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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs Soars Into Their 40th Anniversary – July 31, 2014

July 31, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc. will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City along with continued accolades for the documentary film, “Osprey Packs – Forty Years in the Making”, tracing the history of the brand.

What started out as a small shop selling custom packs designed by Mike Pfotenhauer in Santa Cruz, California has grown, over the past four decades, into the industry-leading manufacturer of top-quality innovative packs sold in over 60 countries. As the head designer, each and every pack, passes through Pfotenhauer’s hands, representing the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a company like no other.

Today, Osprey is still independently owned with product offerings that have grown to include best-in-class packs and accessories for backpacking, cycling, hydration, snow, climbing, urban/commute, travel and kids. Osprey’s All Mighty Guarantee backs the brand’s unrelenting dedication to superior quality, design and craftsmanship. With this guarantee, Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in their product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If Osprey is unable to perform a functional repair on the pack, they will happily replace it…

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey’s New Pint-Sized Packs Deliver Full-Sized Punch – July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014

In 2008, Osprey Packs changed the paradigm for kid’s backpacks bringing adult custom fit, function and features to a pack line for young people. For Spring/Summer 2015, Osprey introduces their first-ever youth hydration packs series with HydraJet and Moki as well the complete redesign of the Ace Series of technical backpacks and Jet Series of daypacks.

“Inspiring young people to experience and enjoy the outdoors is a core value at Osprey and a comfortable performance pack can really make a difference,” says Erik Hamerschlag, Product Line Manager at Osprey. “We have always believed that kids deserve the same level of pack fit and function as adults and so we are excited to introduce our latest custom fit and hydration technologies to the youth market.”..

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SNEWSNet.com – Organize and Protect Your Gear with Osprey’s All-New Accessory Collection for Spring/Summer 2015 – July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014

For Spring/Summer 2015, Osprey Packs is expanding their accessory line, providing a complete solution for everything adventurers need to organize and protect their pack. The new accessories range from in-pack options such as dry sacks and organizers to on-pack ones, including add-on pockets and camera cases.

“With the trend towards smaller packs, organization is key,” says Cassie Tweed, Design Director at Osprey Packs. “With Osprey’s new accessories, our consumers now have a complete, quality solution to optimize their Osprey packs and luggage.”…

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 Wins Gold at OutDoor Show in Freidrichshafen – July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that Atmos AG 65, the fourth generation of the brand’s game-changing ventilated pack, was awarded the OutDoor Gold Industry Award this month in Freidrichshafen, Germany.

Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 was recognized for its high degree of innovation, design, quality and functionality. “At first sight, Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 made us curious as a jury,” said a statement released by the expert panel of judges. “The promising initial impression is confirmed when you put it on your back. The full-contact carry system literally covers the back and hips, but still allows good ventilation even when heavily loaded. With this carry system, Osprey has embarked on an interesting new approach, which requires no foam pads.”

The innovative new Atmos AG 65 has a unique suspended AntiGravity™ back-system and the world’s first fully ventilated hipbelt. Seamless mesh across a 3D cavity on the backpanel provides a breathable and flexible contoured fit that allows the wearer to move as if they don’t have a pack on – true anti-gravity realized. An adjustable Biostretch™/ExoForm™ harness and Fit-on-the-Fly™ mesh hipbelt give great pack stability and reduce roll. Like all Osprey products, the Atmos AG 65 is built to last with Osprey’s unique attention to detail and use of high-quality materials. The pack sets a new standard with a host of extra features including Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment, integrated raincover and a FlapJacket™ top cover for lidless use.

“It is a great honor to receive the OutDoor Gold Industry Award this year as we celebrate our fortieth anniversary of designing innovative, high quality packs,” said Mike Pfotenhauer, founder and head designer for Osprey Packs. “The first generation Atmos was a game changer in the ventilated pack category and this latest design with anti-gravity technology is a significant technological advancement that allows the wearer to truly move as if they don’t have a pack on. We are thrilled that Atmos AG not only piqued the judges’ interest but impressed them when they had an opportunity to try it on.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs Adds Motion Representation to Bike Sales Force – July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced the addition of Motion Representation rep agency to its bike market sales team in the Midwest.

