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Backpacker: Gear Guide – Featuring: Variant 52 – Fall/Winter 2014

October 20th, 2014

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Outside Bozeman – Featuring Zealot 16 – Fall 2014

October 20th, 2014

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Mountain Bike Action – Featuring Osprey – November 2014

October 20th, 2014

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Stack.com – Featuring Spin 32 – October 8, 2014

October 8th, 2014

I’ve been commuting by bike for about 7 years now. During that time, I’ve used a multitude of different bags to carry my gear to and from work. In the past I had more messenger-style packs, both the single-strap and bookbag style. Though they worked well, stood up to the elements and had an aesthetic I liked, that style of bag wasn’t always practical or completely waterproof. I decided to try a more technical pack for reasons of comfort and functionality. The Osprey line of commuter bags fit the bill…

Traditionally thought of as a hiking pack company, Osprey produces a full line of bags specifically designed for bike commuters. I tested the Spin 32. I was tentative at first, because although their backpacks look good on the trail, I wasn’t sure as how the style would carry over to the street.

I was impressed.

The bag doesn’t look like a typical bike messenger bag. The styling is somewhat aggressive and the reflective strips make it look pretty cool in the dark (not to mention the extra visibility). And whereas some messenger bags tend to have only one large pocket, the Osprey Spin has many pockets that are fully functional for carrying varying loads: a standard padded laptop sleeve, a main compartment and a smaller front compartment for odds and ends like pens and small notebooks. A few side pockets were a perfect fit for my water bottle or coffee mug…

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Outside Buyer’s Guide – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 42 – Winter 2014-2015

October 6th, 2014

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Outside Buyer’s Guide – Featuring Mutant 38 – Winter 2014-2015

October 6th, 2014

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Waypoint – October 1, 2014

October 1st, 2014

Despite the ever-increasing competition in the travel gear world, some items seem to remain perennial bestsellers that you’ll spot from Bangkok to Bariloche. The Osprey Waypoint 80 is clearly one of those.

A lot of the old guard travel backpack makers have moved more into luggage or have disappeared, while many newer companies are focused more on hiking packs than ones for travel. If you’re going bopping around the world for months though, on a lot of buses, trains, and ferries, you need a real travel backpack instead of one meant for a few nights on a trail.

Primarily, you need to be able to get to your stuff easily. That’s no problem with this Waypoint pack since the U-shaped zippers in the front go all the way to the bottom. No feeling around with your arm like you’re trying to get the prize out of a cereal box…

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Backcountry – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 42 – October 2014

October 1st, 2014

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AtlantaTrails.com – Featuring Aether 60 – October 2014

October 1st, 2014

Close access to fantastic hiking, running and backpacking trails is one of the things I love most about Atlanta. From in-town hikes to remote mountain trails, like the southern end of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, outdoor adventures are within easy reach of Atlanta’s limits…

What to pack on a backpacking trip? My backpacking gear list is focused on my favorite gear that’s useful, small and lightweight – and has been tested over hundreds of trail miles…

I’ve hiked with an older-model Osprey Aether 70 for the past ten years, and love its roomy storage capacity, comfort and durability. This summer, I upgraded to the recently-updated Osprey Aether 60 backpack, though, and love the newer pack’s padding, suspension and easy-access storage. I also pack an Osprey UL Raincover to keep my backpack and gear dry in case of rain…

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Hiking.About.com – Featuring Exos 38 – October 2014

October 1st, 2014

The 2 lb., 5 oz. Osprey Exos 38 is billed as a “SuperLight” pack, but its 38L (2320 cubic inch) capacity is enough for almost anybody to take overnight, if you’re willing to pack sparingly and strap your tent underneath the pack. It’s also available in 48L and 58L sizes.

