We once scoffed at rolling bags. What if the zombie apocalypse hits and you need to run through a crowd? You can’t do that if you’re pulling a bag behind ya! But as we’ve matured (read: spent too much time hauling heavy gear on our backs through largely civil environs), the value of a rolling duffle became apparent, and the Vector 25-incher has become a go-to bag for weeklong winter trips. The 3,600 cubic inches of storage space is voluminous enough to swallow ski boots and all the apparel needed, along with a spare pair of shoes, après attire, and toiletries. Total weight? Less than 50 pounds, light enough to avoid the excess baggage fees (though we did have to stash our space-swallowing snow helmet in our carry-on). Two internal compression straps keep things tightly packed, and a variety of mesh zip pockets (at the side and along the front panel) help keep must-haves on hand. The bag also has a separate zipped storage area positioned between the bag’s chassis, which accesses a sizeable storage pocket that doesn’t impede the bag’s internal storage. Osprey suggests storing dirty clothes there to keep the filthy away from the clean, but we use it to stash our heavy coat when we get to the airport (and thus easily retrieve it when we get to our snow-choked destination). The telescoping handle and wheels both glide with the ease of fat skis through powder, and a hard-fabric exterior has proven durable across multiple intense-weather excursions. One tester had to replace the zipper pulls after overzealously trying to close an over-packed bag, but Osprey sent replacements gratis.
The Karve 16, the largest in Osprey’s Karve line of ski and snowboard packs, is a stable and intelligently designed slackcountry and inbounds tool, with just enough volume for an extended sidecountry trip. The attention to quality and craftsmanship are clear, and the price is fair.
Osprey has long been known in the outdoor industry as one of the premiere backpack manufacturers in the world. But at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, they revealed that they’re now about more than just outdoor recreation, unveiling a new line of travel bags, luggage, totes and child carriers. However, packs are their mainstay, and new bags for biking and hiking were also showed off on the convention center floor.
There were loads of awesome packs at the show to be seen. Including the Karve from Osprey. This is designed for winter sports. It has a really sleek, slim design that allows for easy lift riding and dynamic riding. It has storage for shovels, probes, and offers convenient carry options for boards and skis. It comes in three sizes, these are the sizes in storage capacity in liters, 16 L 11 L and 6 L. http://www.ospreypacks.com/
It’s hard to find a bag that can carry both your laptop and camera, have room for other travel items, be easy to carry—and look good while doing it all. The Osprey FlapJill Courier is my new favorite bag that meets those criteria.
Constructed much like the standard messenger-style bag, the Flap Jill Courier adds details that are much more than standard. One of the best things is that it has three different pockets (aside from the main pouch) to organize your things, whether it’s a cell phone, notebook and pens, or just your lip balm.
If you’re carrying your electronics, you certainly want to keep them safe from the weather, and this bag has a draw-cord collar closure to protect your precious gear. The padded laptop sleeve further cushions your electronic pal (up to 15.4 inches), so you can continue to work or play without smacking it around.
Everything is Getting Ridiculously Light
The technology in travel gear, apparel, and shoes has progressed so far so fast that if you have a backpack or jacket from even five years ago, there’s a good chance it weighs twice as much as what you would buy now to replace it. I’m routinely running into backpacks I can pick up with one pinky, wheeled suitcases I can pick up with a forefinger. This wheeled carry-on from Osprey at the right weighs all of four pounds.