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SNEWSnet.com – Kyle Bezanson Joins Osprey Packs Bike Rep Team – August 3, 2011

August 10, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Kyle Bezanson of KB Sales Group has joined the company’s bike rep force. Kyle will take over the Northern California territory that was vacated by Robert Wilkins of KW Sales when Robert took a full time factory sales position with Orbea Bicycles and Orca Clothing.

“We were saddened by Robert’s departure. He is a very professional and trusted sales rep who was part of our initial focus group before we made the entry into the bike market and he will be missed,” said Osprey Bike Sales Manager Patrick Piller. “However, Kyle is a strong brand builder and we are excited about the focus and enthusiasm he brings into this territory.”

Kyle has been an independent sales rep in Northern California for 17 years representing brands such as SIDI, Gore Bike and Run Wear, Tifosi Optics and Rolf Prima Wheels. Kyle will be servicing Osprey in a territory from San Luis Obispo north to Tahoe, CA and the Sparks/Reno NV area.

“Osprey is an excellent fit for my agency,” said Bezanson. “The brand continues to innovate, produce and expand its product mix for the ever changing and demanding category that is cycling. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.”

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SNEWS.com and OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Redefines Expectations with Radical Updates to Best Selling Atmos and Aura Series for SS12 – July 27, 2011

July 30, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc. – a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear – is updating two of its groundbreaking backpacking lines for Spring 2012. The ATMOS (men’s) and AURA (women’s) Series – which together set the standard for weight, ventilation and comfort in backpacking – are being further refined to deliver enhanced fit and greater comfort on the trail.

“We’ve developed more advanced technologies over the years and are thrilled to integrate them into our popular Atmos and Aura Series,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “For Spring ‘12, our AirSpeed suspension system, interchangeable harnesses and adjustable hipbelt work together to create unrivaled comfort.”
Key to the redesign on both series is Osprey’s radical redesign of the harness and hipbelt systems. All Atmos and Aura packs now have customizable fit, with a torso adjustable, interchangeable harness and an exclusive adjustment system that allows the belt to be custom fitted while in use. Amazingly, Osprey has achieved this with no increase in weight or price.

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SNEWS.com and OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Launches Premier Line of Child Carriers for SS12 – July 29, 2011

July 30, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc. – a leader in creating top-quality, high- performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear – is expanding their definition of gear to include child carriers for SS12. The Poco Series channels everything the brand knows about packs into a line of child carriers that are comfortable, safe, supportive, light, well ventilated and supremely easy to adjust for fit. “Superb ventilation as well as quick and easy torso and hipbelt adjustment were important factors in the design of the Poco series from the outset,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “Ventilation is the key to comfort for both parent and child and ability to quickly adjust the pack between parents ensures the comfortable fit expected from an Osprey.”

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SNEWS – Osprey Packs Announces new Product Line Manager Erik Hamerschlag – April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011

Cortez, CO – April 27, 2011 – Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Erik Hamerschlag has been named their new product line manager, effective immediately. He is rejoining Osprey, where he held several leadership positions from 1994 through 2001, after nine years with Mountain Hardwear, Inc.

During his first tenure with Osprey, Hamerschlag was instrumental in establishing the brand as an innovative technical pack company. He joined Osprey in 1994 as business manager and over the next seven years helped guide it through a tremendous growth period in which sales more than doubled and the employee count grew by over fifty percent. He became marketing manager in 1996, and served as CEO from 1999 through 2001.

After leaving Osprey, Hamerschlag spent nine years with Mountain Hardwear as product manager, guiding product strategy and managing design and development processes for a diverse range of products, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, gloves and gaiters.

As Osprey product line manager, Hamerschlag is responsible for collaborating with the company’s highly creative design team to identify market opportunities and create innovative, successful products. He will be based out of Osprey’s design studio in Mill Valley, California, with several trips per year to the Osprey headquarters in Cortez, Co and the company’s product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

SNEWS: Bradford Bates joins Osprey Packs as Director of Sales – January 12, 2011

January 20, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has hired Bradford Bates as their new Director of Sales, effective immediately.

As Director of Sales, Bates is responsible for leading Osprey’s overall domestic sales strategy. He will directly manage the outdoor channel and work closely with Patrick Piller, Osprey’s bike sales manager in managing the IBD channel. Bates will focus much of his time looking to enhance the relationships already in place and continue to develop programs that support both the internal and external sales teams at Osprey.

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SNEWS – Osprey Carries Away Men’s Journal 
2010 Gear of the Year Award – December 21, 2010

January 6, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has received Men’s Journal magazine’s 2010 Gear of the Year award for its Raptor 10 mountain biking hydration pack. It is featured in the current Gear of the Year special issue, available on newsstands now. Men’s Journal has a circulation of 700,000.

The Men’s Journal Gear of the Year award recognizes the top 25 pieces of gear for 2010 – the ones that are “innovators and game-changers….gear you don’t just want, but need.”

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SNEWS – Osprey Names Katie Koppenhafer and Chris Horton to Customer Service – December 15, 2010

December 24, 2010

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today announced the addition of Katie Koppenhafer and Chris Horton to the Osprey customer service team.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris and Katie to the Osprey team,” said Eric Triplett, Customer Service Manager at Osprey. “They both bring a wealth of experience in sales and consumer relations and possess a passion for Osprey and the outdoors that will serve them well in their new roles. They will be key players in servicing our end-user customer and Osprey retail dealer needs. We are very fortunate to have them both join the Osprey family.”

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SNEWS – Osprey Carries Away Men’s Journal 
2010 Gear of the Year Award – December 21, 2010

December 21, 2010

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has received Men’s Journal magazine’s 2010 Gear of the Year award for its Raptor 10 mountain biking hydration pack. It is featured in the current Gear of the Year special issue, available on newsstands now. Men’s Journal has a circulation of 700,000.

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