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Gear Guide: Spring 2013 Women’s Specific Hiking Gear
Spring can be a time of unpredictable weather. But spring is also a great time to get out and see the first signs of summer. We have gathered some of the newest pieced of gear to keep you dry and comfortable as well as a couple packs that will carry some essential while on any hike. And the best part is all this gear is specifically designed for women.
The Mira 34 is a new women’s-specific complement to the Manta line of multi-sport hydration packs. Highly ventilated and loaded with features, this series is unique in the sea of hydration packs. The Mira is the go anywhere, do anything pack. Key features include the AirSpeed™ backpanel and a new ventilated BioStretch™ harness for cool comfort. The pack is designed with a direct zip access hydration sleeve with HydraLock frame as well as the handy Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole feature and an integrated raincover for all weather protection.
I am going cut to the chase on this one: the Meridian 22″ Convertible Wheeled Pack from Osprey Packs can be used for just about every type of trip you can think of! Whether you are going international or domestic, business or pleasure, this will serve your purpose. I took this with me on a week-long trip to Sao Paulo Brazil , and a short stint to New Orleans, both for business.
First, this main bag is deceptively roomy. When I first unzipped it I struggled to see how it could fit more than one set of clothes; the retractable roller handle supports seemed intrusive, and some of the external pouches fed into the main storage area. As I started filling it I could not believe how much this thing can hold! I packed 3 days’ worth of work clothes, workout clothes, dry toiletries, and my running shoes (size 14) with ease. The zippered pouch on the top of the bag held my liquid toiletries which makes it easy to pull out for airport security. Small zipper pockets inside the bag are convenient for keeping smaller items, such as chargers, out of the way.
Convenience is another critical feature. “Anyone who has struggled trying to get a full bladder
back into a pack will recognize the differences in the way hydraulic reservoirs are designed,”
reports Erik Hamerschlag, product line manager at Osprey Packs Inc. “Consumers are looking for
a design that maintains the shape effectively and is easy to handle getting in and out of the
pack’s hydration sleeve.”
In the field, small details matter. Hydration hoses that dangle or flop around can be a real
nuisance to a hunter. Most new designs offer a way to store the hose and bite value out of the
way. Osprey, for example, uses magnets on the bite valve and pack harness to secure the