Archive for August, 2011
After using an Osprey Sojourn to both rush through airports on business trips and backpack to the base camp of Mount Everest, the editors of Spot Cool Stuff named it the best backpack-wheeled bag hybrid. So who are we to disagree?
There are a lot of toddlers running around the Outside Magazine office these days. Which, naturally, means we’ve field-tested quite a few kid-carrying packs. But since Osprey makes some of our favorite regular packs, and it appears as is the Pock has all the features (and then some) we’ve come to expect on a top-of-the-line pack, we can’t wait to test it out in the field.
Become an efficiency expert. Fill every nook and cranny. Stuff
shoes with socks. Tuck battery chargers and electronic cords into
pockets. Bundle your clothes using crisscrossed layer folds – largest
to smallest. Use packing cubes and stuff sacs to organize and
segregate items. Use Ziploc bags in place of bottles. Pack collapsible
duffels and backpacks within your larger luggage for day use once
you’ve landed – or overflow on the return flight. I carry an Eddie
Bauer small duffle, Osprey Momentum pack, and Eagle Creek Pack-It
Available exclusively at REI in January, Osprey’s deluxe new Poco child carrier offers 3 designs:
Premium: Adjustable torso length (simple to switch the harness to fit mom or dad), adjustable hipbelt, adjustable child’s cockpit (accommodates children up to 45 pounds), shoulder-strap buckles that attach out of a child’s reach, detachable day pack, diaper change pad, hideaway sunshade; $299.
Plus: Same as above without the change pad or the detachable pack; $259.
Basic: Same as the Plus with a little less storage, no adjustment in the hipbelt and no sunshade; $199.
The Osprey Escapist 25 is a beefed-up, more bike-friendly take on the established Talon daypack range and while it’s slanted squarely at mountain bikers, it’s also ideal for anyone looking for a neatly compartmentalised and generally tougher take on the Talon.
Outdoor Industry News – Outdoor Retailer Upbeat and Setting Records Despite Market Turmoil – August 10th, 2011
At our Thursday and Friday night dinners we toasted our guests and
said that despite the market being down 500 points we have a lot to be
happy for,” said Tom Barney, member of the OIA Board of Directors and
CEO for Osprey Packs, which has added 13 employees this year to
support its growth. “We almost matched our total Spring/Summer 2011
business before the show. We heard more news of store expansions than
we have at any show. We are in growth mode.
For spring 2012, Osprey is pushing harder into the gravity realm, as well as into adventure biking. For the former there’s the Zealot series of freeride packs, with the 16 and the 10. Both have anchors/sleeves for a full-face/body armor while maintaining access to side- and top pockets as well as the heart of the pack. The entire back panel clamshells open, with your pads or body armor or jacket still attached to the outside, so you can gain access to the center without removal of all that gear. Another clever addition is a removable, roll-out tool pouch that gets its own pocket at the base of the pack.
Riding down bumpy trails, with the Verve 10 strapped to my back, there was no wiggle or jiggle I’ve become accustomed to with hydration packs. In fact it sat firmly against my back despite being completely full of ice water. This bag isn’t too big or too small. I could fit a jacket, snacks, and personal items in the pockets.
I wore this pack primarily mountain biking and what I noticed first was the HydraForm Reservoir. This anatomically shaped plastic conforms to the back. Instead of the water sloshing around in the 3 liter reservoir, it sat snug and stable on my back. Thanks to the breathable nylon mesh fabric along the back, my other pet peeve, the damp shirt back was obsolete.
Other amenities the Verve 10 offers is the on/off bite valve that attaches to a magnetic strip on the chest. There’s a lid lock helmet clip that quickly secures the helmet to the top of the pack. And my other favorite the stretchy woven pockets on the hip belt that allow for easy access to small items like gels, phones, or in my case kleenex for my constantly runny nose.
Custom fit Osprey backpacks are provided to groups of climbers and trekkers, whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Osprey is proud to support the Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds and Sacred Treks, working to eliminate the environmental causes of the disease. $4 from every pack purchased will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund, with a minimum of $5,000 guaranteed. Find out more at www.breastcancerfund.org.
