This Osprey Escapist 32 review is about a very versatile and very lightweight day pack loaded with features, designed for cyclists, hikers and for around the town use.
Key benefits & exceptional features
- Integrated rain cover.
- Adjustable harness.
- External hydration sleeve.
- Separate bottom compartment.
- 11 pockets in total.
The Osprey’s Escapist series includes packs of 18, 25 and 32 liters. This is an exceptional series with very lightweight and versatile packs loaded with features.
The packs in the series come in two sizes with different capacities, small/medium (S/M) and medium/large (M/L). So the particular model presented here, with the name Escapist 32 is in fact with 1831 cubic inches (30 liters) in the S/M version, and with 1953 cubic inches (32 liters) in the medium/large (M/L). In addition to this, these packs are with a fully adjustable harness.
Note that the pack has been redesigned in the past, so the present version (in two different sizes) should not be mixed with what you can see as Escapist 30 on YouTube or elsewhere.
This is a panel-loading type pack, so you have a very long U-shaped zipper on the top, which opens almost all the way around the pack.
One bonus with this pack is an integrated rain cover, it is stored in a zippered pocket completely on the bottom.
High on the front, you have an integrated LidLock clip (visible in the picture above) to attach your helmet, and on the lower section on the front you have a blinker light attachment point. These are very useful features if you use this pack for your bike riding.
Dual compression straps are on both sides of the pack, the upper straps are with buckles, so you can use them to attach stuff or to cinch the pack. They are visible in the picture below.
Yet another bonus is an exterior hydration sleeve, which is just behind the back panel. This is very convenient to have, you have an easy access to the water bladder, and it does not take space of the main compartment. This space can be used for some other purpose as well, like for your computer or anything similar.
The bottom compartment
Yes, you are reading correctly, this small pack comes with a separate bottom compartment, and you have a zippered divider inside. So you can use it as it is or unzip the divider and have a much larger single space.
There are so many here. On the top you have a non-scratch pocket for glasses and electronic devices, it is visible in the picture above.
On the front, there is a large stretchy pouch secured with a buckle on the top.
Beneath this front pocket, you have yet another large zippered organization front pocket. Inside of it, you have 2 additional mesh pockets and loops for attachment of stuff like a pump for a bike or something similar, very useful space for any purpose, regardless how you use the pack. You can see it in the picture. Here inside you also have a key clip.
On both sides, you have mesh pockets for water bottle or for any other item. They are equipped with so-called InsideOut compression straps, so you can put them through the side pockets in order to cinch the pack, or over the pockets to secure the stuff inside the pocket.
On the hip belt, you have two pockets, both zippered, one on the left side is mesh and the other of nylon fabric.
One extra zippered pocket is on the left shoulder strap, again something nice to have, you can see it in the picture below.
So this is some 11 pockets and pouches everywhere around, quite impressive for such a small pack.
The Escapist 32 S/M is for the torso length 16 – 20 inches (41 – 51 cm), and the M/L for 19 -23 inches (48 – 58 cm). The pack is without a metal frame, you only have a flexible panel with molded foam and the Osprey’s AirScape ventilation system which gives a reasonably good breathability.
In the harness and the hip belt, you have what they call the Biostretch system, nicely padded with the die-cut foam and covered in mesh. This all is designed to keep a minimum weight.
The sternum strap is adjustable, and it comes with an emergency whistle. You also have load lifter straps on the top.
The harness is adjustable, all you have to do is to break the velcro connection and to slide the harness up and down to your desired position. So the pack can be used by a couple with very different torso lengths.
You can see many of these features in this video, please have a look:
Pros & Cons
My summary looks as follows:
A bit more regarding my objections you can have below in the comparison table.
This pack has received a great rating on various sites. Amazon customers gave it the average rate of 4.7/5.
- Purpose: day pack for hiking, mountaineering, cycling.
- Two sizes:
– S/M: 30 l (1831 cubic inches).
– M/L: 32 l (1953 cubic inches).
– S/M: 1.01 kg (2 lb 3.6 oz).
– M/L: 1.07 kg (2 lb 5.7 oz).
- Max. dimensions (L x W x D): 20 x 13 x 12 in (51 x 33 x 30 cm).
- Adjustable torso.
- Adjustable sternum strap with an emergency whistle.
- Torso fit:
– S/M: 16 – 20 in (41 – 51 cm).
– M/L: 19 – 23 in (48 – 58 cm).
- Waist fit:
– S/M: 26 – 45 in (66 – 114 cm).
– M/L: 28 – 50 in (71 – 127 cm).
- Maximum carry weight: 30 lb (13.6 kg).
– Main fabric: 210 D nylon hex coupling.
– Accent and bottom: 420 HD nylon packcloth.
– No metal frame.
- Access: zippered panel.
- Pockets: 11.
- Rain cover included.
- External hydration sleeve compatible with Hydraulics reservoir.
- Gender: unisex.
- BioStretch hip belt & harness.
- AirScape back panel with ventilating foam ridges.
- Side compression straps.
- Dual zippered hip belt pockets.
- Dual stretch mesh side pockets with InsideOut compression.
- Zippered scratch-free pocket for sunglasses and electronics.
- Front organizer pocket.
- Front stash pocket.
- Reflective graphics.
- LidLock helmet attachment.
- Blinker light attachment point.
- 3 colors – see the pictures.
- Bottom compartment.
- Internal zipped divider.
- Warranty: Osprey’s unique All Mighty.
So to conclude this Osprey Escapist 32 review, as you realize this pack is exceptionally complete, with so many great and useful features and with the rain cover that adds extra value to it. Its panel-type access makes it really versatile, it does not look as a strictly outdoor-type pack, you can use it for commuting and for daily life in general. Great pack in every sense and I can fully recommend it.
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