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OutdoorIndustry.com – Featuring Talon, Tempest, Stratos and Sirrus – July 24, 2013

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OutdoorIndustry.com – Featuring Talon, Tempest, Stratos and Sirrus – July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc.a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear is establishing the new norm for fast and light in outdoor pursuits for Spring 2014. This season, Osprey introduces the new women’s specific multisport pack series, Tempest to join the popular Talon Series, which also gets an update. The full-featured ventilated men’s Stratos and women’s Sirrus daypacks are also refined and simplified, making them more versatile and comfortable than ever.

“This season is all about going fast and light,” said Erik Hamerschlag, product line manager, Osprey Packs. “Lightweight and long distance hiking works best with comfortable, thoughtfully featured packs. With Stratos/Sirrus and Talon/Tempest we deliver stylish, yet technical gender-specific daypacks — either with all the bells and whistles or with a more streamlined feature set. Your choice, your adventure.”

TALON & TEMPEST

The ever-popular Talon Series has truly become Osprey’s legacy pack and has defined the market category of lightweight, high-performance, multi-sport packs.

For Spring 2014, Osprey is raising the bar even higher by refining the series while taking care to maintain all the features, fit and style that have contributed to Talon’s success. Updates include lighter weight as well as design adjustments to enhance comfort in each volume. Most significantly, and adding to the brand’s wide range of packs built for women, the Talon is now complemented by the Tempest Series.

The innovative mesh-covered, die-cut foam Biostretch™ harness and hipbelt on the Talon/Tempest ensure a comfortable fit while the lightweight and supportive Airscape™ Backpanel features ridge-molded foam with an air chimney for maximum ventilation.

STRATOS & SIRRUS

The third-generation of the Stratos and Sirrus series continue to offer unparalleled design and robust features in a ventilated daypack. For Spring 2014, Osprey has simplified the fit with two torso sizes that match the fit range of Osprey’s gender-specific styles. The packs’ styling and materials have been upgraded as well.

As always, comfort is also at the forefront. The Air Speed™ Suspension system includes the LightWire™ alloy frame, which creates low profile air space, optimizing pack balance and ventilation, and a 3-D tensioned, breathable mesh backpanel that ensures supportive fit. The Stratos/Sirrus harness features mesh-covered ventilated die-cut foam and sewn-in spacer mesh.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Featuring Exos Series – July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc. set the standard for ultra-lightweight packs in 2008 with the introduction of the Exos Series, which instantly became a standard on the Appalachian Trail and with ultralight enthusiasts not willing to sacrifice comfort.

For Spring 2014, Osprey has refined the series, maximizing its comfort and support with the latest technology. The redesigned Exos combines Osprey’s innovative Superlight AirSpeed™ suspension paired with the new Exoform™ harness and hipbelt which work together to dramatically improve the pack’s comfort and support. Torso-specific sizing and sleek, ergonomic design create a pack that is as comfortable as it is fast and light.

Trimmed down to its essentials, the new Exos Series is lighter than ever, thanks to the use of updated materials and hardware. As a result, even the largest pack in series tops out at a mere 2.5 pounds. For those who want to lighten the load even further, the lid, key straps and attachment points are all removable.

“The Exos demonstrates beautifully that ’ultra-light’ and ‘suspension’ need not be mutually exclusive,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “For 2014, we’ve applied our latest technologies, particularly around the harness and hipbelt, to create the ultimate ultra-light, ultra-comfortable pack. Its state-of-the-art suspension prevents sore shoulders and hips and helps hikers conserve energy, allowing them to go farther in more comfort.”

Exos Series key features:

•Super-light YKK® buckles

•Removable superlight, 7mm side compression straps

•Mesh side pockets with InsideOut™ compression

•Zippered hipbelt pockets

•Cross functional and removable sleeping pad straps

•Integrated FlapJacket™ for weather protected lidless use

•Cord tie-off points

•Front stretch mesh pocket

•Ice tool attachment loop

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Expands Hydraulics™ Series with Lighter, Streamlined Reservoir – July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

Recognizing that less is often more, especially when on the move, Osprey Packs, Inc. is adding to its innovative Hydraulics series with the new Hydraulics LT Reservoir for Spring 2014.