As for the other hydration packs sitting in my gear closet, I don’t know if I can ever go back to them again. The Osprey Verve 10 has spoiled me and my back.
Osprey’s Raptor 14 Hydraulic hydration pack is impressive because it has a collection of unique, well thought out features, notables being the wedge-shaped 100oz Nalgene Hydraform bladder and Airscape Suspension system.
Hydraulics refers to the bladders ability to remain flat against your body, even when filled thanks to a rigid rear panel that’s sculpted to conform to the shape of your back in the cycling position. The front side of the bladder has a plastic carrying handle that performs three functions: it protects the lower half of the drinking tube so it’s always in an optimized flow position free of pinching, it acts as a secondary support to retain the bladders shape and insure that perfect fit and also aid in filling by providing structure and a handhold. Add in Nalgene’s contamination resistance and you have one of the most effective, easy to use bladders available.
Airscape is a mesh outer covering on the back of the pack to keep direct contact to a minimum and provide a degree of cooling. By positioning the weight of the pack slightly off your back Osprey was able to add rigidity to the pack’s basic structure without affecting overall comfort and fit. This rigidity matched to the design of the bladder makes it exceptionally easy to pull out and put back the bladder in it’s compartment even if the pack itself is stuffed full of gear and food.
Just the features mentioned above make this one of the best designed and most comfortable hydration packs available but attention to detail in the pockets themselves make the Raptor 14 that much more impressive.
More Than A Backpack: Osprey Momentum 26
With the right gear, leading an active, mobile lifestyle is more than possible – it’s fun.
As a freelance writer/photographer specializing in travel, every trip is a blend of work and play. So, when an assignment took me to South West England for a walking tour, I needed more than a backpack. I wanted a multipurpose bag that could double as a carryon laptop and camera bag en route to England, and lightweight trail pack once I’d landed.
Enter the Osprey Momentum 26. Originally designed with the bicycle commuter in mind, it also offers a savvy alternative for active adventure travel. Specifically it is:
Waterproof. This was England afterall and in a sudden downpour I needed to know that my camera equipment would be protected. On the trail, the neon yellow built-in raincover performed beautifully, keeping contents dry while assuring I was highly visible in even the most inclement weather.
TSA-sized. For air travel, I wanted a pack that fit easily into the overhead compartment and had ample space for travel necessities, laptop computer, and camera equipment. Once there, it needed to transition easily to the needs of the walk’s daily activities. The momentum’s dedicated laptop sleeve, padded top and side travel handles, stowable harness and hipbelt, and top-load access made it a perfect choice.
Quality designed. I see no reason to compromise quality or comfort for travel convenience. So, when I read that Osprey built their travel backpacks with the same design features they put into their best backcountry packs, it sounded like they understood the needs of adventure travelers. Once I carried the pack all-day for eight days, I knew they did. The momentum’s padded foam harness, adjustable sternum and side compression straps kept the pack comfortably snug, while the built in hipbelt meant the load stayed balanced.
Technology friendly. For instantly sharing photos on facebook and twitter, or e-mailing to friends and family back home, I love the convenience of my smartphone’s built-in camera. Plus, even though my out-of-office autoresponder lets people know when I’m away, I like to monitor correspondence and respond when a quick reply will be appreciated. The momentum’s easy-access electronics pocket built into both shoulder straps kept my Blackberry and iPod in easy reach.
Post walking adventure, I continue to use the Momentum 26 as an everyday pack, on cycling trips and when hiking.
- When more room is needed, the expansion panel allows the pack to open up to 31 liters of storage capacity.
- U-lock pocket, hydration compatibility and a LidLockTM for quick helmet stow.
- Blinker light attachment.
- All Mighty Guarantee: If you own an Osprey pack that needs to be repaired they will repair or replace for any reason, free of charge – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Nice!
Bottom line: On the fly or on the trail, this bag is built for active travelers who embrace their inner techie.