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SeattleBackpackersMagazine.com – Featuring Exos 48 – July 15, 2014

July 15th, 2014

With the new rendition of the Osprey Exos 48, Osprey must have been putting some serious investment into their Research and Development.  Out of the box, there is a combined “Wow!  That looks amazing” which goes hand-in-hand with “Good Grief! What is that and what have they done?”  The colors and graphic lines are slick, but we all know that after a few good weeks on our shoulders and hips, the colors fade, the dust gathers and all we want to know is how it rides.

This iteration of Exos is sporting Osprey’s new ExoForm™ padding on the shoulder straps and the hip belt as well.  It looks like a light, swiss-cheese version of closed-cell foam padding, but in reality it is much more breathable. It actually seems like it is dense, woven mesh because it has more flexibility to it…

The weight of the Osprey Exos 48 clocked in right where Osprey indicates, between 2 pounds, 5 ounces and 2 pounds, 6 ounces. It certainly doesn’t feel bulky when empty.  On top of that, you can actually REDUCE your weight by eliminating the top cap (which has both interior and exterior storage).  And if you are worried about your rain exposure by removing the cap, Osprey has an integrated FlapJacket™ that will help provide that extra barrier…

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Trailspace.com – Featuring Mira 34 – July 11, 2014

July 11th, 2014

I love the mesh back panel, which is like the one on my Osprey Aura 65, for keeping me cool on the long day hikes in town. This is a great pack designed for women that feels great….

The first thing that surprised me on this pack was the size I needed. I got this pack before I got my Aura and was unsure of my Osprey sizing. I got some help at my local store in getting fitted. I ended up with the XS/S.

Once all of the straps were adjusted and hooked together, this pack felt great. I’m heavy chested and the shoulder straps didn’t bother me as some models do. The hips straps really allowed the weight to be held easily. The whole pack was very easy to adjust…

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HeckticTravels.com – Featuring Sojourn 25”/60L – July 10, 2014

July 10th, 2014

It’s about time my travel bag caught up with my travel style…For some reason, it took me awhile to realize that changes in the way we travel could be reflected in the way we pack. And now that I’ve made the switch to enjoy one of mankind’s most vital inventions – the lovely wheel – I will never go back…

Osprey offered to send me their 60L Sojourn bag, and I was skeptical of so many things. How heavy would it be? Would it withstand constant use? What about those inevitable times when I will need to carry it some distance?

I need not worry for one second. Because in the six months of having it, I have rejoiced in every single moment of use. Every single time Pete and I have packed and are ready to head out the door, my back thanks me for not putting it through repetitive and unnecessary strain. And, there are many other things about the bag that I am very happy with…

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Outdoor Business Update – Osprey Packs Adds Midwest Rep – July 9, 2014

July 9th, 2014

Osprey Packs Inc. has added Motion Representation to its bike market sales team in the Midwest.

Founded in 2012 by industry veteran Dennis Porter, Motion seeks to provide its brands with the best coverage in a territory that spans from Wisconsin to Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Missouri. With three reps on the ground: Dennis Porter, Nick Grigsby and Pat O’Neill, Motion represents numerous strong bike brands including: Pivot Cycles, NiteRider, Louis Garneau, GU, and Motorex.

“Dennis is a true professional who brings years of experience in the bike channel to the table,” said Patrick Piller, Osprey’s bike sales manager. “Osprey’s continued success in this segment will be complimented by Motion Representation’s energy and established connections within the industry. We’re thrilled to add Dennis, Nick and Pat to the Osprey family.”

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Wired.com – Featuring Syncro 20 – July 8, 2014

July 8th, 2014

The plan was austere and elegant. I would ride a mountain bike pulling a trailer on a 77-mile loop around the Mojave National Preserve at the height of spring. Wildflowers would blanket my route, and the three-day expedition would merge two loves—riding and camping—into my first bike-packing epic.

Other essentials I was bringing: 30 spare bike parts and tools recommended by an expert bike-packer friend, a minimalist tarp shelter, a superlight sleeping bag, a 5.5-gallon water container, high-powered lights, a camera, and food. All of this had to fit on a Bob Ibex Plus trailer or in a 20-liter Osprey hydration pack with a pocket for everything…

Dawn was bright and cool. I rode 15 miles up and down washboard roads, past leafless trees and giant boulders that looked karate-chopped by Zeus. As I rode, I groped for the Osprey hydro-pack’s bladder nozzle magnetically secured to my chest strap and steadily sipped from it as if on an oral-drip IV.

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BicycleRetailer.com – Osprey adds Motion Representation for Midwest sales – July 8, 2014

July 8th, 2014

Osprey Packs Inc. has brought rep agency Motion Representation onto its bike market sales team for the Midwest.

Founded in 2012 by industry veteran Dennis Porter, Motion seeks coverage for brands in a territory that spans from Wisconsin to Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Missouri. With three reps on the ground—Porter, Nick Grigsby and Pat O’Neill—Motion represents such bike brands as Pivot Cycles, NiteRider, Louis Garneau, Gu and Motorex.

