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Adventure-Journal.com – Featuring Osprey Packs – January 27, 2014

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Adventure-Journal.com – Featuring Osprey Packs – January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

The Outdoor Retailer show blooms twice a year in downtown Salt Lake City. It is an eruption of mostly petroleum-based products designed to get you outside and keep you from dying there: sleeping bags, avalanche pillows, solar-powered pens. You see sellers of outdoor equipment and clothing, and hordes of ragged-haired adventurers roaming the cavernous convention hall. The North Face fortress is surrounded by innumerable booths made into tree houses, trailers, and seamless curvilinear plastic housings displaying new-season wares. There are a thousand brands and 22,000 people in attendance. It is a jungle gym of slacklines and money, the conquering of the useless, and people are buying.

Janet Ross, who comes to every convention seeking funding for her environmental-directed Four Corners School in Monticello, Utah, said that she once wore a pedometer to find out how far she roams the convention center. In three days, she walked 22 miles.

If you look past the unbridled capitalism, this show is actually about being outside. It is about firestrikers and adventurers, even under the hallucinogenic glow of convention-hall lighting…

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MikesRoadTrip.com – Featuring Kode ABS – January 26, 2014

January 26, 2014

This past week I attended the 2014 winter Outdoor Retailer show, where I discovered some of the latest in sports apparel, products and gear. This biannual show in Salt Lake City, Utah attracts thousands of buyers, decision-makers and journalists…all in search of the latest-and-greatest in the outdoor space.

Osprey is a leader in backpack technology, so it comes as no surprise as they expand their Kode series to include ABS, which is a life-saving airbag technology. Osprey’s Kode ABS Compatible Series comes as a fully functioning, backcountry-ready pack. The Kode ABS compatible pack body unzips to separate from the back panel, hip belt and harness so the base unit can be attached. With a single zipper, Osprey integrates the technology of ABS (for avalanche survival) into the Kode series to deliver optimal safety and peace of mind in the backcountry.

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TrailSpace.com – Featuring Kode ABS – January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

Pack makers have been busy designing and updating packs for backcountry skiing, randonee racing, summit pushes, and expeditions. Keep moving in winter with seasonal trail runners, hikers, and nano skis. Plus, companies make bars for dogs, fine mountain wear, and merino wool socks, all in America.

Here are some of the outdoor gear highlights from Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer.

Osprey announced several new and updated ski and climb packs for fall 2014. The Kode Race 18 is a 15-ounce pack designed for ski mountaineering. For randonnee racers, it offers diagonal ski carry and removal without taking off the pack, and features a dedicated crampon pouch, skins pocket, and ice tool attachment.

Osprey partnered with avalanche airbag maker ABS for two ABS-compatible backcountry ski packs: the Kode ABS 22+10 and Kode ABS 42. Both packs come with an Osprey back panel that can be removed along with the hipbelt and harness to attach an ABS Vario Base Unit (sold separately). Packs feature an avalanche safety kit pocket with shovel and probe sleeve, diagonal ski carry, vertical front panel and horizontal backpanel snowboard carry, ice tool loop, and helmet carry…

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MensJournal.com – Featuring Pixel Port – January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

Consider the Osprey Pixel Port the Peter Dinklage of packs – smart, compact, and versatile. The urban bag’s 14-liter capacity is the ideal amount of space for most casual around-the-city adventures and its slim profile made it simple to wear whether we were gripping the handlebars of a Cannondale or a café cruiser. Yet the bag’s slightness doesn’t detract from its design. Its medium-size main compartment is separated by a padded sleeve: One side is fleece-lined and sized to fit laptops as large as 15-inches; the other is for general storage and includes two pen sleeves, a key clip, and five smaller pockets. A top flap runs the full-length of the pack and contains a zippered pocket for your sunglasses and phone. And since the flap cinches down with a couple of clips, it can haul a spare rain jacket or yoga mat. Smart.

ODRMag.com – Osprey Improves on its Travel Backpack and Duffel Products – January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014

Cortez, Colo. – For the Fall/Winter 2014 season, Osprey Packs, Inc. has made improvements on some of its key travel backpack and duffel bag products: the Waypoint/Wayfarer as well as the Porter and Transporter series. These updates focus on enhancing comfort and usability, as well as providing storage for tablets and laptops.

For deluxe travel backpacks, Osprey will offer the Waypoint and Wayfarer, which – in addition to being highly adjustable – are designed to fit men and women respectively. Each backpack uses Osprey’s suspension technology from the Volt and Viva series. They also come with a removable daypack called the Port Day, featuring a sleeve for a tablet with a touch-sensitive film window….

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BicycleTimesMag.com – Featuring Pixel Port – January 20, 2014

January 20, 2014

Review: Osprey Pixel Port backpack

Raise your hand if you have a bag obsession. Me! Me! Backpacks are great for my shorter rides and I’ll take a two-strap pack over a briefcase for work any day.

The Port in the name refers to a clear window under the main flap, designed for accessing a tablet’s screen without removing it. This could be a great feature for folks who use public transit or need to find directions around town; either way, not having to take out your electronic device during a rushed time period is very cool. For me, the front window was useful for displaying my “to do” lists everyday. Open the bag and—BAM!—list of things I should have done yesterday.

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ActionHub.com – Featuring Variant Series and Mutant Series – January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, keeps the needs of alpinists top of mind for Fall/Winter 2014 with upgrades to its popular Variant and Mutant Series…

Variant Series
The Variant Series has long been a staple in the Osprey line, with targeted design features inspired by feedback from mountain guides, professional alpinists and weekend craggers. Perfect fit remains a priority, and the new Variant Series offers multiple torso sizes and interchangeable hipbelts…

Mutant Series
Designed for fast and light alpine climbing, ice climbing and ski mountaineering, the Mutant Series is perfect for the vertical enthusiast looking for a streamlined, lighter weight pack. This season, the series has been redesigned for four-season use on rock, ice or snow, making the Mutant ready for year round vertical adventures in any climate…

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