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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Swoops In to Aid Post-Sandy Clean-Up Effort – November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce a donation to aid in the clean-up efforts post-Superstorm Sandy. Osprey donated assorted technical backpacks worth $4,300 to the Humanitarian International Services Group.

HISG is a New York state non-profit providing support services for crisis response and developmental initiatives. The donated packs will be filled with supplies by HISG and delivered to displaced survivors, many of whom have lost their homes and personal belongings. The Osprey backpacks will also be used by “muckers” to carry equipment during the clean-up and rebuilding process.

“These packs from Osprey are exactly what assessments teams in the disaster zone have been requesting. They will meet an acute need in HISG’s response to Superstorm Sandy,” says HISG Director of International Disaster Response, David Bopp. “Osprey Packs has demonstrated once again how much we can accomplish when we work together to respond. Thanks to their leadership team for recognizing how they could fill a need and for making it happen so quickly.”

“Superstorm Sandy was an environmental catastrophe that displaced thousands and Osprey is proud to be able to provide this donation to aid on-the-ground clean-up efforts,” says Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “We wish a safe and speedy recovery to all those affected and it is our hope that this donation of packs will contribute to the very big efforts of the HISG in some small way.”

With so much assistance still needed, Osprey encourages Outdoor Industry partners to provide help where they can. For more information on how to assist in the effort, contact HISG’s David Bopp at dbopp@hisg.org or (303) 807-0852.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Swoops In to Aid Post-Sandy Clean-Up Efforts – November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce a donation to aid in the clean-up efforts post-Superstorm Sandy. Osprey donated assorted technical backpacks worth $4,300 to the Humanitarian International Services Group.

HISG is a New York state non-profit providing support services for crisis response and developmental initiatives. The donated packs will be filled with supplies by HISG and delivered to displaced survivors, many of whom have lost their homes and personal belongings. The Osprey backpacks will also be used by “muckers” to carry equipment during the clean-up and rebuilding process.

“These packs from Osprey are exactly what assessments teams in the disaster zone have been requesting. They will meet an acute need in HISG’s response to Superstorm Sandy,” says HISG Director of International Disaster Response, David Bopp. “Osprey Packs has demonstrated once again how much we can accomplish when we work together to respond. Thanks to their leadership team for recognizing how they could fill a need and for making it happen so quickly.”

“Superstorm Sandy was an environmental catastrophe that displaced thousands and Osprey is proud to be able to provide this donation to aid on-the-ground clean-up efforts,” says Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “We wish a safe and speedy recovery to all those affected and it is our hope that this donation of packs will contribute to the very big efforts of the HISG in some small way.”

With so much assistance still needed, Osprey encourages Outdoor Industry partners to provide help where they can. For more information on how to assist in the effort, contact HISG’s David Bopp at dbopp@hisg.org or (303) 807-0852.

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Outdoor Business Update – Osprey Packs Donated to Storm Victims and Clean-Up Workers – November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc. donated assorted technical backpacks worth $4,300 to the Humanitarian International Services Group to help with its clean up efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

HISG is a New York state non-profit that specializes in funneling private sector resources to for-profit and non-for-profit organizations involved in crisis response and developmental initiatives. The donated packs will be filled with supplies by HISG and delivered to displaced survivors, many of whom have lost their homes and personal belongings. The Osprey backpacks will also be used by “muckers” to carry equipment during the clean-up and rebuilding process.

“These packs from Osprey are exactly what assessments teams in the disaster zone have been requesting. They will meet an acute need in HISG’s response to Superstorm Sandy,” says HISG Director of International Disaster Response, David Bopp. “Osprey Packs has demonstrated once again how much we can accomplish when we work together to respond. Thanks to their leadership team for recognizing how they could fill a need and for making it happen so quickly.”

“Superstorm Sandy was an environmental catastrophe that displaced thousands and Osprey is proud to be able to provide this donation to aid on-the-ground clean-up efforts,” says Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “We wish a safe and speedy recovery to all those affected and it is our hope that this donation of packs will contribute to the very big efforts of the HISG in some small way.”

With so much assistance still needed, Osprey encourages Outdoor Industry partners to provide help where they can. For more information on how to assist in the effort, contact HISG’s David Bopp at dbopp@hisg.org or (303) 807-0852.

