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Osprey Escapist

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

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Osprey Escapist on my biography

intro: I recieved this daypack as a pre-gift from someone to someone for me from my roommate he renigged (cheap-skated) on my Christmas present so my mother bought it anyway with his expense. Ha don't remind him! I never get anything I want for christmas out of his heart as if he had one. All I get is tape deck storage compartments.

In June or August of summer I purchased this pack in corvallis after exploring a shopping mall. later I was sick going back home knowing I spent all my money and not having any left for clothes. If packs could've been in stores at the coastline or in smaller cities and towns. I won't bore anyone with this story.

My net biography

Very intelligent researcher

Experienced in comparison products over the net.

Backpack Wiz


Escapist color conifer green size medium 1900"

Materials and Workmanship.

Double stitching through out the entire pack

Hipbelt is removeable thin but very comfortable cushioning.

Shoulderstraps S curved same great foam

fabrics are waterproof

foam padded backpanel is comfortable.

No negatives! This pack is very comfortable

large main entry through panel zippers.

If overstuffed still rides like a dream thru tension hipbelt.

Front mesh pocket is great for flat items.

Strong tightly woven stretchy mesh is ideal for small artical of clothing or anything else like food binoculars energybar etc.

works only for larger items if not over stuffed as to it would become more of a divider than an extra pocket.

This way is best for compressing the load with a vector compression panel.

Tweaking the load is fun so I can use the other pocket for bigger items.

The vector day is best with this pack if you want more room as to the vector two sticks out having a fat/thick profile.

never tried the vector ice but I bet that's a must for ice climbing .

Appearance of this bag is decieving for someone who knows what they're saying. It's a bigger daypack than any non-suspension pack out there.

It's twice the normal size of a eg.? can fit 4 pairs of jeans 2 shorts 3 Tshirts 1 flannel thats more than enough room for 4 highschool books 2 binders 1 pro binder pocket for pens etc. I warn the, books when fully loaded to the extremes of never going to the locker will certainly tear every known book bag apart. I'd reccommend a real authentic meaning real military small alice pack not the 3600 version made out of canvus or a larger sized suspension pack as to smaller packs with a flexxion don't exist or just don't take more than you or your pack can handle.

I'd recommend the Vector day or Vector one with the Escapist to keep ones load balance.

other products tried: Mountainsmith Tundra...

The Mountainsmith Gregory and Dana issue? This is from someone who has closely observed on the net, read reviews on and been to manufacturing web sites.

The list follows...


Dana design


The Northface





Other gear


Dmm international




Blue Water


Have I left any major manufactures out?

I learn to study all their statistics on suspension systems to climbing gear. I'm just a researcher not afiliated to any of these or anyone for that matter I should have a job!

From someone intelligent, namely me! Gregory packs are more square and the mesh side pockets are in the way of the compression straps an obvious feature.

Comparison osprey uses a derlin which is more simple and elegant than a gregory and Arc'teryx roll top Rt series V suspension packs by anchoring thecomression straps and load lifter straps on one object at multiple points. Don't get me wrong arc'teryx designed their packs to be water tight unlike my Escapist panel loader. I probably will never know what material the composit struts are made out of and how they work with the body will they break? If someone has bought a pack in the RT line email me please or else I will find another way do so as to reading more reviews and asking more questions. Anyways the Northface had some amazing 1990's packs in the micro suspension line I saw besides the Renegade there were others but they discontinued them so are Ospreys 2000 packs and jansports daypacks forget mountainsmith because I ordered one.

In words I can't describe how awful mountainsmith daypacks are but for anyone who purchases one with all their hard earned money don't be shy to return it back.

Backpack I purchased



description shouder straps are made out of some kind of synthetic hard mesh material on the shoulders they're uncomfortable unlike Osprey's more comfortable material. and the craftsmanship the way it was put together felt like a bomproof rock. a bombproof rock needs to be smooth on the shoulders and hips and ride like a kite.

Now if osprey could've kept their vector series line I would still be able to get a vector day and the spectra ripstop/ballistics I cant' find that anywhere except for Arc'teryx and LL bean. I know so much more about comparisons I might need to make another review.

Now here's an idea why not have someone design a new philosophy incorporating the design of one brand into another hint hint!

I give this pack a perfect score!

If anyone would like to talk to me that would be great!

Design: panel loading
Size: 1900
Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: BookCanyon
Height of Owner: 5'6
Price Paid: $104.95

I bought this pack in '97 to replace a frameless North Face Day Pack. So far this panel loading pack has put up with all my abuses from bushwacking to airport stampedes. It's been all over North America without any failures. Mine is outfitted with a vector two attachment which gives me two almost separate verticle zipper pouches on the back large enough to accomodate a litre water bottle each with room for a few small items crammed into the corners (about another 400 total.) If you jam more stuff into the vector two, the delrinn rod separating the compartments flexes out and creates one large pocket with entry from both sides. All of the zippers and straps have held up wonderfully. The shoulder straps are the most comfortable I've encountered, they don't bunch at all. There is a small zippered compartment on the outside of the packbag with interior mesh that has some give to it. I've experimented with other vector attachments, but the two works best for me as some of the others are a bit too big for this day and a half pack. The frame sheet has a half length aluminum stay contoured to fit the curve of your spine. This pack huggs your back in almost every situation. Recently I had the bag modified to accept buckles on the bottom for extra straps since carrying a little more weight doesn't seem to affect this pack's performance.

My only real criticism is figuring out what to do with all the leftover material from the adjustment straps when used in the standard configuration. The vector attachment allows you to expand the volume between the pack bag and the compression portion of the vector to fit in extra stuff like a readibly accessable fleece or a shovel. When it's not fully expanded, there seem like miles of extra straps. I dare not shorten them, who knows, I might need to compress without the vector someday.

I compared Osprey products to Dana Designs, TNF, and Kelty before making this purchase. When going for a bigger pack I wouldn't hesitate to get another Osprey especially since I already have one of the interchangable vector components. The warranty dept. is wonderful too. I am always a little worried about breaking buckles and they sent me whatever I asked for without explanation and without charge. The other manufacturers should take note that a happy customer will keep coming back. I sure will.

Design: Internal Frame
Size: 1900
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 25lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $130

I really liked this pack, which I used on a two-week trek in Nepal. I was looking for a panel loading daypack with a good suspension, and this was pretty much it (Dana no longer makes the Big Sky).

The Escapist is a panel loading, single aluminum stay/framesheet daypack in the 2,000 cu" size. It comes in three sizes (I was a medium), and you can change the waistbelt. It has a really useful shovel pocket (Osprey's "Vector" system), which you can replace with a variety of other attachments.

The Escapist probably is not a super-technical pack. It's shaped more like a book-bag (i.e., wider and flatter, rather than thin and taller), although the suspension worked great.

Design: Rucksack/Daypack
Size: 2,000
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 7"
Price Paid: $130

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