Osprey ‘Wrap’ Backpack — The Osprey Atmos AG and Aura AG packs have a suspension/harness system unlike anything we’ve seen. Like a hammock on the back, the suspension mesh wraps around the wearer’s hips and into the shoulder straps.
The effect is a pack body that barely contacts the wearer, suspended away from the torso in most points for incredible ventilation and a secure, comfortable hug. We can’t wait to test this one out. It will hit the market in 2015.
The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market kicked off today at the Salt Lake City, Utah, Salt Palace Convention Center, welcoming thousands of outdoor gear brands and just as many retail buyers, brand representatives, media and more.
Envision rows and rows of your favorite gear — from backpacks, tents, boots, gadgets, specialized equipment and MUCH more — creating a maze of flashy chaos. It’s any gear lover’s dream come true.
And it’s just the place to sniff out awesome new products for Scouters (and Scouts) to try. Here are five of the standout items I saw today. (Remember, most of these won’t be available until spring/summer 2015 unless noted). (…)
If you pack your backpack with stuff sacks, take a peek at how much open space you see in your pack. See a difference in the above photo? The new drysacks and organizers from Osprey’s spring/summer 2015 line are square-shaped, which means less wasted space and more room for organization. A range of colors even lets Type-A Scouters organize by hue, making it even faster to find what you’re searching for in your pack.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Osprey is releasing a number of new accessories as well as updated and brand new packs. The most unique of which is the fourth generation of the Atmos AG (anti-gravity) and Aura AG pack series for men and women, respectively—with the original idea coming from Osprey’s owner and founder, Mike Pfotenhauer.
“When Mike began designing the Atmos AG, his vision was to create [a pack] that was entirely seamless,” said Gareth Martins, Osprey’s Director of Marketing, during Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. “When you put this pack on, it wants to wrap around you before you even connect the hipbelt. There’s a great deal of customization.”
In the creation process, the goal was to address the three most important factors for backpackers—comfort, load carry, and ventilation.
The Best New Gear Awards are Gear Institute’s way of honoring the most legitimately innovative new gear in the outdoor industry—products that represent a true step forward in design, aesthetics, or performance, and which debuted at the Summer 2014 Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah. (…)
This is the most inspired design in backpack design we’ve seen in years. The entire back panel of Osprey Atmos AG is a single piece of suspending webbing that floats away from the pack itself—even in the waist belt—which distributes weight over every contour of your body. That not only cushions bony places and absorbs the vibrations of trail bouncing like a trampoline, it also easily allows air to flow around your waist and back better than any system we’ve every seen. Designed for weekend loads up to about 45-pounds, the Atmos AG (or Aura AG for women) will come in 50 and 60-liter versions for $230-$260.
Twice a year, every year, Outdoor Retailer hits Salt Lake City to showcase what’s new in the outdoor industry. Hundreds of retailers attend from across the country, and the outdoor market, to show off what they’ve cooked up for the upcoming year. Seattle Backpackers Magazine is here for the Summer Market to update you on all of the new products, events and trends you need to see. (…)
We finished up the night at The State Room in Salt Lake City where Osprey hosted its 40th anniversary party. The March Fourth Marching Band rocked the house and sent the industry home worn out and excited for the next day at Outdoor Retailer.
Some first looks from the first day of Outdoor Retailer: Osprey’s updated Aura 65 features a fully integrated back-panel that moves with your body better than ever before. One designer claimed that he had “forgotten he was wearing a pack” with it on, and I can attest to the comfort of the back-panel system having tried the Aura out at the Osprey booth.
Our twice-annual pilgrimage to the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City starts tomorrow. Thousands of brands display new wares and gear that won’t be available to public until 2015. This post, part I of our preview series, reveals a smattering of swag that caught our eye. (…)
‘Wearer can move as if there’s no pack’ — That’s the claim. The Atmos AG (Men’s) and Aura AG (women’s) are Osprey’s fourth generation of its ventilated backpacks. New this time around is a load-balancing system that Osprey cites allows a wearer to move as if they don’t have a pack on. That’s quite the claim, and we plan to vet it this week at the show.