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

August 8, 2013

A backpack can make or break any trip in the backcountry, so it’s important to have the specs that make you happy. Check out these packs that are hitting the shelves next spring: we’re betting you’ll find some good ones in the bunch. (…)

Trail runners and endurance athletes will be psyched to see the Rev series hit the shelves next spring as a new, ultralight contender. The packs are offered in six sizes– 24, 18, 12, 6, 1.5-liters and a single water bottle– but the largest clocks in at only 1 lb. 3 ounces (sans reservoir). The Rev collection will feature the new Biostretch body harness and belt that Osprey claims will fit more like clothing than a traditional pack, allowing it to move with the wearer. Additional touches like a magnetic sternum piece for the reservoir tube or the DigiFlip media pocket for phone access make this series one to watch.

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Xena 70 – July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

Function usually trumps features in the world of backpacks, but the bells and whistles on Osprey’s Xena 70L are just too good to pass up. The 70 Liter capacity fit was more than enough to include a little luxury for our tester, who took this pack trekking on the Lost Coast in Northern California for more than a week. The pack allowed enough storage to include a ukulele and a frying pan, both easily strapped or bungeed to the outside of the pack. Even while carrying 50-60 lbs., this backpack made our tester feel like a furry Koala was hugging her hips. The BioformCM waist belt forms to the user’s contours, creating unexpected comfort. The Osprey Xena 70L has ample bells and whistles, including bungee tie-offs on the sides, buckled straps all over, and an exterior water bladder pocket for those who wait until the last minute to hydrate. As a long distance, large capacity backpack, the Xena 70 is a solid performer with enough luxury to avoid having to leave the comforts of home at the trailhead. The design of the Xena left no bruising and little stiffness, but the fit can easily be adjusted by using the Bioform, gender-specific harness that adapts to the user’s body type.

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Active Junky – Featuring Viva 65 – July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

With 65 liters of packing room, this lightweight and comfortable backpack will carry everything you need for days and even weeks on the trail. Numerous torso and hip belt adjustments on the women’s specific Viva ensure you get a custom fit. The entire back panel and shoulder strap system can be moved 5 inches up or down and the hip belt can extend up to 3 inches. Our tester really liked the separate, wide mouth sleeping bag compartment, complete with a divider at the bottom of the bag. This compartment encourages you to pack your backpack just right, with the heavier items in the middle of your pack, closer to your back. Removable straps at the base of the bag come in handy for storing your sleeping pad, or even tent, and saving room inside your pack. For those times when you need two hands free to scramble up over some rocks, your trekking poles can quickly be slipped through the storage system on the side of the pack without ever having to remove anything.

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Viper 9 – June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

As spring and summer start to heat up and many of us start to get into the thick of longer adventures, it becomes ever so important to make sure you have the right gear. While you’ve been trying to figure out what to buy, our testers been have been busy testing out the Osprey Viper 9 hydration pack over the past few months in activities including mountain biking, trail running, and hiking.

On the Osprey website, it says the Viper 9 is best suited for activities between 1.5 and 3 hours which is definitely the sweet spot for this pack, but our testers also felt this pack was more than adequate for longer and shorter adventures making this pack great for riding, running, hiking, etc. between 1-4 hours depending on terrain and weather conditions.

A disadvantage to participating in most activities in Colorado is that the air doesn’t have a lot of moisture in it which requires you to hydrate more often so you stay properly hydrated and able to perform at your best. That said, staying hydrated is a definite focal point for our testers and can be just as important as a pair of running shoes or a bike.

The Osprey Viper 9 hydration pack is bike specific, which means you’ll find bike specific features such as a helmet strap which Osprey calls a Lidlock. And while these features make for a great mountain biking hydration pack, the pack also works very well for trail running and hiking. To start, the Viper 9 comes with an easy access Osprey hydration reservoir. This makes it easy to fill, refill, and slide back into your pack. The main feature that sets this reservoir apart from others on the market is that it has a semi hard plastic sheet on the back allowing it to slide in and out of the pack.

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