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TheManual.com – Featuring Manta 28 – September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015
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Adventure racing is a multidisciplinary sport where racers navigate through backcountry terrain – often without the benefit of trails – using map and compass, and all manner of transport from stand up paddle boards to mountain bikes… As part of his training, we are documenting the best gear for paddling, running, biking, and recovery, as well as keeping track of all the (mis)adventure along the way.

Osprey Manta 28
As all day hiking packs go, this is our favorite. Twenty-eight liters is the Goldilocks of pack sizing for a long adventure race. This pack has gotten us through all day training sessions as well as multiple long distance races. We’ve carried full trail running, rappeling, and mountain biking gear loads comfortably in all conditions. The harness has a raised “trampoline” back panel that allows for extra venting. Extra organization keeps every bit of gear in its place so if disaster strikes you’re not rooting around for our first aid kit or spare bike tubes. Did we mention it’s comfortable?

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TheManual.com – Featuring Ozone Convertible Series – June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015
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The July 4th weekend is almost upon us, so we here at The Manual wanted to help get your packin’ on. If you’ll be hanging at the pool, headed to a beach, or planning a staycation, we’ve got a few packing options for just what you may need for this (hopefully) sun-filled long holiday weekend.

Osprey – This just may be the best bag to take away this, or any weekend. The combining of the retractable handle, wheels, backpack straps and a detachable daypack, paired with lightweight fabrics and a hip-belt. Pull it through airports, then tote on the trail.

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TheManual.com – Featuring Radial 26 – June 9, 2015

June 9, 2015
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Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to start planning some adventures… The best daypacks are purpose built for exploring, travel, commuting, and everything in between. We’ve picked a handful of our favorites and done all the testing and legwork for you. Now you just have to load up and find your own wilderness.

Bike Commuter: Osprey Radial 26
We spent much of May riding eighteen miles to and from the office every day. Every mile was accomplished in comfort with the redesigned Osprey Radial 26. From the harness to the internal organization, this pack is built for serious bike commuters. A padded laptop compartment fits up to a 15 inch laptop, with an additional zippered tablet slot. The main compartment fit a change of clothes (who wants to show up to the office in sweaty spandex?), a sketchbook, and lunch with ease. On the outside the Lidlock helmet clip and water bottle side pockets kept everything within reach when it came time to get back on the road.

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TheManual.com – Featuring Atmos AG 50 – March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015
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The jungles and islands of South East Asia are a paradise for a traveler who is prepared for a little adventure..From hauling gear through airports, on boats and buses, to trekking down tourist laden beaches, we put this short list of essentials through a two week test endurance test to find the best gear for a jetsetter on a budget.

Osprey Atmos AG
The all new Atmos AG (Anti-Gravity) pack is easily our favorite backpacking gear hauler ever made. The completely redesigned 3D suspension lifts the load off your shoulder and back without the use of heavy padding or foam. This gives you unparalleled comfort whether you’re hauling a load of camping gear through the jungle or wrestling your pack down a long airport concourse to catch a flight. If we keep one pack forever, this one will be it.

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TheManual.com – Featuring Kode 42 – February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015
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The idea of skiing pristine backcountry snow has slowly grown from a small community of Rock Mountain extreme skiers and climbers to a powerful group of professional riders, weekend warriors, and vacationers…The fat bike revolution opens up more terrain not only to skiers and boarders, but winter adventurers in general… We decided to see what all the hype was about – and escape the balmy sixty degree temperatures of Salt Lake City – and packed our gear up to pedal to powder at 10,000 feet in Utah’s Wasatch Range. Read on for a look at the best snow biking gear this season.

Osprey Kode 42
Osprey has been building serious mountain packs since 1974. Their Kode series are dedicated backcountry skiing gear haulers for any conditions, and the Kode 42 is the largest and most versatile of the bunch. Designed for big mountain skiers to carry climbing and avalanche safety gear, this pack is the perfect hauler for all your winter needs. It will carry skis or board as well as maintains space for helmets, rope, and has dual access from the top or back panel with gear organizers to keep your essentials dry and within reach…

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TheManual.com – Featuring: Mutant 38 – December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014
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The first serious storms of this winter season are on the ground (sorry, Buffalo), but that shouldn’t keep you off the trail. Sure, it might be below freezing and your favorite trail is completely iced over and deserted. That means you’ll have the best spots on the mountain all to yourself, that is, if you know how to build your hiking kit up for the winter. A winter summit day gear list can easily start looking like you’re packing for a trek to Everest instead of a quick jaunt in the woods, so we’ve done the serious leg work and helped you pick out the best trekking gear for cold weather trips above the the treeline.

Our favorite four-season pack is the Osprey Mutant 38. Redesigned for this winter, this formidable gear hauler is just as at home hauling ice axes and rope up Rainier as it is navigating the twisting canyons of Zion National Park. Specific alpine climbing features like water and snow shedding outer material, a stowable helmet carry system, A-frame ski carry, and climbing harness compatible suspension make for the perfect formula for bagging peaks in the snow. Using the side compression we’ve dialed it down for light day use, and even hauled ski and camera gear on serious ski-mountaineering routes. To sum it up in a single word, the Mutant is flawless.

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TheManual.com – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 42 – November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014
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It’s not easy to resist the allure of fresh powder and pristine slopes — after all, some of the finest runs you’ll likely ever encounter rest within the backcountry. However, unlike the controlled terrain of your local park or ski slope, the distant areas outside the confides of the park often hold their own peril. Avalanches, the unpredictable force of nature known to obliterate everything from trees to buildings, always pose a risk. Fortunately, the Osprey’s Kode ABS 42 is designed for such occasions.

Specifically crafted with ABS compatibility in mind, the 42-liter is more than just a mere organizer. The thermoformed back panel unzips, allowing you to attach an ABS base unit and providing you with additional protection in case of an avalanche. With the quick pull of the explosive handle, nitrogen canisters help deploy the dual balloons housed within the ABS unit, thus increasing your odds of staying afloat when caught in an onslaught of snow and debris. Moreover, the jet-black pack touts an enormous front panel for quickly accessing other avalanche safety equipment — i.e. a probe, shovel, beacon — and other gear stored in the dedicated sleeves…

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TheManual.com – Featuring Stratos 34 – November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014
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We get it — gift giving can be a stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be if you know what you’re doing and who you’re buying for. The outdoor industry is currently bursting with fantastic apparel and equipment, spanning everything from breathable jackets and crushable hats to touch-capacitive gloves and versatile axe heads, all of which are perfectly poised to become your go-to pieces on the dusted slopes or backcountry trails. And given the holidays often provide some much needed time off, there’s rarely a better time to bestow your friend or family member with something they’ll actually use…

Osprey Stratos 34 Pack: Though the winter isn’t the most enticing time to backpack, having a day pack that moonlights as a single overnighter is never a bad idea. Osprey’s gender-specific Stratos 34 offers functionality with sleek form, providing everything from hipbelt pockets and compression straps to an integrated rain cover and mesh ventilation.

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