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TheAdventureBlog.blogspot.com – Featuring Exos 48 – March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014

Yesterday, I reviewed the new Rev 6 backpack from Osprey, hailing it as the best trail running pack that I had ever used. Today, I’ve got some thoughts on another revolutionary new product from the same company in the form of the new ultra lightweight Exos 48, a product that is sure to delight the “light and fast” crowd.

The Exos series of packs have been around for some time, and they have always remained highly focused on delivering very light, yet still durable, packs for backpacker who truly watches ever ounce. One of the hallmarks of the Exos packs has always been that they are comfortable to wear, while still maintaining their minimalist approach. With this new design, that level of comfort has increased even further, even as Osprey has managed to cut even more weight. So much so, that this year’s model tips the scales at a svelte 2 lbs., 5 oz. (1.05 kg). That’s extremely light for a pack this size.

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TheAdventureBlog.blogspot.com – Featuring Rev 6 – March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

One of the best parts about my job is attending the Outdoor Retailer convention each year and checking out the latest and greatest products from my favorite gear companies months before they are available to purchase. As much fun as that sounds however, it can also be painful to have to wait for some really great product to actually go on sale. Such was the case with the Rev 6 pack from Osprey, which I first saw last August but had to wait weeks to get my hand on. The wait was worth it however, as it is hands down the best trail running pack that I’ve used.

The new Rev line comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from the diminutive 6 (as in 6 liter), all the way up to the 24. In between there is also a 12- and 18-liter version too. (Those who like to go ultralight will want to check out the Rev 1.5 and the Rev Solo water bottle holster as well.) All are lightweight, have a variety of great features, and are built to move with trail runners, no matter how demanding conditions get. Obviously you’ll want the pack that most fits your needs in terms of capacity. If you’re carrying a lot of gear, you’ll want to go bigger, but for my needs, the Rev 6 was actually perfect.

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TheAdventureBlog.com – Featuring Viper 13 – October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013

One of the common traits of all my favorite pieces of gear is versatility. I like gear that can be used for multiple purposes and activities. Versatile gear gives you more chances to use the item and it can save you some cash since you don’t have to purchase multiple pieces of gear to cover all of the things you want to do. This is especially true with a good backpack that is designed from the ground up to be used in multisport endeavors, which is exactly what Osprey had in mind when they designed the Viper 13 hydration pack.

As the name implies, the Viper 13 features 13-liters of storage, which is an excellent size for day hike, long trail run or a mountain bike ride. The pack weighs just 1 pound, 6 ounces (.62 kg) but features Osprey’s trademark high quality construction which makes it feel like it is tough enough to take any abuse you can throw at it. That is much appreciated when you start putting the Viper through its paces on the trail.

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TheAdventureBlog.com – Featuring Exos Series and Rev Series – August 5, 2013

August 5, 2013

The Best Gear Of Outdoor Retailer (Part 1)

As many of you know, I spent the better part of last week at the Outdoor Retailer gear convention in Salt Lake City, an event that I like to call “Gearvana.” Over the course of three-and-a-half days, I saw lots of great new gear, some not-so-great stuff and some things that were just downright silly. But all in all, it was another good show with plenty of innovations coming in the months ahead. Here is a taste of some of the things I saw that really caught my eye. (…)

Osprey Goes Ultralight With New Packs
I spent some time in the Osprey booth checking out their great new line of packs that are designed to be lightweight and move fast. Chief amongst them was the new Exos series which will come in 38, 48 and 58-liter sizes. These packs are incredibly svelte with the largest tipping the scales at a mere 2.5 pounds. Still, Osprey didn’t scrimp on features or comfort as the packs have some of the best and most innovative shoulder straps I’ve seen. The company also debuted a new small, ultra-lightweight 6-liter pack designed for trail runners with lots of nice features as well. The Rev line of packs will debut in the spring and are extremely high on my “want” list. I was impressed by the integrated smartphone holder built into the shoulder strap that protects the device while on the go but also grants easy access as needed.

