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Fodors.com – Featuring Ozone 18” – November 11, 2014

November 11th, 2014

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Osprey Ozone 18″ Carry-On

The Tester: Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

The Review: I took the Osprey on a weekend road trip to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and also gave it a good run on my bus commute to Fodor’s office. The backpack-on-wheels look suited my casual jaunt, and its many handy pockets—inside and outside, vertical and horizontal—made it a snap to store walking shoes, a few tops and pants, a sweater, and random gear. The wheels work fine, but the highlight for the ozone series Osprey is its incredible lightness: I loved that…

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WSJ.com – Featuring Osprey Packs – November 11, 2014

November 11th, 2014

When Edgar Parra travels for business, he usually eats about three Snickers bars a day…That is why he squirrels away 40 or so candy bars for a two-week expedition up Mount Aconcagua, a 23,000-foot peak in Argentina that is the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.

Over the past decade, he’s whittled down his packing list to 104 items.

His main piece of luggage is an Osprey 70-liter backpack and a North Face 120-liter waterproof duffel bag. He needs to carry his personal items, safety ropes and technical gear for the trip, plus camping gear and food for himself and his clients. The duffel usually gets to base camp by mule or by donkey. The rest goes on his back…

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WomensMovement.com – Featuring Ariel 75 – November 4, 2014

November 4th, 2014

There’s nothing quite like loading your pack with brand new, shiny, sparkly gear with the complete certainty that in five months it’ll be trashed beyond recognition. While it seems like the whole world is gearing up for ski season, I’ve spent the last six months amassing a pile of equipment that would impress even the most extreme gear heads.

You see, in just a few short days, I will begin an 1,800-mile hike across New Zealand on the world’s newest long distance hiking trail, Te Araroa…

Here’s a sampling:

Osprey Ariel 75 Backpack (4lb 14oz)

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MadeMan.com – Featuring Exos 58 – November 3, 2014

November 3rd, 2014

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Everyone dreams about disconnecting from their day job to spend time around a campfire, hike to the top of a mountain or sleep under the stars. If you’re going to take the time to go camping, you should invest in the best gear to go with you. These essentials will keep you dry, safe, and cool on the trails. You don’t need to spend a fortune — camping in the great outdoors is only as complicated and and expensive as you want it to be. Here are our 24 must-have items…

Osprey Exos Backpack Series: When you’re journeying through the wilderness, you want your pack to be as light as possible. At just over two pounds, the Osprey Exos is an extremely lightweight and affordable option that comes in three sizes, depending on how much gear you’re looking to pack. The airy suspension keeps the weight of the pack from lying directly on your back, creating a much-needed ventilated space between you and pack, so you stay as cool as possible.

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BlueRidgeOutdoors.com – Featuring Exos 58 – November 3, 2014

November 3rd, 2014

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Peak Gear Awards: The gear that changed our time outdoors in 2014

There’s nowhere like the Blue Ridge region for gear testing — heat, rain, mud, tough rooted trails, steep winding roads, and rugged peaks dominate the landscape. We asked top outdoor adventurers who regularly use and abuse gear for their top picks—gear that changed their lives, or at least their perspective…

1. Osprey Exos 58

Osprey set a new standard for ultra-lightweight packs in 2008 with the introduction of the Exos Series, which became a standard on the Appalachian Trail and with ultralight enthusiasts still in search of comfort; and the company redesigned the series this year integrating Osprey’s Superlight AirSpeed suspension system and new Exoform harness and hipbelt. It is a minimalist pack still packed with features that make long trips enjoyable.

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Outdoor USA Magazine – Featuring Osprey Packs – November 2014

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50Campfires – Featuring Jib 35 – November 2014

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Blue Ridge Outdoors – Featuring Exos 58 – November 2014

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Shape.com – Featuring Tempest 40 – October 31, 2014

October 31st, 2014

hiking-bag-ospreyThe Osprey Tempest 40 has a narrower frame and a shoulder harness cut for a woman’s neck, as well as a lower center of gravity to proportionally distribute weight along the back and hips, which helps you stay stable as you climb. Plus, an “air chimney” maximizes ventilation to keep you cool.

