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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Receives Gear of the Year Award from Outside Magazine – April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has received Outside magazine’s 2013 Gear of the Year award for the Xenith 88. The Xenith 88, Osprey’s new, deluxe, custom fit backpack, is featured in the current Outside Buyer’s Guide, on newsstands today.

Outside’s Gear of the Year Award is given the very best in adventure gear. Each winning product has gone through a rigorous testing process by Outside and deemed to be the best in its category. The winners are all featured in the annual summer Buyer’s Guide, which reaches more than 1.3 million frequent gear purchasers.

“We tested a lot of great big haulers this year,” said Outside’s Executive Editor Sam Moulton. “But the Xenith 88 was hands-down the best of the bunch. You get a bevy of user-friendly features in an impressively lightweight and breathable package, but what really sold us was the customizable fit: the heat-moldable hipbelt and shoulder harness allow you to truly shape the pack to fit your body.”

As stated in the issue: “With bigger packs, it’s all about suspension and fit. Testers raved about how easy it was to tailor the Xenith to their bodies: the pack comes in three sizes, and you can choose between four shoulder-harness and heat-moldable-hipbelt options. The result is downright clingy – in a good way…Despite the huge capacity and full array of features, the Xenith still weights a few pounds less than some of its competitors.”

“The Outside Buyer’s Guide is a renowned and highly-anticpated resource for outdoor enthusiasts, and we’re excited and gratified to be recognized with a 2013 Gear of the Year award,” said Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs founder and head designer. “The Xenith pulled together many of the best features and design elements embodied in proven styles like our Aether and Ariel. With the addition of innovative fabrics, new materials technology, and near custom-fit engineering, we created a pack that can painlessly haul big loads mile after mile.”

The Xenith 88, which retails for $349, provides deluxe features, optimal organization and gear access for extended or weeklong backpacking trip while providing comfort and superb carrying ability. It features the LightWire™ peripheral frame suspension for optimal load transfer, and the innovative BioForm4 CM™ hipbelt and harness, which provide a supportive and highly customizable fit. Specially trained staff at CM™ certified dealers use an Osprey oven to custom mold the hipbelt for each individual customer to deliver a precise, personalized fit, superior comfort, load control and long-lasting support. In addition, the Xenith 88 features a super-convenient new way to carry a reservoir. The external hydration sleeve in the backpanel simplifies refilling and protects the pack’s contents from spills.

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Receives Gear of the Year Award from Outside Magazine – April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has received Outside magazine’s 2013 Gear of the Year award for the Xenith 88. The Xenith 88, Osprey’s new, deluxe, custom fit backpack, is featured in the current Outside Buyer’s Guide, on newsstands today.

Outside’s Gear of the Year Award is given the very best in adventure gear. Each winning product has gone through a rigorous testing process by Outside and deemed to be the best in its category. The winners are all featured in the annual summer Buyer’s Guide, which reaches more than 1.3 million frequent gear purchasers.

“We tested a lot of great big haulers this year,” said Outside’s Executive Editor Sam Moulton. “But the Xenith 88 was hands-down the best of the bunch. You get a bevy of user-friendly features in an impressively lightweight and breathable package, but what really sold us was the customizable fit: the heat-moldable hipbelt and shoulder harness allow you to truly shape the pack to fit your body.”

As stated in the issue: “With bigger packs, it’s all about suspension and fit. Testers raved about how easy it was to tailor the Xenith to their bodies: the pack comes in three sizes, and you can choose between four shoulder-harness and heat-moldable-hipbelt options. The result is downright clingy – in a good way…Despite the huge capacity and full array of features, the Xenith still weights a few pounds less than some of its competitors.”

“The Outside Buyer’s Guide is a renowned and highly-anticpated resource for outdoor enthusiasts, and we’re excited and gratified to be recognized with a 2013 Gear of the Year award,” said Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs founder and head designer. “The Xenith pulled together many of the best features and design elements embodied in proven styles like our Aether and Ariel. With the addition of innovative fabrics, new materials technology, and near custom-fit engineering, we created a pack that can painlessly haul big loads mile after mile.”

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Babble.com – Featuring Poco Series – April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013

These days, everywhere you look you see children — both the newest and smallest, and some well into the toddler years —strapped to the torsos of moms, dads, grandparents, nannies, and caregivers alike. Baby-wearing is more popular than ever before, as modern lifestyles require parents and kids to be going and going. Parents need the portability of carriers in order to move about quickly and efficiently, and it’s a helpful (often) hands-free solution as we juggle cell phones, grocery carts, laptops, and older children as we move about our days.

As babywearing grows in popularity, the carrier market is following with new brands, styles, and options hitting shelves every day. To a new parent, it can seem overwhelming to choose just one or two, particularly since most will set you back around an average of $100. I’m here to help eliminate some of the guesswork and show you some of the best options available today. I tested the carriers myself, polled moms in person and through social media, and researched brands and reviews to make sure I found the cream of the crop. See below for my favorite baby carriers of 2013!

