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Carryology.com – Core77 Interview with Mike Pfotenhauer – June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014

Core77 keeps the awesomeness rolling with their lightweight and ultralight backpacking series. Following on from their interview with Mike St. Pierre of Hyperlite Mountain Gear Core77 chatted to the founder of one of the most well-known brands in backpacks, Osprey. Posted below in all its carry goodness is Unpacking “Ultralight” with Mike Pfotenhauer of Osprey Packs by Kat Bauman…

Whether you think ultralight backpacking sounds like hell or vacation, it provides a special dilemma for design minds. Ultralight gear has to be minimal, ergonomic, versatile and very, very light. To get a higher-level industry take on the lightweight challenge I spoke with Mike Pfotenhauer, founder, owner and chief designer of Osprey Packs. Osprey is over four decades old and renowned for innovative, ergonomic and, yes, lightweight pack design. Still independently owned and operated, they’re a leading name in multiple fields of backpacking. When I caught up with Mike he had just gotten back from Southern California – a region he’s required as a Northerner to speak poorly of – where he’d had a nice time hiking around Big Sur. (Don’t tell him I told you.)…

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Core77.com- Unpacking “Ultralight” with Mike Pfotenhauer of Osprey Packs – April 22, 2014 –

April 22, 2014

Whether you think ultralight backpacking sounds like hell or vacation, it provides a special dilemma for design minds. Ultralight gear has to be minimal, ergonomic, versatile and very very light. To get a higher-level industry take on the lightweight challenge I spoke with Mike Pfotenhauer, founder, owner and and chief designer of Osprey Packs. Osprey is over four decades old and renowned for innovative, ergonomic and, yes, lightweight pack design. Still independently owned and operated, they’re a leading name in multiple fields of backpacking. When I caught up with Mike he had just gotten back from Southern California—a region he’s required as a Northerner to speak poorly of—where he’d had a nice time hiking around Big Sur. (Don’t tell him I told you.)..

You guys just put out a new Exos. What’s your take on going ultralight from a design perspective?

I really appreciate limitations. With any lightweight gear you have that rule—you want to keep it simple. It’s also nice from a sustainability angle. Less process, less material. I do gravitate towards lightweight, towards minimalism. I like the challenge to strip things away…

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WhoSay.com – Featuring Exos – March 2, 2014

March 2, 2014

Being an amazing racer is no easy task—it requires training and research but if you love adventure and living out of a backpack [“The Amazing Race”] is definitely the show for you.

Traveling out of a backpack requires good gear and being able to pack light and smart. There are essentials every backpacker or amazing racer NEEDS to have in their pack. All you have to do is remember the handy mnemonic “FUN FINISH.” :)…

We recommend investing in a good backpack even if it’s a little more expensive. You’re going to want something to help you carry that extra 20 pounds on your back. For lightweight packing we use the ultra-light Osprey Packs. They weigh about two pounds so you’re not getting weighed down by extra fabric and things you don’t need. When you’re racing around the world, you’ll love that your pack doesn’t weigh five or more pounds…

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TheAdventureBlog.com – Featuring Exos Series and Rev Series – August 5, 2013

August 5, 2013

The Best Gear Of Outdoor Retailer (Part 1)

As many of you know, I spent the better part of last week at the Outdoor Retailer gear convention in Salt Lake City, an event that I like to call “Gearvana.” Over the course of three-and-a-half days, I saw lots of great new gear, some not-so-great stuff and some things that were just downright silly. But all in all, it was another good show with plenty of innovations coming in the months ahead. Here is a taste of some of the things I saw that really caught my eye. (…)

Osprey Goes Ultralight With New Packs
I spent some time in the Osprey booth checking out their great new line of packs that are designed to be lightweight and move fast. Chief amongst them was the new Exos series which will come in 38, 48 and 58-liter sizes. These packs are incredibly svelte with the largest tipping the scales at a mere 2.5 pounds. Still, Osprey didn’t scrimp on features or comfort as the packs have some of the best and most innovative shoulder straps I’ve seen. The company also debuted a new small, ultra-lightweight 6-liter pack designed for trail runners with lots of nice features as well. The Rev line of packs will debut in the spring and are extremely high on my “want” list. I was impressed by the integrated smartphone holder built into the shoulder strap that protects the device while on the go but also grants easy access as needed.

SNEWSNet.com – Featuring Exos Series – July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc. set the standard for ultra-lightweight packs in 2008 with the introduction of the Exos Series, which instantly became a standard on the Appalachian Trail and with ultralight enthusiasts not willing to sacrifice comfort. For Spring 2014, Osprey has refined the series, maximizing its comfort and support with the latest technology. The redesigned Exos combines Osprey’s innovative Superlight AirSpeed™ suspension paired with the new Exoform™ harness and hipbelt which work together to dramatically improve the pack’s comfort and support. Torso-specific sizing and sleek, ergonomic design create a pack that is as comfortable as it is fast and light.

Trimmed down to its essentials, the new Exos Series is lighter than ever, thanks to the use of updated materials and hardware. As a result, even the largest pack in series tops out at a mere 2.5 pounds. For those who want to lighten the load even further, the lid, key straps and attachment points are all removable.

“The Exos demonstrates beautifully that ’ultra-light’ and ‘suspension’ need not be mutually exclusive,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “For 2014, we’ve applied our latest technologies, particularly around the harness and hipbelt, to create the ultimate ultra-light, ultra-comfortable pack. Its state-of-the-art suspension prevents sore shoulders and hips and helps hikers conserve energy, allowing them to go farther in more comfort.”

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Featuring Exos Series – July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

Osprey Packs, Inc. set the standard for ultra-lightweight packs in 2008 with the introduction of the Exos Series, which instantly became a standard on the Appalachian Trail and with ultralight enthusiasts not willing to sacrifice comfort.

For Spring 2014, Osprey has refined the series, maximizing its comfort and support with the latest technology. The redesigned Exos combines Osprey’s innovative Superlight AirSpeed™ suspension paired with the new Exoform™ harness and hipbelt which work together to dramatically improve the pack’s comfort and support. Torso-specific sizing and sleek, ergonomic design create a pack that is as comfortable as it is fast and light.

Trimmed down to its essentials, the new Exos Series is lighter than ever, thanks to the use of updated materials and hardware. As a result, even the largest pack in series tops out at a mere 2.5 pounds. For those who want to lighten the load even further, the lid, key straps and attachment points are all removable.

“The Exos demonstrates beautifully that ’ultra-light’ and ‘suspension’ need not be mutually exclusive,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “For 2014, we’ve applied our latest technologies, particularly around the harness and hipbelt, to create the ultimate ultra-light, ultra-comfortable pack. Its state-of-the-art suspension prevents sore shoulders and hips and helps hikers conserve energy, allowing them to go farther in more comfort.”

Exos Series key features:

•Super-light YKK® buckles

•Removable superlight, 7mm side compression straps

•Mesh side pockets with InsideOut™ compression

•Zippered hipbelt pockets

•Cross functional and removable sleeping pad straps

•Integrated FlapJacket™ for weather protected lidless use

•Cord tie-off points

•Front stretch mesh pocket

•Ice tool attachment loop

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