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Mtbr.com – Featuring Zealot 16 – June 30, 2013

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Mtbr.com – Featuring Zealot 16 – June 30, 2013

June 30, 2013

The Zealot 16 is Osprey’s first foray into the gravity orientated hydration pack realm. The fully featured 16 liter capacity pack is comfortable, tough and carries loads competently, with a nicely padded and well ventilated back panel. Osprey has been making packs since 1974, and although they’re headquartered in Cortez Colorado, their manufacturing takes place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Osprey Zealot 16

The Zealot 16 is made with tough and durable 210D Nylon Nailhead, 500D and 1000D nylon fabrics, and utilizes their molded foam AirScape back panel, BioStretch ventilated harness and a 40mm straight ErgoPull hip belt with padded hip wings. It has their brilliant LidLock helmet clip and blinker light attachment patch. The pack has a 16 liter capacity, and includes their 100 oz (3 L) Hydraform reservoir and a roll-out tool pouch. The pack comes in two colors, Pitch Black and Octane Blue, and two sizes, Small/Medium and Medium/Large, weighs in at 920 grams and retails for $149. In addition, they have a Zealot 10, which has a 10 liter capacity and retails for $129.

The large main compartment is accompanied by a padded front compression pocket, a top stash pocket, two stretch mesh side pockets, two hip pockets, and a mesh and zippered harness pocket. The main compartment is cavernous, and the useful back panel opening makes it easy to access items. I do wish there was some internal zippered pockets, slots and pouches for better organization of items in the main area, since things can get lost in the vastness of the compartment. The hydration reservoir fits into a separate pocket or sleeve on the rear of the main compartment, which isolates it for easier insertion while the pack is still fully loaded, and it has an elastic compression cord system to hold it tightly in place to prevent unwanted movement. The hip pockets worked for a gel packs, cameras, and phones, although it was a tight fit jamming an iPhone in there.

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OdrMag.com – Osprey Holds Athlete Summit to Solidify Brand – June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

Osprey packs held its first-ever Athlete Summit, bringing together Osprey sponsored athletes from a variety of sports to inspire and build the brand. Over two days, the team participated in marketing, product and sales meetings as well as brainstorming sessions to provide input and insight. Based on the success of the inaugural Athlete Summit, Osprey plans on hosting follow up summits in the future to grow athlete relationships and support brand initiatives.

Athletes attending the two-day meeting at Osprey headquarters in Cortez, CO included: climber Beth Rodden, mountain athlete Ben Clark, mountain biker Macky Franklin, skier Alison Gannett, climber Timmy O’Neill, adventure racer Payge McMahon, skier and climber Evan Stevens, climber Majka Burhardt, skier Sven Brunso, climber Jasmin Caton and mountain biking phenoms Jake and Nye Yackle.

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SingleTracks.com – Featuring Verve 9 – June 23, 2013

June 23, 2013

Summertime mountain bikers require plenty of water for long, hot, dusty rides, and what better way to carry that water than with a sweet Osprey hydration pack? I recently had the chance to review the women’s-specific Verve 9 Osprey pack, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.

According to the Osprey website, the Verve 9 is ideal for 1.5 to 3-hour bike rides and is also suitable for trail running or day hiking. It comes with a 3-liter hydration bladder as well. The pack includes 9 liters of storage space, as well as several great new features. I took it out on a 2.5-hour bike ride recently, and it held plenty of water and gear for a ride of that length.

The Verve 9L pack (pictured here in Passion Purple) has two zippered storage compartments and a deep, open center pouch for stuffing rain coats, bandanas, etc. Visible in the top center is the helmet holder. This is a great feature for times when you’re simply climbing up a dirt road on a hot day and really don’t need your helmet on. The lower hip belt (which I’m using) can be removed if you so desire.

I found that the pack had plenty of room for my tools, windbreaker and snacks. All the straps are easily adjustable, and the backpack is comfortable even when loaded with gear and 2.5L of water.

