Osprey Metron Preview
Osprey Metron Preview
Looks like I’ll be going back to the daily commute. And that means I’ll be needing a decent backpack. Fortunately the Osprey Metron has just landed on my desk for reviewing.
The Osprey Metron is designed as a “close fitting and comfortable bike backpack that is ideal for short bike-commutes or day trips.” So that makes it a perfect candidate for the daily commute.
The Metron is a 26 litre bag with compression straps offering “volume adjustability”. Having the option to prevent stuff rattling around when you’re not carrying much is a definite plus. It also has a brightly coloured rain cover to keep your things dry
Inside the Metron multiple pockets allow for some serious organisation. In the main compartment there’s a padded laptop sleeve and separate shoe storage; important to keep those smelly trainers away from your clothes!
Moving to the next compartment – big enough for a packed lunch – there are also mesh storage pockets. On the front is a scratch-free glasses pocket, also good for keeping your phone safe. And finally – for the front of the bag anyway – is another pocket. Hidden in the last one is an elasticated helmet clip
Moving on to the sides of the Metron there are two long pockets. The one on the right looks like it can be reached while you’re wearing it; handy for stashing gloves when you don’t need them anymore. The left hand one is zipped and looks big enough for a standard bidon.
Straps and adjustability
Osprey have included plenty of customisation to the Metron. The shoulder straps offer plenty of adjustability, top and bottom. There’s a chest strap that can be customised by sliding up and down the shoulder straps. And an un-padded waist belt, to help keep the bag in place. The back of the Metron has a mesh cover over their ridged “airscape” panel. All of which should make for a comfortable carry
The final part of the Metron’s adjustability is it’s compression system. Two straps allow you adjust the volume of the bag. So you don’t have to ride around with a flappy bag when riding light.
There’s a removable rain cover tucked away underneath in a zipped pocket; more storage? Osprey have included some reflective touches and a loop for attaching a rear light. A nice touch are the buckles for the main compression straps, which are simple anodised metal hooks.
Made from 500D Nylon Packcloth , the Metron weighs 1.18 Kg and measures 48(L)x35(W)x26(D) cm. It comes in Crimson Red or always fashionable Black. I’ll be trying the Metron out on my soon-to-be regular commute and will let you know how I get on with it. In the meantime check out one of our other Osprey reviews; the Momentum, Raven and the Transporter. Also on preview is their Seral lumbar pack
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