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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Syncro 3 – June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015
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As I am spending longer and longer days on my mountain bike this summer to get ready for the Breck Epic, I need more than just one water bottle to get me through the ride (on my new bike I won’t even have the liberty of a water bottle cage). With a 2.5L reservoir and just enough space for the essentials, the Osprey Syncro 3 makes the perfect dirt shredding companion.

The Syncro 3 verges on the minimalist side and that’s just the way I like it–all I want with me on a ride around Marin is water, snacks, tools, my phone, and a jacket. The 2.5L reservoir (included) fits inside the main compartment, with a hanger to hold it in place. The larger Syncro models feature a J-zip front tool organizer pocket but not the 3L size. Instead, I just shove my tool roll, along with my jacket, in the bottom of the rather large front stretch pocket. A smaller zipper compartment with key clip provides enough room for your iPhone 6 and some snacks.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Shuttle Series – February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015
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Whether you are driving or flying, reaching your adventure destination often involves transporting around tons of gear. Monster duffel bags make great haulers but they aren’t always easy to lug around airports, on and off trains, or up a dirt trail. Numerous pack and luggage brands are answering the call to make our gear hauling process a whole lot easier…

The Fall 2015 Shuttle Series from Osprey answers our call to adventure with two different sized rolling duffels. These monster gear haulers use a combination of padded sidewalls and Osprey’s StraightJacket system with front panel compression straps to to secure loads and add stability.

The duffels are built into Osprey’s 16″ HighRoad Chassis with extra large sealed bearing wheels for durability over rough terrain. Plenty of zippered pockets will keep your gear organized–a collapsible lower compartment is great for storing dirty and wet clothes or shoes, boots, and hardware…

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Mutant 38 – December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014
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This weekend’s Bozeman Ice Festival usually marks the official start of ice climbing season, but with the early season cold temps, many climbers have been getting after it for quite some time now. We will post a few different essentials lists pertaining to the sport, but begin here with the hardware required to second a multi-pitch climb or even top rope. Stay tuned for our apparel picks for the season, as well as a look at gear choices for leading.

1. Osprey Mutant 38: Our main backcountry ice climbing pack for the season is the Mutant 38. The minimalist design makes for a lightweight pack (just over 1 kg) and is roomy enough to fit extra layers, your multi-pitch pack, helmet, snacks, crampons, harness, and a rack, with a rope slung under the lid. The ToolLock system on the front of the pack is quick and easy to use, and keeps the sharps from snagging your and your partner’s gear. I personally like to keep all my gear inside the pack, but if you need the extra space, a zippered pocket near the top of the pack stows a removable stretch mesh helmet carry system to secure your helmet to the top…

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Exos 58 – May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014

The arrival of spring signals the start of backpacking season. With a couple of quick Sierra trips already under my belt, I look forward to extended backpacking endeavors in both North America and Europe over the summer. Below you will find a few of my backpacking essentials. This list by no means covers everything, but will make a great base to start from for any backpacking adventure…

1. Osprey Exos 58: This backpack is roomy enough to swallow a bear can along with all the other essentials, but light enough (weighs less than 3 lbs) not to add to your burden. Removable straps at the base of the pack come in handy for securing your sleeping pad or even tent if it doesn’t fit inside. As summer backpacking usually brings with it heat, the raised mesh backpanel keeps air circulating across your back. Truly versatile, the removable lid and numerous cinch cords mean the pack can be converted for day hikes around camp. A large front and two mesh side pockets offer up extra storage space for tent poles, water bottles, river crossing shoes, and gas canisters.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Raven 6 – May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

Winter is over, ski resorts have closed for the season, the ice is off the lake—that can mean only one thing. Time to get your mountain bike on. Whatever your style—enduro, XC, downhill, beginner, or seasoned shredder, here are some essentials to keep you riding happy…

Osprey Raven 6 hydration pack: You need somewhere to store an extra layer, water, snacks, your phone, tools, and first aid kit (for those long XC adventures) while out your ride. I find the 6L-10L capacity hydration packs are the perfect size for your daily mountain bike rides.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Cyber Port – October 13, 2013

October 13, 2013

If you are searching for a sophisticated commuter pack that will go equally well in the boardroom as on the bike, look no further than the new Cyber Port from Osprey. The super sleek and minimalist exterior hides a wealth of high tech organization that will keep you connected on your daily commute.

The padded front zip concealment panel opens up to expose a touchscreen compatible TPU film window pocket for storing your iPad. This enables you to check email while riding the subway or catch up on your latest TV shows, all without removing your tablet from the pouch. For those of you who bike commute, Osprey Europe has cleverly developed a free app that turns your tablet screen into a blinky bike light as you ride. Sadly it looks to be only available in Android at the moment.

The main zippered compartment houses a padded laptop pouch for all you technology double dippers and an organizer sleeve for your papers, pens, keys, and other small objects. There is even an additional tablet pocket in case you don’t want to store it out front. A small, water-resistant zip pocket at the top of the commuter pack is lined with scratch-free fabric for safe storage of your phone and sunglasses.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Viva 65 – May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

Snow may still be dumping on much of the country, but backpacking season is already in full swing here in California. With a bunch of summer backpacking adventures lined up, I put together a gear kit that will form the base of every trip. I took the gear out for a test backpacking run in the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite earlier this week and had a blast. Below you will find my base gear list.

Backpack: I will be switching between the Osprey Viva 65 and the Boreas Sapa Trek (55L). The Osprey pack worked great for Hetch Hetchy with a larger size that is conducive to bear can country.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Raven 6 – March 9, 2013

March 9, 2013

The Raven series is part of Osprey’s new premium line of women’s mountain biking hydration packs for spring. As the women’s specific version of the Raptor, the Raven is sized and tailored specifically for a woman’s body, using a more ergonomic harness and shorter torso for better fit.

The Raven’s 6L zippered main compartment provides just enough room for all the essentials on my local mountain bike rides. I can fit my bike tools, enough water for a few hours on the trail, snacks, and even an extra layer for the ever changing weather conditions associated with NorCal riding.

The Raven mountain bike hydration packs come with their own roll up tool pouch to help keep all your gear organized. The pouch also comes in handy if you want to easily switch between packs without forgetting anything. Nothing is worse than flatting on the trail only to find out you left your cartridges in your other pack.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Portal Series – February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

Osprey Portal Series Gives You On The Go Access To Your iPad

For Fall 2013, Osprey is focusing on the technology that has become integral to your daily life – laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets. The new Portal Series is designed with access to and interaction with all your electronic devices in mind. Although highly functional, the sophisticated bag designs don’t overtly scream technology, ensuring they better blend in with your daily lifestyle, inside or out.

The Portal Series collection includes seven different styles: the Pixel ($139) flap style daypack, Pixel Port ($119) with direct tablet access, Cyber ($129) panel style daypack, Cyber Port ($99) with direct tablet access, Beta ($129) courier bag, Beta Port ($99) with tablet window, and the Nano Port ($99) vertical shoulder bag with tablet window.

Each of the bags feature plenty of organization pockets for all your gear with separate padded laptop and tablet sleeves, magazine or document sleeves, organizer panel, and scratch-free sunglasses pocket. Many of the Portal Series bags can be worn in multiple ways, using a top padded handle for quick grab and go.

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