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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Verve 10 Hydration Pack – August 2, 2011

August 12, 2011

The most comfortable hydration backpack to date: the Osprey Verve 10 Hydration Pack. It’s made specifically for women and benefits the Breast Cancer Fund so what’s not to love?

Riding down bumpy trails, with the Verve 10 strapped to my back, there was no wiggle or jiggle I’ve become accustomed to with hydration packs. In fact it sat firmly against my back despite being completely full of ice water. This bag isn’t too big or too small. I could fit a jacket, snacks, and personal items in the pockets.

I wore this pack primarily mountain biking and what I noticed first was the HydraForm Reservoir. This anatomically shaped plastic conforms to the back. Instead of the water sloshing around in the 3 liter reservoir, it sat snug and stable on my back. Thanks to the breathable nylon mesh fabric along the back, my other pet peeve, the damp shirt back was obsolete.

Other amenities the Verve 10 offers is the on/off bite valve that attaches to a magnetic strip on the chest. There’s a lid lock helmet clip that quickly secures the helmet to the top of the pack. And my other favorite the stretchy woven pockets on the hip belt that allow for easy access to small items like gels, phones, or in my case kleenex for my constantly runny nose.

Custom fit Osprey backpacks are provided to groups of climbers and trekkers, whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Osprey is proud to support the Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds and Sacred Treks, working to eliminate the environmental causes of the disease. $4 from every pack purchased will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund, with a minimum of $5,000 guaranteed. Find out more at www.breastcancerfund.org.

As for the other hydration packs sitting in my gear closet, I don’t know if I can ever go back to them again. The Osprey Verve 10 has spoiled me and my back.

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Bike World News – Featuring Raptor 14 – August 1, 2011

August 12, 2011

Osprey’s Raptor 14 Hydraulic hydration pack is impressive because it has a collection of unique, well thought out features, notables being the wedge-shaped 100oz Nalgene Hydraform bladder and Airscape Suspension system.

Hydraulics refers to the bladders ability to remain flat against your body, even when filled thanks to a rigid rear panel that’s sculpted to conform to the shape of your back in the cycling position. The front side of the bladder has a plastic carrying handle that performs three functions: it protects the lower half of the drinking tube so it’s always in an optimized flow position free of pinching, it acts as a secondary support to retain the bladders shape and insure that perfect fit and also aid in filling by providing structure and a handhold. Add in Nalgene’s contamination resistance and you have one of the most effective, easy to use bladders available.

Airscape is a mesh outer covering on the back of the pack to keep direct contact to a minimum and provide a degree of cooling. By positioning the weight of the pack slightly off your back Osprey was able to add rigidity to the pack’s basic structure without affecting overall comfort and fit. This rigidity matched to the design of the bladder makes it exceptionally easy to pull out and put back the bladder in it’s compartment even if the pack itself is stuffed full of gear and food.

Just the features mentioned above make this one of the best designed and most comfortable hydration packs available but attention to detail in the pockets themselves make the Raptor 14 that much more impressive.

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EllenBarone.com – Featuring Momentum 26 – August 2011

August 12, 2011

More Than A Backpack: Osprey Momentum 26

With the right gear, leading an active, mobile lifestyle is more than possible – it’s fun.

As a freelance writer/photographer specializing in travel, every trip is a blend of work and play. So, when an assignment took me to South West England for a walking tour, I needed more than a backpack. I wanted a multipurpose bag that could double as a carryon laptop and camera bag en route to England, and lightweight trail pack once I’d landed.

Enter the Osprey Momentum 26. Originally designed with the bicycle commuter in mind, it also offers a savvy alternative for active adventure travel. Specifically it is:

Waterproof. This was England afterall and in a sudden downpour I needed to know that my camera equipment would be protected. On the trail, the neon yellow built-in raincover performed beautifully, keeping contents dry while assuring I was highly visible in even the most inclement weather.

TSA-sized. For air travel, I wanted a pack that fit easily into the overhead compartment and had ample space for travel necessities, laptop computer, and camera equipment. Once there, it needed to transition easily to the needs of the walk’s daily activities. The momentum’s dedicated laptop sleeve, padded top and side travel handles, stowable harness and hipbelt, and top-load access made it a perfect choice.

Quality designed. I see no reason to compromise quality or comfort for travel convenience. So, when I read that Osprey built their travel backpacks with the same design features they put into their best backcountry packs, it sounded like they understood the needs of adventure travelers. Once I carried the pack all-day for eight days, I knew they did. The momentum’s padded foam harness, adjustable sternum and side compression straps kept the pack comfortably snug, while the built in hipbelt meant the load stayed balanced.