TheAdventureBlog.com – Osprey Packs Sponsors Climb Against the Odds – June 7, 2012

June 7, 2012

My favorite pack company, Osprey, is sponsoring the 13th annual Climb Against The Odds expedition which will take place June 17-23. The project will send 27 women, all of whom have been touched by cancer, on a challenging climb up Mt. Shasta, a 4321 meter (14,179 ft) peak located in Northern California.

Climb Against The Odds is actually an event created by the Breast Cancer Fund to raise money and awareness to fight the disease. This will actually be the 13th annual climb, which serves as an inspirational journey for the women who join the trek. Osprey outfits each of the ladies wit its Ariel 65 pack and one of the company’s customer service reps is part of the team and has pledged to raise $10,000 for the cause.

If you’re interested in joining the climb, it’s not too late. Find out more information by clicking here and fill out the application form which can be downloaded here.

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TheAdventureBlog.com – Featuring Zealot 16 – June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012

Backpacks are a lot like tools. You definitely want the right one for job at hand. It use to be that you would simply buy a pack or two in the sizes that you needed and then you’d make them work for what ever outdoor pursuits that interested you. The same daypack could be used for hiking, mountain biking, skiing or what ever other activities that you needed it for. Now however you can buy a pack specifically designed for the sport you need it for, and like having the the right tool for the job, it can make all the difference.

Take for example the new Zealot 16 from Osprey, a pack designed from the ground up for mountain bikers. With its ample storage, well padded shoulder straps and belt, integrated AirScape suspension and built-in media pocket it has just about everything a rider could ask for when hitting the trail. Throw in a 3-liter hydration bladder and a Lidlock helmet attachment, and you have a pack that can match just about anything else on the market in terms of features. But we all know a checklist of features is only useful when comparing packs at the gear shop.

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TheAdventureBlog.com – Featuring Atmos 50 – March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

It is difficult to improve on perfection. Especially in the world of outdoor gear. One of my all-time favorite pieces of gear is my Osprey Atmos 50 backpack. I love it so much that I’ve taken it with me on trips to six continents and it has always served me well. It is the perfect size to fit in most overhead compartments and yet still carry all the gear you need for an extended trip. My Atmos has been up mountains, across deserts and down rivers, and while it has a few battle scars it remains in great condition and always ready for a new adventure.

With all of that in mind I was a bit skeptical when I learned that Osprey had updated my favorite pack for 2012. After all, there were very few things that I could see them improving upon. Turns out the new Atmos 50 is a refined product that takes everything I loved about the first iteration and tweaks it in some important, yet subtle, ways that makes it an even better pack.

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The Adventure Blog – Sponsor Breast Cancer Climb – May 7, 2010

June 6, 2010

One of my favorite gear companies, Osprey Packs, has announced that is is a sponsor of the 11th annual Climb Against the Odds expedition, which is a major fundraiser for the Beast Cancer Fund.

This year, a team of 26 men and women will be climbing the 14,179-foot tall Mt. Shasta in Northern California to raise awareness and funds for the program. Each of these men and women have been touched by cancer in some way, making this a very personal climb for each of them. The climb is scheduled to take place June 13-19 of this year. As one of the major sponsors for the expedition, Osprey will be outfitting the women with one of their Ariel packs, while the men will receive an Aether pack.

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Osprey Packs Sponsors Climb Against the Odds – May 7, 2010

May 7, 2010

One of my favorite gear companies, Osprey Packs, has announced that is is a sponsor of the 11th annual Climb Against the Odds expedition, which is a major fundraiser for the Beast Cancer Fund.

This year, a team of 26 men and women will be climbing the 14,179-foot tall Mt. Shasta in Northern California to raise awareness and funds for the program. Each of these men and women have been touched by cancer in some way, making this a very personal climb for each of them. The climb is scheduled to take place June 13-19 of this year. As one of the major sponsors for the expedition, Osprey will be outfitting the women with one of their Ariel packs, while the men will receive an Aether pack.

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