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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Syncro 10 – May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015
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While carrying a pack is standard operating procedure for trail runners and ultrarunners, who need to stow water, nutrition, a lightweight jacket and first aid, most casual runners find the practice cumbersome… But the options for hydration packs have become so good and so diverse in the last decade that we find ourselves wearing them for even a quick five-miler when all we need to stash are keys and a phone. These six are among the best on the market, each with unique features that set them apart from the field.

Best Pack for Day Hikes: As avid fans of day hikes, we are firm believers in bringing along exactly what you need and nothing you don’t. The Osprey Syncro 10 isn’t the largest of the line, but it’s not the smallest either. The Syncro 10 is the middle-of-the-road option, which makes it perfect for hauling just the right amount of gear, food and water for a day hike…

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Ozone 22” – April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015
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Whether it’s wrongly taken off the baggage claim or loaded on an incorrect flight, losing a checked bag is an occupational hazard for frequent fliers, which is why most carry their personal affects on instead. For the seasoned traveler, a carry-on bag needs to hold a few changes of clothes, maybe an extra pair of shoes, have pockets for mid-journey access, and meet the requirements for fitting in an overhead compartment (typically 22 x 14 x 9 inches). Every one of these soft-sided carry-ons meets these criteria…

Osprey Packs Ozone 22 Carry-On Bag:
Osprey is no stranger to making packs and bags for seasoned travelers. Their Ozone 22 weights 6 pounds, is available in two colors (light green, light blue) and comes with an adjustable harness.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Kode Series – March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015
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With winter in the rearview mirror, groomers are getting tracked out and turning to slush, and many ski resorts in the west are even calling it a season. But this is when the backcountry comes alive. Touring — making self-powered ski ascents to the top of virgin powder runs — was once a niche corner of snowboarding. Now, as splitboards finally come into their own, more and more riders are venturing out of bounds…

Splitboarding is a highly nuanced way to move around the mountains and it could take an entire season to dial in your system. But with right equipment — and a PHD in avalanche awareness — you’re ready to start the journey…

A splitboard touring pack needs to be able to carry five things, at a minimum: your board (either as one piece or as skis) in case you find yourself on terrain that requires you to walk, avalanche safety gear (probe and shovel), poles, skins and lunch. Osprey’s Kode models are smartly designed to hit three sweet spots: a 22 liter for the bare essentials, a 32 liter, and a 42 liter for long days or hut-to-hut tours…

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 – March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015
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Five miles into my hike around the iconic Mitten Ridge in Sedona, I stopped on the side of the trail for some water and to survey the damage. Looking down, I saw that the soft, brittle, slippery sandstone terrain had taken a toll on my shoes: the tops were completely covered in red dirt and small stones gritted between my toes..But that’s when I realized something was missing. Despite a full pack of over 40 pounds, my shoulders and lower back were in pretty good shape.

Resting on them was one of the industry’s hottest new backpacks, the Osprey Atmos AG 65. The purpose of my hike was to test out its highly touted new “Anti-Gravity Suspension” system, a technology meant to ensure the pack hugs the contours of a hiker’s body, distributes weight, reduces movement, and increases comfort (i.e. eliminates back sweat and shoulder/hip pressure).

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Syncro 10 – August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014

Take 104 miles of dirt road, pavement and single track; mix in over 12,000 feet of elevation gain; sprinkle in oxygen-deprived mountain air and — voila! You’ve got the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. Say what you want about this race and its shortage of technical challenge. It’s still one tough, long mother. And that means you need enough good, lightweight gear to be self-sufficient for long stretches. Here’s the gear that got me through my first crack at Leadville, with all limbs intact and under the maximum allotted time.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring: Rev 24 – May 24, 2014

May 24, 2014

Best Pack for Long Hauls: As advocates of the run-commute, we’ve jogged between A and B with a day’s worth of gear in everything from a Goruck GR2 to a Rapha cycling backpack — anything in a pinch. The Osprey Rev series is geared toward runners with one of the most comfortable harness and belt systems (called “Biostretch”) and lots of convenient features like an easily accessible media pocket on the chest harness and a reservoir with baffles (like a sleeping bag) to help minimize water sloshing. The 24 is the biggest version, carrying 2.5 liters of water with enough extra room for a change of clothes or miscellaneous gear for a day of trail running or hiking.

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Gearpatrol.com – Featuring Ben Clark & Rev – May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

Deep in the American West is a chasm so great, crossing it seems out of question to the average tourist peering into its maw. But there’s soul in the Grand Canyon, and those willing to take the plunge will find the beating heart of a beast, not to mention two billion years of geological history. Going “Rim to Rim to Rim” is a double-crossing of the Grand Canyon, covering 42.4 miles and 22,000 feet of vertical, and it’s a rite of passage for ultra runners. In late April I laced up with my friend Erich Owen and ran the trail from mid-morning to dusk…

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