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SNEWSNet.com – Featuring Spring 2013 Collection – July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

For nearly four decades, Osprey has been a leader in design innovation creating backpacks unrivaled in their ability to comfortably carry gear. For Spring 2013, the company expands their line of custom fit packs with the introduction of the deluxe custom fit Xenith/Xena series, the value priced Volt/Viva, as well an update to the popular Aether/Ariel series.

“Ultimately, we believe that there is inherent value in experiencing the outdoors overnight, over weekend or over weeks – by putting a backpack on and walking into the woods,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “Our hope is that the enhanced Spring 2013 backpack collection will bring many back to their roots as well as introduce a new generation to the wonder of the overnight outdoors.”

XENITH (Men’s) & XENA (Women’s) – deluxe, customized fit

For anyone carrying large loads on extended trips, load carrying ability and comfort are clearly the paramount concern. The new Xenith/Xena packs are designed with those requirements in mind.

The gender-specific packs include a more robust version of the proven LightWire™ peripheral frame suspension for optimal load transfer, while the all-new BioForm4 CM™ hipbelt and harness provide a supportive and highly customizable fit. This innovative new hipbelt technology builds on the Osprey reputation for outstanding fit and comfort. Specially trained staff at CM™ certified dealers will use an Osprey oven to custom mold the hipbelt for each individual customer to deliver a precise, personalized fit, superior comfort, load control and long-lasting support.

Organization and access are two more key elements to making life on the trail easier. These packs offer superb pocketing and multiple zip access points into the main compartment. Side zip access with zippers on each side of the pack provides quick access to gear in the main compartment. A curved path relieves stress on the zipper for smooth action and creates a generous opening while wide compression straps don’t interfere with entry.

The new hipbelt is equipped with pockets that provide secure storage for digital camera, GPS and snacks, making them easily accessible while hiking. Additionally, the dual compartment top pocket converts to a handy lumbar pack with a built-in belt.

Finally, Xenith/Xena feature a super-convenient new way to carry a reservoir. The external hydration sleeve in the backpanel simplifies refilling and protects the pack’s contents from spills.

Xenith is available in Mediterranean Blue and Graphite Grey:

• Xenith 105- $379

• Xenith 88- $349

• Xenith 75- $319

Xena is available in Ruby Red and Winter Sky Blue:

• Xena 85- $349

• Xena 70- $310

VOLT (Men’s) & VIVA (Women’s) – value-priced, quality carry pack

Sometimes the simplest answer is the best. That’s the thinking behind the all-new Volt/Viva series. These packs offer value-conscious users the chance to buy a quality pack that truly fits and carries well. Outfitted with all the essential features, but light on bells and whistles, these packs are all about ensuring a quality carry and an enjoyable experience in the backcountry.

Volt/Viva features easily adjustable torso length and the Fit-on-the-Fly™ hipbelt that extends up to three inches for customized fit. The LightWire peripheral frame is designed to effectively transfer weight to the hipbelt. An external hydration sleeve simplifies refilling while protecting pack contents from spills. The packs are equipped with plenty of storage including a floating top pocket that extends to accommodate overloads, a large stretch-mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear as well as a wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider. Osprey’s unique Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment that allows users to tuck away poles quickly without removing the pack completes the story.

Volt is available in Stellar Blue and Fern Green:

• Volt 75- $199

• Volt 60- $179

Viva is available in Plum Purple and Emerald Green:

• Viva 65- $199

• Viva 50- $179

In addition to the SS13 introduction of Xenith/Xena and Volt/Viva, Osprey is updating the bestselling Aether/Ariel. Known for its ability to be taken all over the world, the fourth generation of Aether/Ariel builds upon its reputation for combining clean design, custom fit and outstanding load carrying comfort. Upgrades include the new IsoForm4 CM™ hipbelt, for even better performance with heavy loads, and the new Airscape™ backpanel with smooth spacer mesh lumbar fabric. Amazingly, all this comes with no increase in weight. Available in: Aether 85 ($299), Aether 70 ($279), Aether 60 ($249) as well as Ariel 75 ($299), Ariel 65 ($279), Ariel 55 ($249).

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Featuring Spring 2013 Backpack Collection – July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

For nearly four decades, Osprey has been a leader in design innovation creating backpacks unrivaled in their ability to comfortably carry gear. For Spring 2013, the company expands their line of custom fit packs with the introduction of the deluxe custom fit Xenith/Xena series, the value priced Volt/Viva, as well an update to the popular Aether/Ariel series.