Technology friendly. For instantly sharing photos on facebook and twitter, or e-mailing to friends and family back home, I love the convenience of my smartphone’s built-in camera. Plus, even though my out-of-office autoresponder lets people know when I’m away, I like to monitor correspondence and respond when a quick reply will be appreciated. The momentum’s easy-access electronics pocket built into both shoulder straps kept my Blackberry and iPod in easy reach.

Post walking adventure, I continue to use the Momentum 26 as an everyday pack, on cycling trips and when hiking.

Additional features:

  • When more room is needed, the expansion panel allows the pack to open up to 31 liters of storage capacity.
  • U-lock pocket, hydration compatibility and a LidLockTM for quick helmet stow.
  • Blinker light attachment.
  • All Mighty Guarantee: If you own an Osprey pack that needs to be repaired they will repair or replace for any reason, free of charge – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Nice!

Bottom line: On the fly or on the trail, this bag is built for active travelers who embrace their inner techie.

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Outdoorindustry.org – Kyle Bezanson Joins Osprey Packs Bike Rep Team – August 3, 2011

August 10, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Kyle Bezanson of KB Sales Group has joined the company’s bike rep force. Kyle will take over the Northern California territory that was vacated by Robert Wilkins of KW Sales when Robert took a full time factory sales position with Orbea Bicycles and Orca Clothing.

“We were saddened by Robert’s departure. He is a very professional and trusted sales rep who was part of our initial focus group before we made the entry into the bike market and he will be missed,” said Osprey Bike Sales Manager Patrick Piller. “However, Kyle is a strong brand builder and we are excited about the focus and enthusiasm he brings into this territory.”

Kyle has been an independent sales rep in Northern California for 17 years representing brands such as SIDI, Gore Bike and Run Wear, Tifosi Optics and Rolf Prima Wheels. Kyle will be servicing Osprey in a territory from San Luis Obispo north to Tahoe, CA and the Sparks/Reno NV area.

“Osprey is an excellent fit for my agency,” said Bezanson. “The brand continues to innovate, produce and expand its product mix for the ever changing and demanding category that is cycling. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.”

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SNEWSnet.com – Kyle Bezanson Joins Osprey Packs Bike Rep Team – August 3, 2011

August 10, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Kyle Bezanson of KB Sales Group has joined the company’s bike rep force. Kyle will take over the Northern California territory that was vacated by Robert Wilkins of KW Sales when Robert took a full time factory sales position with Orbea Bicycles and Orca Clothing.

“We were saddened by Robert’s departure. He is a very professional and trusted sales rep who was part of our initial focus group before we made the entry into the bike market and he will be missed,” said Osprey Bike Sales Manager Patrick Piller. “However, Kyle is a strong brand builder and we are excited about the focus and enthusiasm he brings into this territory.”

Kyle has been an independent sales rep in Northern California for 17 years representing brands such as SIDI, Gore Bike and Run Wear, Tifosi Optics and Rolf Prima Wheels. Kyle will be servicing Osprey in a territory from San Luis Obispo north to Tahoe, CA and the Sparks/Reno NV area.

“Osprey is an excellent fit for my agency,” said Bezanson. “The brand continues to innovate, produce and expand its product mix for the ever changing and demanding category that is cycling. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.”

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SNEWS.com and OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Redefines Expectations with Radical Updates to Best Selling Atmos and Aura Series for SS12 – July 27, 2011

July 30, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc. – a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear – is updating two of its groundbreaking backpacking lines for Spring 2012. The ATMOS (men’s) and AURA (women’s) Series – which together set the standard for weight, ventilation and comfort in backpacking – are being further refined to deliver enhanced fit and greater comfort on the trail.

“We’ve developed more advanced technologies over the years and are thrilled to integrate them into our popular Atmos and Aura Series,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “For Spring ‘12, our AirSpeed suspension system, interchangeable harnesses and adjustable hipbelt work together to create unrivaled comfort.”
Key to the redesign on both series is Osprey’s radical redesign of the harness and hipbelt systems. All Atmos and Aura packs now have customizable fit, with a torso adjustable, interchangeable harness and an exclusive adjustment system that allows the belt to be custom fitted while in use. Amazingly, Osprey has achieved this with no increase in weight or price.

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SNEWS.com and OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Launches Premier Line of Child Carriers for SS12 – July 29, 2011

July 30, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc. – a leader in creating top-quality, high- performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear – is expanding their definition of gear to include child carriers for SS12. The Poco Series channels everything the brand knows about packs into a line of child carriers that are comfortable, safe, supportive, light, well ventilated and supremely easy to adjust for fit. “Superb ventilation as well as quick and easy torso and hipbelt adjustment were important factors in the design of the Poco series from the outset,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “Ventilation is the key to comfort for both parent and child and ability to quickly adjust the pack between parents ensures the comfortable fit expected from an Osprey.”

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