Osprey Verve 13

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Specs

Weight 1 lb 6 oz
Capacity 800 cu in / 13 L

Reviews

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Huge upgrade from my older Camelbak models. Having…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

Summary

Huge upgrade from my older Camelbak models.

Pros

  • superb construction
  • best bladder I've used
  • compact, but lots of storage

Cons

  • a bit heavy
  • lots of straps to mess with

Having used older (circa 2003) Camelbak models quite a bit and eventually opting for the simpler and more versatile Nalgene bottle route for all my hikes and outdoor activities, I was a bit hesitant when my gf said she wanted a nice hydration pack for Christmas. She had loved a cheap Target knock-off she had during the summer, but it was just that, cheap, and fell apart. I found this pack on sale, and picked it up. Between several uses by both her and my own personal "stealing" it, I might just go back to hydration packs. There are several huge improvements over hydration packs of the past.  

First, the bladder has a rigid spine that makes it so simple to hold while filling, insert into the pack, and screw the lid on without losing the contents of the bladder. It's a dream to use. No more floppy bladder at the sink trying to fill up and screw the lid on, no more folding over as you try to cram it into the pack.  

The downside: a bit heavier, but not by much. The bladder is a more crinkly material, but it slides into the pack with less friction than the grippy camelback bladder, a nice plus.

Second, the valve is fantastic. You bit on it anywhere and it opens smoothly, unlike the camelback where you bite on one axis to open. Much more versatile.

Last, the pack is fantastic quality. With older Camelbak models, I felt that the pack was designed around the bladder, with the money you spend going mostly into the system, and adding a cheaper system for holding everything together. With the Osprey, I feel like the pack is top quality and engineered alongside the bladder to work perfectly. It's nice stuff.

Two downsides that I can see.  

  1. It's a bit heavier than I would have thought, but it's the price of quality I guess.  
  2. There are a lot of straps and complexities on this particular pack.  The magnetic securing feature is cool, but a bit gimmicky.

Overall, great pack, well worth the money I paid, and would buy one again. I might buy just the bladder to go in my daypack or backpacking pack.  

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Osprey's Verve 13 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Free Shipping. Osprey Women's Verve 13 Pack FEATURES of the Osprey Women's Verve 13 Pack AirScape backpanel with perforated foam provides cushion and ventilation Ventilated harness is light and breathable 20mm webbing hipbelt keeps packs stable Unique New hydration sleeve design with direct access zip for fast loading LidLock clip quickly secures helmet Versatile front shove-it pocket for quickly stashing extra gear Main compartment with sleeves for pumps Top zip access sunglass pocket with protective embossed fabric Blinker light attachment patch and reflective graphics for safety Magnetic sternum buckle for quick access to the reservoir bite valve Women's specific shoulder straps, hipbelt and torso sizing 3L Hydraulics Reservoir included Front stretch mesh pocket Stretch mesh side pockets Lower compression strap to pull weight close to the body Mesh Backpanel Creates a lightweight, yet supportive and ventilated backpanel Biostretch Ventilated Harness Built-in magnet for quick bite-valve attachment Sternum strap with magnetic hose attachment EVA foam is perforated with large holes for enhanced breathability and comfortable stretch Breathable spacer mesh creates soft, irritation free contact surface Detachable Webbing Hipbelt Modified-Straight ErgoPull hipbelt closure SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Women's Verve 13 Pack 210D polyester triple diamond ripstop 600D polyester Volume: 793 cubic inches / 13 liter Weight: 1 lb 3 oz / 0.54 kg Reservoir Weight: 11 oz / 0.31 kg Dimension: (H x W x D): 18 x 9 x 8in. / 45 x 22 x 20 cm

- Moosejaw

The shorter torso sizing on the Osprey Verve 13 was designed with a womans fit in mind. Ample internal organization pockets combined with a large front zippered pocket, shove-it pocket and front stretch mesh pocket provide room for the grandest of adventures.

- CampSaver.com

The women-specific Osprey Verve 13 hydration pack totes your gear plus 3 liters of water for those epic rides that go beyond 3 hours.

- REI

A great all-around mountain biking, trail running, and day hiking pack, the Osprey Women's Verve 13 hydration pack keeps you well-hydrated while offering comfortable, organized gear storage.

- EMS