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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Exos 58 – July 2015

July 1, 2015
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The redesigned (2014) Osprey Exos backpack is an ultra-light backpack that provides good comfort and has numerous features for traveling light and fast on the trail.

Comfort/Fit
The Exos 58 provides good overall comfort for an ultra-light pack and performs well when carrying loads under 30 pounds. The padding on the Exos 58 is much better than the previous model and the pack still has the easy adjustment options and suspension system of previous models.

The Exos 58 hip belt has a wrap around fit and provides good padding. The Exoform hip belt is comfortable and very breathable. Two large zippered pockets on the hip belt provide good storage options.  

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 – June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015
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With Father’s Day fast approaching many of you are no doubt still searching for the perfect gift to get dad this year… Here are some suggestions for gifts that any outdoorsy dad is sure to love.

Osprey Atmos AG 65 Backpack
If your dad is long overdue for an upgrade to his backpack, than the new Osprey Atmos AG 65 will make the perfect gift. Whether he’s heading on a backpacking trip along his favorite trail, or traveling to the far side of the planet, the Atmos 65 is sure to come in handy. This pack can carry a large load with ease, distributing the weight evenly to help keep the wearer as comfortable as possible. This hydration-ready Atmos also includes an adjustable suspension system, a variety of compression straps, and ample internal storage for all the gear dad could possibly need. It also comes with Osprey’s legendary lifetime guarantee, which means if anything ever happens to the bag, they’ll fix or replace it no questions asked.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Osprey Packs – May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015
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Kim Havell says she started her ski career as an alpine ski coach in the Telluride valley. From there, she gradually made the transition into freeskiing, climbing and ski mountaineering. Today, Kim says she has skied on all 7 continents – with first descents on 4 – and explored over 50 countries…Gear Institute caught up with her to find out a little more about her gear needs when out adventuring.

Gear Institute: Sounds like safety is job one for much of your gear—that’s something we like to see. Beyond those items, what do you carry? And more specifically, you get exposed to a ton of gear from sponsors—what items from those supporters do you really love?

Havell: I love my Adventure Medical Kit first aid kits. They are light, well-thought-out kits designed specifically for outdoor needs. I load everything into one of my Osprey Packs—the size and model depends on my specific plans, but they have a pack ideal for nearly every adventure.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Shuttle Series – January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015
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If you want a burley, durable suitcase built for hauling your outdoor gear along with your everyday wear while on an adventure, the Osprey Shuttle Series is for you. The Shuttle Series has foam padded sidewalls, a large opening, Osprey’s Straightjacket to provide security and protection for gear transit, a back pocket for extra organization and grab handles both on the top and the sides. The StraightJacket system uses a front panel compression strap to produce varying levels of compression to secure the load and add stability even when the pack isn’t full. Whether you’re in the airport or on gravel roads, the all-terrain wheels make for great maneuverability. The Shuttle Series is versatile, light and stable and will adapt to the adventure and gear it carries.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Variant 37 – October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014

Montana-based David Steele spends winter days (and spring, late-summer and even some autumn days) skinning up and skiing down some of the more remote terrain in the west. A Montana native who attended college in Washington, he has carved the glaciers of the North Cascades and the snowfields of Glacier National Park. He skis where few others tread, other than the occasional grizzly bear, hence the name of his personal adventure blog, SkinningWithBearSpray.com

We recently asked this athlete—sponsored by Mountain Equipment, ON3P skis, Klymit, and Osprey among others—what else lives in his pack…

When it comes to my pack, I’ve found the Osprey Variant 37 is the ideal fit for ski touring. Whether out on a day of cragging, ski touring overnight, or heading up a big alpine day hike, the Variant comfortably carries everything I need or want with me. I want one pack for all my day trips, and the Variant is totally there.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Exos 58 – September 2014

September 1, 2014

The beauty of hiking is being able to reduce your world to what you can carry on your back. Osprey’s totally redesigned Exos—featuring state-of-the-art suspension, sewn-in seamless hip belts for superior comfort, and trick upgrades like a trekking pole attachment and sleeping pad straps—lets you overstuff for your adventure without overtaxing your shoulders and hips. The original was a masterpiece of ultralight pack design, and the update is even better. Ultra light and super supportive, this is the new cornerstone of all your fast and light missions.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Escapist 30 – August 12, 2014

August 12, 2014

For the Trail: Osprey Escapist 30 Backpack
If you’re the kind of cyclist who loves conquering long stretches of singletrack and carrying a hearty load of gear, the Escapist 30 hits the sweet spot. As our tester noted, it’s not the lightest daypack on the market, but a variety of bike tool-specific pockets, a rain fly, a helmet attach system, and an overall durable construction work well, especially for long-haul city-to-trail riding and hut-to-hut trips.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Atmos AG and Aura AG – August 6, 2014

August 6, 2014

The Best New Gear Awards are Gear Institute’s way of honoring the most legitimately innovative new gear in the outdoor industry—products that represent a true step forward in design, aesthetics, or performance, and which debuted at the Summer 2014 Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah. (…)

This is the most inspired design in backpack design we’ve seen in years. The entire back panel of Osprey Atmos AG is a single piece of suspending webbing that floats away from the pack itself—even in the waist belt—which distributes weight over every contour of your body. That not only cushions bony places and absorbs the vibrations of trail bouncing like a trampoline, it also easily allows air to flow around your waist and back better than any system we’ve every seen. Designed for weekend loads up to about 45-pounds, the Atmos AG (or Aura AG for women) will come in 50 and 60-liter versions for $230-$260.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Exos 58 – April 2014

April 9, 2014

GEAR INSTITUTE EDITORS PICK THE top hiking GEAR for spring and summer 2014

Osprey Exos 58 L Backpack

The beauty of hiking is being able to reduce your world to what you can carry on your back. Osprey’s totally redesigned Exos—featuring state-of-the-art suspension, sewn-in seamless hip belts for superior comfort, and trick upgrades like a trekking pole attachment and sleeping pad straps—lets you overstuff for your adventure without overtaxing your shoulders and hips. The original was a masterpiece of ultralight pack design, and the update is even better. Ultra light and super supportive, this is the new cornerstone of all your fast and light missions. 2 lbs., 6 oz.

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