The all-new reservoir features a lighter and simpler feature set compared to the current Hydraulics Reservoir, ideal for fast and light endeavors and pack styles with internal reservoir pockets. Building on the innovations of the Hydraulics Reservoir, the design of Hydraulics LT Reservoir combines excellent reservoir-to-pack integration, superior technical features and the best gender-specific pack-to-body fit and performance on the market.

“Carrying water should never compromise fit, comfort or stability in a pack,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey.  ‘We set that standard with the original Hydraulics Reservoir and now, with the introduction of the new Hydraulics LT, our hands-free hydration program takes yet another giant leap.”

The new Hydraulics LT features a QuickConnect™ detachable hose that allows for easy disconnect of the hose for faster refilling. Additionally, the built-in baffles on the reservoir prevent sloshing while maintaining the reservoir’s shape.

In addition to these unique features, the new reservoir incorporates the innovation that Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir is known for including:

  • Flexible ¼” hose for faster water flow
  • ¾ turn cap for quick and secure open/close
  • Liter markings printed on reservoir body
  • Metallocene PE high strength and taste-free film (BPA & PVC-free); anti-microbial formula to prevent bacteria and mold
  • Low-profile shape keeps water weight steady and close to the body
  • Magnetic bite valve with included sternum strap magnet
  • Built-in 180-degree pivot on/off bite valve

Hydraulics LT Reservoir is available in: 1.5 Liter – $28 and 2.5 Liter- $30

The Hydraulics LT Reservoir will be sold separately and will also be sold as part of the new Rev Series which debuts Spring 2014. The Rev Series meets the highly technical needs of trail running and endurance racing while also serving as the perfect companion to anyone who appreciates smaller volume, streamlined hydration packs.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Featuring Rev Series – July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013
Staying hydrated and fueled is key for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes who want to cover long distances quickly. For Spring 2014, Osprey’s new Rev Series, meets the highly technical needs of trail running and endurance racing while also serving as the perfect companion to anyone who appreciates smaller volume, streamlined hydration packs.Several new technologies come together in the Rev Series to create packs that are stable, comfortable and easily accessed without being removed. The new Biostretch™ body wrap harness and belt are designed to move with the wearer, providing a fit that is more like a shirt than a traditional backpack. The Rev Series also includes the brand’s new Hydraulics LT Reservoir, which has built in baffles to significantly reduce barreling and sloshing. Together, these features keep the load balanced without bouncing, rubbing or chafing.
Other thoughtful features include the weather protective DigiFlip™ media pocket, which drops down for quick access to your touch screen. The expandable bottle harness pocket accommodates a standard size squeeze bottle or additional food storage without limiting access to the external stretch mesh pockets.

“Endurance and trail fitness activities are continuing to grow in popularity – not just for the ultra-athlete, but also for people looking for the next outdoor challenge. Providing lightweight, hands-free hydration options that carry all the essentials for long distance movement is integral to our newest category of innovation,” said Cassie Tweed, product designer at Osprey.
Added Tweed, “Rev is perfect for the efficient traveler who doesn’t want to stop. And, thanks to the series’ intentional design that keeps gear and water easily accessible, they don’t have to.”

The Rev Series includes six sizes to meet the needs of every athlete, from the casual trail runner to the ultra-marathoner.

Rev Series Shared Features*
•    Reverse Spacer Mesh Backpanel: breathable mesh wrap to deliver soft, irritation-free contact surface
•    Hydration compartment with Hydraulics LT Reservoir
•    Reflective graphics
•    Stabilization wings
•    Stash pocket
•    Front panel bungee compression and storage
•    Drop down DigiFlip media pocket with mesh front pocket
*Excludes Rev Solo

Rev is available in Cirrus Grey, Flash Green and Bolt Blue in six styles: Rev 24 ($130), Rev 18 ($120), Rev 12 ($110), Rev 6 ($100), Rev 1.5 ($70), Rev Solo ($40).

OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Athletes Flock to Cortez for Team Summit – June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, held its first-ever Athlete Summit this May, bringing together Osprey sponsored, professional athletes from a variety of sports to inspire and build the brand.

Athletes attending the two-day meeting at Osprey headquarters in Cortez, CO included: climber Beth Rodden, mountain athlete Ben Clark, mountain biker Macky Franklin, skier Alison Gannett, climber Timmy O’Neill, adventure racer Payge McMahon, skier and climber Evan Stevens, climber Majka Burhardt, skier Sven Brunso, climber Jasmin Caton and mountain biking phenoms Jake and Nye Yackle.

“It was wonderful to gather our diverse lineup of athletes at Osprey headquarters,” said Osprey’s Director of Marketing Gareth Martins. “Their energy and enthusiasm was contagious. We are very lucky to have such engaged ambassadors for our brand.”

Over two days, the team participated in marketing, product and sales meetings as well as brainstorming sessions to provide input and insight. The athletes took time to tour Osprey headquarters, signing posters and meeting Osprey employees throughout the warehouse and customer service departments. The group also tried their hand at bowling and Frisbee golf. Fortunately for Osprey, they all agreed to stick with their own sports.

Throughout the Athlete Summit, the team participated in an Instagram Scavenger Hunt, competing to accomplish specific tasks and documenting them on Instagram for their fans and followers. The scavenger hunt images can be viewed here. Winners Macky Franklin and Payge McMahon donated their prize money to a non-profit of their choosing. Macky selected Field Institute of Taos while Payge chose Paradox Sports.

Based on the success of the inaugural Athlete Summit, Osprey plans on hosting follow up summits in the future to grow athlete relationships and support brand initiatives.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Raises Support for Southwest Colorado Nonprofits – May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, raised $3500 for the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center and the Mountain Studies Institute through their Spring Local’s Sale, which was held in Cortez on April 13, 2013.

The much-anticipated Local’s Sale is Osprey’s biannual fundraiser for regional nonprofits. Osprey donates a percentage of all proceeds from the one-day special sale to organizations carefully selected by the company’s Green Team.

“The biannual Local’s Sale is a reflection of Osprey’s appreciation for and dedication to the Southwest Colorado regional community, of which we’re proud to be a part,” said Sam Mix, Outdoor Marketing Manager of Osprey. “Thanks to our community, the spring sale was a resounding success. We’re delighted to help support these two local organizations, which are each doing such important work in our corner of the state.”

The Four Corners Child Advocacy Center, located in Cortez, provides a safe, child-friendly environment that eases the emotional trauma experienced by children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. The Mountain Studies Institute is an independent nonprofit mountain research and education center in Silverton that develops science for addressing environmental issues facing the San Juan Mountains.

“We greatly appreciate being a beneficiary of Osprey’s annual sale. The Center relies heavily on contributions from our community, and Osprey’s generosity means a lot to our organization,” said Terry Gorsuch, Four Corners Child Advocacy Center board member.

Said Marcie Demmy Bidwell, Executive Director of Mountain Studies Institute, “We are thrilled to know that Osprey and their customers support Mountain Studies Institute’s efforts to develop research and education opportunities for the San Juan Mountains.”

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Receives Gear of the Year Award from Outside Magazine – April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has received Outside magazine’s 2013 Gear of the Year award for the Xenith 88. The Xenith 88, Osprey’s new, deluxe, custom fit backpack, is featured in the current Outside Buyer’s Guide, on newsstands today.

Outside’s Gear of the Year Award is given the very best in adventure gear. Each winning product has gone through a rigorous testing process by Outside and deemed to be the best in its category. The winners are all featured in the annual summer Buyer’s Guide, which reaches more than 1.3 million frequent gear purchasers.

