If you are headed out for a quick ride after work or on a hike with your dog, you don’t always need to bring a huge pack with you. The new Katari and Kitsuma packs from Osprey offer just enough room for the essentials and hydration — all you really need for a couple hours on the trail.
The new Katari (men’s version) and Kitsuma (women’s version) hydration packs are super lightweight and ride close to your back for stability on any trail. The packs use an airy mesh harness with rolled soft edges for both comfort and ventilation. A removable webbing hipbelt can be used for added stability on mountain bike rides. There’s a blinker light attachment on the bottom front of the pack for those commutes or even night riding.
Both the Katari and Kitsuma are available in three sizes — 1.5-liter, 3-liter, and 7-liter. The packs come with either a 1.5-liter or 2.5-liter reservoir depending on size (the bigger reservoir in the two bigger packs), and both slip into an external hydration sleeve with a magnetic bite valve attaching to the sternum strap.
The 7-liter version comes with a vertical front zip pocket that is just roomy enough to carry the essentials, like a spare tube and tools in the organization pockets or a rain jacket. Both the 7-liter and 3-liter sizes include dual stretch mesh side pocket where you can store food and other small items you want to access quickly.
The best part? The Katari and Kitsuma hydration packs retail for only $55-$75. All the packs are available now from the Osprey website or retailers like REI.