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Examiner.com – Featuring Momentum Series and Spin 32 – May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015
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May 11th through May 15th is National Bike to Work Week 2015. It is an opportunity to celebrate the power of the bicycle, the many benefits it provides, the packs that make bike commuting fun and, best of all, a chance to win a CLIF Bar prize pack!

For packs, I love the Osprey Momentum . This is an Osprey product so there’s no question on its comfort or functionality.

Another great pack from Osprey making the lineup is the Spin 32 . It comes in two sizes and the reason I like this pack is because it has zippered side pockets that you can actually access without completely taking the pack off.

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Examiner.com – Featuring Viva 50 – June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014

The founding of Osprey could be considered the outdoor industry’s version of tech giants rising from humble beginnings in household garages. Osprey founder Mike Pfotenhauer grew up active in the outdoors but became fed up with ill-fitting packs. So at the age of 16, he began sewing his own custom packs, which over the years blossomed into a small retail shop in the front of his Santa Cruz home that crafted custom packs for travelers…

Osprey has recently launched the new Viva line of women’s packs. The goal of this line is to provide adventurous ladies with a lightweight, affordable fitted pack. Although the line doesn’t contain all of the bells and whistles of, say, a $400 pack, the Viva products haven’t shaved off what counts—comfort, durability and plenty of room to stash all of the necessary food and gear to hit the backcountry, in style and comfort…

…The 50-liter pack (3,051 cubic inches) weighs in at 3 lbs., 9 oz.—may not be the lightest pack on the market but it’s still lightweight enough to help prevent your back from seizing up in pain during a trek into the backcountry…

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Examiner.com – Featuring Radial 26 – October 2, 2013

October 2, 2013

Us bike commuters are a passionate breed, especially here in Minneapolis. We have 92 miles (and counting) of on-street bikeways, 85 miles (and counting) of off-street bikeways and in the winter, most bike paths get plowed before the streets.

Osprey gets this passion loud and clear and consistently dedicate a great deal of energy and effort to ensure us bike commuters have the most comfortable and functional medium in which to carry our change of clothes, grooming essentials, MP3 player, phone, laptop (sometimes), keys, lunch and bike lock.

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Examiner.com – Featuring Ozone 22 – September 15, 2013

September 15, 2013

At only 6 pounds 2 ounces, the Ozone convertible 22″ represents the latest offering from Osprey Packs, Inc. This extremely lightweight piece of luggage is the maximum carry-on size and can easily be hoisted into overhead racks on board trains and planes. The nylon fabric may look lightweight but it’s quite sturdy and can sustain the rigors of travel without ripping.

The Ozone convertible’s high road LT™ chassis and ergonomically-designed extendable handle enable one to wheel it around airline terminals and urban pavements with ease. Also, padded handles allow one to carry this piece of luggage should one chose to do so. For those instances when using wheels or carrying one’s luggage is not optimal, an adjustable/removable harness and a modified/removable straight ErgoPull™ hipbelt allows travelers to carry the convertible as a large backpack. An optional zip-off daypack that includes a padded laptop/tablet sleeve and internal organization can be attached to the convertible and then removed for use as a daypack.

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Examiner.com – Featuring Momentum Series – May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Kick off National Bike to Work Week 2013 with the best loot for your commute

May 13th through May 17th is National Bike to Work Week, an opportunity to celebrate the power of the bicycle and the many benefits it provides. Bike commuting saves money, preserves our health and the health of the environment. Best of all, it allows me to fund my passion: shoes*

Bicycling Magazine ranked Minneapolis as the #2 bike city in the country. The US Census Bureau ranked us as the #4 bicycling city in the nation. Minneapolis has 92 miles (and counting) of on-street bikeways and 85 miles (and counting) of off-street bikeways. The city has also been awarded with the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community Award. We’re home to Nice Ride Minnesota, the Bike Walk Ambassadors, and the Midtown Bike Center.

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The pack

You have to carry your clothes and grooming essentials so the pack you choose has to be comfortable, it has to be functional and it has to be big enough to hold your clothes and grooming essentials without bogging you down.

For packs, I love and recommend the Osprey Momentum (MSRP $129 – $149). This is an Osprey product so there’s no question on its comfort or functionality. It has an integrated rain jacket (for the pack, not you), a helmet clip and soft zippered pocket on the shoulder strap to make reaching for your Smartphone while riding super easy.

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Examiner.com – Featuring Xenith and Xena – August 7, 2012

August 7, 2012


After nearly forty years in the business, Osprey has built an impressive resume of gear to carry your stuff. But it all started with the pack and a handful of innovative ideas. Debuting at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ʼ13 last week, Osprey goes back to the pack with the Xenith (menʼs) and Xena (womenʼs).

Both the Xenith and Xena have the custom-molded BioForm4 CMTM hipbelt to give you a customized fit to balance your load and make carrying a heavy pack on a multi-day trek less of a sufferfest. Specially-trained staff at CMTM-certified dealers bake the hipbelt in an Osprey oven and then mold it to your body for a precise, personalized fit. The new hipbelt is also equipped with pockets to carry your camera, GPS, snacks, bear spray—things you typically want fast and easy access to on the trail. A couple of cool features to look for are a dual compartment top pocket that converts to a handy lumbar pack (with built-in belt) for day hikes or peak bagging, and a reservoir that is contained in its own external hydration sleeve in the backpanel. Remember the packs of yore when you had to dig deep into the abyss of your pack and wrestle against the gravity force of your clothes, food, stove, etc. just to fill it at a stream crossing? You wonʼt have to do that with the Xenith and Xena.

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Examiner.com – Osprey Sponsors Breast Cancer Fund’s 13th Annual Climb Against the Odds – June 13, 2012

June 13, 2012

Osprey Packs recently announced their sponsorship of the 2012 Climb Against the Odds, the Breast Cancer Fund’s annual mountaineering expedition for breast cancer prevention.

From June 17 to 23, 2012, a team of up to 27 women who have been touched by cancer will attempt to summit the 14,179-foot Mount Shasta, located in Northern California. As a corporate sponsor, Osprey will be outfitting each team member with an Ariel 65 backpack.

The Breast Cancer Fund – now celebrating its twentieth year – has led 12 successful Climb Against the Odds mountaineering expeditions around the world, and through them has raised millions of dollars to support the organization’s groundbreaking work to eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. Monies raised through climber sponsorship directly support the organization’s work to translate the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns that protect health and reduce breast cancer risk.

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Examiner.com – Featuring Aura 50 – March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

Osprey has come out with the Aura, a new women’s series in their backpack line that offers their great comfort in backpacking. This is an extremely functional pack with key features that make things easily accessible and adjustable to best fit your body. The Aura 50 is the perfect size for a day hike up to a few days of hiking. It is also a great pack for a day of ice or rock climbing.

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