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TheManual.com – Featuring Manta 28 – September 15, 2015

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TheManual.com – Featuring Manta 28 – September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015
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Adventure racing is a multidisciplinary sport where racers navigate through backcountry terrain – often without the benefit of trails – using map and compass, and all manner of transport from stand up paddle boards to mountain bikes… As part of his training, we are documenting the best gear for paddling, running, biking, and recovery, as well as keeping track of all the (mis)adventure along the way.

Osprey Manta 28
As all day hiking packs go, this is our favorite. Twenty-eight liters is the Goldilocks of pack sizing for a long adventure race. This pack has gotten us through all day training sessions as well as multiple long distance races. We’ve carried full trail running, rappeling, and mountain biking gear loads comfortably in all conditions. The harness has a raised “trampoline” back panel that allows for extra venting. Extra organization keeps every bit of gear in its place so if disaster strikes you’re not rooting around for our first aid kit or spare bike tubes. Did we mention it’s comfortable?

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Carryology.com – Featuring Radial 26 – September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015
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There are backpacks you can use on a bike and there are backpacks designed specifically for use on a bike. The Osprey Radial 26 is definitely the latter.
If you’re serious about getting gear from home to work and back home again, daily, on two wheels, you can’t go far wrong with this little gem (probably should call it an ‘emerald’ though due to its bright green color).
The team at Osprey really seem to have drawn up a list of the most important things you need when commuting on your bike, then nailed each and every one of them..

Trailspace.com – Featuring Talon 22 – September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015
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For those moving fast and packing smaller loads, lightweight packs in the Talon series adjust for a wide range of comfort and suit any style with the option of several sharp colors and graphics. Designed for mountain biking, trail running, fastpacking, peak bagging, and adventure racing. Features the AirScape back panel with ridge-molded foam that creates air channels, and adjustable harness, and mesh hip belt pockets.

Summary
This pack is a perfect size for day hikes; snacks, jackets, and extra water all fit nicely. The stretch pocket on the outside is great for holding maps and any other quick access needs. The hip strap with pockets also makes for a secure fit with easy access to smaller necessities. The easy adjustment straps etc. also make it a snap for either my husband or I to wear comfortably.

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Trailspace.com – Featuring Talon 22 – September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015
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For those moving fast and packing smaller loads, lightweight packs in the Talon series adjust for a wide range of comfort and suit any style with the option of several sharp colors and graphics. Designed for mountain biking, trail running, fastpacking, peak bagging, and adventure racing. Features the AirScape back panel with ridge-molded foam that creates air channels, and adjustable harness, and mesh hip belt pockets.

Summary
This pack is a perfect size for day hikes; snacks, jackets, and extra water all fit nicely. The stretch pocket on the outside is great for holding maps and any other quick access needs. The hip strap with pockets also makes for a secure fit with easy access to smaller necessities. The easy adjustment straps etc. also make it a snap for either my husband or I to wear comfortably.

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Good Times and GTWeekly.com – Featuring Osprey Packs and Mike Pfotenhauer – September 9, 2015

September 9, 2015
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When it comes to innovations that have changed the world, Santa Cruz gets sold short. Silicon Valley gets all the hype for being at the cutting edge of technology—but next time you take a selfie, hear a bad singer sound good, use a wireless headset, or stand in front of a baseball pitching machine, you should think about our side of the hill. Here are 10 things you might not know were invented here.

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In the 1970s, Mike Pfotenhauer made a name for himself in Santa Cruz with a company called Santa Cruz Recreational Packs. It was a backpack company run out of the front of his house that produced custom-fitted, made-to-order backpacks. Word of mouth about the business kept a line of travelers coming to his door and waiting for days to have their packs made.

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OutdoorGearLab.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – September 6, 2015

September 6, 2015
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What is the best hydration pack on the market? We tested the top 11 contenders on the market to find out which one stands up to the test, time and time again. From hiking to biking, climbing to running, we put these packs head to head to prove which one keeps you hydrated, keeping you performing longer…

While we were really happy with elements of each pack, there was only one pack that didn’t have drawbacks that made us rethink them as a well rounded choice–the Osprey Raptor 10. The Raptor’s great storage, solid stability, and overall usability made it our favorite choice, and the decision was echoed by every mountain biker we made take it for a spin. Though it didn’t dominate any certain category, its well rounded performance makes it a great choice for a great multipurpose pack, even though it’s pegged as a mountain bike specific pack by Osprey.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Escapist 32 – September 3, 2015

September 3, 2015
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The average mountain bike ride starts, finishes and winds up at a brew pub in under five hours. Most of us are in and out—a quick and dirty foray into the wilds. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We could stay all day. And night. Provided we had the gear to do so.

Bikepacking might be the trendiest of things these days (the Great Enduro Craze of 2014 finally losing its bit of steam), but as far as bike-industry trends go, bikepacking is pretty damn cool. Extending our time in the outdoors so that we move beyond the impersonal rip through the countryside? I’m all for that. The gear that’d let you extend your stay, however, has been lacking. That’s where the Osprey Escapist series comes in. There are three models in the line, with the 32 (shown here) being the largest of the bunch. And large it is: this thing is, really, more of a daypack with hydration capability than the other way around. The Escapist 32 offers up 32 liters (that’s 2,000 cubic inches for everyone who still thinks of engine displacement as either “289” or “302”). Or, to put a finer point on it, you can hump between 15 and 30 pounds worth of crap in this thing. Try that with your garden-variety hydration pack.

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ClimbingReport.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 – September 2015

September 1, 2015
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Osprey is one of the premier backpack manufacturers in the US, and for good reason. Every 6 months when we attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City we see new innovation and thinking all over the packs in Osprey’s lineup. The Osprey Atmos AG 65 is one of the very latest designs and has a lot more than just some new pockets and straps.

Suspension
The most obvious design aspect of the Osprey Atmos AG 65 is the Anti-Gravity (the AG part of the pack’s name) suspension. At first it appears to be similar to many of the newer backpacks with a tight mesh across the back panel. When examined further you’ll see the same large mesh material that stretches across the back blend seamlessly into the waist belt. The shoulders straps are connected with the same mesh material but are attached at strategic suspension points on the pack to provide give and balance of weight…

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