One of the greatest features of any Osprey pack is the magnetic bite valve clip. Instead of fumbling for a drooping hydration hose and bite valve while riding, this one attaches to your sternum strap buckle. It has a 180-degree on/off pivot and is easy to reach and reattach while riding. Also, one strap has a small front pocket for stashing a gel shot or granola bar.

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Athletes Flock to Cortez for Team Summit – June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013

Cortez, CO — Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, held its first-ever Athlete Summit this May, bringing together Osprey sponsored, professional athletes from a variety of sports to inspire and build the brand.

Athletes attending the two-day meeting at Osprey headquarters in Cortez, CO included: climber Beth Rodden, mountain athlete Ben Clark, mountain biker Macky Franklin, skier Alison Gannett, climber Timmy O’Neill, adventure racer Payge McMahon, skier and climber Evan Stevens, climber Majka Burhardt, skier Sven Brunso, climber Jasmin Caton and mountain biking phenoms Jake and Nye Yackle.

“It was wonderful to gather our diverse lineup of athletes at Osprey headquarters,” said Osprey’s Director of Marketing Gareth Martins. “Their energy and enthusiasm was contagious. We are very lucky to have such engaged ambassadors for our brand.”

Over two days, the team participated in marketing, product and sales meetings as well as brainstorming sessions to provide input and insight. The athletes took time to tour Osprey headquarters, signing posters and meeting Osprey employees throughout the warehouse and customer service departments. The group also tried their hand at bowling and Frisbee golf. Fortunately for Osprey, they all agreed to stick with their own sports.

Throughout the Athlete Summit, the team participated in an Instagram Scavenger Hunt, competing to accomplish specific tasks and documenting them on Instagram for their fans and followers. The scavenger hunt images can be viewed here. Winners Macky Franklin and Payge McMahon donated their prize money to a non-profit of their choosing. Macky selected Field Institute of Taos while Payge chose Paradox Sports.

Based on the success of the inaugural Athlete Summit, Osprey plans on hosting follow up summits in the future to grow athlete relationships and support brand initiatives.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Athletes Flock to Cortez for Team Summit – June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, held its first-ever Athlete Summit this May, bringing together Osprey sponsored, professional athletes from a variety of sports to inspire and build the brand.

Athletes attending the two-day meeting at Osprey headquarters in Cortez, CO included: climber Beth Rodden, mountain athlete Ben Clark, mountain biker Macky Franklin, skier Alison Gannett, climber Timmy O’Neill, adventure racer Payge McMahon, skier and climber Evan Stevens, climber Majka Burhardt, skier Sven Brunso, climber Jasmin Caton and mountain biking phenoms Jake and Nye Yackle.

“It was wonderful to gather our diverse lineup of athletes at Osprey headquarters,” said Osprey’s Director of Marketing Gareth Martins. “Their energy and enthusiasm was contagious. We are very lucky to have such engaged ambassadors for our brand.”

Over two days, the team participated in marketing, product and sales meetings as well as brainstorming sessions to provide input and insight. The athletes took time to tour Osprey headquarters, signing posters and meeting Osprey employees throughout the warehouse and customer service departments. The group also tried their hand at bowling and Frisbee golf. Fortunately for Osprey, they all agreed to stick with their own sports.

Throughout the Athlete Summit, the team participated in an Instagram Scavenger Hunt, competing to accomplish specific tasks and documenting them on Instagram for their fans and followers. The scavenger hunt images can be viewed here. Winners Macky Franklin and Payge McMahon donated their prize money to a non-profit of their choosing. Macky selected Field Institute of Taos while Payge chose Paradox Sports.

Based on the success of the inaugural Athlete Summit, Osprey plans on hosting follow up summits in the future to grow athlete relationships and support brand initiatives.

