In this Osprey Escapist 25 backpack review you can read about a lightweight versatile day pack suitable for hikers, bikers, and for daily life. This is a pack loaded with features and there is no doubt they are all useful. See more below.
- Two possible sizes to choose from.
- Adjustable harness.
- Rain cover adds extra value.
- Separate bottom compartment.
- External water sleeve behind the harness.
Osprey Escapist 25 pack is truly versatile and loaded with features. It will serve you well regardless if you go for day hiking, biking, or if you use it for commuting and in daily life in general.
Surprisingly enough, this tiny pack comes with a separate bottom compartment as well. So you have a zippered entrance here just like in any other large backpack. There is a divider with a zipper between the main compartment and the bottom compartment, so you can open it when you need a large space inside.
This pack is hydration compatible, and the water hose runs along the shoulder strap. Here again, you have a nice feature: the hydration sleeve is separate, behind the harness. So it does not take space of the main compartment of the pack.
The list of surprises is not over; completely on the bottom, you have a separate pocket with an integrated rain cover.
On the top of the pack you have a lid lock where you can easily attach a bike helmet or a climbing helmet, it is visible in the picture above. On the bottom, you have yet another attachment element designed to be used for the bike light.
Dual compression straps are on both sides of the pack. More about the Osprey’s Escapist series you can read in this manual.
The suspension system
As I mentioned above, you have two different sizes S/M and M/L, and in addition to this, you actually have an adjustable harness. So this is Osprey at its best, providing as much fit as possible.
To adjust the harness, you break the velcro on the back, and then slide the harness up or down, making it longer or shorter. So with this, you can be sure that you will have the optimal fit for your torso length.
The back panel is flexible to fit the body, and it has some EVA foam ridges for ventilation, covered with a mesh. This is what they call the AirScape system.
The same EVA foam padding is on the hip belt, and here too you have similar ventilation channels. Actually, the hip belt is quite wide for the pack of this size, as you can see in the picture above, so it hugs the waist properly and you indeed have a nice fit here as well. This all is Osprey’s Biostretch hip belt and harness system.
The chest strap is attached to sliders on the shoulder straps so you can position it to fit you perfectly. Here you have an emergency whistle as well.
A very nicely designed zippered pocket is on the left shoulder strap, this is a feature rarely seen in any pack. It is built of a waterproof material, big enough to store a smartphone or your GPS gadget. You can see it in the pictures.
On the hip belt, you also have dual zippered nice size pockets. One large zippered pocket is on the top of the back.
On the front of the pack, you have a very useful zippered pocket with several sections inside, plus a key clip.
Two mesh stretch pockets are on the sides, and with so-called inside-out compression straps. This means they can run over the pocket or through it if you only want to cinch the pack down.
See some of these features in this very short video:
Pros & Cons
My summary looks as follows:
The pack is indeed very lightweight, but you realize it does not have a proper frame.
- Purpose: hiking, biking, daily life.
- Two sizes:
– S/M: 23 liters (1404 cub in).
– M/L: 25 liters (1526 cub in).
– S/M: 0.96 kg (2 lb 2 oz).
– M/L: 1.02 kg (2 lb 4 oz).
- Maximum dimensions (L x W x D): 50 x 27 x 31 cm (20 x 11 x 12 in).
- Waist fit:
– S/M: 26 – 45 in (66 – 114 cm).
– M/L: 28 – 50 in (71 – 127 cm).
- Load range: up to 25 lb (11 kg).
- Adjustable torso length.
- Zippered panel access.
- BioStretch hip belt and harness.
- AirScape back panel with foam ridges for ventilation.
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
- Stretch mesh side pockets with InsideOut compression.
- Twin zippered hip belt pockets.
- Front zippered pocket.
- Zipped pocket on the shoulder harness.
- Zippered scratch-free sunglasses pocket.
- Integrated rain cover.
- Reflective graphics.
- Gender: unisex.
- Compatible with Hydraulics reservoir.
- Bottom compartment with divider.
- External hydration sleeve.
- LED light attachment point.
- Side compression straps.
- Colors: 3
- Guarantee: Osprey’s unique All Mighty:
To summarize this Osprey Escapist 25 backpack review, it is indeed a pleasure to write about such a great pack. So many features in the pack of this size one can rarely see. I love what I see here and I can fully recommend it to anybody.
Note that this Escapist series comes also in sizes of 32 liters and 18 liters. You might want to have a look into this Osprey Radial 26 pack with some rather similar features, designed primarily for cyclists.
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