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Rated 5 out of
Great Biking/Hiking Pack!I've used the Escapist 30 while biking, day hiking, and picnicking. The hip belt performs superbly to take the weight off the shoulders. Love the exterior clip to hold a bike helmet. Love the extra outside zipped pocket. It incorporates several compartments to hold small items for easy accessibility. I like that there is a large main compartment and a smaller separate compartment below it. For me, that makes easy organization. The pack isn't overly wide or bulky; it stays close to the body. I didn't notice it was there when I biked on a day long trip or hiked a pretty steep vertical. I took it on one warm weather hike. I don't remember my back being uncomfortable. The mesh must work reasonably well.
The only downside to the pack is sizing. I'm 5' 9" and the larger size fits me just right. I think the hip belt will ride up too high to be effective on a large person.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of
a few small improvements neededPros:
This is a very comfortable pack. The shoulder straps are well padded without being too bulky. The ventilated straps seem like a good idea.
The embossed top pocket gets a lot of use, whether it's to hold my Garmin 500 before a ride, compact camera, or sunglasses. The material is supposed to be safe for these surfaces.
The area zip divider separates stinky and dirty items.
For a smaller pack, the fact that it has an adjustable yoke is a big bonus. Added with the two torso sizes, it's easy to achieve a very comfortable fit.
The whistle chest strap buckle is a thoughtful feature.
One area where the pack could be improved are the side pocket compression straps. They don't really do the job well of holding anything down. They are too low and thus don't wrap around the neck of an MSR fuel bottle (maybe the really small one) or water bottle. They will bounce out.
The chest pocket will hold an iphone (maybe not the taller 5) or other similar sized smart phone as long as there is no protective jacket. If you use one, it will not fit. It does however work well for holding a gel flask.
Elastic cord on face would also be great for attaching a lightweight jacket or long sleeve jersey when temps rise. The netting isn't very large and doesn't expand enough.
Hip pockets could be a little bigger. Maybe they are on the large, but mine (s/m) basically hold a small headlamp, my mini Griptilian knife, emergency fire starter and gel pack. Not being big enough to fit a small camera or GPS (eTrex size) is my main gripe.
Other than that, I really enjoy using this pack. A large chunk of its use is as a commuter pack. But I also love it just as much on day hikes or overnight trips. The tool organization pouch with pump sleeve is great, and for those with a Raptor series pack, is the same setup. My purpose for buying this pack was for some overnight bike packing and I really look forward to testing it out in that situation.
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated 2 out of
City woodsman from
Not as Impressive as I hopedI purchased this the escapist as a replacement for my bulky messenger bag. I commute via bike, so I needed something durable and weather resistant, so the included rain cover, and reflective services made this an appealing choice.
My issue with the bag is how space is utilized within the pack. In short, filling any one compartment limits the ammount of storage in any other compartment. I.E. if you load the top stash pocket, you will have less room in the main storage compartment. Also, the water bottle pockets never hold a bottle securely. I wish the storage expanded outward, allowing you to carry more gear when needed, and then sinch the pack down when carrying less.
The water bottle pockets don't securely hold a water bottle, and the mesh pocket on the face of the pack has no stretch to it at all, so that too really doesn't securely hold anything. If it were not for the weather resistance of the storm cover and the fact that the bag is comfortable to wear, I'd give it one start
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated 2 out of
montrose marc from
Is Osprey Losing It?I am looking for a spacious day pack similar to the discontinued Atmos 35. Escapist 30 looked suitable, except for a major fly in the ointment.
The bottom of the pack is about 4-5 inches below the base of the hip belt, such that you don't feel the weight on your hips, but on your butt. I did not find it at all comfortable. To show what I mean, I have uploaded a photo. You will not see this on any views in the REI or Osprey web sites.
If there is something I am missing here, I will remove the review.
In light of this flaw, all of the other features are just irrelevant in my opinion.
Date published: 2014-04-16
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