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SNEWS – Outside Names Osprey as one of America’s Best Places to Work in 2012 – August 2, 2012

August 2, 2012

Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.

“Osprey has been an independently owned and operated company from the get go, and we take pride in doing things differently. We strive to make this work-life balance a priority for our employees and to give back to our community,” said Erik Wegner, Osprey director of human resources. “We’re so proud to be recognized for these efforts for the fifth year in a row.”

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OutsideOnline.com – Best Places to Work 2012 – August 2, 2012

August 2, 2012

Location: Cortez, Colorado
Number of Employees: 51
Digs: An office building with extensive green upgrades, like heliotropic skylights and landscaping (the HQ is lined with deciduous trees) to provide cooling shade in the summer and heating sun in the winter.

Culture: If business casual means a dog- and family-friendly office; flex time to go out for a swim, ride, or run; and a free cruiser bike after one year, this is it. Long hours designing gear or organizing production lines are offset by lunchtime Frisbee golf sessions and bike rides. Two weeks paid vacation per year eventually builds into sabbaticals at 10, 15, and 20 years.

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Outdoor Industry Association – Outside Magazine Names Osprey Packs as one of America’s Best Places to Work in 2012 – August 2, 2012

August 2, 2012

Osprey Packs Inc, a leader in creating top quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today was named to Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Osprey was ranked No. 76 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 14, 2012. The full list of 100 will be available August 2 at outsideonline.com.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Featuring Spring 2013 Backpack Collection – July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

For nearly four decades, Osprey has been a leader in design innovation creating backpacks unrivaled in their ability to comfortably carry gear. For Spring 2013, the company expands their line of custom fit packs with the introduction of the deluxe custom fit Xenith/Xena series, the value priced Volt/Viva, as well an update to the popular Aether/Ariel series.

“Ultimately, we believe that there is inherent value in experiencing the outdoors overnight, over weekend or over weeks – by putting a backpack on and walking into the woods,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “Our hope is that the enhanced Spring 2013 backpack collection will bring many back to their roots as well as introduce a new generation to the wonder of the overnight outdoors.”

XENITH (Men’s) & XENA (Women’s) – deluxe, customized fit

For anyone carrying large loads on extended trips, load carrying ability and comfort are clearly the paramount concern. The new Xenith/Xena packs are designed with those requirements in mind.

The gender-specific packs include a more robust version of the proven LightWire™ peripheral frame suspension for optimal load transfer, while the all-new BioForm4 CM™ hipbelt and harness provide a supportive and highly customizable fit. This innovative new hipbelt technology builds on the Osprey reputation for outstanding fit and comfort. Specially trained staff at CM™ certified dealers will use an Osprey oven to custom mold the hipbelt for each individual customer to deliver a precise, personalized fit, superior comfort, load control and long-lasting support.

Organization and access are two more key elements to making life on the trail easier. These packs offer superb pocketing and multiple zip access points into the main compartment. Side zip access with zippers on each side of the pack provides quick access to gear in the main compartment. A curved path relieves stress on the zipper for smooth action and creates a generous opening while wide compression straps don’t interfere with entry.

The new hipbelt is equipped with pockets that provide secure storage for digital camera, GPS and snacks, making them easily accessible while hiking. Additionally, the dual compartment top pocket converts to a handy lumbar pack with a built-in belt.

Finally, Xenith/Xena feature a super-convenient new way to carry a reservoir. The external hydration sleeve in the backpanel simplifies refilling and protects the pack’s contents from spills.

Xenith is available in Mediterranean Blue and Graphite Grey:

• Xenith 105- $379

• Xenith 88- $349

• Xenith 75- $319

Xena is available in Ruby Red and Winter Sky Blue:

• Xena 85- $349

• Xena 70- $310

VOLT (Men’s) & VIVA (Women’s) – value-priced, quality carry pack

Sometimes the simplest answer is the best. That’s the thinking behind the all-new Volt/Viva series. These packs offer value-conscious users the chance to buy a quality pack that truly fits and carries well. Outfitted with all the essential features, but light on bells and whistles, these packs are all about ensuring a quality carry and an enjoyable experience in the backcountry.

