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OSPREY PACKS TESTED

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I have always been a Camelback user, just because that’s all I’v ever seen in the shops to be honest, but things about mine used to drive me crackers. The way the bladder cap always seems to go mega tight after being in the fridge, needing Mike Tyson to open it! Then there’s the annoying bladder tube routing and how the bladder fills like a balloon, so doesn’t sit flat on your back.

 

Well the Osprey packs just seem like a total breath of fresh air, as everything has been made with total ease of use. Both packs come with 3ltr bladders, with nice big ltr markers on for measuring out your favourite hydrant. The cap opens and closes with ease. The back of the bladder is hard flat plastic, so it sits nice and flush, but my favourite thing about the bladder is the strong magnet located on the back of the suction bit so it can attach to the chest strap, nifty! Chest strap and waist strap are very easily tightened and loosened and both have a lidlock strap to attach whatever helmet you want, through the helmet vent.

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Here are the full specs sent by Osprey

ZEALOT

16 litre M/L Octane Blue x1 SRP £80.00

Freeride specific pack for lift-accessed Alps riding featuring:

Roll-out and removable tool pouch in bottom zippered pocket

Hydration compatible

Heat embossed fabric sunglasses pocket

Takes full-face helmet and body armour

Also has lidlock for normal ventilated trail helmet attachment

Biostretch harness and padded spacermesh hipwings with removable webbing belt

Tri-section Airscape backpanel with ridge-moulded foam airchannels

210d nailhead nylon fabric

1000d Air textured nylon (base fabric)

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RAPTOR

**New for 2013 10 litre O/S Madcap Red x1 SRP £85.00

Premium, technical trail mtb hydration pack featuring:

New S13 Hydraulics 3 litre reservoir

Lidlock ventilated trail helmet attachment

Asymmetric zippered hose routing on harness

Magnetic sternum buckle for hose attachment

Blinker light attachment

Stretch woven front stash pocket

Zipped hipbelt pocket

Side compression

Pump/tool storage compartments in main pocket

Roll-out and removable tool pouch in bottom zippered pocket

Heat embossed fabric sunglasses pocket

Top zippered pocket for quick access with wire port for MP3 player

Biostretch harness

Tri-section Airscape backpanel

70x100d nylon shadowcheck fabric

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www.ospreyeurope.com

www.youtube.com/ospreypacks 

Words: Jim Buchanan Photos: Doc Ward (http://www.doc-photography.com/)

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