The Osprey Zealot 15 is a 15-litre bike pack ideally suited for enduro, downhill, and freeriders. Its zippered back panel allows easy access to all your gear even when the full-face helmet carry is in use. A small elasticized anchor fits through the vent on your open-face helmet to keep it securely fastened to the back of the pack, while the straps of the Shove-it pocket are utilised to secure a full-face helmet. An open-face helmet will also fit nicely in the Shove-it pocket and provide even more security for your helmet if you like. The design also includes a LidLock helmet carry system.
Orange is the new black.
If the main compartment of the Zealot 15 is full you can easily carry your elbow and shin pads in the Stretch Mesh Side pockets. Your sunnies, keys, and cell phone are best off in the zippered Slash pocket, which is lined with scratch free material. There are also two hip belt pockets made of stretch mesh (so they can accommodate more that just the standard energy bar and gel). While the tool pouch pocket located on the bottom of the Zealot 15 is meant to store your tools, pump, and spare tube, it also provides enough room for a small first aid kit and pack cover.
On the interior of the pack (against the back) you’ll find the zippered hydration pocket and the included three litre reservoir. The reservoir comes with a QuickConnect hydration system which lets you easily disconnect the hydration hose for fast filling.
To help the Zealot 15 remain stable and close to your body as you ride, Osprey integrated a BioStretch harness and hip belt in conjunction with a breathable, mesh-covered foam back panel. This allows moisture to dissipate as you ride while providing a high level of comfort. Compression straps on the top and sides of the Zealot 15 hold the pack load stable while you climb up, and ride down.
Main - 330D Nylon Dobby
Accent - 330D Nylon Dobby
Bottom - 420HD Nylon Packcloth
• Compression Straps - Dual upper side buckle release compression straps help stabilize the load.
• Backpanel Access - A dual zippered backpanel provides easy access to the pack’s main compartment.
• QuickConnect Hydration - Allows easy disconnect of the hose for faster refilling.
• Stretch Mesh Side Pockets - Dual pockets allow for external storage for accessible items.
• Back Panel - Atilon foam frame sheet allows for dynamic body movement while it spreads load across the entire back panel.
• Air Mesh hipbelt- Provides a breathable and ride stabilizing wrap.
• Lidlock Helmet Attachment - Easily and securely carries bicycle helmets.
• Blinker light attachment - A strap at the base of the front panel to attach a light for riding after dark.
• Shove-it pocket / Full-face carry - Designed to carry items you need quickly (like a rain jacket) and doubles as a full-face carry by using the quick release compression straps.
If the Osprey Zealot 15 Pack is too much pack for you and you’d prefer to go fast and light, then the Raptor 14 Pack is a good alternative. While it’s technically not that much lighter or smaller than the Zealot 15 Pack, it sure feels that way when you’re wearing it. It’s top loading with smaller pockets than the Zealot, but better suited to short laps after work, or bike park, DH riding. You’ll have to give up the following Zealot features not found in the Raptor 14:
• Quick connect on the hydration system
• Back panel access
• Slash Pocket
• Stretch Mesh Side Pockets
The Raptor 14 Pack still has the Lidlock helmet attachment system and the built-in tool pouch—two of my favourite features from the Zealot 15 Pack.
A secure and easy-to-use helmet carry is a must for any bike pack I’d consider using (as I’m not one to ride uphill with my helmet on my head). Similarly, easy and quick access to my ’stuff’ is crucial and the Osprey Zealot 15 Pack has plenty of pockets and full back panel access that you won’t be able to live with out once you’ve tried it. In addition to the main compartment which easily holds your jacket, lunch, and water hydration system, the stretch mesh side pockets are ideal for carrying your pads if interior space is full. The back Shove-it pocket is ideal for a rain jacket or half helmet (as I typically use it for). The Slash pocket is where I carry my phone, keys and sunglasses, while the Tool Pouch pocket holds my repair kit, small first aid kit, and spare tube.
Weight: 848g / 1.87lb
Dimensions: 19 x 9 x 9”
Sizes: S/M, M/L
Colours: Carbide Grey, Atomic Orange
Quality / Price 2/2
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