Volt/Viva features easily adjustable torso length and the Fit-on-the-Fly™ hipbelt that extends up to three inches for customized fit. The LightWire peripheral frame is designed to effectively transfer weight to the hipbelt. An external hydration sleeve simplifies refilling while protecting pack contents from spills. The packs are equipped with plenty of storage including a floating top pocket that extends to accommodate overloads, a large stretch-mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear as well as a wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider. Osprey’s unique Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment that allows users to tuck away poles quickly without removing the pack completes the story.

Volt is available in Stellar Blue and Fern Green:

• Volt 75- $199

• Volt 60- $179

Viva is available in Plum Purple and Emerald Green:

• Viva 65- $199

• Viva 50- $179

In addition to the SS13 introduction of Xenith/Xena and Volt/Viva, Osprey is updating the bestselling Aether/Ariel. Known for its ability to be taken all over the world, the fourth generation of Aether/Ariel builds upon its reputation for combining clean design, custom fit and outstanding load carrying comfort. Upgrades include the new IsoForm4 CM™ hipbelt, for even better performance with heavy loads, and the new Airscape™ backpanel with smooth spacer mesh lumbar fabric. Amazingly, all this comes with no increase in weight. Available in: Aether 85 ($299), Aether 70 ($279), Aether 60 ($249) as well as Ariel 75 ($299), Ariel 65 ($279), Ariel 55 ($249).

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Marks its Biggest Colorado Bike to Work Day – July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced its biggest Colorado Bike to Work event to date. On June 27th the Osprey team, based in Cortez, Colorado, had 91 percent participation in the bicycle awareness event. Forty-two of the potential forty-six employees biked or walked to work, with many departments recording 100 percent participation.

Biking and walking a total of 426 miles round trip, the Osprey employees saved 21 gallons of fuel and eliminated a total of 597 pounds of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere. Now in its seventeenth year, Colorado Bike to Work Day is aimed at getting people to leave their cars at home and bike to work. It is the highlight of Colorado Bike Month, which celebrates bicycling for transportation, fun and health. Osprey is a longtime participant in the Colorado Bike to Work challenge, having taken part since 2006.

“We’re thrilled with the results of our largest Colorado Bike to Work Day yet,” said Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “Our team is always excited to participate and this year was no exception. Of course a great ride or walk to work is reward enough, but we love to incentivize this event, and this year we were able to do so with tickets to Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Devotchkaa and Josh Ritter concerts. We’re so proud of the Osprey team, as they set an example for other business to incorporate healthy practices into the workplace.”

In an effort to continue the bike to work love, Osprey has also created the Osprey Commuter Pledge Challenge. The program encourages employees to find non-motorized transportation to and from work 19 more times prior to October 2012. With 32 employees already pledging to participate, the challenge could potentially save 405 gallons of fuel and eliminate 11,332 pounds of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere.

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Marks Its Biggest Colorado Bike to Work Day – July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced its biggest Colorado Bike to Work event to date. On June 27th the Osprey team, based in Cortez, Colorado, had 91 percent participation in the bicycle awareness event. Forty-two of the potential forty-six employees biked or walked to work, with many departments recording 100 percent participation.

Biking and walking a total of 426 miles round trip, the Osprey employees saved 21 gallons of fuel and eliminated a total of 597 pounds of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere.

Now in its seventeenth year, Colorado Bike to Work Day is aimed at getting people to leave their cars at home and bike to work. It is the highlight of Colorado Bike Month, which celebrates bicycling for transportation, fun and health. Osprey is a longtime participant in the Colorado Bike to Work challenge, having taken part since 2006.

“We’re thrilled with the results of our largest Colorado Bike to Work Day yet,” said Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “Our team is always excited to participate and this year was no exception. Of course a great ride or walk to work is reward enough, but we love to incentivize this event, and this year we were able to do so with tickets to Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Devotchkaa and Josh Ritter concerts. We’re so proud of the Osprey team, as they set an example for other business to incorporate healthy practices into the workplace.”

In an effort to continue the bike to work love, Osprey has also created the Osprey Commuter Pledge Challenge. The program encourages employees to find non-motorized transportation to and from work 19 more times prior to October 2012. With 32 employees already pledging to participate, the challenge could potentially save 405 gallons of fuel and eliminate 11,332 pounds of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere.

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