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Health.com – Featuring Escapist 20 – April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

A new local park with miles of excellent hiking trails opened last month; it’s only 10 minutes from my house, so I plan to spend a lot of time there this spring. Here’s what I’ll have with me:

Osprey Escapist 20 ($99; OspreyPacks.com) Full disclosure: This pack was designed for mountain bikers, and there’s even a helmet attachment (called a “LidLock”) to prove it. But I love it for day hikes, too. It keeps sweat at bay better than any other pack I’ve tried, thanks to the ingenious mix of strategically-placed foam and mesh on the back panels and straps, and that’s a huge thing if you live in an often-steamy climate. In addition, there are lots of little extras that show that great care went into the design: a secret rain cover hidden in the bottom, a small top “slash” pocket so small items (wallet, sunglasses, camera) are easy to access, a pocket on the shoulder strap for your ID and some cash, and two water bottle pockets.

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Health.com – Featuring Osprey Sirrus 24 – June 2011

July 1, 2011

Health Gear Awards 2011: The Best Fitness Products of the Year

Best daypack

Bye-bye, mid-hike backache! This pack’s mesh panel conforms to your back (so comfy) without causing you to overheat. What’s more, it has pockets for everything from iPod to waterbottle, plus a built-in rain cover. “It’s a really well thought-out design,” Matthews notes.

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