Osprey Rev 6 ReviewSeptember 4, 2015
- Bladder hose disconnects easily
- Easy to slip bladder into pack
- Plenty of back venting
- Hose magnet not strong enough
- Vest pockets gimmicky, not functional
Don't let the tubby look of Osprey’s Rev 6 fool you. This hydration pack is a slick, minimalist running pack with a lot going for it. Osprey's proprietary bladder is one of the best in the industry. The fit is top of the line and sloshing was non-existent, even when leaping down a boulder field. The only thing holding it back are a couple of irritations on the front of the pack, namely poor pocket design. Look past these small problems and it's a solid performer for a variety of uses.
Soft mesh and plenty of padding on the back and shoulders of the Osprey Rev 6 create a great cushion next to skin. With perforations throughout, the harness system adds breathability, too. The waist strap has two “wings” pod pockets that wrap around the hips dispersing any potential pressure from the waist band. It’s heavier than some of the other options here, but only by an ounce or two—nothing that most will notice.
STABILITY IN MOTION
Three straps on the front of the Rev help hold the load stable. Two adjustable straps cross the chest and a hip belt do a great job of holding the pack in place. In addition the bladder has a divider in it that limits sloshing.
Osprey uses its own line of hydration bladders and they are awesome. This is one of the lightest ones on the market. A push button releases the hose making it easier to remove the bladder for refills. The sleeve for the bladder has a built in bar that makes it easier for sliding the bladder into the Osprey Rev 6. A magnet on the bite valve grabs its mate on the sternum strap, but it often fell off in the bigger bumps of rougher terrain.
The Osprey Rev 6 has plenty of storage. The main pocket is large with lots of room for layers, food and even an extra pair of shoes in an adventure race. The hydration bladder has a dedicated sleeve with a stiffener rod that helps make it easy to slip the bladder in even when the pack was stuffed. Two zippered hip side pockets are perfect for bars or sunglasses. Elastic pockets sit just behind them. It’s easy to pull things out of them on the move, but hard to put it back without taking off the pack. The two vest storage areas had other issues. On one side is a flip out media pocket. It’s a great idea, but too small for larger phones. On the other side is a zip pocket and an elastic sleeve. The zip pocket was hard to work with gloves on. But without gloves there’s plenty of easy access room for gels, snacks and media.
QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION
Osprey uses tougher fabric on the exterior of the Rev than some of the other brands mixing 70 and 160 denier fabrics. A nice attention to detail in the stitching prevented issues during use. Plus it’s backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Osprey sells the Rev as a running pack, but we found it worked great on the bike and hiking. It is very worthy as your sweaty-sport pack.