We first saw the Seral and Savu at Interbike this fall, the two new hip/bum/fanny packs from Osprey. While most of the industry jumped on the caboose quite a while ago, Osprey took the time to focus on some key issues that seemed to be lacking with current market offerings. Addressing things like weight distribution and water-carry solutions, the Seral and Savu take slightly different approaches to hip packs than we’ve seen other companies use.
Firstly, the Seral is a hydration-bladder-based pack, where the Savu is designed around water bottles. Osprey saw that there were advantages and disadvantages to both methods of carrying hydration, so instead of trying to make one pack that did both, they just made two specific packs. The Seral, with 7 liters of storage and a 1.5-liter bladder, is made for longer rides, while the Savu, at 4 liters of storage and two bottle pockets, is designed for the short to mid-distance jaunts.
We’ve had a Savu in for testing over the last few months, so stay tuned for a full review in the near future.