Overall, I think the Exos 38 is a great choice for the everyday hiker who wants one really nice pack that can go on either dayhikes or overnight backpacking trips; it’s a good “compromise size” for either use. (Here’s my advice on choosing a backpack size.) The larger packs in the line would be great for long-haul backpackers that want a light pack without giving up the benefits of a stable frame. If you have ultralight tendencies but just can’t bear giving up a pack with an internal frame, this might be the pack line for you…

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Mountain Bike Action – Featuring Osprey – October 2014

October 1st, 2014

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GramsLightBikes.com – Featuring SS15 Syncro, Zealot, Escapist Series, Moki and Hydrojet – September 28, 2014

September 28th, 2014

Osprey Packs made some changes to their popular Syncro, Zealot and Escapist packs for Spring 2015, and added some new kids hydration packs…

The Zealot is only offered in a 15 liter size this year, and it has new colors with more subdued graphics. It was redesigned with a slimmer profile to keep it closer to the body and away from the arms, to help it function better during extreme trail riding. It comes with their 3-liter Hydraulics reservoir, has dual mesh side pockets, their LidLock helmet attachment, and a padded front sleeve to carry a full faced helmet…

The Syncro now comes in 3, 10 and 15 liter models, and they’re more streamlined and lighter packs then their predecessors. The super light and minimalistic 3 liter versions will be a great pack for those quick rides and races, where only a small amount of gear is needed…

Osprey made some minor changes in their bikepacking Escapist Series of packs. They now have three sizes, with capacities of 18, 25 and 32 liters,…and will come in Sin Black, Indigo Blue, Cayenne Red colors. They have a large main compartment to make it easy to carry and organize gear…

New for this year are two kid specific hydration packs, the Moki and the Hydrojet 15. The packs come with their 1.5 liter Hydraulics LT reservoir, and they’re cut for a younger riders anatomy and torso size…

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PinkBike.com – Featuring Rev 6 – September 25, 2014

September 25th, 2014

Hip bags have brought about a fresh trend in the mountain bike community, with riders looking for lighter and more minimalistic ways to carry essential items when out on the trail. Osprey’s new trail running Rev 6 pack might look a lot like a traditional mountain bike bag but it slots into that category as well by sporting a lightweight and simple package. The bag also sits higher on the back and is secured with two elastic-enhanced chest straps, a layout that is said to provide a comfortable yet snug fit that won’t shift around when you need employ some body english. And despite its trail running intentions, the Rev’s versatility should also make it an option for riders who are willing to considering something different.

The Rev line comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from the small 6 liter all the way up to a 24 liter option, with 12 and 18 liter options balancing out the line. Designed around the minimalist demands of a ultra-trail runners, the Rev packs include a variety of great features to make gear stowage easy and organized…

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GearJunkie.com – Featuring Moki – September 25, 2014

September 25th, 2014

GearJunkie was on site in Las Vegas this month to kick tires and see the latest in cycling equipment for 2015 at the annual Interbike International Expo. Today, we offer a look at some of the stand-outs from the show floor.

Kid-Size Hydration Pack — Keeping kids hydrated on the trail is a must. But fitting a water bottle on a kid’s bike is nearly impossible. The Moki from Osprey packs a 1.5L bladder into a kid-size pack and has zippered pockets for snacks.

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BikeRumor.com – Featuring Talon 6 – September 25, 2014

September 25th, 2014

Fanny packs. If enduro wasn’t already the lamest marketing trend since 27.5″ wheels, the ass backwards 80′s fanny pack has suddenly reared its ugly head in some misguided sort of pseudo euro fashion statement. Damn it…Yet it’s our duty to report on the latest and greatest coming and goings of the industry, so since Tyler is a roadie, and Zach only rides fat bikes, I was somehow conned… into running an enduro bro fanny pack battle off. Yay me…

Like the Camelback FlashFlor LR, the Talon 6 from Osprey was designed with hikers in mind, although the company claims it’s also ideal for trail running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing…Inside there are two major compartments. The outer is smaller, but still large enough to fit a cellphone, wallet, etc… and has a key ring…The inner most pocket is voluminous and can easily hold a small jacket, and a couple of beers. Once fully loaded, two compression straps on the exterior of the bag allow you to cinch everything down…

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