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Osprey Poco Series | Hiking Backpacks

If you are the outdoorsy or adventurous type, you are likely already familiar with the Osprey brand. Known for their high-quality backpacking line, they have channeled all their research and experience with creating backpacks into the new Poco series of child carriers. These are hardcore, heavy-framed packs intended for serious hiking and adventure.

We hike quite a bit here in Seattle, and we’ve been using an Osprey Poco series carrier for the past year. The child seat is safely suspended within a hard frame pack and easily and quickly adjusts to the size of your child. Adjusting between parents is seamless too – simply slide a lever up the back to clearly marked size positions and click into place.

All Poco models include a removable, washable drool pad, adjustable foot stirrups for older toddlers, a hydration sleeve behind the back panel, and a breathable mesh backing. The Poco Plus is one step up, and the upgrades included with this model are substantial: a built-in sunshade, extra padding on the hip belt, a large, zippered lower storage compartment, extra cell phone storage pockets on the straps, and more. For the most adventurous hikers, the Poco Premium is the Osprey’s top-of-the-line carrier – featuring an additional detachable daypack and changing pad for families who need extra storage.

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OutdoorGearLab.com – Featuring Farpoint 55 and Porter 46 – April 20, 2013

April 20, 2013

For our travel pack review, we picked out a range of top-of-the-line full-size, framed backpacks; compressible day packs; and carry-on backpacks. We used these packs for everyday around-town activities, adventures in the backcountry, and week-long trips. Through all this, we considered how they would hold up on the streets of London and in the jungles of Malaysia, backpacking through Europe or hitchiking through South America. After putting them to the test for three months, we’re ready to give you the low-down on which packs have the sweetest travel features, which ones are the most comfortable to carry, which ones cross over to backcountry use the best, and which ones will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

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Editor’s Choice

Throughout the entirety of this review, one pack stood out above the rest: the Osprey Farpoint 55. This travel pack has numerous functional features and is quite comfortable to carry. We thought that the Farpoint’s detachable day pack was extremely convenient and we liked how it strapped easily onto the back of the pack. The main pack also has buckles on its front shoulder straps that allow you to clip the day pack onto the front of the main pack and carry it kangaroo-style for added security or ease of access. On its own, we found the zip-off day pack ideal for hours of museum wandering or hours of mountainous hiking. This pack was also one of the easiest to pack and unpack with its full-length font-loading zipper. Finally, and most importantly, we loved that we could leave the day pack in the hostel locker and take off on a three-night wilderness trek. Overall, there was no question that the Osprey Farpoint would be the Editor’s Choice winner for this review.

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OutdoorGearLab.com – Featuring Farpoint 55 – April 20, 2013

April 20, 2013

Overview

A 55-liter travel pack with a detachable day pack, the Osprey Farpoint has our testers excited to book a flight to somewhere far, far away. The Editor’s Choice winner, the Farpoint has a taller, slimmer design that is easier to carry than the shorter, wider packs we tested. While you should always consider personal fit first and foremost, our testers agreed that the taller pack provided greater balance and mobility than packs like Eagle Creek Rincon 65, making it our favorite travel-pack-that-can-also-be-used-for-backcountry-adventures. Unlike the frameless Osprey Porter, the Farpoint’s peripheral frame successfully transfers the weight to the padded hip belt, making it comfortable to carry, even when packed to the gills. However, if you are considering purchasing this pack because it transfers well into outdoor activities, remember that you can always use a backpacking pack and one of our compressible day pack as your travel pack set-up. For more information on these types of packs, be sure to check out our Backpacking backpack Review. On the other hand, this pack has numerous convenient features that can help streamline packing and just make traveling a little simpler.

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MTBR.com – Featuring Pixel, Pixel Port, Beta and Radial – April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

Osprey Packs has some very interesting products coming this fall including messenger bags, back packs and bags with specific slots for your iPad or tablet computer.

In this video, Jeff Fox gives us a quick rundown of the Pixel, Pixel Port, Beta and the Radial.

Portal Series – made for Urban commuting
1.) “Pixel”

  • Side zip (store laptop in side)
  • Storage pockets in front
  • Power house (separate removable compartment that fits in the bottom to hold cords and chargers)

2.) “Pixel Port” – smaller, lighter weight pack

  • Operate the tablet right through the TPU plastic, you don’t have to remove it to use it

3.) “Beta” – a courier style bag

  • Nice comfortable back panel
  • Nice strap
  • Lots of room for a laptop and accessories

4.) “Radial” back pack – great for commuters in warmer climates

  • Air speed back panel provides better air flow between your back and the pack.
  • U-lock holder
  • Lid lock
  • Laptop compartment

The Pixel, Pixel Port, Beta and Radial will all be available mid-August 2013

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