Side country becomes your domain with Osprey’s 16-liter option. Big enough to take on terrain past the gates but small enough to disappear on the back, KARVE 16 is a featherweight sack that hugs close while serving up some serious turns support. Beefy zippers, padded pocket and a reinforced diagonal ski carry strap bring backcountry cred to KARVE. Testers smiled at the insulated hydration sleeve and a generous main compartment to shove, stow and go. Despite minimal weight, KARVE 16 carries high abrasion resistance and tough seams down the mountain. Plastic buckles always carry some risk but Active Junky isn’t afraid of Osprey’s components, either. Buy a lift ticket then disappear with the KARVE 16.
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A new local park with miles of excellent hiking trails opened last month; it’s only 10 minutes from my house, so I plan to spend a lot of time there this spring. Here’s what I’ll have with me:
Osprey Escapist 20 ($99; OspreyPacks.com) Full disclosure: This pack was designed for mountain bikers, and there’s even a helmet attachment (called a “LidLock”) to prove it. But I love it for day hikes, too. It keeps sweat at bay better than any other pack I’ve tried, thanks to the ingenious mix of strategically-placed foam and mesh on the back panels and straps, and that’s a huge thing if you live in an often-steamy climate. In addition, there are lots of little extras that show that great care went into the design: a secret rain cover hidden in the bottom, a small top “slash” pocket so small items (wallet, sunglasses, camera) are easy to access, a pocket on the shoulder strap for your ID and some cash, and two water bottle pockets.
Osprey has come out with the Aura, a new women’s series in their backpack line that offers their great comfort in backpacking. This is an extremely functional pack with key features that make things easily accessible and adjustable to best fit your body. The Aura 50 is the perfect size for a day hike up to a few days of hiking. It is also a great pack for a day of ice or rock climbing.
Imagine being able to strap a 17-inch laptop into the padded pocket, then toss in school books and papers, a bike u-lock, a change of clothes, and shoes, to your back—and hardly feel it. The Osprey Momentum pulls off this feat, and is one of the most well-designed and highly versatile commuter packs I’ve used. A wide wide variety of organizational pockets keep your tire pump, patch kit, and multitool in place, leaving more than enough space to stash all your daily commuter materials. With 34 liters of storage, if you run out of space you’re probably packing too much—except the pack also has a zippered expansion panel that offers eight additional liters of storage capacity!
Nat Geo Adventure Announces Spring/Summer Gear of the Year for 2011
Our friends over at National Geographic Adventure have posted their picks for Gear of the Year for Spring/Summer 2011. As the weather heats up, we all need different gear for our outdoor activities, and the items on the list reflect a different approach for the new seasons. As you would expect from a list like this, there is a little of everything, including backpacks, tents, clothing, and more. One of the items making the list is the Osprey Hornet 46 backpack, which receives high honors for being lightweight and flexible, something that I noted when I reviewed the Hornet 32 awhile back. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the convenience and comfort that comes with the Osprey packs, and this one is definitely no exception.
Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today announced the addition of Katie Koppenhafer and Chris Horton to the Osprey customer service team.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chris and Katie to the Osprey team,” said Eric Triplett, Customer Service Manager at Osprey. “They both bring a wealth of experience in sales and consumer relations and possess a passion for Osprey and the outdoors that will serve them well in their new roles. They will be key players in servicing our end-user customer and Osprey retail dealer needs. We are very fortunate to have them both join the Osprey family.”