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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not durable - will "de-laminate" At first glance a great pack, but be warned, I used this pack since 2012 (and that means moderate use) and now it started to "de-laminate" (quote from Ospreys customer (i_would_not_call_it) service). This makes the pack filthy and unusable. A pack you can trash after 4 years use is not a durable product in my opinion. If you care for the environment and don't want a throw-away pack, then don't buy this! I had packs I used and still use for more than 10yrs all over the world that show no sign of the dissolving material that the Osprey Escapist shows.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding backpack for cycling and for hiking I bought this pack only a week ago and have taken with me pretty much everywhere since. It is extremely lightweight, extremely comfortable, and easily organized with just the right amount of space. While, yes, there is no sleeve for a laptop it is still quite protective. I have a macbook air and it travels superbly in it along with cords. It holds a U lock, helmet, and whatever else you need. Collapses for a low profile feel when mostly empty and expands when needing a lot of space. 3L reservoir fits in the sleeve outside of the pockets, little strap pockets are great for easily accessible items and the straps both chest and waist make for unmatched stability and comfort while bike commuting. I love this backpack,can't say enough good things about it.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack for Travel and Day Hiking I bought this pack for day hiking in the white mountains. Plenty of organization, and enough space for carrying around whatever I need to go out on a day of hiking, traveling, etc. Very high quality and durability. One feature I especially like is the divided main compartment with a removable divider. It's great for storing wet or dirty clothes, or whatever you want quick access to.
Date published: 2016-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Bikepacking This pack is just big enough to carry about 1/3 of my gear for a multiple day BikePacking trip. It has multiple well thought out compartments to divide gear on categories. The hydration system on Osprey packs is very easy to use and we'll thought out. The back pad is Fantastic on all Osprey packs are fantastic, this is the reason I bought my first of many. The compartment on the shoulder strap is too small for most phones, and the waist strap compartments are not very accessible while riding. These need improvement.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack I owned my first ospery escapist for 5 years and wore it nearly everyday as I carried my laptop in it to work and hiked and shopped with it on weekends. Incredibly durable and the most comfortable packpack that I have ever had. I just exchanged it as there was a slight tearing near the top at the handle and near the bottom, this due to the heavy loads. I did not use it for mountain-biking but was glad to have a place to hang my helmet as I commuted by bike.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not durable - bag will 'delaminate' My pack lasted 4 years, then it started to 'delaminate'. This makes the pack near unusabIe, because everything that comes into contact with this peeled off lamination will be soiled. A pack that last this long (and mine has never seen any heavy use) is the opposite of true environmental sustainability. I definitively do not recommend this bag.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile Pack This has been a great pack! It's easy to load up with all the essential items and throw over your shoulder and get on the move.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great back pack We purchased from REI as Christmas gift for our son and he loves the bag. Uses for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc.
Date published: 2018-01-17
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Questions & Answers

How water-resistant is this? I don't need truly waterproof, but my camelback pack gets damp and lets my notebooks get dewey, and then everything starts to stink. (College student in the PNW)

Asked by: CuriousDuck
I believe this bag also has a built in rain cover on the bottom, and the cover is included.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2017-04-15

Is there anyway to attach trekking poles to this pack?

Asked by: leonem29
It is possible to store your trekking poles by putting them handle first into the side pocket then using the side compression straps to hold them vertically along side the pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08

Can I fit an iPhone 6 in the small pocket on the straps?

Asked by: Binks_Pinks
​Without a case, an iPhone 6 will fit in the hipbelt and shoulder strap pockets.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08

Will this pack hold a 3L bladder?

Asked by: Jweihe
​A 3 liter bladder will fit inside the Escapist 25 Pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-18

Will this fit a 14" laptop?

Asked by: NachoB
A 14" laptop will fit in the main compartment if the center divider is unzipped, but there is not a dedicated laptop sleeve nor any padding for protection.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-28

Can hip straps be removed or tucked away when not using them?

Asked by: Oculus
​The hipbelt cannot be tucked away or removed from the pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-27

any specific hydration bladder recommendation?

Asked by: BonsMariz
A 2 liter hydration bladder is a good size for the Escapist 25 Pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-01

What size is recommended for someone who is 5'4"?

Asked by: Quad
The most important measurements to take into consideration when sizing a backpack are the torso length and waist size. REI puts these measurements in the specs tab on backpacks we sell. The link below is a great article on how to find your torso and hip size for a backpack. http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacks-torso-hip-size.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08
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