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OutdoorGearTV.com – Featuring Atmos 65 – October 10, 2012

October 10, 2012

The Osprey Atmos 65 is a lightweight, highly breathable, and very comfortable pack. For those that demand the perfect fit, the latest Atmos pack features an adjustable harness on the shoulder straps, a super comfortable hip-belt, tensioned mesh on the backpanel, and Ospreys LightWire frame. All of these things add up to a pack that will feel like an extension of your body, while keeping your back nice and cool on those hot Summer days.

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NationalGeographic.com – Featuring Ozone 22 – October 2012

October 10, 2012

Whether you’re checking a bag or stuffing it into an overhead compartment, every ounce counts. And most 22-inch rolling bags—the standard compatible with overheads—weigh seven pounds or more. But Osprey’s Ozone 22 tips the scales at slightly more than half that: four pounds, seven ounces. It feels like helium by comparison. But there’s still plenty of organization, with zippered pockets on the front outside and a rear panel perfect for stashing an iPad. And while the styling isn’t exactly inspired, that’s not such a bad thing. Why call attention to a bag so easily carried away?

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Gear.com – Featuring Variant 37 – October 8, 2012

October 8, 2012

All it takes is one look to know that Osprey poured a ton of thought and development into the the Osprey Variant 37 Backpack. My experiences with the Variant 37 this summer were great and I’m looking forward to a full winter of using it. Oh yeah, Osprey sent it to me to test and review a some Oregon summer ski mountaineering trips. (…)

Out of the box I was stoked when I put the Osprey Variant 37 Backpack on for the first time and it fit me perfectly. I’m not that tall but I’ve had problems in the past with finding packs that fit.

The Variant is jam packed with the features you want and a none of stuff you don’t care about. The main compartment is big and open. The hydration sleeve is easy to access when empty and an easily fit a 100 oz resevoir. The top compression strap doubles as a rope strap. The extendable lid moves as your loads expands or shrinks. A spindrift collar rolls up under the lid but can unrolled to keep snow out. The lid also features top and under pockets.

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SingleTracks.com – Featuring SS13 Hydraulics – October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012

There were plenty of cool helmets and other gear to see on the Interbike showroom floor. Swinging by t.h.e., Bell, Five Ten, Dakine, Osprey, and a few others, I had a chance to see what’s new and exciting for 2013. (…)

Osprey showed up with some improvements throughout their lineup. The highlight is the new bladder that comes in all the latest packs. This new reservoir rides wider and flatter on the back, with a new hose (now the same diameter as everyone else’s) that’s compatible with existing accessories.

There are also a few updates to the packs, such as the ones above, as well as some all-new packs. One of the updates is a continuous zipper that allows painless access to the bladder and hose. A tool pouch is making its way into many more packs as well.

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VeloSpeak.com – Featuring Ozone 22” – October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012

The Ozone 22″ is one of four bags in the new Ozone line released by Osprey. The line is based on an ultralight travel system, and the 22″ is the maximum legal carry-on size. This is the bag I’ve been using, and light it is. It weighs in at 4 lbs 7 oz which makes for a very light bag. Despite its weight, the bag has incredibly solid construction. It has a strong aluminum frame, a retractable handle, and large polyurethane wheels with sealed bearings. Loading the bag is quite easy due to the large main compartment opening. There are additional pockets as well, my favorite being the one on the back designed to accommodate magazines bought at the airport. It’s a really useful and well thought out design feature. The exterior compression straps allow smaller loads to be cinched up keeping the shape of the bag intact. Osprey makes solid bags, and the Ozone is no exception. This is a great travel bag, and it’s light weight should help avoid check in for carry-ons over a certain weight.

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TriEdge.net – Featuring Sirrus 36 and Stratos 36 – October 3, 2012

October 3, 2012

I love triathlon training, but every now and then I get a little sick of doing lunges in the same stinky gym with the same stinky people. I like to get out and remind myself why I do all those lunges. So, I decided that before winter crept in, and while the canyon trees are on fire with fall colors, it was time to bag Mt. Timpanogos (elevation 11,749).

While the Sirrus 36 has enough space for a light over-nighter, it was the perfect selection for an all-day hike like Mt. Timp. Starting the hike in the dark meant that all those layers would have to be stowed away later in the day. Even with hydration, food and necessary extras already packed, there was plenty of room for my down jacket, gloves, beanie etc. when the sun found it’s way to my side of the mountain. The top pocket was great for easy access to stow my headlamp, camera and extra water bottles/snacks were easily accessed from the side mesh pockets while hiking.

While I currently have no need for the ice tool attachment, it’s certainly something that will come in handy for ice-climbing season in the near future (pray for snow). Until then, it’s always handy to have extra loops. This pack, however, does not feature a crampon specific pocket with reinforced materials, so keep that in mind if your looking for something specific to ice-climbing.

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