Osprey Escapist Backpack


We take a first look at one of the new backpacks from Osprey which is has a huge number of cycling specific features.


Osprey Escapist


We tested the Osprey Momentum last year (read our review here) and raved about the fit and function of this cycling specific backpack.  Well it seems the technical backpack company, founded in California in 1974, have done it again with the Osprey Escapist, which we have just received and look forward to hitting the trails with this weekend.


We will be writing a detailed review when we have had a chance to put it through its paces but for now we thought we should do a “first look”.


Before we get into the detail though, it is worth sharing the detail of the Osprey guarantee which “covers defects in material and craftsmanship for the reasonable lifetime and intended use of the product”.  Now that is a serious and very straightforward guarantee that speaks volumes about the confidence they have in the quality of their products.


It is also worth noting that they have an environmental ethos that states they design and build products that will last a long time.  Furthermore they don’t over produce, so you’ll not see Osprey packs in the discount bins, and they don’t follow fashion either, so their consumers are not tempted to replace them before they are worn out.  They even use recyclable materials wherever possible in the packaging. 


In short, Osprey is a company that really believe in their products.  They are not cheap but hell, they are most certainly great value, because as we can attest, they will last and last.  The Momentum backpack we tested last year has been used pretty much non-stop, the zips have been pulled (roughly at times) over a bulging mass of kit and they have never once failed to close smoothly, easily and without complaint.   The fabric of the pack has worn exceptionally well and in fact there are almost no signs of wear.  When we compare it to other packs, which have taken half the abuse, it looks like new.


So imagine our excitement when the Osprey Escapist landed in the office.  You cannot fail to notice the workmanship that has gone into this backpack, it is just beautifully finished.  The stitching of the seams, the quality of the zips and the use of different fabrics for different functions throughout are demonstrations of how much thought and care has gone into it and all of that is before we had a look inside or tried it on.


We will be testing this backpack out on the trails and for commuting.  So one day it will be packed with spare clothing, food, “get out of jail” tools, spare tubes, phone, a hydration bladder and lights.  Then it will be emptied, cleaned up and filled with office clothes, a laptop, lunch and things that help us earn the money that funds our cycling habit. 


For now, we will let you feast your eyes on the images and the list of features the Osprey Escapist offers:

  • BioStretch™ hipbelt and harness
  • AirScape™ backpanel with foam ridges for ventilation
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Stretch mesh side pockets with InsideOut™ compression
  • Zippered panel access
  • Zippered scratch-free sunglasses and electronics pocket
  • Stretch front pocket
  • Built in high visibility rain cover
  • LidLock™ bike helmet attachment
  • Reflective graphics
  • Twin zippered hip belt pockets
  • Adjustable torso length
  • Compatible with Hydraulics™ Reservoir
  • Base zip entry
  • Zipped pocket on harness
  • External hydration access
  • Front zippered pocket
  • Internal organiser for bike specific tools and spares
  • Internal zipped divider
  • LED bike light attachment point
  • Side compression straps
  • Zippered top access


Is there anything they haven’t thought about?  We doubt it but we’ll let you know when we have taken it out on some adventures.


Sizes: 18l, 25l, 32l

Colours: Indigo Blue, Cayenne Red, Black

Price: 18l £60.00, 25l £70.00, 32l £80.00

Website: www.ospreyeurope.com Escapist


Tested by Jan Birkmyre



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