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TheActiveTimes.com – Featuring Aether and Ariel Series – October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

I am, I’ve recently come to realize, a pack hoarder. Somehow over the years, I’ve amassed five separate hiking bags—and all for myself! Stuffed haphazardly into my gear closet are an expedition pack, a midsize pack, a simple day pack, a hydration pack and a lumbar pack. Add those to my husband’s personal collection, and we could outfit a small troop of Boy Scouts.

Though I don’t regret purchasing a single one—they’ve gotten me through everything from long treks across Kenya and Patagonia to weekend hikes near my home in the Northeast—I do wonder if I could have been a more conscientious buyer. The bags took up too much precious real estate in various shoebox New York City apartments before we moved into a bigger home and, when added together, cost a pretty penny.

Slideshow: 5 Convertible Backpacks

It turns out there’s an alternative to buying dozens of single-purpose packs. In fact, several gear companies offer covertible packs with components that can be removed and used as smaller bags. In addition to being excellent space savers at home, these packs allow backpackers setting up centralized basecamps to bag peaks on day trips without bringing a separate small pack or hauling along their big one. Click through to the slideshow to read up on the top five convertible packs. (…)

Osprey offers two backpack series with removable day bags: Aether for men and Ariel for women. The mid-size expedition bags are super light, weighing roughly 4.9 lbs, with gender- and size-specific harness and hipbelt systems. The bags are also sleek and non-bulky. The lid detaches and converts into a lumbar pack.

Pro: The lid-turned-lumbar pack has a pouch for a small hydration system.

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Gorp.com – Featuring Hornet 32 – October 2012

October 1, 2012

We love light comfortable packs in the 30-liter range, because the size is ideal for clothing- or gear-laden day trips, and just big enough for hut trips and ultralight overnights. Osprey’s Hornet 32 (the middle of three sizes in their Hornet series) fits those criteria perfectly, staying light and easy to load, yet not scrimping on the features that fastpackers and ultralighters appreciate. It has twin hipbelt pockets, energy gel/iPod/sunscreen pockets on both shoulder straps, and a mesh shove-it pocket on the front.

The single compartment top-loading backpack, and a two-compartment top pocket, maximize space while providing just enough organization to avoid chaos. A large hydration sleeve, located between the packbag and foam back panel, can be easily refilled with the pack loaded, or take a folded foam pad for bivvy use and increased load support.

The Hornet really shined during a three-day round trip to climb the northeast ridge of 14,130-foot Capitol Peak in Colorado. “It was light and flexible enough to fold into my 45-liter load-carrying pack for the approach,” that tester wrote. “Then it carried ropes, technical, clothes, and helmet comfortably for 2,000 feet to the technical section.” Once he collapsed it down using the narrow side compression straps, he “barely knew it was there, during all the knife-edge straddling and scrambling. It hugged my back like a scared koala.”

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WomensMovement.com – Featuring Ozone 22” – October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

There is nothing sexy about buying a new piece of luggage. With the possible exception of the new ultralight Ozone 22-inch roller bag ($229) from Osprey Packs, a technical backpack maker based in Cortez, Colorado that debuted its aluminum-framed, 210-denier nylon Ozone line last winter.

Even when we crammed 46 liters’ worth of stuff into this sleek, four-and-a-half pound bag, it was still easy to bench press into the overhead bin. Despite the minimalist design, Osprey didn’t skimp on user-friendly features. We stashed sandals and flats into each of the exterior pockets, liquids into the top pocket, and laundry in the internal mesh pocket.

The chassis is sturdy, and the wheels roll well across both slippery airport floors and dirt roads. (Yes, we tried it.) Unlike other flop-over bags we tested, the thing stands up on its own (thanks to a built-in foot bar), and—praise the powers that be—it comes in bright green and light grey so you can spot the damn thing at the baggage claim.

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About.com – Featuring SS13 Reservoir – October 2012

October 1, 2012

I had a full schedule of meetings going into the second day of North America’s largest bike show. Once there, I took time to learn about some of the latest offerings from the bike industry’s top manufacturers. Here’s a sampling of the newest products hitting shelves in 2013. (…)

Osprey has unveiled a boatload of improvements to its existing hydration reservoir. However, it will thankfully keep the vertically-mounted rigid, handle-like plastic strip that must make grabbing and refilling the bladder unbelievably simple. (I don’t own one, so I’m speculating here.) As observed today, the strip also helps the bladder to maintain its shape when empty. A three-quarter turn cap, faster flow tube and tasteless BPA- and PVC-free film will grace the newly-designed reservoir. A magnetic bite valve that connects to the sternum strap is included as well.

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Adventure.NationalGeographic.com – Featuring Ozone 22” – October 2012

October 1, 2012

Must-Have Gear: Fall/Winter

Lighter, tougher, and smarter—that’s what characterizes this season’s best equipment. Whether it’s an improvement on nature (such as water-resistant down) or more sophisticated use of electronics (such as a headlamp that anticipates your needs), these 24 items are better attuned to keeping you fresher, safer, and happier in the outdoors.

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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WomensMovement.com – Featuring Ozone 22 – October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

There is nothing sexy about buying a new piece of luggage. With the possible exception of the new ultralight Ozone 22-inch roller bag ($229) from Osprey Packs, a technical backpack maker based in Cortez, Colorado that debuted its aluminum-framed, 210-denier nylon Ozone line last winter.

Even when we crammed 46 liters’ worth of stuff into this sleek, four-and-a-half pound bag, it was still easy to bench press into the overhead bin. Despite the minimalist design, Osprey didn’t skimp on user-friendly features. We stashed sandals and flats into each of the exterior pockets, liquids into the top pocket, and laundry in the internal mesh pocket.

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