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Fitbie.msn.com – Featuring Verve 4 and Viper 4 – April 2012

April 11, 2012

8 Water Bottles That Make a Splash

These innovative beverage holders help keep you hydrated on the trail, on the road, at home or on the job

Osprey Verve/Viper 4 ($69)

The Verve (for her) and Viper (for him) are both great lightweight and low-profile hydration options for cycling, hiking, walking, and running. Both models feature a bungee lacing system to store loose ends, a helmet or hat clip right on the pack, capacity for a 2-liter hydration reservoir, and a decent array of pockets for stowables.

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Fitbie.msn.com – Featuring Meridian 22” – March 2012

April 6, 2012

For runners tackling a life-list race like, say, the Great Wall Marathon, the versatile OSPREY MERIDIAN 22″ ($299) helps you (or at least your gear) arrive intact. The bag wheels along via a retractable handle, or it can strap to your shoulders as a backpack with a supercomfy hipbelt. Once you’re checked into the hotel, you can zip off the daypack, which is roomy enough for a few changes of clothes (with a mesh pocket to stash wet, stinky items). This clever trick also lets the Meridian meet strict airplane carry-on requirements.

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Fitbie.Msn.com – Featuring Karve 16 – March 2012

March 13, 2012

The pack wizards at Osprey developed the Karve series for lift-served and sidecountry riding in response to the growing popularity of using ski resort lifts to access out of bounds territory adjacent to the slopes. (Search: What is sidecountry skiing?) The Karve 16 has a wealth of smart pockets to stash everything from avalanche beacons, to snacks, to spare goggles and straps designed to hold a snowboard or skis on your back while hiking. A 64-ounce water reservoir sits between the pack’s main compartment and your back, and an insulated hydration sleeve ensures your water doesn’t freeze while you’re on the slopes (or off).

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