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Osprey Seral & Savu bring minimalist carry options to your hips

Osprey hip carry hydration packs compete with CamelbakSyd Schulz and Macky Franklin at 10,677 feet, The view at the top of the Chile Express at Angel Fire Resort doesn't suck. Photo by photo by Louis Arevalo
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Osprey is expanding their pack line for 2019 with new carry options – no matter where you like to stash your gear. First previewed at Sea Otter last spring, their new Seral & Savu lumbar packs are now available and headed to your local bike shop. Billed as “perfect packs for the mountain biking minimalist”, both bags rest on the hips, and are smaller overall than your average hydration backpack.

Osprey Seral & Savu compact lumbar bike packs

What is the difference between the two packs? The Seral has a 1.5L fluid reservoir (below, left) while the Savu holds two standard water bottles (below, right).

Osprey hip hydration packs compete with Camelbak
all images courtesy Osprey, lead photo by Louis Arevalo

The two packs share a lot of DNA:

  • Bike-specific angled hip belt
  • Airmesh wrap hip belt, with zippered fabric pockets providing stability & breathability
  • ErgoPull waist strap closure system delivers proper, snug & stable fit
  • Airscape Lumbar Back panel with extra thick ridged foam, center air channel for excellent ventilation & stability
  • Easily accessible zippered main compartment
  • Internal tool organization
  • Dual zippered hip belt pockets
  • Front panel bungee for extra clothing
  • 3 colors: Slate Blue, Molten Red & Obsidian Black

Osprey hydration pack pockets and light mounting

Regardless of which you choose, you’ll find storage for plenty of your necessities, plus a mount for a small clip-on tail light.

Osprey Seral hydration pack magnet bite valve
Osprey Seral 7

The $85 Seral has a 7 liter overall volume, weighs 0.82 pounds (372g), and has overall dimensions of 7.9″H x 13.0″W x 5.9″D. It also has a magnetic bite valve attachment for the 1.5L reservoir.

Osprey savu black hip hydration pack for bottles
Osprey Savu 4

The smaller $55 Savu has a 4 liter overall volume, weighs 0.81 pounds (367g), and has overall dimensions of 6.7″H x 11.8″W x 4.3″D. While the Seral fits an internal hydration reservoir, the Savu relies on pockets to haul two standard bike bottles.

If you’re looking to downsize your gear without resorting to a 1980s fanny pack (which – let’s be honest – will bring shame & won’t stay put while hitting those sweet jumps, anyway), check out Osprey’s new options…


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Asa Jacobs
Asa Jacobs
3 years ago

This is my favorite fanny pack I have used so far. I love the option to have two bottles on my hips and no weight pulling on my shoulders for hours and hours. I am horrible at remembering to clean out bladders and am happy to be done with them. This has also been the Goldilocks pack for storage space as well. I can fit all of my flat repair stuff, phone, gels, and a bit more for long rides. I use this for gravel, mountain, road, and like having one bag packed and ready to go no matter what bike I am riding. This has been my go-to bag for the past few years and I haven’t been seduced by many others it the meantime.

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