I’ve always been a little envious of trek7k’s sleek Osprey Raptor hydration packso I was excited to get an Osprey of my very own – the women’s Verve 10 to be exact. This low-profile pack is full of features any girl would want.
The way I picture it, when the designers sat down to create the Momentum, they referred to a commuter’s wish-list of features and started figuring out what they could incorporate and what they would need to get rid of. Fortunately, I don’t think there were too many things crossed out. I was sent the 26 liter pack by Osprey to try out. It’s the smaller of the two packs, weighing just a hair over a pound. For my 5′8″ frame, it was the perfect size. To be honest, I used to be into carrying huge packs just in case I needed the volume. The reality is I don’t really need a large pack.
Need to haul some gear? Then the Osprey 95 liter Transporter Duffle Bag is your bag. It’s all about hauling lots and lots of gear; a bottomless pit to get all of your gear and the kitchen sink to wherever your destination is located. It’s tough, durable, built with an integrated shoulder straps system, and light enough to not take all one’s precious weight limit when traveling overseas for climbs and expeditions. At 95 liters, 5700 cubic inches, this expedition duffle is large. The built in shoulder straps are good for carrying the duffle short distances. There is a built in top pocket for small items, if the shoulder straps are not in use the pockets they reside in can also be used to store small items. At 2 lbs, 5 oz it’s durable enough to last expedition after expedition in great shape, yet light enough to let the climber fill it with 47.5 lbs of gear when flying to climbing trips around the world.
Let’s face it: Skiers haul a lot of junk around. On any given ski trip, we need jackets and layers to cover conditions ranging from snow to rain and enough socks and T-shirts to go for a week or two without laundry access. Plus, there’s bulky gear like helmets, ski boots and shovels. You need a piece of luggage big enough to push the airlines’ 50-pound limit and tough enough to keep your gear from disgorging all over the tarmac. Oh yeah, wheels. It’d better roll.
WHAT IT IS:
The Osprey Shuttle 32 is “the biggest, most easily manageable piece of luggage, designed in the lightest way possible,” says Osprey founder Mike Pfotenhauer. It holds 110 liters of stuff and rolls on 4-inch-high urethane wheels, and when it’s empty, it tips the scales at just eight pounds. It’s stable standing on end or rolling over the cobblestone streets of Chamonix. The Shuttle is tall, rather than wide, at 16-inches across. “It’s the right width for the size and load,” Pfotenhauer says. “Any narrower and it would tip over; any wider and you couldn’t maneuver it.”
With most airlines now charging fees to check even one bag, savvy travelers are packing lighter and only taking a carry-on bag.Personally? I can go 5 weeks with a 22″ carry-on. You, however, are likely traveling for a shorter period of time and need only to bring enough for a week max. You’ve got lots of choices these days and one you might consider is the Osprey Meridian Convertible Pack.
Convertible packs are those in which you can swap from roll-aboard to backpack relatively easily – usually by unzipping a pouch in the back, pulling out the arm and waist straps (also known as harness straps) and hoisting it onto your back – like a daybag. While these aren’t for everyone, they definitely have their time and place such as when traveling through a region with lots of stairs (think: Europe) or when you’re having to walk down dirt roads/paths (think: India). Places where you can’t simply pull your bag behind you.
It’s one thing to recycle, but even better to buy recycled products—putting to good use the materials we were smart enough to divert from the landfill. Osprey has a line of products featuring a minimum of 70 percent recycled materials, including 100 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (ground up water and soda bottles), as well as 100 percent recycled mesh pockets, binding tape, webbing, and fabric zipper pulls. The Elroy is 72 percent recycled materials and is a great all-around sporty version of a briefcase, with a laptop sleeve, cell phone and tons of other pockets. We’d love to see Osprey develop this line further.
Nat Geo Adventure Announces Spring/Summer Gear of the Year for 2011
Our friends over at National Geographic Adventure have posted their picks for Gear of the Year for Spring/Summer 2011. As the weather heats up, we all need different gear for our outdoor activities, and the items on the list reflect a different approach for the new seasons. As you would expect from a list like this, there is a little of everything, including backpacks, tents, clothing, and more. One of the items making the list is the Osprey Hornet 46 backpack, which receives high honors for being lightweight and flexible, something that I noted when I reviewed the Hornet 32 awhile back. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the convenience and comfort that comes with the Osprey packs, and this one is definitely no exception.