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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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Aspen Daily News & AspenDailyNews.com – Featuring Aether 60 – June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013

Now that the snow has finally melted from the Ridge of Bell on Aspen Mountain, our thoughts can turn from skiing to hiking in the backcountry.

In planning my first outing of the season I realized it was time to trade in my outdated pack from the last millennium and update to the latest technology. This was a much needed equipment upgrade, considering my old backpack by itself weighed almost as much as my new Osprey Aether 60 (4 lbs. 11 oz) does when it is full of gear.

When searching for a new pack, take plenty of time to do your homework and learn about the different models and what each has to offer. I originally was going to purchase the Osprey Atmos 65, which is even lighter than the Aether. However, after I explained to the helpful salesperson at the Ute Mountaineer that I typically hike with heavy camera gear, he recommended the more sturdy Aether model. Another tip he gave was to purchase the smallest pack necessary, because otherwise human nature kicks in and we tend to fill whatever space we have available, often with unnecessary items. In my case I settled on a size medium Aether 60, where the “60” refers to the approximate liters or volume the pack can hold.

Beyond it’s great weight-to-space ratio, the pack is incredibly comfortable. Be sure to purchase the right sized pack, based on your height and torso. Then make use of the pack’s many micro-adjustments to dial in the amply padded shoulder straps and hip belt.

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