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Bikerumor.com – Featuring Raptor 6 – October 29, 2014

October 29th, 2014

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Osprey has been making backpacking packs since 1974, and have built a reputation for themselves as one of the most durable pack makers. In 2009, they introduced the Hydraulics line, aimed at cyclists and runners, these are smaller packs that have specific designs and integrated hydration bladders. The Raptor series is for mountain biking, trail running and light hiking, and were re-designed in 2012 with easier bladder removal, a tool pouch, lighter shoulder straps and better ventilation than the first generation.

I have used this pack as my go-to for day rides for the last two years, trying to get to the edge on that legendary Osprey durability. It has been crashed, submerged, rained on and sweated in. Here’s how it held up…

The “6″ in the name of the Raptor 6 refers to the volume of the pack in liters, with it being the smallest of the Raptor line. A 10 and 14 are also available. I found the 6 to be just the right size for day rides, as the space inside was very thoughtfully sorted out to carry all of the things necessary. There is an included roll-up tool pouch for the small things, along with two slots on each side of the pouch for pumps or other longer things. I typically carried a tire pump, shock pump, multi-tool, tire lever, chain lube, spare tube, cell phone, keys and camera on a ride.  There was plenty of room for all of these things, as well as extra for any additional food or clothing needed that day…

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Variant 37 – October 23, 2014

October 23rd, 2014

Montana-based David Steele spends winter days (and spring, late-summer and even some autumn days) skinning up and skiing down some of the more remote terrain in the west. A Montana native who attended college in Washington, he has carved the glaciers of the North Cascades and the snowfields of Glacier National Park. He skis where few others tread, other than the occasional grizzly bear, hence the name of his personal adventure blog, SkinningWithBearSpray.com

We recently asked this athlete—sponsored by Mountain Equipment, ON3P skis, Klymit, and Osprey among others—what else lives in his pack…

When it comes to my pack, I’ve found the Osprey Variant 37 is the ideal fit for ski touring. Whether out on a day of cragging, ski touring overnight, or heading up a big alpine day hike, the Variant comfortably carries everything I need or want with me. I want one pack for all my day trips, and the Variant is totally there.

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Outdoor Business Update – Osprey Packs Teams with IMBA to Fund Four Grants – October 22, 2014

October 22nd, 2014

Osprey Packs Inc.  has awarded four cash grants through the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) “Let’s Build Trails” Program to support the growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States.

The grant recipients include:

  • Central Illinois Trails Association (Chatham, IL)
  • Team Dirt (Corvallis, OR)
  • South Alabama Mountain Bike Association (Mobile, AL)
  • Southern Kettle Moraine Chapter of IMBA (Whitewater, WI)

“It is very rewarding to work with IMBA in providing trail grants to grass roots mountain bike organizations who are working hard to maintain and improve recreational cycling opportunities in their communities,” said Jeff Fox, Bike Marketing Manager for Osprey.

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BicycleRetailer.com – Osprey Makes Cash Grants to Four Regional Mountain Bike Programs – October 21, 2014

October 21st, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., is making four cash grants through IMBA’s “Let’s Build Trails” program to support the growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States.

The grant recipients are the Central Illinois Trails Association; Team Dirt of Corvallis, Ore.; the South Alabama Mountain Bike Association; and the Southern Kettle Moraine Chapter of IMBA, based in Whitewater, Wisc.

“It is very rewarding to work with IMBA in providing trail grants to grass roots mountain bike organizations who are working hard to maintain and improve recreational cycling opportunities in their communities,” said Jeff Fox, bike marketing manager for Osprey.

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

October 20th, 2014

Outside Bozeman – Featuring Zealot 16 – Fall 2014

October 20th, 2014
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