Buying Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift doesn’t have to be an annual struggle. Sure, his toolbox might already be full and he might not wear ties, but that’s not to say other things don’t excite him. This year, channel Dad’s passion for mountain biking and give him a gift he’ll enjoy and use. Take a look at the following list of Father’s Day favorites—and get inspired!
8. Osprey Zealot: Redesigned for 2015, the Zealot meets the evolving needs of enduro mountain bike racers. A three-liter reservoir provides “slosh-free” hydration and an improved hydration compartment features an additional sleeve for Dad to store essential items inside. A new harness and hipbelt provide improved stability while updated geometry can easily carry a full face helmet and armor—the new Zealot features a foam stiffened front panel and upper compression straps that will quickly secure a full face helmet. A mesh pocket on the side of the hydration pack and side compression straps are ideal spots to store Dad’s elbow and shin protection.
Luckily, you don’t have to invest in full-suspension bikes and carbon fiber stand-up paddleboards for your little tykes just yet. (You may consider creating a gear stash fund on par with that of college tuition, however.) But you do need a few key items to make getting outside with your baby safe and enjoyable… Here are some essential products that will keep you and your baby or toddler outdoors until the sun goes down.
Osprey Poco Premium Backpack: Think of this as the Land Rover of kid carriers. The Poco Premium comes decked out with bells and whistles like a sunshade, integrated changing pad, detachable daypack, rain cover and more. On a six-mile day hike in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, our 10-month-old happily took in the view on the way up and then took a nap on the drool pad when she got sleepy. The best part? The pack harness is adjustable within an expansive six-inch range, which means mom and dad (no matter how far apart in height) can use the same pack. And, it’s incredibly easy to adjust on the fly.
Based out of Cortez, Colorado, Osprey Packs has had vast expanses of the great outdoors at its disposal for decades of product development. Since the company was founded in 1974, it has been at the forefront of backpack design for outdoor enthusiasts and has been an innovator of many key aspects of the modern hydration pack, including the first breathable mesh back panel. As mountain biking continues to evolve, so does the gear that keeps us on the trails. As all-mountain riding grows gnarlier by the day, riders need additional protective gear on hand for descents, and they need to be able to transport it back up to the top. With that in mind, we introduce you to the Osprey Zealot 15 hydration pack.
The Osprey Zealot is decked out with features from top to bottom. Its primary 15-liter storage area is constructed out of 330D (denier) nylon fabric, while the bottom surface is reinforced with 420D nylon for increased durability. Organizational options are endless, with one top pocket, two side pockets, one large compartment with a mesh divider, a bottom pocket with a removable tool pouch, two hip belt pockets and an outer shove-it pouch to quickly store a rain shell or thermal warmers. The Airscape back panel and BioStretch harness both utilize mesh-covered foam to create a breathable and lightweight connection to your body.
It’s been argued the discovery of fire is mankind’s most important moment, but with burn bans occupying campgrounds across much of our drought-plagued nation, an open flame might not do you any good this year. Instead, you’ll need to rely on more modern innovations to keep you warm, dry, fed, and entertained. These 10 camping gadgets will not only help take the sting out of your smore-less nights, but they’re all compact enough to keep your load light as can be…
Osprey Atmos AG: This backpack’s boast of having “anti-gravity suspension” is most likely marketing-speak, but the trekkers who swear their 35-pound loads feel more like 20 pounds won’t hear of it. The real story is a lightweight mesh that hugs the body close from the hip to the shoulders, making the fit more like an extension of the body.
It’s time. It’s dad’s day. Pops. Pappy. The ol’ man.
And we know it would be easy to get him a card and a gorgeous new tie. But if you are honest with yourself, you know this is not what he really wants. He doesn’t want a nice dinner and quality time with the fam. He wants to be out raging in the dirt, doing some questionable drops and ripping the flow trail. So suck it up and give daddy what he really wants. Whether it be a new bike or just a bomber multitool, you know he deserves it. These fathers day gift ideas will help get him out there.
Osprey Rev 18: I put this bag on at the beginning of my ride, then immediately forget about it. That’s the highest recommendation I can give. It fits so well, and so snug that I never have think about it again, even when rolling through bumpy and variable terrain. The incredible fit is thanks to things like dual chest straps, an ample wait belt, and super plush and comfy shoulder straps…
With Father’s Day fast approaching many of you are no doubt still searching for the perfect gift to get dad this year… Here are some suggestions for gifts that any outdoorsy dad is sure to love.
Osprey Atmos AG 65 Backpack
If your dad is long overdue for an upgrade to his backpack, than the new Osprey Atmos AG 65 will make the perfect gift. Whether he’s heading on a backpacking trip along his favorite trail, or traveling to the far side of the planet, the Atmos 65 is sure to come in handy. This pack can carry a large load with ease, distributing the weight evenly to help keep the wearer as comfortable as possible. This hydration-ready Atmos also includes an adjustable suspension system, a variety of compression straps, and ample internal storage for all the gear dad could possibly need. It also comes with Osprey’s legendary lifetime guarantee, which means if anything ever happens to the bag, they’ll fix or replace it no questions asked.
Your dad is a complex man who is almost impossible to buy a gift for, right? Don’t worry, this handy guide contains 15 Scout-tested items—from bikes to watches to backpacks to booze—that might actually put a smile on the old man’s face…
Osprey Atmos AG 50 Backpack:
When he needs some time to get away and become one with nature, make sure the Atmos AG 50 is in his arsenal. This smooth pack doesn’t even feel like it’s on your body. With Osprey’s Anti-Gravity technology, the pack features a system of continuous lightweight mesh that contours to the body allowing unhinged mobility. Sometimes a man just has to get away and doesn’t want to feel the weight of his load.
Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to start planning some adventures… The best daypacks are purpose built for exploring, travel, commuting, and everything in between. We’ve picked a handful of our favorites and done all the testing and legwork for you. Now you just have to load up and find your own wilderness.
Bike Commuter: Osprey Radial 26
We spent much of May riding eighteen miles to and from the office every day. Every mile was accomplished in comfort with the redesigned Osprey Radial 26. From the harness to the internal organization, this pack is built for serious bike commuters. A padded laptop compartment fits up to a 15 inch laptop, with an additional zippered tablet slot. The main compartment fit a change of clothes (who wants to show up to the office in sweaty spandex?), a sketchbook, and lunch with ease. On the outside the Lidlock helmet clip and water bottle side pockets kept everything within reach when it came time to get back on the road.
As I am spending longer and longer days on my mountain bike this summer to get ready for the Breck Epic, I need more than just one water bottle to get me through the ride (on my new bike I won’t even have the liberty of a water bottle cage). With a 2.5L reservoir and just enough space for the essentials, the Osprey Syncro 3 makes the perfect dirt shredding companion.
The Syncro 3 verges on the minimalist side and that’s just the way I like it–all I want with me on a ride around Marin is water, snacks, tools, my phone, and a jacket. The 2.5L reservoir (included) fits inside the main compartment, with a hanger to hold it in place. The larger Syncro models feature a J-zip front tool organizer pocket but not the 3L size. Instead, I just shove my tool roll, along with my jacket, in the bottom of the rather large front stretch pocket. A smaller zipper compartment with key clip provides enough room for your iPhone 6 and some snacks.