Osprey launches new Escapist bikepacking gear

By Aus Geo ADVENTURE 14 March 2024
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Osprey has released a range of bikepacking and cycle-touring bags to cater for the growing number of two-wheeled travellers.

Renowned pack brand, Osprey, has released its new Escapist bikepacking range, comprising three backpacks (made using bluesign approved 100 per cent recycled material) and five different types of frame bag, aimed at keen bikepackers and cycle tourers. 

Escapist On-Back packs

The Escapist packs come in three volumes – 30 litres, 25L and 20L. The Escapist 30 is the big bopper that allows you to tackle those longer journeys where this pack would be used in conjunction with bike bags to lug essential gear, while the 25 and 20 are perfect for shorter, faster adventures without sacrificing functionality.

Each Escapist pack includes nifty bike-specific design features, such as pockets that are easy-to-reach when you’re on your bike, a large front pocket with stretch material, lid lock helmet attachments, hi-vis rain cover, reflective material and large buckles that are easily used even when wearing gloves.

Cycle touring and bikepacking are booming around the world, and having a good load-lugging system is paramount to any two-wheeled journey being a successful and fun one.

The Osprey designers also paid attention to how the pack sits on the rider, with the dropped lumbar keeping the weight down on your sit-bones and the back panel’s upper split allowing more aggressive-posture riders plenty of comfort. The Airscape back panel keeps you cool/ventilated, while the biostretch harness and the hipbelt provide ample all-round comfort.

Escapist On-Bike frame bags

Designed as a complete, modular, system, the Escapist On-Bike frame bags can be fitted to a wide range of bike frames and sizes. The saddle bag can even be adapted to fit with a dropper-post if need be. The bags feature RF welded seams and waterproof zips, with the handlebar bag and saddle bag including air purge holes to vent out pressure and add compression and stability when loaded on the bike.

The 10L handlebar bag is a two-piece unit, nestled in a holster for easy removal and packing. It also has vents for purging excess air inside to pack it down further.

The handlebar bag (10 litres) is of interesting construction, featuring two pieces – a custom-mounting holster and waterproof bag. The bag sits inside the holster on the bike. The 9L saddle bag is of similar, two-piece, design; the under-saddle holster secures the load to prevent sway, while the waterproof bag is easily slid out from the holster when needed.

The frame bag is available in three sizes – S, M, L, equalling 4, 3.5 and 2 litres, respectively – to cater for different frame sizes and includes double-ended zips. The 2L wedge bag is, as its moniker suggests, steeper on one side than the other to allows for easy fitment to different shaped frames. There is dual-side, waterproof zips, and variable attachment points that feature anti-scratch hook-and-look straps.

The saddle bag is of 9L capacity, while the frame bag is available in three volumes: 4, 3.5 and 2 litres.

The top tube bag (250ml) includes one vertical access point, a cable exit, plenty of attachment points and a structured, semi-solid outer for easier packing of your gear.

See Osprey for more info.