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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Contrail 22” and Contrail Day – January 16, 2013

January 16, 2013

Q: What’s the Best Adventure-Ready Business Luggage?

I’m going to Hawaii for work, and need travel bags that are business-appropriate but rugged enough to let me explore the island by foot when I get there. Any suggestions?

A: Gone are the days when all luggage was blocky and cumbersome. Many bags now on the market transform from business accessories to day-hiking tools with a few strategically placed zippers or tabs. While they won’t replace your backcountry packs, these new bag designs are more than enough to let you squeeze a bit of adventure into a business trip.

We’re currently testing one such transformer bag called the Osprey Contrail 22, which came out in the fall of 2012, and attaches to a rugged day-hike pack. The Contrail is basically a rolling carry-on with a nylon tab that lets you attach an optional backpack to it. Because the Colorado-based Osprey had its start in custom backpacks, the pack isn’t just some throwaway idea, but a carefully designed accessory that’s burly enough to stand up to whatever you put it through.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Poco Premium – September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012

Several features set the top-of-the-line Poco apart from its rivals: One, no question the “Fit on the Fly” hip belt adjuster was the easiest and fastest to cinch down and size to my waist. At its smallest setting, it fit me snugly, with no extra room for rubbing. Two, it has the most ample, sun-and-rain cover. Pre-attached, it unzips from its sleeve and pulls forward to attach via clips to the side of the shoulder straps. Three, the zip-off daypack compartment is ideal for shorter outings when you need less gear. No need to haul the extra weight; simply unzip and go. There’s still a cavernous lower compartment for diapers (changing pad included), snacks, and a change of clothes. Better yet, when your child wants to walk, the low-profile daypack can become your child’s “practice” pack. When they get tired, just zip it back on. Four, stirrups. Yup, this ride sports a pair of nylon stirrups that keeps tired little legs from dangling (and, as we discovered on a hike up New Mexico’s 12,200-foot Deception Peak, lets them play “horse”). Other niceties: A hidden hydration slot holds a bladder, and the child’s harness was the easiest of the batch to attach; ample padding keeps the strap from disappearing into the cockpit, so no more rooting around for tangled shoulder straps. True to Osprey’s pack-building pedigree, the Poco has no fewer than seven smaller pockets, both mesh and zippered, including a small one sized for a cell phone or pacifier on the chest straps.

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OutsideOnline.com – Best Places to Work 2012 – August 2, 2012

August 2, 2012

Location: Cortez, Colorado
Number of Employees: 51
Digs: An office building with extensive green upgrades, like heliotropic skylights and landscaping (the HQ is lined with deciduous trees) to provide cooling shade in the summer and heating sun in the winter.

Culture: If business casual means a dog- and family-friendly office; flex time to go out for a swim, ride, or run; and a free cruiser bike after one year, this is it. Long hours designing gear or organizing production lines are offset by lunchtime Frisbee golf sessions and bike rides. Two weeks paid vacation per year eventually builds into sabbaticals at 10, 15, and 20 years.

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