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GoGreenTravelGreen.com – Featuring Verve 5 – May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

The true test of a great backpack is not in its performance upon first use, but in how often you reach for it afterward. As a travel gear reviewer who specializes in outdoor gear, I have a lot of backpacks sitting in wait of the next day hike or bike ride. The folks at Osprey were kind enough to send me a Verve 5 to try out. Ever since I reviewed the Osprey Verve women’s hydration pack, this is the backpack I reach for.

The Osprey Verve for Women Review

The Osprey Verve hydration pack for women comes in 5L, 9L, and 13L. With a full-sized hydration bladder, hose, and mouth valve included, this pack is meant to be an all-in-one hydration solution and storage pack for both warm-weather day hikes and bike rides as well as winter sport excursions including skiing, snowshoeing, or cross-country trekking. It also makes a great companion on travel days with plenty of walking or city touring involved. Depending on the size chosen, the Verve can comfortably fit your day’s essentials on top of your water needs.

Verve Hydration Pack Design

I tested the Verve 5L, which I assumed would be very small, but was in fact much roomier than I’d anticipated. (I always recommend trying out packs in a brick-and-mortar store before buying online for this very reason.) While the 5L holds less storage room than some hydration packs, and has a sleek, flatter shape, it more than makes up for its smaller volume with numerous compartments to separate your stuff. In addition to the reservoir pocket, there’s a roomy outer zip pocket with two interior compartments for a cell phone, snack, or gloves. I’ve fit snacks for my family in this pocket, along with a hat and camera. Secondly, there’s a stash pocket to stuff a light jacket, base layer, or thick pair of winter gloves. Lastly, you get a small zip pocket at the top for storing keys, a cell phone, or other small essentials (perhaps sunscreen or chapstick). On the outside are two side mesh water bottle pockets plus a helmet clip to secure a bike helmet.

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GoGreenTravelGreen.com – Featuring Farpoint 40 – October 24, 2012

October 24, 2012

This summer, Osprey introduced the Osprey Farpoint 40, an excellent small travel backpack. They were kind enough to send me one to try out and I wish we’d had this backpack on for the long-term travel we did around Argentina a few years ago. It’s comfortable, compact, attractive, and has lots of pockets. Plus, the Farpoint 40 is the ideal backpack for packing light. Here’s why I love it.

1. It’s Compact & Lightweight

The recommended load weight is 30-40 lbs and it measures 21 x 13 x 9″. Plus, it’s lightweight, weighing in at just 2 lb 14 oz. If you’re a regular reader of Go Green Travel Green, you know we’re all about packing light. It saves money (no checked baggage fees) and it’s better for the environment (lighter weight luggage means less it takes less fuel to carry it). The Osprey Farpoint 40 is the perfect small travel backpack for packing light. In fact, it would be great for packing for a round-the-world trip.

2. It Has Great Pockets

An essential quality of a good backpack is pockets, and lots of them. Staying organized is essential for stress-free travel, and having designated pockets for your gear makes it easy to be organized. The Osprey Farpoint 40 has eight strategically placed pockets (nine if you count the shoulder/hip strap storage pockets), including two external water bottle pockets. My favorite pocket is the padded laptop pocket, which will be very convenient on longer-term trips.

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