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TrailRunnerOnline.com – Featuring Rev Series – August 8, 2013

August 8, 2013

The Future of Trail-Running Gear – Page 5

Trend 4: Innovative Ways to Fuel and Hydrate

We were asked repeatedly throughout the course of the tradeshow, “What have you seen out there on the floor that you’re really excited about?”

Most of our answers to this question fall in the hydration category.

Osprey, a stalwart in the packs industry, is releasing a trail-running-specific series of hydration packs—the Rev line.

Available in five different volumes, the Rev is brimming with handy little innovations:

  • A “shelf” design, rather than a traditional hook or hanger, that keeps the reservoir in place inside the pack to prevent excess sloshing
  • A water-resistant “DigiFlip” pocket flips down to offer quick, touchscreen access to your phone or media player
  • A clip imbedded in the hydration tube that allows the reservoir to be easily removed and refilled independently of the tube—a godsend for aid stations when time is of the essence!

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Bicycling.com – Featuring Spin 22 – August 7, 2013

August 7, 2013

Part of Osprey’s commuter line, the nylon-and-pack cloth Spin 22 (the number denotes a 22-liter capacity) is a trim pack that sits lightly on your back thanks to a mesh panel that allows ventilation between your torso and your cargo. It has a low profile shape, which makes it easier to check for traffic behind you. If you commute to a relatively casual office, this brightly colored pack will fit right in. Open the flap, and there’s a padded sleeve for your 15-inch laptop. In front of that is another large-ish compartment that hold other essentials. Although the pack has side-zip gussets that allow it to expand, if you are like me and commute with an outfit and toiletries, you will want to size up to the Spin 32: The 22 will hold flats and a tunic dress, and maybe one of those small, superabsorbent towels, but not much more. On the other hand, if you ride in your work clothes and only carry a laptop and lunch, you will be content. And organized: There are pockets of various sizes and pockets within pockets, so it’s possible to designate a place for your power cords, your phone, your wallet, pens, notebook, and so on. You’ll also find many tightening and clip-on options, reducing flapping and bulging but allowing a helmet or water bottle to hitch a ride. The closures are unique: The main flap doesn’t buckle, and instead features a wide plastic wedge that fits into loops spaced about an inch apart on the bottom of the outside—choose a lower loop for smaller loads, or an upper loop for larger ones. This system holds the pack shut securely, and is easier to open and fasten than a buckle. The zipper pulls are loops; and I once caught one on a drawer, with negative consequences. My only other quibble with the pack is the hook-and-loop fastener on the laptop sleeve: If I forgot to close it, it snagged almost any item I put in the front compartment.

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TheAdventureBlog.com – Featuring Exos Series and Rev Series – August 5, 2013

August 5, 2013

The Best Gear Of Outdoor Retailer (Part 1)

As many of you know, I spent the better part of last week at the Outdoor Retailer gear convention in Salt Lake City, an event that I like to call “Gearvana.” Over the course of three-and-a-half days, I saw lots of great new gear, some not-so-great stuff and some things that were just downright silly. But all in all, it was another good show with plenty of innovations coming in the months ahead. Here is a taste of some of the things I saw that really caught my eye. (…)

Osprey Goes Ultralight With New Packs
I spent some time in the Osprey booth checking out their great new line of packs that are designed to be lightweight and move fast. Chief amongst them was the new Exos series which will come in 38, 48 and 58-liter sizes. These packs are incredibly svelte with the largest tipping the scales at a mere 2.5 pounds. Still, Osprey didn’t scrimp on features or comfort as the packs have some of the best and most innovative shoulder straps I’ve seen. The company also debuted a new small, ultra-lightweight 6-liter pack designed for trail runners with lots of nice features as well. The Rev line of packs will debut in the spring and are extremely high on my “want” list. I was impressed by the integrated smartphone holder built into the shoulder strap that protects the device while on the go but also grants easy access as needed.