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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Viper 9 – June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

As spring and summer start to heat up and many of us start to get into the thick of longer adventures, it becomes ever so important to make sure you have the right gear. While you’ve been trying to figure out what to buy, our testers been have been busy testing out the Osprey Viper 9 hydration pack over the past few months in activities including mountain biking, trail running, and hiking.

On the Osprey website, it says the Viper 9 is best suited for activities between 1.5 and 3 hours which is definitely the sweet spot for this pack, but our testers also felt this pack was more than adequate for longer and shorter adventures making this pack great for riding, running, hiking, etc. between 1-4 hours depending on terrain and weather conditions.

A disadvantage to participating in most activities in Colorado is that the air doesn’t have a lot of moisture in it which requires you to hydrate more often so you stay properly hydrated and able to perform at your best. That said, staying hydrated is a definite focal point for our testers and can be just as important as a pair of running shoes or a bike.

The Osprey Viper 9 hydration pack is bike specific, which means you’ll find bike specific features such as a helmet strap which Osprey calls a Lidlock. And while these features make for a great mountain biking hydration pack, the pack also works very well for trail running and hiking. To start, the Viper 9 comes with an easy access Osprey hydration reservoir. This makes it easy to fill, refill, and slide back into your pack. The main feature that sets this reservoir apart from others on the market is that it has a semi hard plastic sheet on the back allowing it to slide in and out of the pack.

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SGB Weekly – Featuring Rev Series – June 9, 2013

June 9, 2013
Osprey’s new Rev Series will carry essentials for the efficient traveler who prefers not to stop, and is especially suited for trail runners and endurance racers. Combined with the new Hydraulics LT reservoir with built-in baffles to reduce barreling and sloshing, these packs keep the load balanced without bouncing, rubbing or chafing. Osprey’s new Biostretch body wrap harness and belt are designed to move with the athlete and the Reverse Spacer Mesh Backpanel helps cool. The Rev Series consists of five packs and one belt, the Rev Solo, MSPRP $40. All packs share these common features: hydration pocket with
Hydraulics LT Reservoir, reflective graphics, stabilization wings, stash pocket, removable stretch mesh pocket, a front panel bungee, and a weather-protective, drop-down DigFlip media pocket for quick access to touch screen devices.

MadeMan.com – Featuring Atmos 65 – June 9, 2013

June 9, 2013

Surviving in harsh mountain environments takes a combo of skills, wits and know-how. But it also doesn’t hurt to be outfitted properly. With backpacking season upon us, here’s the stuff you need, whether you’re planning an ambitious outdoor adventure or just want some cool gear for your next car camping trip. (For more wilderness wisdom, hang out with Eustace Conway and friends on HISTORY’s Mountain Men, Sundays at 9/8c.)


Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack

Any true mountain man needs the right pack, and this Osprey model has all the capacity of its more rustic, aluminum-framed counterparts while still looking damn good. It can hold enough gear for true backcountry adventures, but with an interior structure that makes it comfortable to carry while ventilating your back. Plus, it’s available in eye-catching red, blue or grey.

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Aspen Daily News & AspenDailyNews.com – Featuring Aether 60 – June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013

Now that the snow has finally melted from the Ridge of Bell on Aspen Mountain, our thoughts can turn from skiing to hiking in the backcountry.

In planning my first outing of the season I realized it was time to trade in my outdated pack from the last millennium and update to the latest technology. This was a much needed equipment upgrade, considering my old backpack by itself weighed almost as much as my new Osprey Aether 60 (4 lbs. 11 oz) does when it is full of gear.

When searching for a new pack, take plenty of time to do your homework and learn about the different models and what each has to offer. I originally was going to purchase the Osprey Atmos 65, which is even lighter than the Aether. However, after I explained to the helpful salesperson at the Ute Mountaineer that I typically hike with heavy camera gear, he recommended the more sturdy Aether model. Another tip he gave was to purchase the smallest pack necessary, because otherwise human nature kicks in and we tend to fill whatever space we have available, often with unnecessary items. In my case I settled on a size medium Aether 60, where the “60” refers to the approximate liters or volume the pack can hold.

Beyond it’s great weight-to-space ratio, the pack is incredibly comfortable. Be sure to purchase the right sized pack, based on your height and torso. Then make use of the pack’s many micro-adjustments to dial in the amply padded shoulder straps and hip belt.

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TheBigOutside.com – Featuring Exos 58 and Atmos 65 – June 2013

June 5, 2013

Ask Me: Advice on Buying a Lightweight Backpack

Hi Mike,

Any recommendations on a lightweight backpack for overnight to five-day trips?


McCall, Idaho

Hey Todd,

I’d say get a pack around 50 liters that’s lightweight but not ultralight, so you can use it on a greater variety of trips, that will carry up to 35-40 lbs., but is light and compressible enough for a 20- to 25-lb. trip.

The Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 is an excellent example and reasonably priced.

The Osprey Exos 58 is one of my favorite packs for light to moderate loads; I’ve used it for years. It’s a pound lighter than the other packs I’m recommending here, but will handle 30 to 35 lbs. comfortably.

The Gregory Savant 58 would handle a somewhat bigger load, but is still not too big for what you’re looking for.

You might consider a slightly larger-volume pack if you want to have one that would allow you to also carry some of another person’s (wife, kid) stuff, like the Osprey Atmos 65.

Hope that helps. Make sure you measure your torso correctly to get the right size pack. Try on packs with weight in them before picking one. Good luck.


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OutdoorGearTV.com – Featuring Raptor 14 – June 2013

June 4, 2013
Osprey never ceases to amaze me. This little pack is full of innovative features, provides a stable fit and only weights in at 1 lb 10 oz. One of the first things I noticed about this bag was the direct access zip. It’s such a quick and simple way to load and secure a hydration system, and to top it off, they’ve added a magnetic clip to the bite valve to ensure it’s right where you want it. One of my favorite features ended up being the roll out tool pouch that zips into the bottom of the pack. Anybody that owns a bike knows that they break down, and it’s really nice to not have to dig through your pack to get tools. The tool pouch is even detachable, so you can just lay it next to your bike while you’re doing the repairs. The shoulder straps and hip belts are thin, and provide just enough support without making you feel sweaty. The Hydraulics 3 Liter Reservoir that came with this bag has a nice rigid back, a handle for easy filling, and a nice wide bite valve to suck down a ton of water. While it was difficult to clean, it features an antimicrobial formula to fend off mold and bacteria, and I never had an issue with performance during testing. This pack could also be compatible with other hydration systems of your choice.