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Examiner.com – Featuring Momentum, Metron, Sirrus, Hornet, Viper, and Verve – August 7th, 2010

September 4, 2010


Osprey is debuting some amazing new packs to hit the stores Spring 2011. If you’re a bike commuter, keep your eyes out for two great new packs designed with you in mind: the Momentum and the Metron.

The Momentum is weather resistant, hydration compatible and laptop friendly. It has a high-visibility reflective graphic to ensure cars see you, an integrated rain cover and a LidLock™ helmet attachment. A few other features include a blinky patch and a U-lock pocket. Side “briefcase” handles easily transition the pack from the bike rack to the office.

Deliverying a more streetwise look to bike commuting, the Metron has a high-visibility raincover that deploys on the fly to keep your gear dry, padded laptop sleeve, smartphone pocket on the shoulder strap, internal organization for mp3 players, pens, and a LidLock™ helmet attachment.

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Singletracks.com – Featuring Osprey Momentum Hydration Packs – August 18, 2010

September 4, 2010

We’ve been singing the praises of the Osprey hydration packs that were introduced this year and for 2011 the company is diving even deeper into the bike scene. The Momentum (yellow pack in photo below) is geared toward commuters, though urban mountain bikers will love the hydration compatibility, LidLock helmet attachment, and U-lock pocket. This pack is so new there isn’t any info on Osprey’s website or in the pamphlets they were handing out.

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EasternSlopes.com – Featuring Raptor 14 Hydration Pack – August 19, 2010

August 26, 2010

A quick switch of clothing and equipment, and the day turned from mountain biking to mountain hiking, with the bonus of a picnic at the summit becoming part of the new plan. We’d picked up some local cheese and paté and put them in our cooler for an evening appetizer; instead, they were pressed into service as a decadent lunch, along with some of our usual traveling bag of food. The Osprey Raptor 14 hydration pack that I’d been trying out is larger than the typical MTB pack, and was able to handle our lunch easily. That’s actually pretty impressive for an MTB pack; our lunches aren’t exactly starvation rations! So, in short order we were headed up the trail. And, I do mean up.

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OutsideOnline.com Gear Girl – Featuring Osprey Shuttle 32 – Jul 28, 2010

August 18, 2010

I hold the bar high for luggage. There’s nothing that peeves me more than retrieving my roller duffle at the baggage claim only to find that it’s been through the ninth circle of hell, with abrasions, broken zippers, missing snaps, and ugly black scrapes to prove it.

But there’s hope in the form of Osprey’s new Shuttle 32 ($279; ospreypacks.com). Built around Osprey’s “High Road” Chassis, which is made from an aluminum frame with molded high-impact plastic, the 110-liter, 1,600 cubic-inch ballistic polyester bag is designed for hard-core wear and tear, like a sand-infused island vacation. If you carry a lot of baggage like me (yes, I’ve been known to haul around ten-pound hardcover reference books), you’ll appreciate the bag’s straightjacket-like compression straps and top zippered pocket for those last-minute items, like underwear, you forgot to pack. The two large compartments separated by a bellows divider will keep your wet suits and sandy flip-flops separate from your clean clothes. The main compartment has a lockable zipper and there are four grab loops, plus XL wheels, which make hauling this haul bag a dream.

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OutdoorsMagic.com – Viper 4 hydration pack review – August 4, 2010

August 18, 2010

Our Viper 4, minus the reservoir which comes with it, weighs around 420 grammes and is a simple beast. The back system uses a flexible plate coupled with a thin layer of mesh-covered foam and the reservoir compartment is under pressure, but the tensioning arrangement is simpler with a press-stud closure rather than two snap-buckles.

There’s a small zipped pocket for valuables but everything else has to share space with the reservoir. You can use a 3-litre one, we do, but that reduces storage for other items. There’s extra storage from a shock-corded accessory patch on the back of the pack though and the series all come with Osprey’s Lid Lock, a neat plate that goes through a helmet vent and holds it in place. There’s a little gel pocket on the shoulder strap too.

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TravelGearBlog.com – Featuring Talon 22 and Atmos 35 – August 2nd, 2010

August 18, 2010

When choosing a daypack for hiking you are going to want to find a pack that has enough room for all your gear and has ample side pockets and compartments to keep you organized.  If you plan on doing a lot of bushwalking or occasional scrambling you will want a pack that is narrower so you don’t get hung up by a bulky pack.

Recommended Hiking Daypacks:
Osprey Talon 22

If you need a pack for high alpine day hiking or need a pack to haul up the climbing route with you, you are going to want to find a durable, narrow profile pack.  Avoid packs with side pockets since you need the pack to be sleek so it won’t get in the way of your arms and legs when scrambling.

If you need to haul a rope and other specialized equipment you are probably going to need a pack larger than 35 liters and an internal frame pack for more support.

Recommended Climbing Daypacks:
Osprey Atmos 35
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