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CoolHunting.com – Featuring Xena 70 – April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

Osprey’s latest pack for women puts comfort at the forefront of backcountry adventures

Traveling through the backcountry on foot can be a uniquely masochistic enterprise. What seems like a minor discomfort after an hour can easily turn into a major inconvenience, or even an injury, after several days, but even the smallest tinkering can significantly improve a backpacker’s experience.

Osprey’s latest design, the Xena 70, offers women several significant advantages. First, the heavily padded hip belt features Osprey’s signature custom-molded cushions. The removable belt is heated in an oven at a certified Osprey dealer and then pressed into the hipbones and the base of the spine for a uniquely comfortable fit. As a well-fitting backpack is designed to carry the weight on your hips, instead of your shoulders, the extra comfort in this area prevents bruising and rubbing later on.

The Xena also offers an external sleeve for a water bladder. The sleeve is located in the pack’s back panel, which eases refilling for the weary trekker and prevents leakage onto the rest of the bag’s contents. Finally, the top lid converts to a lumbar pack. Simply unbuckle the top portion and remove the built-in belt from behind the ventilated lumbar panel. Two compartments easily hold enough water, food, a jacket and a map for quick side trips.

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Coolhunting.com – Featuring Exos Pack – July 5, 2011

July 13, 2011

The ingenious aluminum suspension system on Osprey’s Exos packs allow for air circulation between pack and back to keep you free of sweat. It’s just the right size for a weekend trek while remaining extremely lightweight, even after you attach your tent or sleeping bag using bottom straps. While you’re at it, toss in the new shape stable Hydraform Reservoir water bladder to avoid uncomfortable bulges when filled, or sagging when empty. They both sell online for $150 and $30, respectively.

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CoolHunting.com – Featuring Osprey Manta backpack – February 18, 2011

March 5, 2011

Staying hydrated on the slopes is critical and having a place to stash a snack, tools and extra layers doesn’t hurt either. The Osprey Manta backpack ($140) comes with a custom-fitted Nalgene water holder. A mesh suspension back does its job to make you never feel like you’re carrying around a sack of water. Adding a magnet to the on-off pivoting bite valve lets it snap to the sternum strap, keeping the tube from flying around while you’re flying around.

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