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OnTheSnow.com – Featuring Kode Race 18 – November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014
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Among the most coveted items we reviewed this season, this ski bag is as comprehensively featured as it is lightweight—two typically mutually exclusive value propositions the company managed to squeeze into a single backpack. Technically designed as a randonee racing pack, Osprey’s Kode Race 18 isn’t too techy or expensive to be wasted on resort skiers looking for a super light and great looking pack for their ski day necessities. We also like the unique ski carry and body wrap harness that sets this pack apart in one of the best color combos for gear we’ve seen all season…

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TheManual.com – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 42 – November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014
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It’s not easy to resist the allure of fresh powder and pristine slopes — after all, some of the finest runs you’ll likely ever encounter rest within the backcountry. However, unlike the controlled terrain of your local park or ski slope, the distant areas outside the confides of the park often hold their own peril. Avalanches, the unpredictable force of nature known to obliterate everything from trees to buildings, always pose a risk. Fortunately, the Osprey’s Kode ABS 42 is designed for such occasions.

Specifically crafted with ABS compatibility in mind, the 42-liter is more than just a mere organizer. The thermoformed back panel unzips, allowing you to attach an ABS base unit and providing you with additional protection in case of an avalanche. With the quick pull of the explosive handle, nitrogen canisters help deploy the dual balloons housed within the ABS unit, thus increasing your odds of staying afloat when caught in an onslaught of snow and debris. Moreover, the jet-black pack touts an enormous front panel for quickly accessing other avalanche safety equipment — i.e. a probe, shovel, beacon — and other gear stored in the dedicated sleeves…

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TheManual.com – Featuring Stratos 34 – November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014
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We get it — gift giving can be a stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be if you know what you’re doing and who you’re buying for. The outdoor industry is currently bursting with fantastic apparel and equipment, spanning everything from breathable jackets and crushable hats to touch-capacitive gloves and versatile axe heads, all of which are perfectly poised to become your go-to pieces on the dusted slopes or backcountry trails. And given the holidays often provide some much needed time off, there’s rarely a better time to bestow your friend or family member with something they’ll actually use…

Osprey Stratos 34 Pack: Though the winter isn’t the most enticing time to backpack, having a day pack that moonlights as a single overnighter is never a bad idea. Osprey’s gender-specific Stratos 34 offers functionality with sleek form, providing everything from hipbelt pockets and compression straps to an integrated rain cover and mesh ventilation.

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Fodors.com – Featuring Ozone 18” – November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014
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Osprey Ozone 18″ Carry-On

The Tester: Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

The Review: I took the Osprey on a weekend road trip to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and also gave it a good run on my bus commute to Fodor’s office. The backpack-on-wheels look suited my casual jaunt, and its many handy pockets—inside and outside, vertical and horizontal—made it a snap to store walking shoes, a few tops and pants, a sweater, and random gear. The wheels work fine, but the highlight for the ozone series Osprey is its incredible lightness: I loved that…

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WSJ.com – Featuring Osprey Packs – November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014

When Edgar Parra travels for business, he usually eats about three Snickers bars a day…That is why he squirrels away 40 or so candy bars for a two-week expedition up Mount Aconcagua, a 23,000-foot peak in Argentina that is the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.

Over the past decade, he’s whittled down his packing list to 104 items.

His main piece of luggage is an Osprey 70-liter backpack and a North Face 120-liter waterproof duffel bag. He needs to carry his personal items, safety ropes and technical gear for the trip, plus camping gear and food for himself and his clients. The duffel usually gets to base camp by mule or by donkey. The rest goes on his back…

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AspenDailyNews.com – Featuring Tempest 20 – November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014
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It seems to me that the world of backpacks can be an especially overwhelming one at times. Upon entering a gear store you are typically confronted with a wall of packs differing in color, size and price. In all honesty, there have been several occasions when I’ve just resorted to choosing the cutest looking pack in my price range hoping it would match my needs…

After some asking around and research, I decided to go with the Osprey Tempest series (men’s series is named the Talon.) … The Tempest 20 has smart organization, and its light weight and adjustable suspension make it stand out from the competition. I’ve stuffed it full for hikes up fourteeners, day hikes to waterfalls in Havasupai canyon and jaunts into the desert on fall weekends. On one cold day hike, I easily stuffed my rain gear, a puffy, an extra fleece, lunch and snacks, a fleece for my dog and 3 liters of water with room to spare…

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WomensMovement.com – Featuring Ariel 75 – November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014

There’s nothing quite like loading your pack with brand new, shiny, sparkly gear with the complete certainty that in five months it’ll be trashed beyond recognition. While it seems like the whole world is gearing up for ski season, I’ve spent the last six months amassing a pile of equipment that would impress even the most extreme gear heads.

You see, in just a few short days, I will begin an 1,800-mile hike across New Zealand on the world’s newest long distance hiking trail, Te Araroa…

Here’s a sampling:

Osprey Ariel 75 Backpack (4lb 14oz)

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MadeMan.com – Featuring Exos 58 – November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014
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Everyone dreams about disconnecting from their day job to spend time around a campfire, hike to the top of a mountain or sleep under the stars. If you’re going to take the time to go camping, you should invest in the best gear to go with you. These essentials will keep you dry, safe, and cool on the trails. You don’t need to spend a fortune — camping in the great outdoors is only as complicated and and expensive as you want it to be. Here are our 24 must-have items…

Osprey Exos Backpack Series: When you’re journeying through the wilderness, you want your pack to be as light as possible. At just over two pounds, the Osprey Exos is an extremely lightweight and affordable option that comes in three sizes, depending on how much gear you’re looking to pack. The airy suspension keeps the weight of the pack from lying directly on your back, creating a much-needed ventilated space between you and pack, so you stay as cool as possible.