Comfortable, lightweight, well built and full-featured day pack for cycling and day-hiking
Besides the usual excellent Osprey build quality - great fabrics, strong zips and stitching, ventilation of back panel and harness/belt - this is a superb mid-size day pack that focusses on genuinely useful features rather than gimmicks.
The harness and hip belt are comfortable and easily adjusted, with the belt effectively supporting heavier loads while being flexible enough to move with you and remain comfortable on longer walks. The variety of pockets is also a benefit, allowing you to organise gear and access it quickly without having to rummage around in the bottom of the main compartment. Speaking of which, the ability to have the main compartment as either one large volume or divide it into 70/30 upper/lower with the zipped divider is brilliant, and the kind of feature usually only found on much larger packs. Also easy to reduce the bag volume with the compression straps when you're carrying less.
The side mesh bottle pockets are deep enough to securely hold 1L bottles or even a 700ml vacuum flask, and the rear mesh pocket is useful for stashing hats/gloves etc, or even a lightweight hard shell; it would benefit from some kind of retention QR buckle though, as per the Talon or Syncro. The 'LidLock' helmet retention system is also effective and easy to use, with this version being easily adjustable from outside the bag, rather than having to fiddle around inside a pocket. Reflective details are also in abundance and very welcome on a multi-use pack that focuses more on cycling.
Only points of note are that while the shoulder pocket is too small for most smartphones it does offer useful quick access to gels, snacks or even a small GPS unit, and, the small QR buckles on the upper compression straps are too small to be easily operated with gloves on. Finally, the bag would benefit from some additional external gear loop/bungees for trekking poles, etc. to make it truly multi-use.
A great pack that works just as well for walking/day hikes as it does on the bike. Highly recommended.
I have had my Escapist 25 for a little over 12 months and can absolutely recommend it. I regularly go on 20km hikes and 30 - 40km bike rides and usually carry a whole load of stuff I don’t need! Lol. Being of a slim build, apart from a bit of a paunch, most packs I have ever owned have been uncomfortable somewhere, but my Escapist has been a revelation. It is so comfortable, well designed and excellent quality, I really cannot find any faults...perhaps if the side pockets were of a slightly stiffer material to support a bottle better. So I will give it a 4.95 out of 5 stars.
Perfect, apart from one thing
Love the backpack. It’s comfortable, easy to adjust to the right fitting, lightweight and extremely good quality.
Loads of useful pockets and even at 25/23 L, lots of room for all my cycling/commuting needs.
However, the rain cover is awful. It’s the size of a tent, goes way over the shoulder part of the straps and despite the pull string to tighten it over the pack the cover still sits lose and flaps in the wind.
I am suspecting that the rain cover was a one size fits all solution, but to be honest one size does not really fit all. My former Vaude Bike Alpin backpack was much better on that front... especially when living in Scotland where it rains a lot. Hence, only four stars.
Had this bag for just about 2 months. Use it everyday cycling to work and it’s excellent. It holds everything I need (laptop, work, clothes, shoes etc) and has loads of useful features, plus has survived a few rain storms now.
My only complaint would be that it’s a shame the phone pockets on the strap don’t fit iPhones. ... but then again it would be less slightly if they were that big.
Sac très pratique, possédant plein de poches intérieures comme extérieures. Très confortable également. Très bien pour des randonnées de journée, ou des week-ends en dehors de chez soi.
Package très intéressant pour les loisirs, la rando, pour les photographes, le tourisme
Je suis ravis de mon achat, j'ai des sacs osprey depuis longtemps (flare, radial,...). Je l'ai acheté pour avoir un sac versatile de 25l suffisant pour une visite, une rando à la journée. j'adore la poche où je range mon Iphone sur la bretelle. je voulais avoir des petites poches à la ceinture. Et surtout, le sac est modulable en deux espaces compartimentés accessibles par le haut et par le bas. Hors je range mon matériel photo dans le compartiment bas et je peux y accéder facilement pour changer d'objectifs sans avoir à chambouler le rangement des affaires sur le module du haut. Et lorsque je n'ai pas besoin des deux compartiment, je dézippe le compartiment et j'ai un espace de rangement où je peux sans porblème y mettre mon macbook 15''. La qualité et la durabilité est toujours là fidèle aux standard Osprey. Et le sac est hyper léger. Bref, c'est pour moi un standard à ne pas hésiter. En plus je l'ai acheté en couleur noir, il est discret comme je le souhaitais et je peux l'emmener en visite sans me faire remarquer. Gràce à l'application d'osprey j'ai pu le choisir dans la bonne taille, c'est devenu mon sac couteau suisse tellement il est compatible multi-activité.
Packs everything you should need
As a qualified MTB guide this pack carries everything I need for a day out on the bikes including a 3 litre reservoir and still leaves room for more.
It's comfortable to wear and the multiple pockets and storage areas means I can separate out things for easy accessibility.
Definitely would recommend this as all day / multi-day biking pack.
Es handelt sich um einen tollen Rucksack, welcher leicht ist und meinen Ansprüchen voll genügt.
Did the job in Nepal
I took my Escapist 25L for a months MTB trip in Nepal and it was very comfy and did the job for 4-5 days while sending on my main backpack. The bag was put through very rough off-road terrain and most of the trip was loaded with 7-8kg of kit but with all the fastenings it was comfy as it could be, I'd recommend this bag to any cyclist it was worth the money and looks like it will last me a very long time. The only gripe is the mobile phone pocket could be a lot bigger for the mobiles these days.
Great bike backpack overall, just little details needed a change
Really great, light & comfortable bike backpack with a lot of useful features. I have two versions of this backpack, 25 & 32 for me and my wife, but I use them both depending of the adventure I'm heading on. For the last two years since I own them I found very few little details that in my opinion need to be slightly changed in order to achieve greater comfort in every aspect. I will describe them and with that I hope I’ll help for improvement of the backpack, because it’s a really, really great pack in general and would strongly recommend it to every biker.
First, I would prolong the upper side compression straps with the bucket. The strap is too short and I can't hold it around my pair of plastic knee protectors, not to speak for a rolled sleeping mat. Please give just some more 5cm.
Second, zipped pockets on the harness are really nice feature, but sometimes when I need to put quickly something bulky there (like my summer gloves) I have difficulty because they're pressed over with the shoulder straps. They are literally press in one another and that could be seen on the product image here in the website. So if you put something important inside these pockets you must be sure that s lot of the backpack’s weight pressing it over while you ride.
Third, but this is not big issue really. It is about the shoulder strap pocket. When I put on backpack fully loaded for my first adventure I realised that this pocket is strangely close to my face when I turn my head left. The size of the pocket does not accommodate smart devices over 4inch or GPS, so I don't find it so useful. So I thought that would be a nice feature if Osprey just make it removable and more device versatile.
The last issue is about the LidLock bike helmet attachment which I found very useful innovation and I have to admit I use it each time when my helmet is not on my head. But that’s how I found the problem. When the helmet is attached on the LidLock you have almost no access to the zipped front tool pocket and difficult access to the main compartment because of the LidLock tension.
It would be great If I can see some solutions in the close future for some of these little issues.