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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Variant 52 – May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016
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Whether your want to conquer summits or snowboard down from them, being prepared is key. This is especially true in the fringe season of spring. With temperatures rising, the snow caps are receding and what was once hard packed or white and fluffy becomes soft, wet and mushy. But these are the mountains, after all; weather patterns change quickly and the winds are fierce and relentless. That means layering up head to toe with versatile, breathable and water-resistant fabrics, and making sure you’ve got gadgets to gauge conditions and tools to weather any storm.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Variant 52 – May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016
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Whether your want to conquer summits or snowboard down from them, being prepared is key. This is especially true in the fringe season of spring. With temperatures rising, the snow caps are receding and what was once hard packed or white and fluffy becomes soft, wet and mushy. But these are the mountains, after all; weather patterns change quickly and the winds are fierce and relentless. That means layering up head to toe with versatile, breathable and water-resistant fabrics, and making sure you’ve got gadgets to gauge conditions and tools to weather any storm.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Rev 1.5 Hydration Pack – May 7, 2016

May 7, 2016
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You don’t have to be an Ironman triathlete to enjoy getting outside to swim, bike and run. Take each discipline by itself — and take it to the far corners of the planet — and then you’ve got three amazing ways to explore dirt roads, mountain trails and coastlines. Still, we approached this kit like a triathlete — which is to say, intensely and with performance and endurance in mind. That means that we’ve focused on apparel that’s lightweight and breathable, safety gear that’s low profile and durable, footwear that can deal with gnarly terrain, hydration systems for the long haul, tech to track your data, a bike for all terrains and a wetsuit that will help you bridge the gap between human and sea creature. Some people call this an off- road triathlon — we just call it vacation.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Kamber Series – January 15, 2016

January 15, 2016
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Rather than just bring you the usual “best products of OR” story that we’ve done in the past, this year we decided to focus instead on the general trends in the industry and point to some important examples from our favorite brands. If you want the five-word overview of Winter Market 2016, it’s “ski touring and fabric innovation.” If you’re in the market for something deeper, read on…

Elsewhere in packs, Osprey renamed and revamped its Kode line of bags (now called the Kamber) with touches including airbag compatibility and red zipper pulls to help you find the necessary equipment in case of emergency…

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 – November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015
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Mile by mile, minor issues with pack fit can grow into a bent back, sore shoulder and chafed hips — not to mention a general feeling of misery. The best pack is the one that you don’t notice you’re wearing, and Osprey’s Atmos AG fits the bill.

The AG’s main draw is its innovative suspension system. The Anti-Gravity suspension system is a mesh panel that goes from the hip to the top of the back panel, a design that we found creates the feeling of someone hugging you rather than leaning on you. The panel contours to the shape of the wearer and helps reduce the tiny shifts in pack weight that destroy backs on long hikes. The better fit also increases hikers’ mobility and reduces perspiration. When we tested it on a loop around Mitten Ridge in Sedona, we found that the AG 65’s suspension made a big difference in performance and comfort.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Poco Plus – November 11, 2015

November 11, 2015
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Congratulations. Your first child was just born. Now, before you even finish that cigar, let’s get one thing straight: your whole life just changed, your routine is now scrapped, everything from when (if) you sleep to how to see the world to how you drive, has now just changed. Thankfully, there is gear to help ease this transition — from big to small, and everything in-between, including the child-carrying, non-bjorning, Osprey Poco.

The Poco comes in three trims, base, plus and premium. I chose the plus because it had all the things I needed and nothing more. The base doesn’t have a sunshade, side mesh pockets or the on-the-fly adjustable waist straps, and the premium was a little too much, offering a zip-on/zip-off daypack and changing pad (I’m not an extreme enough hiker to need either of those).

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 – September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015
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Elbert Hubbard, an early-1900s writer, philosopher, anarchist, socialist, wrote, in 1914, “From the tip top of Mount Washburn you can see the world in much of its glory. It is an entrancing view. You are in love with living. You want to do more of if. You plan to do big things when you get down into the work again.” Bold words…

When we took it on with Traci Weaver, from the park’s Public Affairs team, I felt generous and told everyone I’d carry water, snacks, spare jackets, cameras, knives, shackets, whatever, in the Osprey Atmos AG 65, for the short 2.25-mile hike (which ascends 1,491 feet). The Atmos AG dropped earlier this year and has been reviewed as a five-star-ranked Editors’ Choice by OutdoorGearLab, an Editors’ Choice from Backpacker, and something we called “groundbreaking” on early tests.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Poco Premium – June 18, 2015

June 18, 2015
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Luckily, you don’t have to invest in full-suspension bikes and carbon fiber stand-up paddleboards for your little tykes just yet. (You may consider creating a gear stash fund on par with that of college tuition, however.) But you do need a few key items to make getting outside with your baby safe and enjoyable… Here are some essential products that will keep you and your baby or toddler outdoors until the sun goes down.

Osprey Poco Premium Backpack: Think of this as the Land Rover of kid carriers. The Poco Premium comes decked out with bells and whistles like a sunshade, integrated changing pad, detachable daypack, rain cover and more. On a six-mile day hike in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, our 10-month-old happily took in the view on the way up and then took a nap on the drool pad when she got sleepy. The best part? The pack harness is adjustable within an expansive six-inch range, which means mom and dad (no matter how far apart in height) can use the same pack. And, it’s incredibly easy to adjust on the fly.

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