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Bikemag.com – Featuring Hydraulics – April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016
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We’re big fans of Osprey’s hydration packs, but the bladders have never been quite perfect in our eyes. Luckily for us, CamelBak sued them over a patent infringement, motivating them to explore new options, which resulted in the design you see above. Since the bladders are made by Hydrapak (with design elements from Osprey), who offers a lifetime warranty on its bladders, Osprey can now extend it’s generous “All Mighty Guarantee” to every part of its hydration packs.

BikeMag.com – Featuring Syncro 15 – March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016
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The recent trend of riding without a backpack is understandable given that many packs are uncomfortable, heavy and unstable. In response, some brands have introduced clothing and systems allowing tools and riding necessities to be carried without a pack. But there’s still a lot to be said for riding packs, and they remain the only option when it comes to being prepared on long rides.

When I first saw Osprey’s Syncro 15, I thought it looked like a child’s backpack. You know–those tiny little things that only fit a coloring book, one sock and maybe a stuffed animal or two. Despite my hesitations, I gutted my current pack and swapped everything over to the Syncro 15. It was like one of those magical bags from “Harry Potter” that’s bigger on the inside: I fit everything in it that I usually carry and still had room for three extra tubes, an extra jacket, food, my DSLR and lens, plus the full 2.5-liter reservoir that’s included with the Syncro 15.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Syncro 15 – October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015
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Two weeks of riding Vermont’s Kingdom Trails for our 2016 Bible of Bike Tests are coming to a close, but along the way, each of us editors have developed a yen for certain pieces of kit. Here are a few of our picks:

Osprey Syncro 15 pack
I like that the 15-liter Syncro has more space than it would appear to have at first glance. It also packs on a bunch of conveniently accessible pockets. The back of the Osprey has a mesh panel that lifts the pack away from your back, creating something like an inch of space for air to flow between your back and the pack. Features include a 2.5-liter reservoir, an integrated rain cover, a tool organizer, a scratch-free stash pocket and half-shell helmet carry capacity.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Escapist 32 – September 3, 2015

September 3, 2015
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The average mountain bike ride starts, finishes and winds up at a brew pub in under five hours. Most of us are in and out—a quick and dirty foray into the wilds. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We could stay all day. And night. Provided we had the gear to do so.

Bikepacking might be the trendiest of things these days (the Great Enduro Craze of 2014 finally losing its bit of steam), but as far as bike-industry trends go, bikepacking is pretty damn cool. Extending our time in the outdoors so that we move beyond the impersonal rip through the countryside? I’m all for that. The gear that’d let you extend your stay, however, has been lacking. That’s where the Osprey Escapist series comes in. There are three models in the line, with the 32 (shown here) being the largest of the bunch. And large it is: this thing is, really, more of a daypack with hydration capability than the other way around. The Escapist 32 offers up 32 liters (that’s 2,000 cubic inches for everyone who still thinks of engine displacement as either “289” or “302”). Or, to put a finer point on it, you can hump between 15 and 30 pounds worth of crap in this thing. Try that with your garden-variety hydration pack.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Escapist Series and Syncro Series – April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015
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The Sea Otter Classic represents the start of the race season in North America, and serves as a venue for brands to show their latest wares to thousands of consumers roaming the aisles of the outdoor festival…There is a lot to see and we’re checking it all out over the next three days. Here are a few highlights from day one:

The new Osprey Escapist was made with bikepackers in mind. It comes in three sizes–18, 25 and 32 liter– and features a sleeping bag compartment, rain cover, external lid lock for helmet storage, adjustable harness for optimal comfort, water bottle side pockets and space for a hydration reservoir in an external sleeve.

Osprey also has a new line of ultra lightweight hydration packs called Syncro that come in 3-, 10- and 15-liter options. Each one shaves about 11 ounces off its predecessor by using a lighter reservoir and cap and lighter materials. But the best part is the Quick Connect tube, which allows you to disconnect the water hose without unraveling it from the pack in order to free your reservoir for refilling.

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BikeMag.com – IMBA Gives $9600 to Support Trail Building – October 2014

October 1, 2014

The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), along with its corporate partners, recently doled out $9,600 to 17 regional programs that will help chapters and affiliated organizations in their efforts of trail building, maintenance and education.

“Small grants are a great way to kickstart local efforts and often are combined with community funding to drive a larger project like a bike park or new trail, ” said Rich Cook, IMBA development director. “We appreciate that Fox, Osprey and Clif Bar get this and have contributed to growing IMBA’s small grants program.”

IMBA and CLIF Bar gave out ten trail-preservation grants of $500 each to programs that promote environment education and inspire conservation in the mountain biking community. The awards were given to many programs like SORBA-Jax, which will use its funding to improve hiking and biking trails in the Nocatee Preserve. Specifically, the money will help cover the cost of building materials and equipment necessary to build and enhance the trail-user experience.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Transporter Series – September 14, 2014

September 14, 2014

When you put the industry’s best and brightest in a giant room together, you’ll find a seemingly endless supply of awesome stuff. Here’s yet another gallery of show floor finds from Interbike 2014…

Osprey’s Transporter series gear bags come in four volumes from 40 to 130 liters and can be carried like a backpack. The bags also conveniently pack into themselves, so they don’t take up a ton of space between trips.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Syncro 15 – September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

The perusing continued on the second day of Outdoor Demo, with still more products to be seen and more gadgets to be photographed…

Osprey Syncro 15
There are plenty of reasons to decide to leave your pack at home. One of those reasons being, “It’s too hot.” But Osprey Packs has implemented a new back panel, Airspeed, with their latest iteration of the Syncro that allows ample airflow through an open-mesh, back-panel system.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – March 2014

March 5, 2014

LAST SUMMER, I CRASHED IN A WAY THAT COULD HAVE LEFT me seriously injured. I had left work early to hit the last of the daylight at one of my favorite riding spots. Blinded by the sun while popping over a riser, I wound up airing into a 3-foot-deep, V-shaped concrete drainage trough. My bike and I tumbled for 20 feet or so, eventually ending up a tangled mess at the bottom where the ditch ended at a cinderblock wall. Miraculously, I rode away from the incident with only a couple broken fingers and bruised ribs. The few wounds my pack did suffer probably saved me from much bigger ones. Now, I’m glad I was wearing my trusty pack. I went through a phase where I avoided packs altogether, stuffing my pockets with spares or going unprepared because packs were uncomfortable and shifted around while riding. Then I got a Raptor 10.

It comes with me on everything from all-day adventures to half-hour lunch rides because it fits impeccably, stays planted firmly in one place and packs in loads of practical features in its 610 cubic square inches of space. The bottom pocket integrates a roll-up tool pouch with plenty of room for the full-size hex set, pliers, a Swiss army knife and a couple tubes. Placing heavy items down low and incorporating compression straps helps keep the load stabilized, and an ingenious helmet retention system holds your lid during transport. In the main compartment there are sleeves for tire and shock pumps, and an elastic mesh pocket. One of my favorite things is the sturdy yet unobtrusive hip belt. It’s nice and wide around the waist, but narrow at the belly, and each side includes an easy-to-reach pocket for a phone or a multi-tool. The pack comes with Osprey’s proprietary 3-liter reservoir that has a nifty magnetic bite valve that attaches to the sternum strap. To top it all off, every pack has a lifetime gaurantee so any bag with any damage or defect, for any reason will be repaired or replaced free of charge–forever. Let’s shrug off those wounds and keep on riding.

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