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Osprey Gear Care

Your pack is an extremely durable product built for years of use and abuse.  However some basic procedures will ensure that your pack holds up optimally.  Packs need love too!

 

PACKS

STANDARD MAINTENANCE

+ After each trip be sure to clean out your pack thoroughly.

+ Use mild soap, warm water and a soft brush to clean zippers often to prevent them from failing

+ If your pack is wet, hang it to dry.

+ Loosen all the straps.

+ Wash your pack if dirt, sweat, salt and stains have worked their way into fabrics, webbing or mesh

(Do not immerse travel packs with our High Road™ Wheeled Chassis.)

 

WASHING YOUR PACK

1 If your pack has a removable harness and hipbelt remove them from the pack body.

2 Brush out and remove gear, food, dirt or spilled items

3 Don’t wash in washing machine. Clean your pack and components in a bathtub or large sink using a mild detergent and warm water.

4 Agitate the pack gently and scrub inside and out all compartment and pockets with a soft brush

5 Brush clean all zippers and flush clean the buckles

6 Drain the soapy and dirty water from the bathtub or sink and refill with cool clean water. Rinse the pack thoroughly

7 Hang dry outdoors or in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight.

 

RESERVOIRS

RESERVOIR STANDARD MAINTENENCE

+ Our reservoir’s anti-microbial formula prevents most mold and bacteria growth.

+ Rinse it out after each use it should keep your reservoir fresh, especially when using sugary drink mixes

+ Periodically use Hydraulics™ Cleaning Tablets to clean your reservoir

+ Using Iodine or other purifying tablets are ok to use but may stain the reservoir over time

+ Freezing your reservoir is ok but be aware of water expanding when freezing so don’t overfill

+ DO NOT pour boiling hot liquid into the reservoir; it will void your warranty

+ Watch “Cleaning an Osprey Hydraulics™ Reservoir” video on Osprey Packs YouTube® page

 

CLEANING WITH THE HYDRAULICS™ CLEANING TABLETS

1 Fill reservoir with warm water, do not use boiling water

2 Add one cleaning tablet to reservoir and close the cap

3 Let dissolve for 5 minute with the reservoir laying on it back

4 Shake the reservoir for 30 seconds the reservoir to mix and spread the solution

5 Pinch the bite valve and squeeze the reservoir to remove air and fill the reservoir hose and bite valve with solution

6 Let reservoir sit for 15 and then pour out solution

7 Rinse reservoir and tube with clean water

8 Follow directions for Cleaning Your Reservoir below for a deeper clean after these steps

 

CLEANING YOUR RESERVOIR
1 Rinse out the reservoir and fill with warm water and a mild detergent, do not use Bleach or boiling water

2 Use the large from our Hydraulics™ Reservoir Cleaning Kit to scrub the interior of the reservoir

3 Remove the hose from the reservoir and the bite valve from the hose and use the small brush from our Hydraulics™ Reservoir Cleaning Kit to scrub the interior of the hose

4 Remove the silicone bite valve cover and clean it and the bite valve with warm soapy water

5 Let the hose and bite valve dry in a well-ventilated area

6 Insert the drying rack from the Hydraulics™ Reservoir Cleaning Kit through the cap and into the reservoir to hang and let dry and in well-ventilated area

 

WHEELED TRAVEL LUGGAGE

+ Do not immerse travel packs with Osprey's Wheeled Chassis.

1 After each trip brush out and remove all gear, clothes, food, dirt or spilled items

2 Use mild soap, warm water and a soft brush to clean zippers often to prevent them from failing

3 Wipe the exterior of the chassis and scrub stains on and in the pack fabric using a bucket of warm water, mild detergent and a soft brush or sponge

4 Use wet towel with clean non-soapy water to wipe away any soap residue

5 Hang dry outdoors or in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight

 

RECOMMENDED CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR PACKS OR LUGGAGE

Osprey recommends the following Nikwax® products for pack care. Be sure to read label directions carefully before applying any product to your pack.

Tech Wash- Use this with warm water for washing and cleaning your packs or luggage

Tent & Gear Solar Proof- Use this spray-on product to protect your packs from UV exposure and to improve water repellency.