The Siskin gives you a 2.5L hydration system, plenty of storage space and most importantly a comfortable set up. An ideal companion for any two wheeled adventures you might be planning.
Bite Me. Designed for days on the trail, the Siskin 8 is a technical and high-performance hydration pack which balances tough and durable construction with impressive organisational capacity and a progressive, stylish aesthetic.
Bite Me. Designed for days on the trail, the Siskin 8 is a technical and high-performance hydration pack which balances tough and durable construction with impressive organisational capacity and a progressive, stylish aesthetic. Siskin features a comfortable Airscape™ backpanel with large air channel, promoting air-flow during hot and humid conditions whilst hugging the body closely with a stable and comfortable fit. Held in place by a removable webbing hipbelt and performance-fit harness, Siskin will stay put no matter how hard you need to pedal. The integrated 2.5L Hydraulics Reservoir provides easy access to water, keeping you hydrated throughout your ride, and you’ll never be left searching for your bite-valve thanks to the magnetic retainer on the pack’s sternum strap. Talking of magnets, the sternum strap has an innovative closure mechanism, allowing you to open and close it without taking your eyes off the trail.
Internally, the Siskin features a large central pocket, with multiple internal organisation options such as side-mounted pump pockets and multiple zipped mesh pouches. This is all accessible through a full-length opening, allowing you access to the whole contents of your pack, ideal for when you need to fix a mechanical or find a snack bar. Siskin’s front shove-it pouch provides an easy place to store a wet jacket, but also makes carrying a full-face helmet easy, while the Lid-Lock™ allows a storage place for a traditional bike helmet. For storing your sunglasses or small essentials, there’s a scratch-free pocket inside the front panel, alongside a brightly coloured clip to ensure that you’re never separated from your keys.
Osprey's Siskin 8 Litre Hydration Pack is a great hydration pack for a good day out riding. With comfortable, padded shoulder straps and a waist strap for security this pack is great for long days. This smaller capacity version has the 2.5L hydration bladder is stored in a separate pocket to the rear which zips open in a novel way around the shoulder strap. There is no option to change the tube from your right shoulder but this doesn't normally bother anyone. The chest strap uses magnets to fasten and to connect to the drink valve and keep it in place.
The 8L version is still packed with features but it cuts over 120g in starting weight compared to the larger 12L. There are three internal pockets, two zip secure and one drop pocket, for organising your kit. There is also a decent sized external drop pocket and a novel LidLock which is a small curved buckle that threads through your helmet to keep it secure on the outside of the pack during rests or en route before and after.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear