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MonkeyBrewster.com – Featuring Farpoint 40 – November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012

Passports With Purpose: Win an Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack

Today is the official launch for Passports with Purpose! Passports with Purpose is an annual Travel Bloggers’ fundraiser. In 2011, they raised $90,000, over 10% more than their original goal of $80,000, to build two school libraries in rural Zambia. In past years, they built a village in India, a school in rural Cambodia, and funded projects for Heifer International. In 2012, they’ve set their sights even higher, with a goal to raise $100,000 to build five community wells in Haiti with Water.org.

The wonderful people over at Osprey has offered to help Passports With Purpose by donating a Farpoint 40 backpack, a $149 value. I have purchased an Osprey backpack for my wife for our upcoming RTW adventure and couldn’t help but be impressed with the awesome quality of their bags. They are so sure of their product that they offer the All Mighty Guarantee which promises “Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in our product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it.”

The Farpoint 40 is a lightweight trekking pack that meets carry-on compliance requirements on most flights and converts from a handle bag to a backpack in a flash. This pack has duel front mesh pockets, great for water bottles or snacks. It also holds a large front zip pocket with padded laptop and tablet sleeve, a must for the digital nomad. The main compartment has internal compression straps for keeping gear secure. It also has a small front zip pocket for lose items. Best of all, it carries like a premium backcountry backpack, without compromising the features needed for travel convenience.

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GoGumption.com – Featuring Talon 22 – November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

Whether it takes you an hour or a several-day journey to trade in your office chair for a trip to the rivers edge, or a granite outcrop doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you take the time to treat yourself to the adventure and the epic views that come along with it. And when you do finally step foot on the trail, the Talon 22 Backpack from Osprey Packs has the capacity and functional features to bring everything you’ll need for the day’s adventure.

Designed for the fast, adventure oriented enthusiast, the Talon 22, like all packs in the Talon Series, offers a unique melding of torso adjustability in an active, lightweight pack.

On Design and Performance…

The quality of your adventure depends, in part, on the pack that’s carrying all of your gear. Knowing this, Osprey used all of its technical backcountry knowledge in designing the Talon 22, ensuring that this everyday adventure-ready pack is the jack of all trades and the master of a few more. Compact size, smooth lines, and an ergonomic fit make it a supreme choice for fast-paced mountain missions, urban wandering or family trips to the coast.

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EasternSlopes.com – Featuring Sirrus 36 – November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

A reader contacted us with what is likely a common dilemma; she was downsizing, moving to a condo, and was going to have very little space to store all of her outdoor gear. Like many of us, she had a collection of packs that she’d accumulated over the years…bulky and difficult to store in any logical way. She wanted advice on how best to upgrade and downsize at the same time. Hmmm. Just the kind of challenge that we like! (…)

After more searching, we settled on the Osprey Sirrus 36. We’re unabashed fans of Osprey for packs that handle ridiculous amounts of abuse. Time after time, the Argon 110 proves to be our packhorse of choice when we need to carry loads that humans shouldn’t be able to handle. Given that we’re trying to make these packs fill gaps they really aren’t designed for, that’s a great characteristic. And, the sizing is just about right; small enough to be a heavy-duty daypack, but large enough that we should be able to get an overnight out of it. Finally, it comes in “Amethyst”; we said we wanted colorful, and we got it!

The Osprey Sirrus 36 was a great companion for winter picnics, allowing room for necessities AND luxuries.

With both packs in house, time to get them out in the field. A day-after-Christmas hike to purge some of the excess calories was a great first test for the Osprey Sirrus; it easily stowed extra clothes to stay warm when we stopped, a Jetboil and some (low calorie) cocoa, and random lunch food. And, thanks to well-designed pockets, everything was easily found when we wanted it.

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SnowshoeMag.com – Featuring Meridian 28” – November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012

It’s luggage, it’s a backpack, and it does a better-than-fair job at both.

That’s the quick take on the Osprey Meridian 28-inch luggage system that includes a detachable daypack and a smartly designed soft-sided suitcase that converts from wheeled luggage to back-pack.

I’d been in the market for something to replace the old soft-sided suitcase that didn’t survive my last trip to the Caribbean almost two years ago for some time when I stumbled across the Osprey Meridian system. I hadn’t been satisfied with the standard case simply because it was just, well, a suitcase. I’m a sucker for multipurpose equipment that still manages to remain reasonably simple, so I was quite interested in the Meridian.

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GoGumption.com – Featuring Talon 22 – November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012

With the Holiday Season fully upon us, it’s time to grant loved ones their gear wishes. Our team of gear guru’s recently put together a list of their favorite stocking stuffer ideas for the outdoor enthusiast in your life. Now our team has gone one step further and provided a thorough list of all the gotta-get-it items for seriously savvy outdoor fanatics. All gumption tested, gumption approved.

Osprey Talon 22

The trail gives you a mind-restoring freedom unlike anything else in life, and the Osprey Talon 22 Backpack ensures you don’t venture into the wild world without a vital piece of gear or clothing. With plenty of space for all-day hikes into the canyon or to a summer summit, the Talon 22 goes heavy on the comfort without the extra weight. AirScape ventilated back panel keeps the sweat off your back while keeping the load balanced and an external hydration compartment allows you to access your water reservoir without having to go through the main compartment (water reservoir not included). For the trail hound… this is the gift that keeps on giving.

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BikeHugger.com – Featuring Shuttle 32 – November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

My passport has stamps from 23 countries in it; I even had to have additional pages glued in to make room for more stamps. Most of the time I was traveling with a big roller duffle. Well, just as my passport is set to expire next month, my roller duffle probably needs to be retired as well. After some research, I went for the Osprey Shuttle 32.

I feel that roller duffles are ideal for my travel for some specifica reasons. First, large capacity. I have to have enough room for wildly different attire needs. Clothes for casual, clothes for cold, clothes for the symphony, clothes for riding. My life is long dreary spans confined to the Seattle gloom, punctuated with escapes to ridiculous destinations. This isn’t flying down for a business lunch; I can’t remember ever not having checked baggage. Second, soft baggage with good zippers rarely pop all the way open like a hardcase can. And the compression straps provide additional security. I’ve had hard suitcases before, and they just get pounded and dented within a few trips. Sure, a roller duffle isn’t the best choice if you’re an 80yr old gran trying to smuggle a load of snow globes home to the lil nippers, but you can usually use clothes to pad the more fragile items within the roller duffle. A roller duffle also maneuvers on the wheels better than a lot of more squat wheeled bags/cases.

n addition to the reasons above, I chose the Osprey Shuttle 32 because of its quality of construction, sub-compartment size and placement, and large wheel size. The Shuttle 32 is built from heavy duty fabric with a sturdy internal frame. It has a number of external pockets to keep small items to which you might need immediate access, and zippered mesh pockets along the interior side and tongue that I use to store plug adapters, over-the-counter medicines, sewing kit, chamois cream packets, condoms, safety pins…standard adventurer kit. An improvement over my previous bag is the external access shoe storage. That way, dirty cycling shoes don’t need to cross paths with clothes. Lastly, the Shuttle 32 uses larger wheels than most other bags, which allows the bag to roll over rough surfaces much better. Large wheels can be fragile, and the wheels on my old duffle had the urethane tread chunk off. But the Osprey wheels have more of an interlocked hub, like inline skate race wheels.

Now I need to go to the passport agency.

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VivMag.com – Featuring Ozone and Contrail Series – November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

Ease Travel Woes With These Luggage and Bag Options

If you haven’t fought back tears standing barefoot among strangers, been berated for breaking a rule of which you were unaware, or stood in a cramped aisle as someone tried to cram one last thing into an overhead bin, then you haven’t traveled by air lately.

But there’s good news. Today’s luggage options can ease the stresses of holiday travel, from security checkpoints to lugging heavy bags. (…)

If you’re worried about the weight of your luggage, Osprey offers new Ozone lightweight carry-ons, one of the lightest pieces of fully featured rolling luggage on the market, in three sizes, from 18 to 28 inches ($199-$299). The retractable handle has an ergonomically designed grip.

Osprey’s Contrail series, with packs available in 22-inch ($299) and 28-inch ($339) sizes, also has a Handle-It feature so that accessories such as the Contrail courier ($119) and Contrail tote ($99) can be easily attached to the handle for transport.

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