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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Nebula – December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014
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The Nebula Daypack from Osprey is a good all-around workhorse daypack that can carry just about everything you would need for your days of urban travel, even if you’re a dressed-down digital nomad working from coffee shops. It can hold a laptop, a tablet, all your gadgets, a water bottle, and whatever you want to stuff in the front.

Osprey is known for making quality packs for a wide range of uses, from bike commuting to trail running to backpacking around the world. This Nebula one brings elements from different lines to create that versatile one daypack you can use to move from one activity to another. Not trail running maybe, but you could take this on a one-day hike: it’s got a basic waist strap and sternum strap for extra support…

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Waypoint 80 and Passports for Purpose – December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014

osprey-waypoint-sideYes, we recently reviewed the Osprey Waypoint 80 travel backpack so you’re not seeing double. But Osprey Packs has teamed up with us this year to contribute a prize to Passports with Purpose

We’re happy to be teaming up with one of our favorite companies on this campaign. The Waypoint 80 is a travel classic and you’ll see it on the backs of intrepid travelers almost anywhere in the world. It’s got all the things you’d expect in a good travel pack: easy access without unpacking, two sets of compression straps/clips, and a removable daypack. This one is quite comfortable even when it’s packed to the 80-liter limit, with myriad adjustments possible to the back panel, padded waist strap, and sternum strap. You get lots of padding in all the right places…

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Waypoint – October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

Despite the ever-increasing competition in the travel gear world, some items seem to remain perennial bestsellers that you’ll spot from Bangkok to Bariloche. The Osprey Waypoint 80 is clearly one of those.

A lot of the old guard travel backpack makers have moved more into luggage or have disappeared, while many newer companies are focused more on hiking packs than ones for travel. If you’re going bopping around the world for months though, on a lot of buses, trains, and ferries, you need a real travel backpack instead of one meant for a few nights on a trail.

Primarily, you need to be able to get to your stuff easily. That’s no problem with this Waypoint pack since the U-shaped zippers in the front go all the way to the bottom. No feeling around with your arm like you’re trying to get the prize out of a cereal box…

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Kode ABS – January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014

If there’s one thing harder than three days of sprinting through a packed convention center for back-to-back meetings, it’s doing all of it with a knee brace. But I powered through to get you a look into the outdoor gear future—Fall 2014, to be exact. Here are a few trends I noticed at the show:

Backcountry packs with ABS. If you’re not a skier, boarder, or otherwise snow freak, this won’t mean much to you. But for the rest, there are a bunch of packs being introduced that use avalanche airbag systems. Some bags come complete with ABS and others, like the new Osprey Kode, come as regular packs with an ability to zip off one portion of the pack, zip on the ABS base unit, and use it when you want. Most of these packs use cartridges or canisters of gas or air…

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Cyber Port – January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014

It’s hard to go wrong with an Osprey pack. If I had to pick–absolutely had to–I think I’d rate Osprey as my overall favorite backcountry adventure and ski pack choice. That said, until introduced the the Portal Series, I’d never considered using an Osprey pack as a carry-on backpack or laptop bag.  The Osprey Cyber Port backpack is tough yet streamlined, and stylish while still classic.

With its sleek panel-loading design, I understood right away that the Cyber Port’s function is ease-of-access to electronic devices, not maximum load capacity or even multiple attachment options like other Ospreys. There are three compartments: one main compartment, one small top compartment for keys or a phone (like many Osprey bags offer) and one outside ‘port window’ panel. This last compartment is really two, but since the inner and outer both work in tandem to create a space for a tablet, I’m counting it as one.

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Verve 5 – January 1, 2014

January 1, 2014

We review a whole lot of travel gear on this blog every week, some of it good, some of it so great we can’t stop talking about it. Out of the 250+ travel and outdoor adventure items we used and abused this year, here’s what the four of us liked the best…

Amy Whitley’s Family Travel Outdoor Gear Picks

For me, 2013 was the year of wilderness travel for me and my gang, and my top travel gear reflects this. It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but topping my list has to be my Osprey Verve 5 L, reviewed in this hydration pack round-up post. Not only did the Verve get me through ski season well hydrated, but it continued to work hard throughout summer mountain hikes and desert road trips. I even got gross chair lift oil on my Verve, and it came out good as new.

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Kode Series – December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013

Let’s say that your winter travel endeavors—whether far away or close to home—involve some serious snow fun. And perhaps that enjoyment is found not on ski resorts’ manicured trails, but out in the backcountry. You’ll need a pack that totes your tools for fun, as well as those that can keep you out of trouble. Osprey’s Kode series packs are worth a serious look.

The pack incorporates an EVA foam torso harness and hip belt for comfort while you’re carrying your gear. The full-featured pack employs burly, rubberized straps and reinforced carry wings to secure your snowboard or skis. For boards and snowshoes, the vertical carry mode is the most comfortable and secure. For skis, there’s a choice between a diagonal and A-frame carry mode. Got an ice tool?  There’s also room for that, as well as a top panel, stretch mesh stowable helmet carry.

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Verve 5 – May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

Osprey Verve:

The Osprey Verve for women comes in 5L, 9L, and 13L. There’s also the men’s equivalent to this pack, the Viper. I tested the 5L, but you can also check out a past review of a larger Verve. The Verve and Viper have less storage room than the Tokul, but more compartments to separate your stuff and a flatter, more streamlined look. I found the pack design to be superior: you get Osprey’s AirScape back panel to wick away moisture and provide some air flow, plus the hydration hose is secured with not only a sleeve down the shoulder strap, but a handy magnet that holds it in place. I found I appreciated this feature more than I anticipated. There’s a chest strap as well as a hip belt, and a front pocket and shoulder pocket as well. The reservoir has a vastly different design than that of the Platypus, and it really just comes down to preference. To fill the Osprey, you open a large valve and hold the reservoir flat under the water stream. There’s a sturdy handle by which to hold it and load it back into the pack (in its own compartment, of course). I found it easier to load than the Platypus, but less adaptable with the rest of my gear. If you already have an Osprey backpack however, it’s a breeze to transfer the Verve hydration system to a large pack.

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Aura 50 – December 31, 2012

December 31, 2012

What was the best travel gear of the year? Which were the most interesting travel clothing items, shoes, gadgets, and bags?

We review a useful piece of travel gear or outdoor clothing each weekday. Taking out a few holidays here and there, that’s close to 250 items in the course of a year. We keep on using a lot of them after we’ve posted the review, seeing how well they hold up and how useful they are in our frequent jaunts around the country and the globe. Here’s what stood out for us in 2012, in the writers’ own words. (…)

Amy Whitley’s Best Outdoor and Family Gear Bests

The Osprey Aura-50 literally saved my neck on a four-day backpacking trek last July, earning it a place on my list of top travel gear for 2012. What sets the Aura-50 apart from other backpacks is its customization: with plenty of ways to adjust the pack and harness, it will fit you correctly, reducing neck and back pain as you hike with heavy loads.

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