by Osprey. Since it does include a hydration pack pocket, a blinker light attachment, integrated raincover, and Lidlock helmet attachment it could easily do double-duty as a large riding pack and an all-purpose knapsack. However, the Hydration resevoir is not included with the Escapist series. For 2015 Osprey has updated the looks and released new sizes for the Escapist Series.

The Escapist Series packs feature an internal zipper divider, and the 25 and 32 liter packs have a separate bottom zippered compartment. They provide endless storage options with a non-scratch pocket, stretch mesh front pocket, hipbelt pockets and a front organizer pocket. The Escapist uses Osprey’s Airscape foam back panel and Biostretch harnesses and hipbelts.

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

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

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groghunter
groghunter
7 years ago

I’ve owned 2 Zealot 10s, & a Raptor 6 for short rides, & they are the best packs I’ve ever owned, & I’ve owned a lot of different hydration packs. Kinda mystified why they only have a 16L Zealot this year, though, as I’ve never wished my 10L was larger.

Tennessee
Tennessee
7 years ago

I love all my osprey packs and I own a few. My raptor has seen heavy use and I just bought a manta 36 and I could go on and on with the things I like about those and other osprey products. However, the zippers are WEAK!!! My raptor zippers are getting harder and harder to pull and on my first ride with my manta a snagged stick tore a zippered pocket wide open!!! Osprey, I love you packs and will continue to own and recommend them to others but please, PLEASE put a few extra grams into your pack and put some legit zippers on these things. Dust in arizona is not kind and has clogged your gram pinching zippers right up. Washing does no good. My arc’ teryx pack has seen equally heavy use and the zippers still slide freely.

MissedThePoint
MissedThePoint
7 years ago

Osprey packs are made so tough that their straps abrade through your shirts and jackets.

CoTeledude
CoTeledude
7 years ago

Until Osprey starts making packs for larger torso/tall people, I’m sticking with EVOC. Hard to find in the states, but worth every penny for us tall torso people for whom nothing else fits. I’ve loved Osprey since they used to be a Colorado company but their 2 sizes fits all plan lost me a long time ago.

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