The Best Backpacks for Long-term Travelers
This blog has been quiet the past week because I’ve been checking out new travel gear at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Utah, seeing what’s on the way from all the top brands in the industry. There are more than 1,000 companies there showing off everything from skis to shoes to solar lanterns, but I spent a good amount of time checking out new backpacks.
If you’re in the market for a backpack, or will be soon, I’m going to provide a good cheat sheet that will make it very easy for you to get what you need. I’ve used $90 backpacks and $400 ones, tried them on year-round journeys, 3-week vacations, and biking trips, so I’ve got a more rounded view than most reviewers.
Here’s what you need to know about the best backpacks for travelers, from the general things to remember to the advantages of specific brands.(…)
Osprey – long one of the most popular brands for round-the-world travelers, with the widest selection, Osprey packs have a lifetime warranty, are super-light, and are well-designed. Look for the Aura, Waypoint, or Porter styles, or four different lines with wheels. The Porter is great if you already have a daypack you like as it’s only about $130.
GoGumption.com – ‘Best in Show’ Awards: Outdoor Retailer Winter 2013 – Featuring Portal Series – January 29, 2013
Osprey Portal Series
As tablet use becomes an increasingly ingrained part of personal and corporate life, the new Portal Series from Osprey is designed to provide easy access to, and interaction with, these devices. Clean lines, textured warm fabrics and a hint of retro styling offset the technical sophistication of this series. Each Portal style provides superb organization and protection while the “port” models feature Osprey’s Port™ window, allowing use of a tablet without removing it from the pack. That means you’ll be able to shoot of an email before the little green blinky man replaces the “Don’t Walk” sign… all without ever taking the tablet out of your pack. To top it all off, the Portal Series features Another smthe PowerHouse™ Add-On™ that keeps a laptop powerblock, tablet and cell phone cords, battery packs, USB drives or any other electronics accessories organized.
2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Highlights
Get ready folks, Fall 13 is lookin’ good! For three days the OGTV crew charged from booth to booth, looking at the latest gear. We shared many of the highlights over on our Facebook page, but we saved some of the most interesting pieces we saw for our 2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Highlights. (…)
Osprey launches the Portal series. Use those tablets and iPads without taking it out of your pack. These packs are clean and simple on the outside, but on the inside they’re loaded with features. Padded protection for you laptop, organizing panels, and a scratch-free pocket for your portable device.
GearJunkie.com – ‘Best in Show’ Awards: Greatest Gear for 2013 – Featuring Portal series – January 26, 2013
iPad in your Pack — Tap on a Google map without removing your iPad or tablet from your pack. That’s one scenario with the Portal Series from Osprey, a pack and bag line that allows tablet users to access their touchscreen without pulling the device out while on the move. A padded tablet sleeve and a touch-through TPU window allow instant connection to a screen. There are two packs and a messenger bag in the line. Prices start at $99 this summer when the Portal series ships to stores.
Gear editor Gus Alexandropoulos talks about the Osprey Viper 13. The hydration pack is perfect for long trail rides. It has plenty of pockets including three outer mesh pouches and a small upper pocket for your cellphone and wallet. The total carrying capacity is 13 l. Three of those litres can be taken up with water in the hydration bladder. It’s made of stiff plastic so it retains it shape, making it more comfortable against your back. The bladder has a large opening for filling and cleaning. The bite valve has a magnet that attaches it to the chest strap to keep everything from flapping around as you bounce down singletrack. For apres-ride, hang your helmet from the “LidLock,” a clip at the top of the pack.