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SeattleBackpackersMagazine.com – Featuring 40th Anniversary Party and Aura 65 – August 6, 2014

August 6, 2014

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.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 Wins Gold at OutDoor Show in Freidrichshafen – July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

Industry News

Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 Wins Gold at OutDoor Show in Freidrichshafen

For Immediate Release

Julie Atherton
JAM Media Collective
julie@jamcollective.net
415-839-7546

Cortez, CO, Jul 23, 2014 –

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that Atmos AG 65, the fourth generation of the brand’s game-changing ventilated pack, was awarded the OutDoor Gold Industry Award this month in Freidrichshafen, Germany.

Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 was recognized for its high degree of innovation, design, quality and functionality. “At first sight, Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 made us curious as a jury,” said a statement released by the expert panel of judges. “The promising initial impression is confirmed when you put it on your back. The full-contact carry system literally covers the back and hips, but still allows good ventilation even when heavily loaded. With this carry system, Osprey has embarked on an interesting new approach, which requires no foam pads.”

The innovative new Atmos AG 65 has a unique suspended AntiGravity™ back-system and the world’s first fully ventilated hipbelt. Seamless mesh across a 3D cavity on the backpanel provides a breathable and flexible contoured fit that allows the wearer to move as if they don’t have a pack on – true anti-gravity realized. An adjustable Biostretch™/ExoForm™ harness and Fit-on-the-Fly™ mesh hipbelt give great pack stability and reduce roll. Like all Osprey products, the Atmos AG 65 is built to last with Osprey’s unique attention to detail and use of high-quality materials. The pack sets a new standard with a host of extra features including Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment, integrated raincover and a FlapJacket™ top cover for lidless use.

“It is a great honor to receive the OutDoor Gold Industry Award this year as we celebrate our fortieth anniversary of designing innovative, high quality packs,” said Mike Pfotenhauer, founder and head designer for Osprey Packs. “The first generation Atmos was a game changer in the ventilated pack category and this latest design with anti-gravity technology is a significant technological advancement that allows the wearer to truly move as if they don’t have a pack on. We are thrilled that Atmos AG not only piqued the judges’ interest but impressed them when they had an opportunity to try it on.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 Wins Gold at OutDoor Show in Freidrichshafen – July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that Atmos AG 65, the fourth generation of the brand’s game-changing ventilated pack, was awarded the OutDoor Gold Industry Award this month in Freidrichshafen, Germany.

Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 was recognized for its high degree of innovation, design, quality and functionality. “At first sight, Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 made us curious as a jury,” said a statement released by the expert panel of judges. “The promising initial impression is confirmed when you put it on your back. The full-contact carry system literally covers the back and hips, but still allows good ventilation even when heavily loaded. With this carry system, Osprey has embarked on an interesting new approach, which requires no foam pads.”

The innovative new Atmos AG 65 has a unique suspended AntiGravity™ back-system and the world’s first fully ventilated hipbelt. Seamless mesh across a 3D cavity on the backpanel provides a breathable and flexible contoured fit that allows the wearer to move as if they don’t have a pack on – true anti-gravity realized. An adjustable Biostretch™/ExoForm™ harness and Fit-on-the-Fly™ mesh hipbelt give great pack stability and reduce roll. Like all Osprey products, the Atmos AG 65 is built to last with Osprey’s unique attention to detail and use of high-quality materials. The pack sets a new standard with a host of extra features including Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment, integrated raincover and a FlapJacket™ top cover for lidless use.

“It is a great honor to receive the OutDoor Gold Industry Award this year as we celebrate our fortieth anniversary of designing innovative, high quality packs,” said Mike Pfotenhauer, founder and head designer for Osprey Packs. “The first generation Atmos was a game changer in the ventilated pack category and this latest design with anti-gravity technology is a significant technological advancement that allows the wearer to truly move as if they don’t have a pack on. We are thrilled that Atmos AG not only piqued the judges’ interest but impressed them when they had an opportunity to try it on.”

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ActionHub.com – Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 Wins Gold at OutDoor Show in Freidrichshafen – July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that Atmos AG 65, the fourth generation of the brand’s gamechanging ventilated pack, was awarded the OutDoor Gold Industry Award this month in Freidrichshafen, Germany.

Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 was recognized for its high degree of innovation, design, quality and functionality. “At first sight, Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 made us curious as a jury,” said a statement released by the expert panel of judges. “The promising initial impression is confirmed when you put it on your back. The full-contact carry system literally covers the back and hips, but still allows good ventilation even when heavily loaded. With this carry system, Osprey has embarked on an interesting new approach, which requires no foam pads.”

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BicycleRetailer.com – Ballard named Osprey operations chief – April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Outdoor industry veteran Kenny Ballard has joined Osprey Packs Inc. in the newly created role of chief operating officer. As COO, Ballard will head up Osprey’s operations, IT, purchasing, quality and returns, and human resources.