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PinkBike.com – Featuring Momentum 26 – November 16, 2012

November 16, 2012

Pinkbike Product Picks

Osprey has a full lineup of bags that includes models for hiking, travel bags, and even child-specific offerings, but the Momentum 26 tested here has been designed with bike commuting in mind. The bag’s name refers to its 26 liters of storage capacity, although that figure increases to 31 liters when the zippered expansion panel is utilized, providing enough room for a change of clothes, your lunch, and whatever else you’d like to bring to work with you. A dedicated sleeve provides a protected place for a laptop, and a zippered pocket on the shoulder strap is ideal for a phone, camera, or wallet (although not large enough for all three at the same time, obviously), with the opposite strap being home to a key pocket that incorporates a clever retractable clip – no need to remove the bag to unlock the front door, and it also keeps you from dropping your keys. Your helmet can be clipped onto the bag via a plastic section that is attached to stretch cords, allowing you to slip it through one of the helmet’s vents and snug it down. The entire package becomes easy to deal with thanks to tuck-away shoulder straps that turn the Momentum 26 from a backpack into a handbag, complete with a side handle. Color options are bamboo (tested) and carbide.

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OutdoorGearLab.com – Featuring Exos 58 – November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012

The Exos 58 is an amazing light pack that is similar in design to Osprey’s Atmos series, just lighter. At 2 lbs 8 oz the Exos is the lightest weight pack in our review and one of the lightest packs that has a real frame. It has many great features and felt slightly bigger than its 58 liters would suggest. It is great for backpackers and trekkers as well as alpine climbers and mountaineers. For people traveling cross country, they might want a tougher pack, but for most hikers and backpackers who do the majority of there trips on trails, we think they will be perfectly happy with the Exos’s durability. The Exos frame isn’t flimsy and carries surprisingly well considering its weight.

The Osprey Exos was surprising comfortable especially considering its exceptional light weight. It was more comfortable than the REI Flash 62 and similar to much heavier packs we tested like the Mountain Hardwear South Col and the Gregory Z 65. The fabric on the inside of the waist belt is cozy and, despite some initial skepticism, we found the shoulder straps quite comfortable even with minimal clothing on.

The pack has well vented from its perforated shoulder straps to the space behind the back panel, making this pack idea for use in warmer areas or people who run on the warmer side. We tested this pack on glaciers but didn’t get to use it in a truly snowy environment and we wonder if snow would get stuck in the shoulder straps.

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Backpacker.com – Featuring Ozone 28” – November 2012

November 10, 2012

Giant rolling duffels are a gear editor’s best friend. I’m constantly schlepping heavy loads around the globe, and I often get dinged with overweight baggage fees. The Ozone, at just under five pounds, is less than half the weight of many other rollers I’ve tried, which lets me pack more gear, not more bag. The 210-denier nylon lacks the rubbery finish of many burlier bags, but after close to a year’s worth of globetrotting (40,000-plus miles), the Ozone looks no worse for the wear.

The large, U-shaped zipper accesses the cavernous, 80-liter interior, which has stealth side pockets to keep me organized. The 12-inch wheelbase mounts to an aluminum perimeter frame (the lack of a framesheet accounts for a big weight savings). When combined with the sturdy, collapsible T-handle, the design created a stable load whether I was dragging it down a dirt path in central India or a pebbly walkway in Chile’s Andes.

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Vagabondish.com – Featuring Farpoint 40 – November 2012

November 8, 2012

Holiday Gear Guide 2012: 25 Picks for the Best Travel Gear of the Year

Every November, we select our 25 favorite bits of travel kit for the year. From solar battery cells to ruggedized portable speakers to the most versatile clothing we’ve ever tested, something on this year’s list is sure to bring tears of joy to the gearhead traveler in your life.

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TwentyNineInches.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

With several hydration pack choices out on the market, it gets kind of bewildering to figure out just which one will work for you. To that end, Twenty Nine Inches is looking at three new hydration packs that we feel fall into that “sweet spot” of 10 liters or so in capacity. Grannygear is looking at the Camelbak M.U.L.E, NV and the Dueter Compact Air EXP 10, which you can see the intro on here, and also I have the Osprey Raptor 10, which I introduced here. Now with several hours of riding with the new and improved Raptor 10 under my wheels, how has this pack been performing? Here are my thoughts so far….

Packing Up: The new version of the Raptor 10 packed up with my gear easily. I did really like the Tool Roll idea going in, and in practice it looks to be a winner of an idea. I was able to organize my stuff in there well, and I even put in a few emergency items like zip ties and some tape, along with my needle nose Vice Grip pliers. Up on top, the lined eyewear pouch is great for a set of shades with different lenses ready to go, and in the inner pocket up there I placed my compass. (You know- those things folks used before GPS? 🙂 )

The main compartment is easier to load, since it flops open widely allowing you easier access. I got my two pumps- a shock pump and a mini-pump- in there, along with a spare tube, rag, some tire levers, and some lube. I also stuffed a wind breaker in there with room to spare. The bladder sleeve now opens much easier, and allows the bladder to come out much easier. I was able to stuff the full compliment of 3 liters of water into the bladder without any trouble.

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