The most comfortable hydration backpack to date: the Osprey Verve 10 Hydration Pack. It’s made specifically for women and benefits the Breast Cancer Fund so what’s not to love?
Riding down bumpy trails, with the Verve 10 strapped to my back, there was no wiggle or jiggle I’ve become accustomed to with hydration packs. In fact it sat firmly against my back despite being completely full of ice water. This bag isn’t too big or too small. I could fit a jacket, snacks, and personal items in the pockets.
I wore this pack primarily mountain biking and what I noticed first was the HydraForm Reservoir. This anatomically shaped plastic conforms to the back. Instead of the water sloshing around in the 3 liter reservoir, it sat snug and stable on my back. Thanks to the breathable nylon mesh fabric along the back, my other pet peeve, the damp shirt back was obsolete.
Other amenities the Verve 10 offers is the on/off bite valve that attaches to a magnetic strip on the chest. There’s a lid lock helmet clip that quickly secures the helmet to the top of the pack. And my other favorite the stretchy woven pockets on the hip belt that allow for easy access to small items like gels, phones, or in my case kleenex for my constantly runny nose.
Custom fit Osprey backpacks are provided to groups of climbers and trekkers, whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Osprey is proud to support the Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds and Sacred Treks, working to eliminate the environmental causes of the disease. $4 from every pack purchased will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund, with a minimum of $5,000 guaranteed. Find out more at www.breastcancerfund.org.
As for the other hydration packs sitting in my gear closet, I don’t know if I can ever go back to them again. The Osprey Verve 10 has spoiled me and my back.