“We tested a lot of great big haulers this year,” said Outside’s Executive Editor Sam Moulton. “But the Xenith 88 was hands-down the best of the bunch. You get a bevy of user-friendly features in an impressively lightweight and breathable package, but what really sold us was the customizable fit: the heat-moldable hipbelt and shoulder harness allow you to truly shape the pack to fit your body.”

As stated in the issue: “With bigger packs, it’s all about suspension and fit. Testers raved about how easy it was to tailor the Xenith to their bodies: the pack comes in three sizes, and you can choose between four shoulder-harness and heat-moldable-hipbelt options. The result is downright clingy – in a good way…Despite the huge capacity and full array of features, the Xenith still weights a few pounds less than some of its competitors.”

“The Outside Buyer’s Guide is a renowned and highly-anticpated resource for outdoor enthusiasts, and we’re excited and gratified to be recognized with a 2013 Gear of the Year award,” said Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs founder and head designer. “The Xenith pulled together many of the best features and design elements embodied in proven styles like our Aether and Ariel. With the addition of innovative fabrics, new materials technology, and near custom-fit engineering, we created a pack that can painlessly haul big loads mile after mile.”

The Xenith 88, which retails for $349, provides deluxe features, optimal organization and gear access for extended or weeklong backpacking trip while providing comfort and superb carrying ability. It features the LightWire™ peripheral frame suspension for optimal load transfer, and the innovative BioForm4 CM™ hipbelt and harness, which provide a supportive and highly customizable fit. Specially trained staff at CM™ certified dealers use an Osprey oven to custom mold the hipbelt for each individual customer to deliver a precise, personalized fit, superior comfort, load control and long-lasting support. In addition, the Xenith 88 features a super-convenient new way to carry a reservoir. The external hydration sleeve in the backpanel simplifies refilling and protects the pack’s contents from spills.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Swoops In to Aid Post-Sandy Clean-Up Efforts – November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce a donation to aid in the clean-up efforts post-Superstorm Sandy. Osprey donated assorted technical backpacks worth $4,300 to the Humanitarian International Services Group.

HISG is a New York state non-profit providing support services for crisis response and developmental initiatives. The donated packs will be filled with supplies by HISG and delivered to displaced survivors, many of whom have lost their homes and personal belongings. The Osprey backpacks will also be used by “muckers” to carry equipment during the clean-up and rebuilding process.

“These packs from Osprey are exactly what assessments teams in the disaster zone have been requesting. They will meet an acute need in HISG’s response to Superstorm Sandy,” says HISG Director of International Disaster Response, David Bopp. “Osprey Packs has demonstrated once again how much we can accomplish when we work together to respond. Thanks to their leadership team for recognizing how they could fill a need and for making it happen so quickly.”

“Superstorm Sandy was an environmental catastrophe that displaced thousands and Osprey is proud to be able to provide this donation to aid on-the-ground clean-up efforts,” says Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “We wish a safe and speedy recovery to all those affected and it is our hope that this donation of packs will contribute to the very big efforts of the HISG in some small way.”

With so much assistance still needed, Osprey encourages Outdoor Industry partners to provide help where they can. For more information on how to assist in the effort, contact HISG’s David Bopp at dbopp@hisg.org or (303) 807-0852.

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Outdoor Industry Association – Osprey Athletes Top Elevation Outdoors’ Best of Colorado List – September 26, 2012

September 26, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce two of its veteran athletes have been named Best Outdoor Personalities by Elevation Outdoors in its annual Best of Colorado poll.

Elevation Outdoors Magazine is a Colorado-based guide to the Rocky Mountain outdoor lifestyle, celebrating the best in outdoor sports, trends, gear, music and the mountain scene. Each year, Elevation Outdoors readers are asked to vote on their favorites from the Centennial State in the Best of Colorado.

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