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Osprey Rev 18 Tested and Reviewed

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The Osprey Rev 18 is a larger sized hydration pack for long days out or lightweight multi-day adventures, with a 2.5 litre HydraulicsTM LT Reservoir and a dedicated DigiFlipTM phone pocket.

What the manufacturers say:

Prepare to meet your new trail running partner - the Rev 18, which provides even more storage space for your essentials. It’s efficient design and integrated lightweight 2.5L Hydraulics™ LT Reservoir will drive you faster and further. The Rev 18 features a BioStretch™ body-wrap harness and body-belt. These combine to create a figure hugging fit by completely connecting your body and pack whilst moving, this lessens pack roll and results in reduced levels of fatigue. The pack also has an integrated DigiFlip™ pocket on the harness made from TPU film. This allows you to check your GPS or operate your phone on the run without having to remove the device from the safety of the pack. Stretch mesh harness pockets provide easy access to gels and other items to help keep energy levels up when on the move. Dual sternum straps ensure that the pack sits perfectly and provide optimum placement for the magnetic bite valve.


BioStretch™ body-wrap harness and body-belt

Dual PowerMesh™ harness pockets

DigiFlip™ pocket with TPU film for instant smartphone/GPS operation

Front bungee compression system

Zippered panel access

Zippered scratch-free sunglasses and electronics pocket

Reflective graphics

Zippered stretch mesh body belt pockets

2.5L Hydraulics™ LT Reservoir included

Zippered expansion water bottle sleeve on harness

Included QuickConnect™ allows easy disconnect of the hose

High visibility

Internal hydration sleeve

Internal key attachment clip

Sternum strap

Sternum strap buckle with magnet

Stretch mesh side pocket for water bottle

Weight : 0.52 (M/L) kg

Maximum dimensions : (cm) 47 (l) x 26 (w) x 24 (d)

Osprey Rev 18 – Tested and Reviewed by Matty Brennan

I have an old Osprey Talon 22 that I have used and abused as a Mountain Marathon pack and day pack for about 6 years, which is fantastically comfortable but missing a few creature comforts such as easily accessible pockets! I’ve put about 70 miles on the Rev 18, and I’m pretty excited about its potential!

Osprey Rev 1

The great things about the race vests that have been developed recently is that some of the innovation has trickled over into mainstream packs, such as the stretchy, sliding sternum straps. Once these were set up and the waist buckle attached, the pack was very comfortable with no hot spots.

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On the waist belt there are two large mesh pockets that will a decent load, with the right one having a key holder. On the right shoulder strap there is an elasticated mesh pocket which will hold a few gels, although it is not wide enough for much else. On the left is the DigiFlipTM mobile phone pocket. The premise of this is to enable you to check your phone on the go, and reply to messages on the fly. For me personally it has limited use as I’m more likely to take pictures, which means taking the phone out of the case, which is a huge faff. The other problem is that it is not very big – if your smartphone is bigger than 145mm x 70.9mm x 7mm, it won’t fit.

Just behind the waist pockets are large side pockets. These are fantastic, big enough to easily swallow a 1L bottle or a jacket, and perfectly positioned to be in reach without pulling a muscle.

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Round the back there are 3 compartments. The first is the large storage compartment. It is huge, and easily swallows the required kit for a mountain marathon, or family day out. Behind that is a small zippered pocket, then another large pocket which holds the lightweight 2.5L Hydraulics™ LT Reservoir.

As far as reservoir units go, this one is great in that the hose detaches from the bladder to enable rapid filling without having to risk saturating the bag, or rethread the hose!

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So what would I use the bag for? For me, it’s too large for training, and for most of the racing I do. However, it would be a brilliant bag for mountain marathons, if you have a small enough tent and sleeping bag. It would also be good for any multi-day events where you had to carry your own equipment, or had limited water refilling opportunities – you could easily get 4.5 litres of fluid on board. It also makes a perfect day-pack for a family outing.

Last modified on Monday, 07 November 2016 08:31

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