Urbanites who like to keep their technology accessible, especially while on the go by bicycle, will find a lot to like in the new Portal Series bags from Osprey Packs.
They come with a padded, touch-sensitive windowed sleeve (below) that allows protected use of a tablet computer without removing it from the bag. So there’s none of the usual rummaging when pausing to view directions, check text messages or snap selfies for Instagram. Additional assets to keep tech-savvy cyclists squared away include a separate laptop sleeve (fits up to 15 in.), document sleeves, organizer panel to keep smaller items secure, a scratch-free sunglasses pocket and a low-profile padded grab handle.
BikeRumor.com – Featuring Portal Series, Radial Series, Spin Series and Momentum Series – May 29, 2013
Osprey has expanded their lineup of packs from the hydration models we’ve seen before to cover commuters as well.
The new Portal series gets, as the name suggests, clear “portals” that allow tablets to be used without removal. Shown above is the Pixel (right) and Pixel Port (left). The Pixel’s portal is under the flip cover front panel, and there’s a handy removable zippered punch to store all of your cables, chargers and various other lifelines required in this digital age. Closed, it fits into the lower zippered pocket on the bottom of the bag.
Inside the Pixels are plenty of pockets for small bits, a main cargo section and padded laptop sleeve. The larger Pixel also has zippered expansion panels, increasing your carrying capacity on demand. Last but not least, both feature a padded top carrying handle. Retail for the two is $139 and $119, colors available are Black Pepper, Chestnut Brown, Pinot Red and Grey Herringbone (shown here).
Somewhat more bike-specific are the Spin (left) and Radial bags. The Spin uses a flap-style front cover with a nifty, easy to grab release handle on the bottom that holds it snug without the business-meeting-interrupting rip of Velcro. Inside there are laptop, tablet and document sleeves plus the main cargo section. A top stash pocket is on the outside, just above the LidLock helmet retention doodad (which works pretty well in our experience). Two sizes are available, retail is $129 to $139.
The Radial series (green) comes in two different volumes, each with two different frame sizes. The cargo section has a main top-zip entry plus a separate exterior zip entry for the padded laptop sleeve.
Along with laptops and smartphones, tablets are tech that has become integral to daily life.
So Osprey designed its Portal series of packs to make access easier. Its new Beta Port courier bag has a padded pocket with a clear port window just under the flap that lets you use your tablet without removing it from your bag.
“The Portal Series is a great example of how technology and design can be married in a really innovative way,” said Cassie Tweed, product designer at Osprey. “With the new Portal series, we have broken new boundaries by designing packs that aren’t just for carrying, but for interacting with tech tools.”
The Beta has separate padded laptop and tablet sleeves, document sleeves, an organizer panel to keep small items secure and accessible, a scratch-free electronics/sunglass pocket and a padded top grab handle. Buy Osprey’s PowerHouse Add-On ($15) separately—it holds a laptop cord, tablet and cell phone cords, battery packs, USB drives and other accessories to keep them from getting lost or tangled.
Today we are at Breck Bike Week. Osprey Packs is a large sponsor of the event and they have a great lineup of gear to demo through the weekend. They also have the very pack we talked about in the Spring Issue of MTN Town Magazine. I had a chance to catch up with Osprey and learned that they will be celebrating 40 years of producing packs and gear for your travels. Not only are they super high quality products their integrity is admirable. Here is the article:
This established business based out of Cortez, Colorado builds functional, well thought out products for treks in Colorado’s back country, urban lairs and around the world travels. Their products assist with every outdoor endeavor, Hiking, Biking, Climbing, Hydration, Back Packing, Kids Products, Luggage and more. This Colorado Company’s products are incredibly functional and now include a line of products that integrate technology into the fold. The awards they have received over the years speak for themselves. (…)
Osprey products that caught our eye recently are the new Portal series packs. These packs and carriers include a compartment with touch screen pockets for your tablet allowing instant access while keeping your technology safe and dry throughout your travels. The series includes two messenger style bags and a day-pack style for your exploits in all of Colorado mountain town terrain. Technology has become a mainstay in our lives and now comes with us during huts trips, and in town strolls. Osprey Packs will last you a lifetime and are worth every penny.