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TheBigOutside.com – Featuring Manta 28 – June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

For multi-hour dayhikes, when you need to carry a fair bit of extra clothing, food, and water, I like a pack with at least 20 liters of capacity, good organization, easy access, and that carries a load efficiently. It’s just a bonus if your back stays cool, too. With those two sentences, I’ve just summed up the Manta 28.

Carrying it on a two-day, June hut trek in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, I found it excels at that last attribute: keeping me cool in sweaty conditions. The reason? A trampoline-style, taut mesh back panel that creates a gap between your back and the pack, letting air flow across my sweaty back on hot uphill slogs. The mesh-covered, perforated foam hipbelt—which is mounted directly onto the mesh back panel, so that it wraps cleanly around my waist—and perforated mesh shoulder straps also breathe remarkably well. But unlike some packs with a similar trampoline design, the Manta does not sit so far off your back that the weight pulls on your shoulders, thanks to a supportive, peripheral wire frame that carried 15 pounds or more very comfortably for me over 12-mile days. Plus, the pack rides low on your back, making it versatile for longer mountain bike rides as well.

The Manta 28 had space for two days’ worth of trail food (I ate breakfast and dinner in the hut), plus all the clothes I needed for two days in the mountains, incidentals like sunglasses and cell phone, a sleeping bag liner, and a full three-liter bladder. I really like the organization. The panel-loading design provides quick access to the main compartment. There are three zippered front pockets—one of them lined with an embossed fabric for delicate objects like sunglasses and electronics—two stretchy side pockets large enough to hold a liter bottle, and two spacious hipbelt pockets. The Hydraulics three-liter bladder—which comes with the Manta 28, a $30 value—nests inside a dedicated slot at the back of the pack, so I could remove and refill the bladder without unloading the pack.

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TheWirecutter.com – Featuring Talon 22 – June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

When we think of summer, we think of road trips, beach days and BBQs. Most of the time, all you need to enjoy your summer is some time away from work and your friends. But sometimes having the right gear can help make things better.

So, on the eve of Summer Solstice, we present you with this list of over 80 researched items that we think can enhance–or even allow you to have–an adventure. Although some of these are The Wirecutter or The Sweethome picks researched thoroughly, most of them are casual favorites we found after at least 20 minutes of researching or a few months or years of personal use. We tried to stay away from anything too frivolous, but let us know if we got anything wrong, or if we have missed anything you recommend. We’ll update this guide through the summer.

P.S. Please remember, just because this list is filled with high quality goods does not mean you need all or even most of them. You are capable of having a wonderful, memorable, amazing summer of fun and adventure without too many props. Just grab your friends and say yes to more things than you say no to, and don’t be afraid to scare yourself a little bit in the process. Things will work out just fine. (…)

Backpack (Haul your rations further and more surely)

If you plan on spending much of your summer on the trail, it’s time to upgrade to a dedicated hiking daypack. REI recommends choosing a well-ventilated, comfortable pack with side pockets and compartments with around 30 liters of storage space, enough to hold all of your food, clothing and gear. The Outdoor Gear Lab’s Editors’ Choice is the Osprey Talon 22, which costs $100. At 20-22 liters, depending on size, it’s a little smaller than REI recommends, but Outdoor Gear Lab says its design makes it possible to stuff in as much (or as little) as you need for your hiking. Its helmet attachment and tow loop make it a good selection for bikers as well. Raymond Estrella at Backpack Gear Test likes its ventilated back and comfortable hip strap, vital for long trips in the heat.

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4AllOutdoors.org – Featuring Verve 5 – June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013

Osprey has made some changes to the Verve Pack Series. The pack still has styling and a fit designed for women specifically. The new Verve comes in two colors:  Purple Passion and Platinum Grey. I will be reviewing the Platinum Grey color. This pack has red/orange upper straps, blinker light attachment and zipper for the front panel. This detailing makes the pack “pop”. The front of the front panel has a reflective leaf design, which I think adds a simple design detail that makes this pack stand out from others.

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