Osprey Rev 18 ReviewFebruary 28, 2016
- Materials and construction
- Over-kill on the closures
- Dangling strap ends
- Requires separate rain cover
The Osprey Rev 18 has enough space to hold clothing layers, light equipment, and a day’s food and water, while keeping tight and secure better than the other packs in its class. The details put into each feature are well thought out, such as the reservoir harness, automatic sealing hose detachment, and Digi-Flip phone pouch. The Rev is not ideal for foul weather without an additional pack cover, which makes it somewhat limited in keeping gear dry.
The Osprey Rev 18 has above average comfort, deriving from multiple elasticized straps that provide a wrap-around feel. There are also anatomically shaped shoulder straps to disperse weight across the back and shoulder. The pack also carries heft nicely at the middle of back, which helps position the bulk onto the hips.
STABILITY IN MOTION
The strap system gets a B+ for preventing bounce. It’s very secure, even with carrying up to twenty pounds of payload. With twelve securing straps, it has potential to be almost custom fit.
This pack is exceptionally light weight. Without frames or heavy padding, the weight is kept down without sacrificing function.
QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION
The nylon material, making up most of the pack paneling, is strong, durable, and attractive. However, strap ends are way too long for the average sized runner, and there are many of them without hold-downs, causing too many loose ends.
The Osprey Rev 18 succeeds as a multi-sport pack, used during outings with good conditions. It isn’t water resistant, except for the Digi-Flip phone pouch. However with many convenient features, gear holding spaces, and a well-designed fit, the pack can excel in most activities.
Adam Stepanovic- Faculty
Adam Stepanovic has become an expert on running packs from not wanting to wear them at all during his numerous 100-milers and FKT attempts on the country’s most famous long distance trails.