Bike World News
Osprey Packs, Inc. is expanding their successful line of cycling packs for Spring 2012 with the addition of two new series: Zealot and Syncro.
Cycling/Hiking: Combining advanced materials and their AirspeedTM suspension, the Syncro is streamlined hydration packs designed for cyclists and hikers who value lightweight and ventilation.
Hydration Specific/All Mountain: Mountain bikers who love the descent need a hydration pack that can hold all their gear. The Zealot series carries armor, tools and full-face helmets securely and comfortably.
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.
Osprey Releases Special Edition Women’s Hydration Pack to Benefit the Breast Cancer Fund
Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has announced their latest support effort for the Breast Cancer Fund, the leading national non-profit dedicated to identifying and eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer. Osprey has produced a special, limited-edition version of their popular women’s multisport hydration pack, the Verve 10. $4 of the purchase price of each pack will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund, with a minimum of $5000 guaranteed by Osprey. The pack is currently available at select U.S.
Interbike Vendor Spotlight : Osprey
Osprey has been selling hydration packs for some time now, but 2010 sees significant growth in their cycling line. Spring/Summer 2011 will see a new line of commuter packs as well as an expansion of their Hydraulics™ collection. They now offer something for every kind of cyclist, from the casual commuter to the hardcore mountain biker.
Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance , innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, will launch their new Osprey Bike Blog at Interbike this week in Las Vegas , Nevada .
Along with making their first appearance at the show and introducing their new line of commuter packs for Spring/Summer 2011, Osprey will go live with the new blog that is aimed at covering three main themes: Adventure, Active Lifestyle, Advocacy.
“With the number of people at Osprey who are passionate about biking, creating a bike specific blog to share adventure stories, important advocacy information, and fun lifestyle items is a natural extension. The Osprey bike blog will be packed with relevant and interesting content ranging from elite endurance racing to local townie bike cruises and everything in between,” said Bike Marketing Manager Jeff Fox.
Coordinating with other blogs, the Osprey bike blog will feature guest posts, an events calendar and ongoing contests , all focused on inspiring people to get out and ride.
“The new Osprey Bike Blog is an ideal venue to speak to our bike enthusiast customers. This will be the place to learn all about our Osprey Hydraulics™ hydration pack program, our new bike commute and lifestyle offerings and to gain sneak peeks as to what the future holds for Osprey in the bike realm,” said Director of Marketing Gareth Martins.