“Osprey Packs is very excited to welcome Kenny to our company,” said CEO Tom Barney. “Filling the COO role completes Osprey’s executive team and will help provide Osprey and our customers further critical internal support. Kenny possesses the experience and energy necessary to be successful as our COO and contribute to Osprey’s leadership and future growth.”

Ballard has more than 20 years of sales, marketing, product development and brand management experience working for outdoor companies including Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group and Established Brands.

Ballard’s outdoor industry experience includes serving as president of Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group — home to brands including Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack and Wenger — and, most recently, heading up sales, marketing and management firm Kenny Ballard Consulting.

“As a longtime admirer of the Osprey brand, I am honored to be a part of this passionate and accomplished team,” said Ballard. “I look forward to being a part of the brand’s future in this strategic role.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Appoints Kenny Ballard as Chief Operating Officer – April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that outdoor industry veteran Kenny Ballard has joined the company in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Ballard will head up Osprey Packs Operations, IT, Purchasing, Quality and Returns as well as Human Resources.

“Osprey Packs is very excited to welcome Kenny to our company,” said Tom Barney CEO of Osprey Packs. “Filling the COO role completes Osprey’s Executive Team and will help provide Osprey and our customers further critical internal support. Kenny possesses the experience and energy necessary to be successful as our COO and contribute to Osprey’s leadership and future growth.”

Ballard is a well-respected leader in the industry, having served as President of Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group (BOSG) that includes Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack and Wenger camping. Most recently, Ballard headed up Kenny Ballard Consulting which is a multi-channel brand, sales, marketing, product and management consulting firm.

“As a longtime admirer of the Osprey brand, I am honored to be a part of this passionate and accomplished team,” said Ballard. “I look forward to being a part of the brand’s future in this strategic role.”

Next month, Ballard and his family will relocate to beautiful SW Colorado, home to Osprey corporate headquarters.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Appoints Kenny Ballard as Chief Operating Officer – April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that outdoor industry veteran Kenny Ballard has joined the company in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Ballard will head up Osprey Packs Operations, IT, Purchasing, Quality and Returns as well as Human Resources.

“Osprey Packs is very excited to welcome Kenny to our company,” said Tom Barney CEO of Osprey Packs. “Filling the COO role completes Osprey’s Executive Team and will help provide Osprey and our customers further critical internal support. Kenny possesses the experience and energy necessary to be successful as our COO and contribute to Osprey’s leadership and future growth.”

Ballard is a well-respected leader in the industry, having served as President of Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group (BOSG) that includes Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack and Wenger camping. Most recently, Ballard headed up Kenny Ballard Consulting which is a multi-channel brand, sales, marketing, product and management consulting firm.

“As a longtime admirer of the Osprey brand, I am honored to be a part of this passionate and accomplished team,” said Ballard. “I look forward to being a part of the brand’s future in this strategic role.”

Next month, Ballard and his family will relocate to beautiful SW Colorado, home to Osprey corporate headquarters.

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SGB Update – Osprey Appoints Kenny Ballard as Chief Operating Officer – April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc. announced that outdoor industry veteran Kenny Ballard has joined the company in the newly created role of chief operating officer. As COO, Ballard will head up Osprey Packs operations, IT, purchasing, quality and returns as well as human resources.

“Osprey Packs is very excited to welcome Kenny to our company,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs. “Filling the COO role completes Osprey’s Executive Team and will help provide Osprey and our customers further critical internal support. Kenny possesses the experience and energy necessary to be successful as our COO and contribute to Osprey’s leadership and future growth.”

Ballard is a well-respected leader in the industry, having served as President of Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group (BOSG) that includes Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack and Wenger camping. Most recently, Ballard headed up Kenny Ballard Consulting which is a multi-channel brand, sales, marketing, product and management consulting firm.

“As a longtime admirer of the Osprey brand, I am honored to be a part of this passionate and accomplished team,” said Ballard. “I look forward to being a part of the brand’s future in this strategic role.”

Next month, Ballard and his family will relocate to beautiful SW Colorado, home to Osprey corporate headquarters.

Independent, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, and still anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs makes packs and bags designed to help adventurers enjoy their outdoor, biking and travel pursuits.

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InsideOutdoor.com – Osprey Appoints Ballard COO – April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Osprey Packs announced that outdoor industry veteran Kenny Ballard has joined the company in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Ballard will head up Osprey Packs operations, IT, purchasing, quality and returns as well as human resources.

Ballard erved as president of Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group (BOSG) that includes Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack and Wenger camping. Most recently, he headed up Kenny Ballard Consulting.

“As a longtime admirer of the Osprey brand, I am honored to be a part of this passionate and accomplished team,” said Ballard. “I look forward to being a part of the brand’s future in this strategic role.”

“Filling the COO role completes Osprey’s Executive Team and will help provide Osprey and our customers further critical internal support,” said Tom Barney CEO of Osprey Packs.”

Ballard and his family will relocate to Southwest Colorado, home to Osprey corporate headquarters, said the company.

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