Last month I entered the High Cascades 100 mile mountainbike race, in Bend OR. I don’t frequently race more than two hours, and as my participation in the Gran Fondo Leavenworth so thoroughly demonstrated, I am prone to bad cramping in such long, hot competitions. It’s not really the heat so much as I just don’t think about drinking as soon and as often as I should…
I looked about for the right pack, but it wasn’t until I was surfing the Osprey webpage that I found something that met my requirements for mountainbike racing, even though it’s marketed towards trail runners. The slim Rev1.5 pack (size S/M) weighs about a pound with the included hydration bladder and holds just 1 liter of water. The shoulder straps have some convenient but small mesh pockets that can fit gel sachets/flasks or energy bars, but the only other storage is a small zippered pocket atop the bladder compartment. Thin straps and elastic, mesh “webbing” hold the pack tight to your body along the sides of your chest, while two elasticized straps stretch across your chest. Once adjusted, the weight of the pack and water sits high, level with your shoulder blades. It moves with your body yet stays in place, and in hot conditions it doesn’t feel like it’s trapping heat and sweat all across your back…
My challenge: Choosing 10 items worthy of a closer look at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. So many outdoor companies have “stepped up their game” with new innovations or improvements this year, it was mind boggling to pick the best…
The Osprey Kode series packs are designed for snowsports enthusiasts. Configured to carry a helmet, skis, and self-rescue gear, it is well thought out with just the right amount of features, including an insulated hydration pouch. I tested it last season with good results.
Now, an ABS avalanche airbag system compatible model of the Kode is available. Full of the same features as the original Kode, the back of the ABS model opens up to receive the airbag system which is sold separately…
At every Outdoor Retailer, the question is always the same, “Have you seen any game changers?” In an industry often overrun with hype and hyperbole, the new Osprey Atmos AG (AntiGravity) represents a paradigm shift in the way people will think about suspension systems. The fourth generation of the brand’s ventilated pack features a unique “AntiGravity” back system along with the world’s first fully ventilated hip belt. The entire back panel of Osprey Atmos AG is a single piece of suspending webbing that floats away from the pack itself distributing weight evenly over every contour of your body. The result? More cushion, greater breathability, and a pack that works with the body through dynamic movements.
Available as the Atmos AG (for men) and the Aura AG (for women) the packs will come in 50 and 60-liter versions..
Osprey has done it again – the company that pretty much revolutionizes backpack design on an annual basis turned heads at their Outdoor Retailer booth with a pack that defies gravity.
The Atmos and Aura packs are not new to the Osprey lineup, but what they did to those packs for their 4th generation, well, you need to see it to understand. Simply put, the packs have a 3D contoured suspension that they dub “Anti-Gravity.” According to Osprey, it’s a light, body-contouring suspension “that allows the user to move as if they don’t have a pack on – true anti-gravity realized.”
For the Trail: Osprey Escapist 30 Backpack
If you’re the kind of cyclist who loves conquering long stretches of singletrack and carrying a hearty load of gear, the Escapist 30 hits the sweet spot. As our tester noted, it’s not the lightest daypack on the market, but a variety of bike tool-specific pockets, a rain fly, a helmet attach system, and an overall durable construction work well, especially for long-haul city-to-trail riding and hut-to-hut trips.
Every summer and winter, the biggest outdoor brands (and a few up-and-comers) gather in Salt Lake City to showcase their new gear and technical innovations for the upcoming year. Outdoor Retailer, or OR, is the industry’s largest trade show and attracts over 25,000 attendees; most are buyers from the country’s leading specialty retailers (think REI) and your favorite local shops. Here are some of the greatest hits from Colorado companies like Osprey and Nite Ize—plus, a few standouts from some boutique brands. (…)
The family that hydrates together, plays together. Colorado company Osprey is introducing a new line of (adorable) hydration packs in Spring 2015 for little ones as young as three.
Salt Lake City holds the world’s largest outdoor industry gathering each August and January, it’s called the Outdoor Retailer Market. This year they had an impressive 1,595 exhibitors occupying 545,684 square feet. With over 27,000 attendees, it sometimes feels like navigating a street market in Bangkok rather than a trade show. We spent a few days learning about the newest product innovations said to hit the market in the upcoming year. Here’s a few new products that stood out to us…
The Osprey Atmos and Aura 65 will soon be getting new suspension. It’s called AntiGravity (AG) suspension. Its one of those innovations that makes you say, “How come nobody else thought of that?” Osprey’s Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt and adjustable back panel will not be changing, but the new AG back panel is promised to have an even better fit and reduce hotspots because the mesh is constructed from one piece. We look forward to testing it out.
Osprey ‘Wrap’ Backpack — The Osprey Atmos AG and Aura AG packs have a suspension/harness system unlike anything we’ve seen. Like a hammock on the back, the suspension mesh wraps around the wearer’s hips and into the shoulder straps.
The effect is a pack body that barely contacts the wearer, suspended away from the torso in most points for incredible ventilation and a secure, comfortable hug. We can’t wait to test this one out. It will hit the market in 2015.
The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market kicked off today at the Salt Lake City, Utah, Salt Palace Convention Center, welcoming thousands of outdoor gear brands and just as many retail buyers, brand representatives, media and more.
Envision rows and rows of your favorite gear — from backpacks, tents, boots, gadgets, specialized equipment and MUCH more — creating a maze of flashy chaos. It’s any gear lover’s dream come true.
And it’s just the place to sniff out awesome new products for Scouters (and Scouts) to try. Here are five of the standout items I saw today. (Remember, most of these won’t be available until spring/summer 2015 unless noted). (…)
If you pack your backpack with stuff sacks, take a peek at how much open space you see in your pack. See a difference in the above photo? The new drysacks and organizers from Osprey’s spring/summer 2015 line are square-shaped, which means less wasted space and more room for organization. A range of colors even lets Type-A Scouters organize by hue, making it even faster to find what you’re searching for in your pack.