Osprey launch new hydration packs for 2012
Osprey designed the new Zealot with freeriders in mind so the pack has dedicated storage points for full-face helmets and pads James Huang/BikeRadar
Outdoor specialists Osprey will add three new hydration pack lines to their US range for 2012: the lightweight Syncro, the freeride-oriented Zealot, and the large-capacity Escapist for overnight adventures (which is already available in the UK).
Keeping things light is the focus for the new Syncro, which features ripstop nylon materials and a ventilated and mesh-covered molded back panel borrowed from the Manta range. It has a large main compartment, two top/side-access smaller pockets with tool organization and open-top mesh side pockets for quick-access items like food and gel packs.
Osprey will offer the Syncro, which also features their brilliant LidLock helmet holder, in three sizes – 10, 15 and 20L – in red or black and with two sizes each for a better fit. Suggested retail prices are US$99, $109 and $119, respectively, including a 3L reservoir.
The new Osprey Syncro is designed as a lightweight, medium-capacity hydration pack for longer rides
Freeriders get a more purpose-oriented pack in the new Zealot range, which incorporates specific holders for pads and a full-face helmet, a clever rear-opening main compartment that doesn't require users to remove their strapped-on gear to access contents, and a tool wrap tucked into the bottom of the pack for faster repair work.
All this is cushioned from your back by a molded and mesh-covered foam panel that's channeled for airflow, too. Osprey also include the LidLock feature here for when you don't need to don heavy-duty headgear, and larger packs also get zipped pockets on the hip belt.
Suggested retail price on the Zealot is $99 for the 10L size and $129 for the larger-capacity 16L version – both with 3L reservoirs. The Zealot will come in blue or black (both with trick graphics of Santa Cruz's V-10 printed on the outside) and in two sizes for a proper fit.
Santa Cruz lent Osprey some graphics for the new Zealot packs – you know, in case your V-10 breaks down on the trail and you're not sure where the parts are supposed to go
Finally, there's the new large-capacity Escapist for riders out for multi-day journeys. Capacities grow to a much more generous 20 or 30L, with the usual assortment of main of sub-compartments to organize your gear, compression straps to keep it all cinched down, and bike-specific features such as the LidLock and bottle-sized external mesh pockets.
The Escapist will cost $99 or $129 depending on size (no reservoir is included with these), with two color and size options. All of the new packs will be available beginning in February 2012.
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UK riders have been enjoying the Escapist packs for a while now and Osprey are bringing them into the US for 2012
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