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SNEWSNet.com – Featuring Ozone Convertible Series and Shuttle Series – March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015
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The differences between an adventure and luxury traveler are decreasing, thanks to efforts by apparel and gear companies to bridge the gap between the two groups…

During a trip to Mexico with his wife a few years ago, Neff had an epiphany. They were standing in the lobby of a high-end, luxury hotel, when he saw something that inspired his entire brand.

“A couple came with big Osprey rolling duffels,” Neff said…

For starters, travel gear has to be versatile, like Osprey’s Ozone Convertible and Shuttle series. The Ozone Convertible acts as a large backpack that can carry a load for multiple days, or it can break down into two smaller backpacks that work for day hikes and shorter missions. The Shuttle line, meanwhile, adds all-terrain wheels to a backpack for easy maneuvering in airports and gravel roads…

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ODRMag.com – Osprey Officially Opens New Distribution Center –

March 25, 2015
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Osprey will officially open the doors to its new distribution center in Odgen, Utah, at the end of this month. Warehousing and shipping will operate out of the new facility while the pack brand’s company headquarters will remain in Cortez, along with its sales, customer service, marketing, finance and quality assurance departments.

Osprey chose Ogden because of its proximity to the national rail network, which will allow it to improve shipping to retailers while reducing the brand’s carbon footprint (since it won’t need to rely on trucks as much). About 23 people will work there, some transfers from Cortez, and some will be local hires…

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Kode Series – March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015
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With winter in the rearview mirror, groomers are getting tracked out and turning to slush, and many ski resorts in the west are even calling it a season. But this is when the backcountry comes alive. Touring — making self-powered ski ascents to the top of virgin powder runs — was once a niche corner of snowboarding. Now, as splitboards finally come into their own, more and more riders are venturing out of bounds…

Splitboarding is a highly nuanced way to move around the mountains and it could take an entire season to dial in your system. But with right equipment — and a PHD in avalanche awareness — you’re ready to start the journey…

A splitboard touring pack needs to be able to carry five things, at a minimum: your board (either as one piece or as skis) in case you find yourself on terrain that requires you to walk, avalanche safety gear (probe and shovel), poles, skins and lunch. Osprey’s Kode models are smartly designed to hit three sweet spots: a 22 liter for the bare essentials, a 32 liter, and a 42 liter for long days or hut-to-hut tours…

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EasternSlopes.com – Featuring Momentum Series – March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015
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When most of us hear the phrase “bicycle commuting,” one of two images pops into our minds: One is of a hipster in skinny jeans, riding a fixie with flat bars, a basket hanging off them, stopping at a favorite coffee shop to have the barista make them a latte. The other is of driving through a howling snowstorm, seeing flashing lights, and passing something that vaguely resembles a bear with a helmet on, doggedly slogging along to a job that’s probably closed due to the storm…

Here’s our takeaway on this one: Messenger bags are for messengers. Think about it; they go from place to place, sometimes only a block or two, constantly pulling things out and putting them back in. A side-slung bag makes a lot of sense. But, if you’re carrying some weight long distance, having it yanking on your neck from one side is going to be bloody uncomfortable. We had our resident cubicle rat use an Osprey Momentum 34 (now replaced by the Momentum 30), and after a couple of months, he simply got rid of his briefcase and used it for everything. For organizing files, pens, calculators, business cards, and the what-have-you of the business world, a good bike-specific backpack beats a pannier easily…

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TheManual.com – Featuring Atmos AG 50 – March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015
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The jungles and islands of South East Asia are a paradise for a traveler who is prepared for a little adventure..From hauling gear through airports, on boats and buses, to trekking down tourist laden beaches, we put this short list of essentials through a two week test endurance test to find the best gear for a jetsetter on a budget.

Osprey Atmos AG
The all new Atmos AG (Anti-Gravity) pack is easily our favorite backpacking gear hauler ever made. The completely redesigned 3D suspension lifts the load off your shoulder and back without the use of heavy padding or foam. This gives you unparalleled comfort whether you’re hauling a load of camping gear through the jungle or wrestling your pack down a long airport concourse to catch a flight. If we keep one pack forever, this one will be it.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 – March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015
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Five miles into my hike around the iconic Mitten Ridge in Sedona, I stopped on the side of the trail for some water and to survey the damage. Looking down, I saw that the soft, brittle, slippery sandstone terrain had taken a toll on my shoes: the tops were completely covered in red dirt and small stones gritted between my toes..But that’s when I realized something was missing. Despite a full pack of over 40 pounds, my shoulders and lower back were in pretty good shape.

Resting on them was one of the industry’s hottest new backpacks, the Osprey Atmos AG 65. The purpose of my hike was to test out its highly touted new “Anti-Gravity Suspension” system, a technology meant to ensure the pack hugs the contours of a hiker’s body, distributes weight, reduces movement, and increases comfort (i.e. eliminates back sweat and shoulder/hip pressure).

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InsideOutdoor.com – Osprey Prepares to Open Ogden DC – March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

Osprey Packs’ new distribution center is set to open in Ogden, Utah later this month. While Osprey company headquarters, which includes sales, customer service, marketing, finance, quality assurance, and other core functions, will remain in Cortez, Colo., warehousing and shipping functions will operate out of the new Ogden facility.

“As a Colorado-based brand, we have long felt a kinship with Utah, a neighboring state with strong recreational values and the host of Outdoor Retailer trade show,” said Kenny Ballard, COO of Osprey Packs. “After a thorough study of several potential locations, Ogden rose to the top as our number one choice for Osprey’s new distribution center. We are excited to join this vibrant community and welcome new team members to the Osprey family.”

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 and Aura AG 65 – March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015
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Strolling, striding, scrambling and summiting require different clothing and gear.  Active Junky’s simplified pack buying around three common scenarios: day hiking, overnight packing and distance backpacking. Find yours and zoom in on the pack that’s right for you…

Getting a zero G experience takes connections and cash.  Osprey puts hikers’ all-day comfort expectations into affordable orbit with this duo.  Active Junky first experienced the Anti-Gravity suspension system at an industry event.  Ready to float up to 50lbs via a continuous panel of lightweight mesh, Atmos and Aura look more like avy packs than plodding, high-capacity rucksacks; the word “delight” comes to mind upon first wearing.  As much high performance apparel as game-changing pack, every body-contoured model in the AG series (including 50L variations) is ready for launch…

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