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Backpacker.com – Featuring Exos 48 – July 2014

July 1, 2014

Why we like it : The redesigned Exos carries a week’s worth of ultralight gear, but it’s svelte and compressible enough to use for just about any day-long adventure. Outdoor junkies who dabble in everything—biking, skiing, climbing, dayhiking, and backpacking—were hooked.

Versatility : The removable top lid is fairly standard (ditching it saves 3.6 ounces), but a unique flap crosses over the drawstring opening, adding a bit of weather protection and compression to the lid-free mode. Our tester stuffed the pack with five days of supplies in the John Muir Wilderness, and then removed the lid and compressed the pack down for day trips from basecamp.

Comfort : While many packs in this weight range sacrifice big-load support, the Exos avoids this tradeoff: One tester toted up to 42 pounds on more than a dozen trips in the Sierra Nevada. Shoulder straps employ two layers of soft, open-cell polyester mesh—rather than the typical foam—to save weight and amp up breathability. “They’re amazingly pillowy,” reports our tester. “There’s no hard binding tape to chafe my armpits—the edges are rolled. And despite their thinness, they still lie flat so weight distributes evenly.” The hipbelt (made of the same material) and trampoline-style backpanel provide excellent load support and venting.

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Examiner.com – Featuring Viva 50 – June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014

The founding of Osprey could be considered the outdoor industry’s version of tech giants rising from humble beginnings in household garages. Osprey founder Mike Pfotenhauer grew up active in the outdoors but became fed up with ill-fitting packs. So at the age of 16, he began sewing his own custom packs, which over the years blossomed into a small retail shop in the front of his Santa Cruz home that crafted custom packs for travelers…

Osprey has recently launched the new Viva line of women’s packs. The goal of this line is to provide adventurous ladies with a lightweight, affordable fitted pack. Although the line doesn’t contain all of the bells and whistles of, say, a $400 pack, the Viva products haven’t shaved off what counts—comfort, durability and plenty of room to stash all of the necessary food and gear to hit the backcountry, in style and comfort…

…The 50-liter pack (3,051 cubic inches) weighs in at 3 lbs., 9 oz.—may not be the lightest pack on the market but it’s still lightweight enough to help prevent your back from seizing up in pain during a trek into the backcountry…

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CortezJournal.com -Osprey keeping HQ, expanding into Utah – June 22, 2014

June 22, 2014

Osprey Packs will be expanding its local headquarters and relocating its distribution center to Utah in 2015, the company announced last week.

“The decision to relocate our distribution function to a transportation hub, such as the Wasatch Front, is an exciting and necessary move for Osprey,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs, in a written statement. The Wasatch Front is the metropolitan area of Utah, which includes Salt Lake City.

The company has been growing rapidly in recent years and in 2006 the started adding supplemental warehouse space in and around Cortez, said Barney.

The company plans for the new consolidated distribution center, which will be staffed by 20 people, to open by mid-2015. Some staff members will be relocating from Colorado, and some will be hired in Utah…

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