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Vintage One – Featuring Raptor 10 and 18 – July 29, 2010

August 4, 2010

Osprey has a very impressive line of packs and they are very well made.  I love the nice touches like the zipper pulls that can easily be used with gloves, the killer Hydraform reservoir set-up, the Lid Lock helmet holder and the sleek overall feel to the pack when worn.  I think some of the organization of tools, etc, needs to be re-thought a bit along with the silly hip belt pouches that allow things to fall out too easily.  But, overall the line of Raptors from the Six (liter) to the Eighteen (liter) offer a wide choice of sizes and all of them are really good packs.




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SierraDescents.com – Featuring Osprey Exos 34 & 46 – July 2010

August 4, 2010

Osprey isn’t joking when it calls its Exos-series packs ‘superlight’—these overnight-capable packs come with a stiff and robust frame yet weigh about the same as most frameless daypacks.

The 46-liter Exos weighs a remarkable two pounds, five ounces. Does that sound too heavy? My stripped-down Exos 34 weighs one pound fifteen point five ounces, lid and frame included. In either the 34 or 46 liter versions, the Exos feel supernaturally light. If you can lift one of these lightweight marvels in the store and not end up bringing it home, you’ve got more self control than I do.


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Outside Online – The Best Summer Hydration Packs – Featuring Raptor 6 – July 7, 2010

July 27, 2010

Osprey Raptor 6: The Osprey Raptor 6 just looks badass, and let’s admit it, that’s half the fun. Streamlined, and more durable than the rest of the systems I tested, the Raptor 6 boasts a clever magnetic clip to keep the 180-degree bite valve in place, as well as sleeves for bike tools and room for a shell. While I found the Raptor 6 a bit sturdy for trail running, it was perfect for hiking and tearing up the singletrack on a mountain bike. Brownie Points: I left the Raptor 6 in a hot car for 24 hours and was surprised to find the two-liter reservoir had kept my water as ice cold as when I had filled it.


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Gear.com – Osprey Kode 22 Pack Review – July 13, 2010

July 23, 2010

know the summer heat is upon us and backcountry skiing is probably only on Crystal Wrights’ agenda, but the Osprey Kode 22 pack is a stout hybrid that should be on your gear-dar (gear radar). I’ve been switching back and forth between the Manta 25 and the Kode 22 and have really enjoyed comparing the two packs these last 6 months.

The Osprey Kode 22 is a winter skiing domination pack. The Manta 25 is a bike/hike hydration pack. I’m matching these kids up in the same article because they are made by my favorite pack company and a lot more similar than you would think.

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SierraDescents.com – Featuring Osprey Exos 34 & 46

July 23, 2010

Osprey isn’t joking when it calls its Exos-series packs ‘superlight’—these overnight-capable packs come with a stiff and robust frame yet weigh about the same as most frameless daypacks.

The 46-liter Exos weighs a remarkable two pounds, five ounces. Does that sound too heavy? My stripped-down Exos 34 weighs one pound fifteen point five ounces, lid and frame included. In either the 34 or 46 liter versions, the Exos feel supernaturally light. If you can lift one of these lightweight marvels in the store and not end up bringing it home, you’ve got more self control than I do.


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Outsideonline.com – The Gear Guy – Featuring The Osprey Stratos 24 – June 16, 2010

July 8, 2010

Q: I’m searching for a great multi-purpose backpack for graduate school. I’d like to use it while biking to carry my laptop, books, and some dog accessories. In addition, I’d love to be able to throw a bladder in there along with some hiking gear. Any suggestions for me as to what route to go for a super sweet new pack?

A: … On the more backpack-y side of things, there is the Osprey Stratos 24 ($99). Same size as the REI pack, but a little less streamlined as it’s mean to be carried while walking. But you can use it on a bike. It’ll take a hydration bladder, it carries great, and its design gives you easy access to the stuff you need.

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