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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Escapist Series – April 22, 2012

April 22, 2012

Whether you are looking to hit the mountain bike trails all day or need a backpack that is bike commute friendly, the new Osprey Escapist Series will have you covered. With a range of sizes from 15L to 30L, the hydration friendly packs are ideal for anything from quick rides with just the essentials to multi-day bike packing trips.

I have been mountain biking all around Marin wearing the Osprey Escapist 30 that I was sent to test. The packs are compatible with both a 2L and 3L hydration reservoir, leaving you plenty of fluids for a full day on the trail. The hydration compartment is external to the main pack, making it easy to get the reservoir in and out and also saving your gear from any water leakage. The hydration tube can be routed either left or right.

The backpanel, shoulder straps, and hipbelt are all made of a mesh covered perforated foam to help with ventilation. The hipbelt has two zippered pockets which are great for quick access snack storage. The belt is also flexible enough that is can be tucked behind your back if you don’t feel like securing it around your waist while you ride.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Karve Series – January 22, 2012

January 22, 2012

The new Karve Series from Osprey includes three low profile packs built especially for side country adventures. For those of you looking to ride, the day packs can accommodate your skis, snowboard, and avalanche safety equipment, with insulated hydration and ample storage space for all other winter side country sports.

I took a Karve 11 side country backpack with me to Colorado for use when snow shoeing and multi-pitch ice climbing. The thermoformed back panel and EVA foam harness with adjustable sternum straps make the pack light and comfortable to wear all day. The sternum strap buckle integrates a whistle in case of emergency, while the minimalist hip belt can be neatly tucked behind your back if not required.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Verve 10 – March 5, 2011

March 17, 2011

Special Edition Osprey Pack For Breast Cancer Fund

Osprey has teamed up with the Breast Cancer Fund to launch a special edition women’s hydration pack. The Verve 10 is part of Osprey’s new Spring hydration pack series for mountain biking and hiking that includes the extended Verve line as well as the Viper line for men.

The special edition purple Verve 10 is not only the Breast Cancer Fund color, but features the prayer flags the organization uses to honor those who have faced, or are currently facing, the challenge of cancer. For every special edition Verve 10 hydration pack purchased, $4 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund.

The Verve 10 comes with the BPA- and PVC-free HydraForm reservoir. Osprey’s HydraLock System compresses the reservoir as it empties, reducing the dreaded water slosh and bouncing effect. The reservoir bite valve attaches magnetically to your sternum strap for quick access.

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