Osprey Verve 13
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50
Huge upgrade from my older Camelbak models.
- superb construction
- best bladder I've used
- compact, but lots of storage
- 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.
- It's a bit heavier than I would have thought, but it's the price of quality I guess.
- 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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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.
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. Hydration system features a 3 liter (100 fl. oz.) reservoir that conforms to back's shape even when full, resulting in a precise, stable and comfortable fit. Rigid spine/handle stabilizes the reservoir, making it easy to slide it into its dedicated compartment; large mouth makes filling/cleaning easy. Hydration reservoir pocket has zippered access that extends onto shoulder strap, letting you remove, refill and replace reservoir and drink tube quickly and with minimal fuss. Women-specific shorter torso design incorporates padded mesh back panel and mesh shoulder straps for great next-to-body comfort. Magnetic attachment on sternum strap keeps the hydration bite valve easily accessible. Large zippered main pocket with tool organization sleeves and a mesh pocket is ideal for carrying pumps, bike tools and tubes. Front zippered pocket has additional mesh pockets for more organizational options; key clip secures keys. Stretch mesh front and side pockets work great for stashing extra gear or water bottles for quick, easy access. Quick-access top zippered pocket is lined with a soft, easy-to-clean heat-embossed fabric that helps keep sunglasses or other fragile items from getting scratched. Quickly attach a helmet to the Verve 13 with the LidLock(TM) helmet clip; bungee on the exterior of the pack allows easy adjustment of the LidLock feature. Shove-it pocket can be cinched down to secure bulky items like a jacket. Top and bottom side compression straps help stabilize pack and contents; removable webbing waistbelt helps stabilize pack. Reflective trim increases visibility in low light. The Osprey Verve 13 hydration pack sports a BPA- and PVC-free reservoir that does not retain tastes or odors and features an antimicrobial treatment to deter bacterial growth.
Longer rides into the desert require more gear to get you through all the what-ifs and inevitable minor hiccups, and the Osprey Women's Verve 13 Hydration Pack holds enough water, food, and tools to get you out and back safely. The 3L reservoir allows you to pipe in ample water to fuel your adventure and, thanks to it's magnetized clip that sticks to your sternum strap, remains within reach all day long.Women's-specific design matches your body's curvesA padded mesh back panel and shoulder straps keep you ventilated while the pack rests comfortably on your backRemovable webbed waist belt secures the pack without adding tons of bulkPanel-loading main compartment is easy to load/unload and features a pump sleeve, tool pouch, and 'shove-it' pocket for your essential bike gearFront LidLock uses a leashed bungee to secure your vented helmet on the drive back to civilizationFront loop attachment fits a blinker for urban riding after sunsetFour side compression straps shrink the pack to provide more stability while you rideReflective graphics add additional security while night riding
Free Shipping. Osprey Women's Verve 13 Pack DECENT 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 The SPECS 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