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SNEWSNet.com – Featuring Rev Series – July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013

Staying hydrated and fueled is key for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes who want to cover long distances quickly. For Spring 2014, Osprey’s new Rev Series, meets the highly technical needs of trail running and endurance racing while also serving as the perfect companion to anyone who appreciates smaller volume, streamlined hydration packs.

Several new technologies come together in the Rev Series to create packs that are stable, comfortable and easily accessed without being removed. The new Biostretch™ body wrap harness and belt are designed to move with the wearer, providing a fit that is more like a shirt than a traditional backpack. The Rev Series also includes the brand’s new Hydraulics LT Reservoir, which has built in baffles to significantly reduce barreling and sloshing. Together, these features keep the load balanced without bouncing, rubbing or chafing.

Other thoughtful features include the weather protective DigiFlip™ media pocket, which drops down for quick access to your touch screen. The expandable bottle harness pocket accommodates a standard size squeeze bottle or additional food storage without limiting access to the external stretch mesh pockets.

“Endurance and trail fitness activities are continuing to grow in popularity – not just for the ultra-athlete, but also for people looking for the next outdoor challenge. Providing lightweight, hands-free hydration options that carry all the essentials for long distance movement is integral to our newest category of innovation,” said Cassie Tweed, product designer at Osprey.
Added Tweed, “Rev is perfect for the efficient traveler who doesn’t want to stop. And, thanks to the series’ intentional design that keeps gear and water easily accessible, they don’t have to.”

The Rev Series includes six sizes to meet the needs of every athlete, from the casual trail runner to the ultra-marathoner.

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GearJunkie.com – Featuring Xenith/Xena, and Raptor/Raven Series – July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013

Osprey Packs
Zenith 88 pack ($349) and Raven 10 pack ($119)

The Xenith 88 is designed for extended backpacking trips, with a supportive and highly customizable fit, beefed up frame and deluxe suspension. Custom hip-belt molding is also available at most REI locations.

The Raven series is the new sister to Osprey’s Raptor collection of premium, mountain biking, hydration packs. Sized and tailored for a woman’s body, the Raven is equipped with a 3-litre reservoir and a hydration sleeve with a direct access zip for fast loading.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Xenith 75 – July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013

The Gear for Rainier

Kit: Climbing Mount Rainier

When you’re carrying everything you need on a round-trip totaling 18,000 vertical feet, you’re going to ask a lot of your backpack. It needs to swallow up at least 70 liters of mixed gear but still be easily and quickly accessible; it needs to provide lash points for tools like an ice axe, crampons and trekking poles. Oh yeah, and it’s gotta wear like it’s not even there. The Xenith 75 does all of this well. The black hole interior easily held multiple clothing layers, a sleeping bag and food while zip pockets on the outside held smaller stuff like sunscreen and extra gloves. A large mesh pocket on the back provided the perfect place to stow a climbing helmet for the approach hike and quick release lash points and loops transported an ice axe and crampons during the long hike up to high camp. The hip belt is heat-moldable, allowing for a custom fit, and its integrated zip pockets were perfect for energy gel stowage. Our only wish was for a removable waterproof liner for the rain at lower elevations, which would have been more elegant than a plastic garbage bag.

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iVillage.com – Featuring Poco Premium – July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013

We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Slings, Carriers and Backpacks

Our parents reviewers put the newest carriers to the test! Read on to find the carrier that’s right for you

The Osprey Poco Premium, part of Osprey’s new child carrier line, has great ventilation and is easy to adjust. We love the detachable daypack of this deluxe model, which also has a changing pad, built-in sunshade and various compartments to carry everything from snacks to your cell phone. (…)

Style: “My first impression? Sleek, light, functional and attractive.”

“It is very similar to a nice backpacking pack — lots of straps and levels to adjust. It is easy to adjust to four torso sizes (xs-large), which is great, but it takes a bit of time to find the perfect size. The same goes for some of the other straps.”

Comfort: “The material is very comfortable for both of us. It never got overly hot for me, and even when the warm weather comes, the mesh siding for the baby is awesome.”

“Once I found the right fit for my waist, torso, and shoulder straps, it was very comfortable. It fits like a high quality backpacking pack. The weight of the baby (and the stuff that you may be packing in the day pack), is all on your hips, so your legs (not your shoulders or back) are carrying the load for you.”

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Xena 70 – July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

Function usually trumps features in the world of backpacks, but the bells and whistles on Osprey’s Xena 70L are just too good to pass up. The 70 Liter capacity fit was more than enough to include a little luxury for our tester, who took this pack trekking on the Lost Coast in Northern California for more than a week. The pack allowed enough storage to include a ukulele and a frying pan, both easily strapped or bungeed to the outside of the pack. Even while carrying 50-60 lbs., this backpack made our tester feel like a furry Koala was hugging her hips. The BioformCM waist belt forms to the user’s contours, creating unexpected comfort. The Osprey Xena 70L has ample bells and whistles, including bungee tie-offs on the sides, buckled straps all over, and an exterior water bladder pocket for those who wait until the last minute to hydrate. As a long distance, large capacity backpack, the Xena 70 is a solid performer with enough luxury to avoid having to leave the comforts of home at the trailhead. The design of the Xena left no bruising and little stiffness, but the fit can easily be adjusted by using the Bioform, gender-specific harness that adapts to the user’s body type.

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Active Junky – Featuring Viva 65 – July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

With 65 liters of packing room, this lightweight and comfortable backpack will carry everything you need for days and even weeks on the trail. Numerous torso and hip belt adjustments on the women’s specific Viva ensure you get a custom fit. The entire back panel and shoulder strap system can be moved 5 inches up or down and the hip belt can extend up to 3 inches. Our tester really liked the separate, wide mouth sleeping bag compartment, complete with a divider at the bottom of the bag. This compartment encourages you to pack your backpack just right, with the heavier items in the middle of your pack, closer to your back. Removable straps at the base of the bag come in handy for storing your sleeping pad, or even tent, and saving room inside your pack. For those times when you need two hands free to scramble up over some rocks, your trekking poles can quickly be slipped through the storage system on the side of the pack without ever having to remove anything.

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