“Ultimately, we believe that there is inherent value in experiencing the outdoors overnight, over weekend or over weeks – by putting a backpack on and walking into the woods,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “Our hope is that the enhanced Spring 2013 backpack collection will bring many back to their roots as well as introduce a new generation to the wonder of the overnight outdoors.”

XENITH (Men’s) & XENA (Women’s) – deluxe, customized fit

For anyone carrying large loads on extended trips, load carrying ability and comfort are clearly the paramount concern. The new Xenith/Xena packs are designed with those requirements in mind.

The gender-specific packs include a more robust version of the proven LightWire™ peripheral frame suspension for optimal load transfer, while the all-new BioForm4 CM™ hipbelt and harness provide a supportive and highly customizable fit. This innovative new hipbelt technology builds on the Osprey reputation for outstanding fit and comfort. Specially trained staff at CM™ certified dealers will use an Osprey oven to custom mold the hipbelt for each individual customer to deliver a precise, personalized fit, superior comfort, load control and long-lasting support.

Organization and access are two more key elements to making life on the trail easier. These packs offer superb pocketing and multiple zip access points into the main compartment. Side zip access with zippers on each side of the pack provides quick access to gear in the main compartment. A curved path relieves stress on the zipper for smooth action and creates a generous opening while wide compression straps don’t interfere with entry.

The new hipbelt is equipped with pockets that provide secure storage for digital camera, GPS and snacks, making them easily accessible while hiking. Additionally, the dual compartment top pocket converts to a handy lumbar pack with a built-in belt.

Finally, Xenith/Xena feature a super-convenient new way to carry a reservoir. The external hydration sleeve in the backpanel simplifies refilling and protects the pack’s contents from spills.

Xenith is available in Mediterranean Blue and Graphite Grey:

• Xenith 105- $379

• Xenith 88- $349

• Xenith 75- $319

Xena is available in Ruby Red and Winter Sky Blue:

• Xena 85- $349

• Xena 70- $310

VOLT (Men’s) & VIVA (Women’s) – value-priced, quality carry pack

Sometimes the simplest answer is the best. That’s the thinking behind the all-new Volt/Viva series. These packs offer value-conscious users the chance to buy a quality pack that truly fits and carries well. Outfitted with all the essential features, but light on bells and whistles, these packs are all about ensuring a quality carry and an enjoyable experience in the backcountry.

Volt/Viva features easily adjustable torso length and the Fit-on-the-Fly™ hipbelt that extends up to three inches for customized fit. The LightWire peripheral frame is designed to effectively transfer weight to the hipbelt. An external hydration sleeve simplifies refilling while protecting pack contents from spills. The packs are equipped with plenty of storage including a floating top pocket that extends to accommodate overloads, a large stretch-mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear as well as a wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider. Osprey’s unique Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment that allows users to tuck away poles quickly without removing the pack completes the story.

Volt is available in Stellar Blue and Fern Green:

• Volt 75- $199

• Volt 60- $179

Viva is available in Plum Purple and Emerald Green:

• Viva 65- $199

• Viva 50- $179

In addition to the SS13 introduction of Xenith/Xena and Volt/Viva, Osprey is updating the bestselling Aether/Ariel. Known for its ability to be taken all over the world, the fourth generation of Aether/Ariel builds upon its reputation for combining clean design, custom fit and outstanding load carrying comfort. Upgrades include the new IsoForm4 CM™ hipbelt, for even better performance with heavy loads, and the new Airscape™ backpanel with smooth spacer mesh lumbar fabric. Amazingly, all this comes with no increase in weight. Available in: Aether 85 ($299), Aether 70 ($279), Aether 60 ($249) as well as Ariel 75 ($299), Ariel 65 ($279), Ariel 55 ($249).

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OutdoorCommunityDaily.com – Featuring Meridian 28” – July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012

As the mood strikes, or season dictates, OCD testers gather in the ‘lab’ and assemble our favorites from a particular gear category. Long, lazy summer days are prime for adventure, so travel gear it is. These bags are suited for the large ‘adventure’ category between backpacking through the Sierras and hopping a red eye to NYC. From fishing in the Bahamas to taking the family to a dude ranch, these will get you there with what you need. We broke our favorites down into best-of categories. Pick, pack and go.

