Osprey Zip and Roll Organizer Review

Author: [ trailpeak ]   Contact Author: trailpeakMon Jun 01 15:19:10 UTC 2015

Osprey Zip and Roll Up Organizers - By Shannon Burt.

By now, everyone must know that Osprey (www.ospreypacks.com) is renowned for making high performance backpacks of every dimension and application. Renowned as well for solutions that work in both urban and the outdoors. Osprey has created a line of products that further carries that ingenuity in the form storage and organizational accessories.

Osprey Ultralight Zip and Roll Up Organizers:

We recently got our hands on two different styles of organizers, which on the surface, are basically toiletry bags. That being said, I’ve found these sorts of things immensely useful not just for tolietries, but also for organizing kitchen accessories when camping.

When I started cycle touring many years ago, I learned that toiletry bags made awesome organizers for spices, cutlery, and cleaning liquids and tools for the backcountry kitchen. With the hanger hook it was easy to suspend the bag, open with easy to access pockets from a tree branch within easy reach of cooking central. When all is done, the whole mess of stuff stores neatly and efficiently into one tight package. The more you use it, the better you remember where to find things. It’s truly the mark of efficiency.

For multi-day trekkers or paddlers (especially paddlers), you know that "finding" things in your pack or dry bag can be a pain. With each night, things tend towards chaos. What better way to keep (and spot) your accessories than in the compact and bright Osprey zip up / roll-up bags. Sized perfectly for toiletries, shaving, soap (even a shaving mirror), they keep things organized. Heavy duty but light construction you come to expect from Osprey.

Osprey Ultralight Roll up Organizer:

Nice coloring; grey with lime green trim, it has a durable stiff exterior fabric that should withstand long term wear. Securing the roll, it has an adjustable strap and clip so no matter how full it becomes, has it covered. With a stowable plastic hook at the top, this unrolls to three panels. Two hold expandable mesh zipped pockets (one with a pull out mirror) and the last panel has two shallow fine mesh pockets secured by one wide zipper, along with a deep cavernous zipped pouch at the bottom. The lime green fabric makes finding items a breeze.
Dimensions are shown as length (height) x width x depth: IN: 15 x 6 x 3?CM: 38 x 24 x 7 (Ultralight being 4.4 Ounces.).

Osprey Ultralight Zip up Organizer (orange):

This smaller version is more like a clam shell design, but things begin to get interesting when you open it up. Inside, just like the roll version, there are three panels (not two) because an additional pocket is hinged inside. (and removable via snaps) With mine, the orange fabric and mesh are used throughout the design. I believe a grey version is also available, though the colored fabrics allow finding items much easier.
This organizer also has a stowable plastic hook at the top for hanging. The first panel (both are more than an inch deep) contains a zipped solid pocket (no mesh) and contains a small mirror. A broad mesh expandable pocket sits over top. On the exterior, there are two fabric loops that could help hold a dish towel or cloth, or be used to run a pack compression strap through for storage security.
The second panel contains a main pocket with zippered access from both the inside, as well as the outside. (Impressed) From the outside, the material is very tightly woven mesh, not solid fabric. Layered over this main pocket are two elastic open pockets made from the same fine mesh material. Lastly, the flip out pocket is a zippered pouch with a clear plastic window.

Overall, the design seems to address the advantage of allowing damp items the ability to breath, and not funkify the organizer. Despite its smaller size, this one certainly packs a punch for the given space. Dimensions are shown as length (height) x width x depth: IN: 6 x 9 x 3?CM: 14 x 23 x 7 4.2 Ounces.

Shannon Burt, Trailpeak.com

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