Cool and comfy!!!
I'm the type who doesn't just make a purchase at this price point without doing a bit of research fist. I live in south Florida and it begins to get very hot and humid during the summer months and I ride daily. I received a Kelty Redwing 44 as a Christmas gift due to old pack falling apart. It's a nice pack for hiking, and an occasional bike ride but not every day use.
So I started looking into Osprey as I had seen all the testimonials here and other sites, I became interested. Initially, I thought the momentum was for me, daily commutes, additional zip out storage if needed, etc. Then I pulled the trigger on the Escapist 30, after many weeks of phone conversations and online investigative work.
The ventilated harness was just what I had in mind as well as the airscape backpanel. I find that I can carry just about everything I need on a daily basis in this pack. If its a change of clothes for after work or a beach towel, lunch and drink for the beach.
This pack is very comfortable, and keeps my shirts from soaking thru after somewhat aggressive rides. This is my first Osprey pack and must say I am very happy with the purchase. From the reflective highlights, front and back, to the way it conforms to my back. I really appreciate the way you can adjust the harness within the pack itself, it allows a very tailored fit between shoulder and hips.
This is not a cheap pack by any stretch, but I felt assured that backcountry stands behind the products they test. And I'm so pleased with the tech support and service I received I'm confident I will turn to them when my next need comes up!!