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Backpacker.com – Featuring Ozone Convertible 50L/22” – December 2015

December 1, 2015
Ozone

No matter who you’re shopping for, we’ve got you covered with 2015’s best holiday gifts for hikers, in every price range.

Osprey Ozone Convertible 50L/22″
If you’re looking for a travel bag you can stow in the overhead compartment, wheel through the airport and throw on your back when the road gets less traveled, the Osprey Ozone 50 is your perfect travel companion. This award-winning travel pack is light-weight, durable and highly functional.

Backpacker.com – Featuring Cassie Tweed and Aura AG 65 – September 2015

September 1, 2015
Despite huge advances in women’s gear, women are about twice as likely to have trouble getting a good fit. Here are our contributors’ best solutions.
 “Fitting women is a greater challenge than men,” explains Cassie Tweed, Director of Design at Osprey Packs. “Our bodies have more complex curves than men and a wider variety of shapes.”

Problem: Uncomfortable pack straps

Especially if you’re on the curvier side, check out women’s-specific packs.
Two of our favorites: Gregory’s Deva 60 and Osprey’s Aura AG 65), both of which have super-curvacious shoulder straps that don’t chafe on the outside of the breasts, sternum straps that you can adjust to above the breasts, and conical hipbelts that adapt to shapely hips.

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Backpacker.com – Featuring Mike Pfotenhauer – March 2015

March 1, 2015
Innovators
Mike Pfotenhauer has spent the last 40 years thinking about carrying comfort. He founded Osprey Packs in 1974, built the first packs out of his California garage and eventually moved his family to Vietnam in 2000 to more closely monitor the design and manufacturing process. For years, he’s been obsessed with ventilated suspension systems—specifically, building one that doesn’t sacrifice stability or support.
“Traditional packs rely on framework, plastic sheeting, and lots of foam padding to support heavy loads,” he says. “These materials are heavy, lacking in ventilation, and tend to focus the load transfer to finite zones of the body—the hips and shoulders— which creates painful pressure points.”

Backpacker.com – Featuring Atmos AG/Aura AG: Editors’ Choice Award Winner – March 2015

March 1, 2015
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Hauling big loads can be a soul- and spine-crushing experience, but the Atmos’s radical new AG (anti-gravity) suspension system throws conventional pack design out the window with stellar results.

Unlike most big packs, there’s no foam padding or plastic framesheet in the backpanel. Instead, nonstretch mesh (with pencil-eraser-size holes) spans a steel perimeter wire throughout the back and continuously through the lumbar and hipbelt. It’s that lumbar and hipbelt contact that’s key: “It wraps gently but firmly around my hips—like a dance partner’s hands—with no gaps or rubbing,” one tester says. With complete contact throughout the entire back of your body, you get no pressure points, excellent airflow, and superior load transfer. You also get good adjustability: The torso has 4 inches of play and the hipbelt extends up to 6 inches…

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Backpacker.com – Featuring Atmos AG/Aura AG: Editors’ Choice Award Winner – February 25, 2015

February 25, 2015
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Hauling big loads can be a soul- and spine-crushing experience, but the Atmos’s radical new AG (anti-gravity) suspension system throws conventional pack design out the window with stellar results (see page 36 for more background on how Osprey developed the AG suspension).

Unlike most big packs, there’s no foam padding or plastic framesheet in the backpanel. Instead, nonstretch mesh (with pencil-eraser-size holes) spans a steel perimeter wire throughout the back and continuously through the lumbar and hipbelt. It’s that lumbar and hipbelt contact that’s key: “It wraps gently but firmly around my hips—like a dance partner’s hands—with no gaps or rubbing,” one tester says. With complete contact throughout the entire back of your body, you get no pressure points, excellent airflow, and superior load transfer. You also get good adjustability: The torso has 4 inches of play and the hipbelt extends up to 6 inches…

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