If I had to pick a backpack that I knew would stand a brutal long distance hike, it would be anything Osprey! Just the fact that this company show’s up every year at Trail Days to fix, and stand by their packs if a AT Thru-Hiker has an issue with one of their packs, say’s a lot about the Osprey Culture. I have an Osprey myself, and love it! One pack I would recomend is the Osprey Exos 48 Pack. Still a standard among ultralight enthusiasts not willing to sacrifice comfort, the Osprey Exos 48 has been updated for 2014 with the latest technology and innovative design, making it one of the lightest and most comfortable packs available.
Since its introduction in 2008, the Exos Series has become a standard on the Appalachian Trail and with ultralight enthusiasts not willing to sacrifice comfort. Our AirSpeed™ suspension, torso-specific sizing and ergonomic design all contribute to bridge the gap between comfort, fit and light weight. The Spring 2014 redesign benefits from Osprey’s never-ending search for the latest technology in materials and hardware as well as innovative design. The comfort and support of the harness and hipbelt are drastically improved. Updated materials and hardware provide a lighter weight pack, and the lid, key straps and attachment points are all removable.
The Raptor 10 is just large enough to carry everything you need for extended backcountry riding while leaving the kitchen sink at home. As the name implies, the Raptor 10 has 10 liters of cargo capacity. It’s just large enough to hold a pump, tools, a couple of tubes, some food and a light jacket without feeling cumbersome.
Pros: Comfortable fit, packed with thoughtful features
While this pack has the all essentials of most other trail packs, it’s the small creature comforts that set the Raptor 10 ahead of the competition. Osprey’s LidLock is an oval shaped piece of plastic that passes through a vent on the top of your helmet and is held in place by elastic cord. It’s a nice touch that makes transporting your gear that much easier.
Of all the details Osprey includes in its packs, perhaps the most useful is the magnetic hose holder that’s mounted to the sternum strap. There’s no fussing with trying to tuck the hose out of the way to keep it from flopping around in front of you while you ride; it just stays put.
It’s a fine line between having everything you want in a lumbar pack, and having too much. I think Osprey nailed it with the Talon 6. It has two large pockets on top which can easily hold some traction spikes, a light wind breaker, a bar or two, phone, keys, etc. There are two more hip belt pockets for easy access to smaller things, like gel packs.
I found that I couldn’t really find one position that I liked for the duration of my longer runs. Going downhill I wanted it to be nice and snug, and uphill I wanted a little extra slack so I could use core muscles for breathing. The Talon 6 is very easy to adjust…
Yesterday, I reviewed the new Rev 6 backpack from Osprey, hailing it as the best trail running pack that I had ever used. Today, I’ve got some thoughts on another revolutionary new product from the same company in the form of the new ultra lightweight Exos 48, a product that is sure to delight the “light and fast” crowd.
The Exos series of packs have been around for some time, and they have always remained highly focused on delivering very light, yet still durable, packs for backpacker who truly watches ever ounce. One of the hallmarks of the Exos packs has always been that they are comfortable to wear, while still maintaining their minimalist approach. With this new design, that level of comfort has increased even further, even as Osprey has managed to cut even more weight. So much so, that this year’s model tips the scales at a svelte 2 lbs., 5 oz. (1.05 kg). That’s extremely light for a pack this size.
Osprey has been making bike-specific packs for awhile. They have pretty much nailed it with the Osprey Radial 34 Commuter Backpack.
The Osprey Radial 34 Commuter Backpack is absolutely packed with features. The list is long. Osprey did a great job putting this pack together. Here are my favorite features (in no particular order):
The mesh back panel is awesome! The biggest downfall of commuting with a backpack is sweaty back. The mesh back panel comes pretty darn close to eliminating this. The pack bows away from your back with the mesh panel sitting against your back. It helps with airflow, especially when it’s windy. You’ll still end up with a little bit of a sweaty back but it’s won’t be as gnarly as other packs…
One of the best parts about my job is attending the Outdoor Retailer convention each year and checking out the latest and greatest products from my favorite gear companies months before they are available to purchase. As much fun as that sounds however, it can also be painful to have to wait for some really great product to actually go on sale. Such was the case with the Rev 6 pack from Osprey, which I first saw last August but had to wait weeks to get my hand on. The wait was worth it however, as it is hands down the best trail running pack that I’ve used.
The new Rev line comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from the diminutive 6 (as in 6 liter), all the way up to the 24. In between there is also a 12- and 18-liter version too. (Those who like to go ultralight will want to check out the Rev 1.5 and the Rev Solo water bottle holster as well.) All are lightweight, have a variety of great features, and are built to move with trail runners, no matter how demanding conditions get. Obviously you’ll want the pack that most fits your needs in terms of capacity. If you’re carrying a lot of gear, you’ll want to go bigger, but for my needs, the Rev 6 was actually perfect.
Becoming a parent is one of the most-rewarding experiences you can have. However, little ones have a tendency to change your life drastically—making that spontaneous trip up to the mountains for a powder day more elusive. Rather than scrapping the outing, it’s just as easy to incorporate the kids into your mountain adventure… especially with the right equipment.
Check out these four pieces of gear to ensure that your children get to enjoy winter in the mountains as much as you do…
If your outdoor pursuits can’t be accomplished with your child on wheels or skis, then toss them on your back with Osprey’s top-of-the-line child carrier. The Osprey Poco Premium is excellent for day hikes in the mountains, for allowing your little one to take in the sites and sounds of a mountain town music festival or any other light outdoor adventure.
This tricked-out pack comes with a detachable daypack, lightweight changing pad, a drool guard, hydration sleeve and a cell phone pocket on one of the shoulder straps. A host of adjustable straps and suspension make for a comfortable and safe pursuit for both parent and child.
What’s your favorite or least favorite piece of outdoor gear or apparel? What equipment or apparel can you depend on in the backcountry?
I use a hydration pack for runs longer than 2 hours, preferring the Nathan HPL #020 for its capacity and comfort. I also use more than one pack, so that I can swap them at aid stations without having to get in and out of the pack or bladder. Osprey’s quick disconnect reservoir makes multiple packs unnecessary, and there’s a whole lot more about the new REV 1.5 to talk about.
I was told the new REV series trail running hydration packs from Osprey “fit like a shirt”, moving with your torso as you run. Osprey has long been an innovator in pack suspension systems, and I was eager to put the claim to the test. The REV is Osprey’s first backpack designed for trail running.
Key features include:
- A 1.5 liter reservoir
- A magnetic bite valve keeper
- Digiflip” media pocket provides weather-resistant access to your smart phone