How can we say with certainty that the new Osprey Comet ($89) backpack is built to last? Three years ago one of our wear testers was a seventh grader. He started using a Comet as his school backpack.
He’s now a high school freshman who — like many his age — is concerned with style and looks. If the Osprey looked beat up or out-of-style, he wouldn’t be using it. Hard to imagine a tougher testing environment than the lockers and hallways of schools, not to mention the rigors of summer camp and every family outing in between.
The Comet is part of Osprey’s 24/7 line, all of which received minor updates in styling this year. The six packs in the line are intended to be everyday backpacks that are able to be used on commutes to work as well as weekend hikes or trips.
Skiers and snowboarders looking for a compact and convenient pack for a day on the slopes will be impressed with the latest series from Osprey Packs.
The Karve Series takes care of insulated hydration delivery, shovels and probes storage and ski and snowboard carrying. The Karve 11 ($88.95) is the mid-size edition in the three model line. It has 11 liters of cargo space for gear and food, plus a zippered front pocket ideal for a shovel blade and ski goggles. There’s also a small zippered pocket for lift passes, money and keys.
The front panel is padded, helping it resist the wear and tear that comes from ski edges.
Like all Osprey Packs, the designers of the Karve series have put a lot of thought into the comfort of the user. The adjustable sternum strap to the removable waist strap help you create the perfect fit. It’s also small enough to be comfortable on ski lifts.
The Karve 11 comes in black, red or white.
For many commuters, the search for a rugged carryall that can withstand the rigors of the daily trek can be challenging – those durable backpacks sometimes look out-of-place in the workplace.
Osprey is one of a few companies that have found the right blend of style and function when it comes to backpacks that live well in both the work and the outdoors atmospheres. Their 24/7 series of packs handles laptops, lunches, books, folders, water bottles, digital music devices and the other arsenal the commute demands.