Founded in 2012 by industry veteran Dennis Porter, Motion seeks to provide its brands with the best coverage in a territory that spans from Wisconsin to Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Missouri. With three reps on the ground: Dennis Porter, Nick Grigsby and Pat O’Neill, Motion represents numerous strong bike brands including: Pivot Cycles, NiteRider, Louis Garneau, GU, and Motorex.

“Dennis is a true professional who brings years of experience in the bike channel to the table,” said Patrick Piller, Osprey’s bike sales manager. “Osprey’s continued success in this segment will be complimented by Motion Representation’s energy and established connections within the industry. We’re thrilled to add Dennis, Nick and Pat to the Osprey family.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs to Open U.S. Distribution Center on the Wasatch Front – June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top- quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced today that the company’s distribution operations will relocate to Utah’s Wasatch Front next year. While Osprey company headquarters, which includes sales, customer service, marketing, finance, quality assurance, returns and other core functions, will remain in Cortez, Colorado, warehousing and shipping will relocate to Utah by mid – 2015.

This move positions Osprey’s U.S. distribution center near the national rail network, which will allow the company to provide better service to the brand’s retailer base and significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The company currently receives and distributes by truck…

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Snewsnet.com – Featuring Osprey Hydraulics – May 29,2014

May 29, 2014

Whether your retail customers are biking, hiking, running, paddleboarding, working out, practicing yoga or somehow doing all on the same outing, one thing they all share in common is the need to stay hydrated during their activity.

This has led to a steady stream of sales in the hydration category at specialty retail, encompassing everything from water bottles and bladder-hosting hydration packs to electrolyte mixes and other supplements all designed to keep water flowing in users’ systems as readily as adrenaline….

On the hands-free front, Kennedy said continuing refinements to products from brands such as CamelBak and Osprey are also leading to increased sales — especially their use-specific products for such activities as biking, hiking and trail running.

“Osprey, in particular, has done a great job with its designs as far as comfort and features,” he said. “Especially in the hiking category.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Appoints Kenny Ballard as Chief Operating Officer – April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that outdoor industry veteran Kenny Ballard has joined the company in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Ballard will head up Osprey Packs Operations, IT, Purchasing, Quality and Returns as well as Human Resources.

“Osprey Packs is very excited to welcome Kenny to our company,” said Tom Barney CEO of Osprey Packs. “Filling the COO role completes Osprey’s Executive Team and will help provide Osprey and our customers further critical internal support. Kenny possesses the experience and energy necessary to be successful as our COO and contribute to Osprey’s leadership and future growth.”

Ballard is a well-respected leader in the industry, having served as President of Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group (BOSG) that includes Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack and Wenger camping. Most recently, Ballard headed up Kenny Ballard Consulting which is a multi-channel brand, sales, marketing, product and management consulting firm.

“As a longtime admirer of the Osprey brand, I am honored to be a part of this passionate and accomplished team,” said Ballard. “I look forward to being a part of the brand’s future in this strategic role.”

Next month, Ballard and his family will relocate to beautiful SW Colorado, home to Osprey corporate headquarters.

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SNEWSnet.com – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible Series and Kode Race – January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc. is expanding its Kode series of industry-leading backcountry ski packs for Fall/Winter 2014 with two innovative additions: the Kode ABS® Compatible Series and Kode Race

Osprey’s Kode ABS® Compatible Series comes as a fully functioning, backcountry ready pack. The Kode ABS® Compatible pack body unzips to separate from the backpanel, hipbelt and harness so the small or large ABS™ Vario Base Unit (sold separately) can be attached. With a single zipper, Osprey integrates the technology of ABS®, the leader in avalanche airbag industry since 1985, into the Kode series to deliver optimal safety and peace of mind in the backcountry…

The increasing popularity of randonee racing deserves an Osprey solution. Drawing on design from Osprey’s endurance focused Rev Series, the Kode Race 18 allows uphill/downhill racers to move and transition quickly. Featuring an innovative and easy to use system, Kode Race offers diagonal ski carry and removal without removing the pack. This saves time and effort when the terrain requires boot packing…

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