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SnowshoeMag.com – Featuring Meridian 28” – November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012

It’s luggage, it’s a backpack, and it does a better-than-fair job at both.

That’s the quick take on the Osprey Meridian 28-inch luggage system that includes a detachable daypack and a smartly designed soft-sided suitcase that converts from wheeled luggage to back-pack.

I’d been in the market for something to replace the old soft-sided suitcase that didn’t survive my last trip to the Caribbean almost two years ago for some time when I stumbled across the Osprey Meridian system. I hadn’t been satisfied with the standard case simply because it was just, well, a suitcase. I’m a sucker for multipurpose equipment that still manages to remain reasonably simple, so I was quite interested in the Meridian.

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SnowshoeMag.com – Featuring Aura 65 – August 20, 2012

August 20, 2012

There are so many great features that it’s hard to choose my favorites. The large open pocket on the top of the pack is perfect for stashing jackets or other gear that you want to quickly and easily access. I also love the open side pockets for water bottles or snacks. Each side of the hip belt has a small, secure zipper pocket that is perfect for lip balm, cash and identification, preventing these small, yet important, items from getting lost in larger pockets.

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SnowShowMag.com – Featuring SS13 Hydraulics Collection – August 7, 2012

August 7, 2012

As a member of the outdoor industry, I receive a few perks from time to time. I get to see a lot of new gear and technology before it all hits the shelves. Not only that but I also get to test and review a lot of this stuff. But, the twice-a-year Outdoor Retailer Show is more than just backpacks and pocket knives; it’s also about a community of people who all believe in the spirit and power of the outdoors.

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The OR experience involves drinking lots of water in the morning and early afternoon… followed by a trade-show-size beer garden. It never hurts to sample some local beers at the end of the day as some companies order up kegs and invite drinkers to their booths. Good times.

Many companies had hydration products in the spotlight—and not just the usual suspects.

Osprey featured a new hydration reservoir that has a panel that conforms to the user’s back and has a handle for carrying (plus a few more bells and whistles).

In addition to its MSR brand et. al., Cascade Designs had its Platypus products on display: packs, bottles, hydration systems, filtration, store, accessories, and most importantly… wine preservation.

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SnowShoeMag.com – Osprey Sponsors Breast Cancer Fund’s 13th Annual Climb Against the Odds – June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012

Osprey Packs announced their sponsorship of the 2012 Climb Against the Odds, the Breast Cancer Fund’s annual mountaineering expedition for breast cancer prevention.

From June 17 to 23, 2012, a team of up to 27 women who have been touched by cancer will attempt to summit the 14,179-foot Mount Shasta, located in Northern California. As a corporate sponsor, Osprey outfits each team member with an Ariel 65 backpack.

The Breast Cancer Fund – now celebrating its twentieth year – has led 12 successful Climb Against the Odds mountaineering expeditions around the world, and through them has raised millions of dollars to support the organization’s groundbreaking work to eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. Monies raised through climber sponsorship directly support the organization’s work to translate the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns that protect health and reduce breast cancer risk.

Osprey is a long time supporter of the Climb Against the Odds; 2012 is the seventh year that the award-winning pack manufacturer has sponsored the event. Joining this year’s expedition is Osprey Customer Service Representative Shannon Hahn, who has pledged to raise $10,000 through her climb.

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SnowShoeMag.com – Featuring Escapist 30 – April 9, 2012

April 9, 2012

An Osprey Escapist 30 allows a user to soar on trails, making way to destinations unknown with newfound maneuverability. Hovering and diving like the bird, one covers distance on foot or two wheels, continuously going forward with all cares temporarily locked away and life supplies provided comfortably on one’s back. This pack rides with you in mind; its wanderer enjoying discovery, seeking adventures more than just a walk in the park.

Lighter than a bird, the Escapist Multi-Sport barely registers its 2-pound, 4-ounce (three ounces less for the smaller version), almost half the weight of its raptor namesake. The pack rides lightly on the shoulders with a breathable mesh wrapped over slotted foam. Wearing comfortably on the back is an absolute with the AirScape™ Suspension feature. Instead of heat gathering on the back, building between the pack and your body, a series of mesh-covered foam ridges provide passages for fresh-air circulation.

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SnowShoeMag.com – Featuring Osprey FW 12 at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market – January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012

Osprey’s focus this coming year is to reintroduce their travel line which features clean lines and their trademark organization options. They also lightened up their Kestrel pack, which reigns supreme in the realm of ‘quiver of one pack’ in your hall closet.

Additionally, Osprey is rolling out a few new options including a series called Synchro. This pack will give ventilation across the back in the form of a hydration pack. A simple hip belt will keep it in place. Seems Osprey had the bike commuter in mind when they created the Synchro. They will be introducing the Carve, their next foray into a backcountry ski pack. It will come in three torso sizing options and include an insulated hydration sleeve, an external carry of the shovel handle with probe while the shovel blade gets stored inside, a diagonal ski carry, and Osprey’s signature organization. http://www.ospreypacks.com/.

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