Review – Osprey Escapist Bikepacking Frame Bag (Medium)

Review Osprey Escapist Bikepacking Frame Bag
Osprey has an earned reputation as one of the best backpacking brands in the world, with their innovative designs and lightweight but durable packs being used in some of the extreme adventures and by many everyday outdoor enthusiasts. As a result, when they announced their launch into the world of bikepacking bags I was immediately interested; if their on-bike luggage options are as good as their hiking bags then they will certainly make a great impression.

Osprey already has an extensive mountain biking backpack collection, with a dedicated department focussing on bike-specific designs; so, it was a logical step to launch the Escapist collection to target the bike adventure market and the growing bikepacking community.

I was sent Osprey’s new Escapist Bikepacking Frame Bag to test, and over the last month it has been put through its paces on my Kona Private Jake gravel/cyclocross bike, with some very positive results…

New Escapist Bikepacking Bag Range

All the on-bike bags in Osprey's new Escapist range are made from recycled 210D nylon with a double ripstop construction that is coated in TPU laminate; they feature waterproof zippers and zip guards to create waterproof capsules for your kit.

The all-weather waterproof approach is essential for bikepacking luggage as it is bombarded by spray and wheel muck. Osprey has plenty of experience in fabric welding and waterproof construction from its travel duffel range and travel packs, and these new bags are superbly made.

Within the range there is a seat-pack and handlebar bag that utilise smart aluminium frame stabilization, then there is a frame bag in three different sizes and a top tube wedge pack for small valuables. The complete range should give you all the stowage you need, whether on a long distance expedition or a weekend gravel adventure.

Osprey Escapist Bikepacking Frame Bag Review

I tested the medium (3.5L) frame bag from the Osprey Escapist range, and have been thoroughly impressed.

Mounting up to the frame using Velcro straps attached to welded lashing points on the bag, the system is simple but very secure, with a great deal of adjustability. Out on the trails there was no sign of swaying or the straps coming loose, with the welded design remaining strong even when fully loaded.

The bag features a superb pocketing system. The lefthand sleeve pocket offers great storage for slim energy bars and snacks, with two internal divider pockets. The righthand compartment, with its double zipper, provides access to the main volume that is ideal for larger items. This dual compartment approach makes finding stored items on-the-fly that much easier, and the double zippered design with integrated zipper garages improves access to the complete length of the bag without needing to open it fully.

The robust waterproof nylon construction has coped admirably with downpours, spray and mud, and the waterproof zippers have kept the contents dry and secure throughout the worst winter weather.

Overall, the Osprey Escapist Frame Bag demonstrates that Osprey have certainly carried their expertise and experience in bag design over into the bikepacking world; creating a module that is sleek, robust and secure. This frame bag will certainly be my choice for many gravel bike adventures to come. 

Review Osprey Escapist Bikepacking Frame Bag

Review Osprey Escapist Bikepacking Frame Bag

Review Osprey Escapist Bikepacking Frame Bag

Review Osprey Escapist Bikepacking Frame Bag

Disclaimer: Osprey sent an Osprey Escapist Bikepacking Framebag to for test and review.


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