NationalParksTraveler.com – Featuring Variant 37 – December 28, 2014 – Osprey Packs Press
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NationalParksTraveler.com – Featuring Variant 37 – December 28, 2014

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I had a chance to take this new Osprey pack for a test run this fall couple of times, and liked it very much. My old pack (which hasn’t been made for over 20 years) is a mish-mash of sewn-on patches, replaced zippers, and marks where an Alaskan mouse chewed its way. I guess it’s probably time for a gear upgrade before something important drops out.

On a long, autumn hike up the Wasatch Mountains in November, the Variant made a good catch-all bag for me and two other hikers as we scrambled up rocky slopes, wandered along rock outcroppings, and lunched at the top of Lookout Peak. It is very lightweight (a bit over 3 ½ pounds), and was really, really comfortable. My partners made fun of the bright orange color, but it was hunting season after all, and we didn’t get shot too much. I imagine the color will mellow with repeated use. The pack also comes in Galactic black, perfect for more of a stealth approach, or space exploration…

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