Prefect pack for trail centre riding
I've been using my trusty Osprey Syncro 15 pack for quite a while when out on the bike, even for short (<1.5hr) rides around the trail centres. To be honest I wasn't a fan of the lumbar-pack style (even though I'd never used one), but in a quest to carry less on short bike rides I decided to give the Seral 7 a try.
This is a good sized pack and I found the fit quite comfortable when loaded with my 'minimal' gear. The 1.5 litre hydration is more than enough volume for it's intended use, it just takes a bit of getting use to attaching the bite valve to the waist rather than the sternum strap that i'd been used to. After reading other reviews on here and elsewhere some people have been having issues with the bite valve detaching when riding over rowdier terrain and using retractible cord to keep the valve in place, I purchased another Hydraulics Hose Magnet Kit with the Seral 7 and use two magnets to keep the bite valve in place. This seems to do the trick for now on what i've tested it on. On the first ride using the Seral 7 I was really please how comfortable it is and it sits well without moving about. In addition it got a good test of how it would stand up to the usual rain in the UK, and after 45mins. of exposure to a fair amount of rain the contents inside were still dry (although it would be foolish to think it would keep water out following a hefty downpour).
Overall i'm really pleased with this pack and it will definitely get plenty of use, and especially looking forward to when the weather gets warmer - this pack should mean i'll be cooler in comparison to using a backpack. So if you're looking for a lightweight pack for biking, go ahead and try the Seral 7 as you may be pleasantly surprised by it - I sure was!
When air for improvements gets thin!
Perfect for mountainbiking. I‘ve used it on several enduro tours now and am very pleased with my purchase. I haven‘t experienced any problems with the hose whatsoever. Neither while walking nor while riding. The magnet holds it steadily in place. I have underwent the trouble of cutting it a bit to sit snuggly around my waist/belly. My biggest criticism also surrounds the drinking reservoir. Osprey should provide a cap for the drinking valve, as it sits under „mud“ fire constantly.. I have bought an additional valve with cap now. Instant improvement.
The bag itself is not just black but has a very subtile camouflage look, which I only discovered in very bright riding conditions a few days ago but which I quite like. It is also very spacious and allows me to carry a multi-tool, several snacks, tubeless repair kit, my cell and keys and even a folding saw for trail shaping tasks.
Wear comfort is incredible indeed. At the beginning of my first ride, it took me perhaps 5 minutes to get used to the new fit, coming from an USWE four-point strap minimal backpack, which I never missed once so far.
Hadn‘t I bought it yet, I would order it now!
Nice pack, sets well and doesent feel to heavy even with load in in. quite spaciuos actually. The magnetic fix for drinking tube could have been better. It is situated in a matter that make the hose beeing knocked of when walking, because of ppendeling arms. And not so easy to fnd when speed is high. Modified with a retractive device like we used in the old days for skipass makes in retrac by itself much better.
I bought this for a week of hiking even if it's for bike rides, and it is great! With the reservoir full i put an extra litre water in and it still felt steady on my back with the extra weight. The straps to secure the pack close to your body is genius. Comfortable to wear! I used it for a bike ride as well, forgot i even had it on!
Great bag, just one step away from amazing
This bag is great. It's comfortable, doesn't slip off and it has enough room and storage to bring a spare tube, multi-tool, light raincoat and a snack even with the hydration reservoir full.
I've used it in short and some longer trips/trails but noticed that when the terrain got a bit bouncier, despite the bag not bulging, the water tube came loose and nearly got caught in the spokes.
Because, compared to a hydration system on a backpack, there's a bit more tube required it wouldn't be a bad idea to add an extra magnet or clip point to prevent it accidentally coming off.
After tightening the buckle straps there was bit of extra material loose but I sorted it with two velcro straps to keep them from flapping around.
A great bag nonetheless, sturdy, good quality material and ideal for a short/medium trip on the trails.
It's good Jim, but not as we know it...
Hi folks. Well... after trying a similar 'bum-bag' design I had a look around the net to see if anyone made a specific hydration for biking design - step up Osprey with their Seral. Got it ordered and it arrived promptly.
Fit is good, even fully loaded with the 1.5l of water, a lightweight jacket, a spare tube, a micro pump and CO2 system plus the basic tools required for riding - it doesn't budge around too much and you really do forget you are wearing it. The older designed item dug into the hips too much where as the Seral seems to spread the load a bit and it's similar in feel to having a rucksack waist strap on.
Whilst riding the pack sits still even when bounced around the trails. But here comes some criticism... the water tube, even when retained by the magnet can bounce loose and has the potential to get snagged into the rear wheel - nearly done it twice mysellf! Also the tension straps have excess material which flaps about. So a couple of suggestions... A retaining band of material (Like you have on most rucksack waistbands) and either another magnetic clip around the halfway point of the waist band or just a simple plastic retention clip to slot the tube into...
I could give you the design for a retractable hose but maybe another time (Don't want to steal your design teams thunder!)
The build quality is brilliant as usual and the attention to detail in the little things is awesome.
I'm expecting this will last me quite sometime! Well done Osprey!
Very little to improve on
Its great, there is no doubting that, Ive only had one quick ride with it so don't know how good it would be for epic rides however there seems to be plenty of space in the bag for food and snacks. Whilst riding I didn't realise I had it on which is impressive seen as I have quite small hips, but yet it stayed still.
The only improvement I would make would be to have a method of dealing with the excess strap material, seen as i have just wrapped it up and used zip-ties.
Water reservoir moeten aanpassen heb er een extra koppeling tussen gezet omdat de slang te lang is lastig met vullen unisex vind ik niet goed omdat osprey ook rugtas hebben voor vrouwen en mannen wordt eens tijd dat ze dat ook gaan doen met heuptassen verder gaat het wel heb meerdere merken dan is deze zeker niet mijn favoriete heuptas
Ideal pack with great water reservoir, only down side is that when the water pack is in situ there is not a great deal of additional storage.