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SNewsNet.com – Featuring Osprey’s Ozone Series and Farpoint 40 – February 27th, 2012

February 27, 2012

At Winter Market, Osprey debuted its new Ozone Series of lightweight travel rollers with three models — an 18-inch, 36-liter (MSRP $199); 22-inch, 46-liter(MSRP $229); 28-inch, 80-liter (MSRP $249) — which weigh four to five pounds, compared to the typical 8 to 10 pounds, Martins said. “We’re using a lot of the same lightweight and durable materials that we use in our packs,” he said. That includes 210-denier nylon fabrics and aluminum frames.

Travelers aren’t only packing lighter, but also smaller,so they can avoid airline bag fees and bring everything as carry-ons, vendors said. To help ensure carry-on compliance,both Briggs & Riley and Osprey are introducing additional smaller versions of some of their more popular travel packs and luggage. Osprey adds the Farpoint 40 (MSRP $149) to its travel pack line.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Aether 70 – February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

Q: Help! I need a pack for my photo gear

I’m a photographer and cinematographer, and I’m looking for a backpack that can double as a photo bag for hiking, skiing, and mountain climbing. I’ve found that Lowepro bags are too small. What do you recommend?

A: I’ve put a lot of miles on Osprey’s Aether 70 ($279). It’s a bit larger than the Altra, and excellent suspension, with a hip belt that can be custom-molded in some retailers. It comes with sleeping bag compartment, room top pocket, and plenty of tie-down points and gear loops. It doesn’t have quite the build quality as the Arc’Teryx, but it’s a great pack for the money.

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BicycleRetailer.com – Osprey Adds Two Bike Reps – February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., has added two new bike sales reps to its team.

Jacob Jacques will take over the Michigan and Northern Ohio regions and Michael Lax will cover Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Osprey created a separate sales team to service the IBD channel in the summer of 2010 as part of the brand’s growth strategy for the newly introduced bike, commute and Hydraulics hydration collections.

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SNewsNet.com – Featuring Erik Hamerschlag, Product Manager at Osprey – February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012

Erik Hamerschlag, product manager at Osprey, said his company spends a lot of time looking at color, because it’s an important business decision. “It’s not a scientific thing and it’s not pure art either,” Hamerschlag said. “There are business concerns about risky/fun colors versus safe/salable colors and open questions about what particular users are looking for.”

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BackPacker.com – Featuring Shuttle 32 – February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012

At first glance, the Shuttle is a standard cargo hauler—a wraparound zipper opens wide and the lid folds all the way back, providing entry into the big main compartment. Our tester easily packed away an ice axe, helmet, trekking poles, boots, and other bulky gear for a volcano climb. But the Shuttle also has a surprising number of organizing pockets that are so streamlined our tester almost missed them. In addition to a boot compartment, a long vertical pocket runs along the side (good for maps), and small quick-grab pockets lie on front and top, while the interior has zippered mesh stashes for small items like a headlamp and water purifier.

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