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The Meridian 28 from Osprey utilizes their proprietary High-Road ™ Chassis,complete with aluminum frame, retractable handle and oversized polyurethane wheels, to make for a bomber roller bag – no gangway flats in this rig. Osprey is known for their pack suspension systems, and, not only does the 3400 cubic inch Meridian have a harness and stash-away, hip-belt system, it’s also equipped with a 1200 cubic inch, removable daypack for ultimate flexibility. The Meridian weighs in at 9 lbs 6 oz.

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SectionHiker.com – Featuring Kestrel 28 – July 2012

July 18, 2012

The Osprey Kestrel 28 dayback is ideally sized for multi-sport activities including day hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. It has ample internal and external storage providing great flexibility and an adjustable frame, making it ideal for newer hikers who don’t have the experience required to properly size a backpack with a fixed length torso. Plus, at $129 (MSRP), the Kestrel is an excellent value compared to other daypacks in the same size range.

Frame and Suspension

The Kestrel uses Osprey’s adjustable Airscape frame and suspension system. This includes a ridge molded foam backpanel covered in mesh, providing good ventilation and a-close-to-your-back fit and superior lateral control.

An adjustable torso yoke system is connected to the shoulder straps and slides up and down in the space behind the back pad. The yoke is a tongue shaped piece of nylon with strips of velcro along its sides that attach to velcro located on rear of the back pad. This allows the height of the shoulder straps to be raised or lowered depending on your torso length. See the winged symbols (above) which are used to measure additional torso length.

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Marks its Biggest Colorado Bike to Work Day – July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced its biggest Colorado Bike to Work event to date. On June 27th the Osprey team, based in Cortez, Colorado, had 91 percent participation in the bicycle awareness event. Forty-two of the potential forty-six employees biked or walked to work, with many departments recording 100 percent participation.

Biking and walking a total of 426 miles round trip, the Osprey employees saved 21 gallons of fuel and eliminated a total of 597 pounds of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere. Now in its seventeenth year, Colorado Bike to Work Day is aimed at getting people to leave their cars at home and bike to work. It is the highlight of Colorado Bike Month, which celebrates bicycling for transportation, fun and health. Osprey is a longtime participant in the Colorado Bike to Work challenge, having taken part since 2006.

“We’re thrilled with the results of our largest Colorado Bike to Work Day yet,” said Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “Our team is always excited to participate and this year was no exception. Of course a great ride or walk to work is reward enough, but we love to incentivize this event, and this year we were able to do so with tickets to Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Devotchkaa and Josh Ritter concerts. We’re so proud of the Osprey team, as they set an example for other business to incorporate healthy practices into the workplace.”

In an effort to continue the bike to work love, Osprey has also created the Osprey Commuter Pledge Challenge. The program encourages employees to find non-motorized transportation to and from work 19 more times prior to October 2012. With 32 employees already pledging to participate, the challenge could potentially save 405 gallons of fuel and eliminate 11,332 pounds of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Marks Its Biggest Colorado Bike to Work Day – July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced its biggest Colorado Bike to Work event to date. On June 27th the Osprey team, based in Cortez, Colorado, had 91 percent participation in the bicycle awareness event. Forty-two of the potential forty-six employees biked or walked to work, with many departments recording 100 percent participation.

Biking and walking a total of 426 miles round trip, the Osprey employees saved 21 gallons of fuel and eliminated a total of 597 pounds of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere.

Now in its seventeenth year, Colorado Bike to Work Day is aimed at getting people to leave their cars at home and bike to work. It is the highlight of Colorado Bike Month, which celebrates bicycling for transportation, fun and health. Osprey is a longtime participant in the Colorado Bike to Work challenge, having taken part since 2006.

“We’re thrilled with the results of our largest Colorado Bike to Work Day yet,” said Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “Our team is always excited to participate and this year was no exception. Of course a great ride or walk to work is reward enough, but we love to incentivize this event, and this year we were able to do so with tickets to Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Devotchkaa and Josh Ritter concerts. We’re so proud of the Osprey team, as they set an example for other business to incorporate healthy practices into the workplace.”

In an effort to continue the bike to work love, Osprey has also created the Osprey Commuter Pledge Challenge. The program encourages employees to find non-motorized transportation to and from work 19 more times prior to October 2012. With 32 employees already pledging to participate, the challenge could potentially save 405 gallons of fuel and eliminate 11,332 pounds of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere.

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