“Dennis is a true professional who brings years of experience in the bike channel to the table,” said Patrick Piller, Osprey’s bike sales manager.

“Osprey’s continued success in this segment will be complemented by Motion Representation’s energy and established connections within the industry. We’re thrilled to add Dennis, Nick and Pat to the Osprey family.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs Adds Motion Representation to Bike Sales Force – July 8, 2014

July 8th, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced the addition of Motion Representation rep agency to its bike market sales team in the Midwest.

Founded in 2012 by industry veteran Dennis Porter, Motion seeks to provide its brands with the best coverage in a territory that spans from Wisconsin to Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Missouri. With three reps on the ground: Dennis Porter, Nick Grigsby and Pat O’Neill, Motion represents numerous strong bike brands including: Pivot Cycles, NiteRider, Louis Garneau, GU, and Motorex.

“Dennis is a true professional who brings years of experience in the bike channel to the table,” said Patrick Piller, Osprey’s bike sales manager. “Osprey’s continued success in this segment will be complimented by Motion Representation’s energy and established connections within the industry. We’re thrilled to add Dennis, Nick and Pat to the Osprey family.”

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Singletracks.com – Featuring Raptor 6 Hydration Pack – July 4, 2014

July 4th, 2014

Osprey already had one of the most innovative hydration packs on the market (magnetized hose retention thingy FTW), but rather than coast on past successes, they keep coming up with new tricks.

The Raptor series is Osprey’s compact hydration pack line geared toward cycling, running, and light day hiking. At first glance, it may appear barebones, but they have managed to cram a ton of features into a tight package…

As with all Osprey packs I have encountered, the build quality of the Osprey Raptor 6 is impeccable: no stitches out of place, no blown zippers, no buckle issues. More than just the quality, though, is the thought that obviously went into the design of the pack. The straps are wide enough and padded sufficiently to be comfortable without digging in or being uncomfortably wide. This model lacks the load lifter straps of some of Osprey’s larger models, but I didn’t find that to be an issue given the overall shape and size of my test unit…

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OutsideTelevision.com – Branded: Mike Pfotenhauer of Osprey Packs – July 2, 2014

July 2nd, 2014

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TrailRunner – Featuring Rev 1.5 – July 2014

July 1st, 2014

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Wired – Featuring Synchro 20 – July 2014

July 1st, 2014

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Examiner.com – Featuring Viva 50 – June 26, 2014

June 26th, 2014

The founding of Osprey could be considered the outdoor industry’s version of tech giants rising from humble beginnings in household garages. Osprey founder Mike Pfotenhauer grew up active in the outdoors but became fed up with ill-fitting packs. So at the age of 16, he began sewing his own custom packs, which over the years blossomed into a small retail shop in the front of his Santa Cruz home that crafted custom packs for travelers…

Osprey has recently launched the new Viva line of women’s packs. The goal of this line is to provide adventurous ladies with a lightweight, affordable fitted pack. Although the line doesn’t contain all of the bells and whistles of, say, a $400 pack, the Viva products haven’t shaved off what counts—comfort, durability and plenty of room to stash all of the necessary food and gear to hit the backcountry, in style and comfort…

…The 50-liter pack (3,051 cubic inches) weighs in at 3 lbs., 9 oz.—may not be the lightest pack on the market but it’s still lightweight enough to help prevent your back from seizing up in pain during a trek into the backcountry…

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CortezJournal.com -Osprey keeping HQ, expanding into Utah – June 22, 2014

June 22nd, 2014

Osprey Packs will be expanding its local headquarters and relocating its distribution center to Utah in 2015, the company announced last week.

“The decision to relocate our distribution function to a transportation hub, such as the Wasatch Front, is an exciting and necessary move for Osprey,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs, in a written statement. The Wasatch Front is the metropolitan area of Utah, which includes Salt Lake City.

The company has been growing rapidly in recent years and in 2006 the started adding supplemental warehouse space in and around Cortez, said Barney.

The company plans for the new consolidated distribution center, which will be staffed by 20 people, to open by mid-2015. Some staff members will be relocating from Colorado, and some will be hired in Utah…

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ASPEN – Featuring Tempest 20 – Summer 2014

June 21st, 2014

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SingleTracks.com – Featuring Rev 12 – June 20, 2014

June 20th, 2014

The Osprey Rev 12 is a panel-loading hydration pack designed to be light, versatile, and function as the sole pack for endurance athletes in many sports…

I currently own several other Osprey products, and like all of them: it is obvious that a lot of attention was placed in ensuring that this pack rides comfortably. Since it was designed to span several disciplines (endurance running, hiking, and mountain biking) I wasn’t sure how well it would perform out on the trail.

There are a lot of fine adjustments that can be made to get a snug fit, including two horizontal chest straps, to get a near-perfect fit. I tested this pack in both XC and Enduro conditions, and even went for a hike with it several times. What most surprised me was how little it seemed to weigh, even with the bladder filled to the max and with enough goods for a four-hour ride…

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