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Wired.com – Featuring Sirrus 24 – September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015
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Four days ago, seven climbers and I started our trek toward the Kili summit. We’ve been following the Machame route (also known as the “Whisky Route”) up the mountain’s southern side. It’s a challenging, beautiful trail that begins in monkey-filled tropical rainforest, moves through moorland and alpine desert, and dead-ends at the summit’s glaciers…But climbing Kili is something I’ve wanted to do for more than a decade, and I’m betting I’ve got the gear, guides, and training to make it work.

Osprey Sirrus 24: There is no such thing as a perfect daypack, but this one ­with a frame that feels like it’s giving you a hug comes pretty close. It holds more than you’d think, though I’ll admit, another outside pocket or two would make it perfect.

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Wired.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 – April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015
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One of the best parts of our jobs here at WIRED is that we get to test all the new things as soon as they come out…Some products only show their true colors after several weeks, months, or years to experience them, live with them, play with them, and wear them. That’s what we’ve gathered here—products we’ve been testing and love, or the stuff from our lives that we own and never want to let go…

This Osprey Atmos AG 65 is the most comfortable trekking backpack I’ve ever worn. The reason? It uses a new suspension system that ditches traditional plastic and foam for mesh webbing. The webbing, which stretches from your shoulder blades to the hip belt, is more pliable and immediately conforms to the shape of your body. The design drastically improves load carry, venting, and overall comfort.

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Wired.com – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 22 + 10 – December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014
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Every season brings a new wave of snowboarding gear chock full of innovation and bold designs. This year is no exception: Boards are coming in a variety of shapes—whether it’s Gnu’s asymmetrical carver or Gilson’s double-edged design—and packs are sporting new avalanche features to keep you safe in the backcountry… We looked around the industry and picked some of the most promising pieces of snowboarding gear for the upcoming season. Take a look and beef up that Christmas wish list…

Osprey ABS Kode 22 +10
Osprey’s backcountry pack is a great piece for splitboard touring—large enough for backpacking, with all the tweaks and tools for snowboarding. Thoughtful features like wet/dry gear organization, ABS compatibility, and the ability to expand to a 32-liter pack make it a great way to haul your essentials with you on a day trip.

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Wired.com – Featuring Syncro 20 – July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014

The plan was austere and elegant. I would ride a mountain bike pulling a trailer on a 77-mile loop around the Mojave National Preserve at the height of spring. Wildflowers would blanket my route, and the three-day expedition would merge two loves—riding and camping—into my first bike-packing epic.

Other essentials I was bringing: 30 spare bike parts and tools recommended by an expert bike-packer friend, a minimalist tarp shelter, a superlight sleeping bag, a 5.5-gallon water container, high-powered lights, a camera, and food. All of this had to fit on a Bob Ibex Plus trailer or in a 20-liter Osprey hydration pack with a pocket for everything…

Dawn was bright and cool. I rode 15 miles up and down washboard roads, past leafless trees and giant boulders that looked karate-chopped by Zeus. As I rode, I groped for the Osprey hydro-pack’s bladder nozzle magnetically secured to my chest strap and steadily sipped from it as if on an oral-drip IV.

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Wired.com – Featuring Poco Premium – April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

My daughter Lucia, or Lulu, was born to move. She laughs out loud when she’s thrown in the air and crawls around our house at what seems like warp speed (take your eyes off her and she’s gone). It came as no surprise, then, that she also loves to be chauffeured around the foothills and mountains near our house in her Osprey Poco Premium child carrier. She’s happy to sit in the thing for as long as I’m willing to keep hiking. Thankfully the pack carries extremely well, with a thick hip belt that transfers her weight off my back. The sun is intense here in the high desert of New Mexico, so the built-in sun shade is a lifesaver…

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Wired.com – Featuring Xena 85 – February 7, 2014

February 7, 2014

When packing for a 12-day excursion to the Peruvian Amazon, space is limited. Fortunately, the Osprey Xena 85 pack had plenty of room, with a giant inner compartment plus multiple outer pockets and two zipper pouches in the top. A lower compartment appears to be set aside for a sleeping bag, and is separated from the main pocket by a thin membrane. Overall it’s a great, roomy pack that’s easily customizable and has ample carrying space…

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Wired.com – Featuring Rev 6 – January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014

I have a drinking problem. If I’m running on trails in the woods, water fountains aren’t exactly plentiful. I don’t want to hold onto anything or wear a dorky hip belt, so how do I obey my thirst? Thankfully, I found out about the Osprey Rev 6, a super-lightweight hydration pack made expressly for runners and cyclists. What makes it a no-brainer for trail running in particular is the hip stabilizers: They’re large and pliable enough to wrap around your flanks almost like a shirt, which means zero bouncing. Even better, the re-designed hydration bladder is easier to take apart and clean without spilling water all over yourself.

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