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GreenWala.com – Featuring Ariel Series – July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012

Need a super comfortable, super light, women specific backpack? You have to check out Osprey’s Ariel series. They come in three different sizes, a 55, 65, and 75 Liter. I think the 65 liter is just the right size–not too big, not too small. This pack is highly customizable, coming in several sizes and with a moldable hip belt that you can have heat molded to fit your body. The pack compresses nicely, so if you need it for a smaller load, you can just cinch it down and still keep a good balance.

There is a good bit of ventilation on this pack, really great for keeping cool on hot days. The integrated hydration system works great and I love how Osprey’s water bladders have a handle which makes it easier to fill. The side pockets fit Nalgene bottles for that extra water supply, or other gear you want to have handy.

The lid comes off and turns into a lumbar pack for day trips. I personally am not a fan of lumbar (fanny) packs, but you don’t have to carry it that way, you can sling it as a cross body and wear it in the back. It’s nice to have this option if you are backpacking and want to stay put for a couple of days but still enjoy some hiking or exploring the area. Trekking poles stow right on the outside of the pack as well as lots of loops and straps for extra gear.

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GreenWala.com – Featuring Slipstream – March 14, 2011

March 17, 2011

With Spring Break coming up and Summer just over the horizon, I’ve been feeling the effects of wanderlust. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled and I’m so excited about all the cool new travel gear that’s emerged. Things that organize and make it easier to travel, things to make the journey more comfortable, and many eco friendly options. Stay tuned for the next few posts highlighting my exciting finds that will help make your travels more convenient and planet friendly. Let’s start with an essential–luggage.

Never have I experienced a suitcase that glides like this OSPREY SLIPSTREAM wheelie bag. I’ve done some serious traveling in my life and I can’t believe I’m only now discovering Osprey. This is nothing like all the schlepping of awkward gear I’ve done in the past (in fact I didn’t even realize how awkward it was until trying this). I love the comfortable ergonomic handle and the big wheels that glide like they’re on ice. It’s effortless.

I also appreciate the well planned organization capacity. The 18″ size is perfect for a long weekend or week of travel, longer depending on how light you pack. For me, it’s perfect to take on the train for weekends in a different city. Because of the built in laptop compartment, it would be wonderful for the business traveler. Since it’s small and extremely maneuverable, I think it would also work great for kids.

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