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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Ozone 22” – December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014
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Between dodgy weather, overbooking, and long lines, holiday air travel can feel like a game of Russian Roulette. Choosing your travel kit wisely will help eliminate some of the uncertainty. Whether you’re flying to British Columbia for a backcountry hut trip, jetting home to Chicago to see family, or sneaking off to Mexico with your SUP, these five stalwart, versatile bags won’t guarantee your gear will make it to your final destination, but they will ensure that when it does, it’ll still be in one piece…

When carrying is the last thing you want to do with your carry-on, roll with the Ozone 22, a savvy, wheeled companion that’s ideally sized for tight squeezes in the overhead bin or beneath the seat in front of you. Osprey makes some bomber gear, but at 4 pounds, seven ounces, the 46-liter Ozone is one of its lightest, most streamlined bags, with a brushed aluminum ergonomic retractable handle and three grab loops for slinging overhead. Six interior and exterior pockets help you pack smarter so you can move faster—proof that you don’t have to skimp on perks to shave weight.

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OutsideOnline.com: Winter Buyer’s Guide – Featuring Mutant 38 – October 2014

October 1, 2014

At first glance, the 38-liter Mutant ($160) (it’s also available in a 28-liter version, pictured) looks like a bare-bones pack. There’s no side access to the main compartment and few obvious bells and whistles. But dig a little deeper and a bunch of vertically inspired features appear, like the zigzag webbing that pulls double-duty as both compression and ski-carry straps. With adjustment points in three spots, “it’s quick to open, close, and fine-tune,” said our most experienced tester, a mountain guide in British Columbia. It also downsizes nicely for shorter missions…

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OutsideOnline.com: Winter Buyer’s Guide – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 42 – October 2014

October 1, 2014

Like the OnTop, the Kode has tons of options: it can carry skis A-frame or diagonally or a snowboard vertically. We also loved getting into the main pack via the top and back panel and all the user-friendly touches, like the built-in antiscratch pouch for your goggles. Not heading into avy-prone terrain? A removable back panel allows you to zip off the ABS-airbag system in a few seconds, saving you four pounds.

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OutsideOnline.com – Summer Buyer’s Guide – Featuring Exos 38 – May 2014

May 1, 2014

BEST FOR: Lightning-fast backpacking.

THE TEST: The reboot of Osprey’s popular Exos series has larger versions (48 and 58 liters), but this top-loading hauler became the bag of choice for testers who carry only the barest of essentials. The standout design feature was the suspension—a mesh back panel and foam hipbelt that offered ventilation while dispersing weight. “I normally don’t like ventilating systems, but this one let in air without making the pack feel top-heavy,” reported one tester. The ample stuff-it pockets in the back and sides swallowed up the items we wanted handy, and the accessory straps secured trekking poles and a sleeping pad. Going super, super light? Remove the top compartment; an alternate lid flap covers the main body of the pack…

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