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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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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Variant 37 – February 10, 2015

February 10, 2015
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Idaho’s striking Sawtooths were the backdrop for sun-spiked runs in early January.  Great gear did more than come along for the ride; it made being there all the sweeter.  Take a look and drop in wearing the best and beautiful…

Active Junky likes being prepared for even greater challenges around every turn.  Our Sun Valley film crew grabbed the Variant for top-loading security and multi-point attachment flexibility.  More alpine than pure big mountain, Variant allowed wearers to keep pace with athletes from pre-dawn until late afternoon, glades to moguls.  For men and women pursuing higher elevations, A-frame ski carry and a three-point haul system mean confidence on summit ridges and in couloirs…

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Exos Series – May 5, 2014

May 5, 2014

The gear you need for Utah will likely be dictated by what you plan to do while you’re there, so this list doesn’t cover the arsenal of products that you need to hike, climb, bike, backpack, or…whatever while you’re there. Instead, we’ve honed in on a few key pieces that you’ll likely need in any scenario you will encounter…

What you plan on doing (backpacking, hiking, biking, etc..) will dictate the size of the pack you need, but chances are one of Osprey’s recently re-imagined Exos Series will hit that sweet spot.  The ultra-light daypacks and longer-haulers are some of the most comfortable backpacks on the market, with an AirSpeed SL Suspension system that elevates the pack off the back thanks to a breathable mesh back panel that keeps you cool in even the most extreme, arid temperatures.  The harness and hipbelt distributes the pack weight evenly, and all three models (from the perfectly sized 38-liter day pack to the 48-liter superlight backpacking pack) have a host of great add-ons.

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Aether 60 – April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014

Backpacking adventures mean hiking for the majority of your day, so gear that you can stand to sport for an extended period of time is a must. Our dream gear checklist offers up the perfect trio of backpacking kits necessities- durability, style, and superior function. Our Ultimate Backpacking Kit takes stock of the essentials and brings you gear that can not only stand up to the test of time, but look darn cool doing it. So lace up your boots and strap on that pack- we’re ready for backpacking season, are you?

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The difference between a death march and a glorious weekend trek may just be a supported, custom-fitted pack. Perfect for touchy backs and longer hikes, Osprey’s Aether 60 Backpack includes a LightWire peripheral frame for support and an IsoForm CM waist-belt that can be heat molded for a fully customized and comfortable fit. Osprey added a sleeping bag compartment and J-Panel access to gear along with the improved suspension. Plus, the detachable top lid doubles as a lumbar pack so you can carry all your necessities when away from base camp.

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Stratos 26 – February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

Hiking in cold climates requires an artful dance of gear selection. Too much and you end up overheating in a heartbeat, too little and you start to mentally list the first signs of hypothermia.  Layering is vital, but it’s equally important to layer up with the right gear. Here are a few trail-tested cold-weather items, along with the best footwear to use and the right pack to carry your kit.

Cold-weather hiking means shedding and pulling on layers as you shift from overheated to cold, and the Stratos 26 makes that dress/undress routine a breeze. The two front zippered pockets on the waist straps are perfect to stash your gloves when things get warm, while the host of internal organizational options across 26 liters of storage space can let you separate your food from your layers.  Trekking pole attachments lets you easily transition from straightforward hiking to rock scrambling, and it’s a breeze to stash your jacket under the lid of the top-loading pack…

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Kode ABS – February 5, 2014

February 5, 2014

The 2014 Winter Outdoor Retailer just wrapped up in Salt Lake City—a mad deluge of gear porn where the world’s top manufacturers show off the latest and greatest product to hit retailers’ shelves next season.  With more than 1,000 participants spread throughout the 515,000-square foot Salt Palace Convention Center, the whole thing can hit like an avalanche. But as the dust settles, we can now reflect back on ten items that we’re excited to see next year…

Some manufacturers like Black Diamond and Mammut have gone all in by creating their own backpacks with avalanche airbags, but Osprey has taken a decidedly more humble—and perhaps much more economically savvy—tact. Rather than reinventing the airbag, the fall 2014 versions of their Kode ski packs will be fully compatible with ABS airbag systems that are already on the market. This means you can use the 22- or 42-liter packs as a stand-alone when hiking or resort skiing, and then zip in an ABS system (which are becoming increasingly easy to rent) directly into the pack when you head into the backcountry…

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Kode Race 18 – February 4, 2014

February 4, 2014

Osprey has redesigned their entire Kode ski pack line for 2014. We especially like the Kode Race 18 for fast, lightweight tours and randonee racing. Everything is designed for ease-of-use, and most importantly, access without taking your pack off. A cable and hook system lets you throw your skis on board without worry. Side pockets are designed to hold skins and crampons securely when not in use. The best feature though, is the Biostretch Wrap harness, which allows the pack to conform to your movements and feel like more of a race vest than backpack.

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Escapist 20 Pack – October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

Spend one hour in the saddle using the wrong gear, and you may never climb on your mountain bike again. A few essentials—gloves, a helmet, clothes that can get dirty, and a good dose of courage and stamina—can make all the difference. The below five fat-tire friendly products rise to the fore as some of the most essential gear for all manner of mountain biking, from downhill plummets to free-ride acrobatics to quad-punishing cross-country rides.

The perfect mountain biking pack almost defies description: you want something that’s svelte and low-profile so you don’t feel off-balance while swinging through singletrack. But you need something that can carry your tools, food, layers, and oddball sundries. No pack has achieved that Platonic ideal quite yet, but Osprey’s Escapist 20 comes damn close.  The panel-loading backpack boasts a breathable ventilated harness, with a mesh hip belt, a hydration sleeve, twin water bottle mesh pockets, and a discrete, stowable rain cover. Inside the front panel, you find a cache of storage options that cater to bike tools, while the main compartment offers cavernous storage for the bigger items like a jacket or vest. As with most cycle-specific Osprey packs, the Escapist has also been outfitted with a LiftLock helmet attachment (which slips through the helmet’s vents to be easily carried) and a strap for clipping on a flashing light—features that make this pack ideal for commuting as well as mountain biking.

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