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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Beta Port and Powerhouse – May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

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.

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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Verve 5 – May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

Osprey Verve:

The Osprey Verve for women comes in 5L, 9L, and 13L. There’s also the men’s equivalent to this pack, the Viper. I tested the 5L, but you can also check out a past review of a larger Verve. The Verve and Viper have less storage room than the Tokul, but more compartments to separate your stuff and a flatter, more streamlined look. I found the pack design to be superior: you get Osprey’s AirScape back panel to wick away moisture and provide some air flow, plus the hydration hose is secured with not only a sleeve down the shoulder strap, but a handy magnet that holds it in place. I found I appreciated this feature more than I anticipated. There’s a chest strap as well as a hip belt, and a front pocket and shoulder pocket as well. The reservoir has a vastly different design than that of the Platypus, and it really just comes down to preference. To fill the Osprey, you open a large valve and hold the reservoir flat under the water stream. There’s a sturdy handle by which to hold it and load it back into the pack (in its own compartment, of course). I found it easier to load than the Platypus, but less adaptable with the rest of my gear. If you already have an Osprey backpack however, it’s a breeze to transfer the Verve hydration system to a large pack.

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GoGumption.com – Featuring Manta and Mira – May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

Your backpack is your closest companion on the trail. From our perspective, that means a comfortable fit with ample room for all of your gear isn’t optional, it’s mandatory. Enter the Manta and Mira daypacks from Osprey, winner of the Editors’ Choice Award for meeting our standards of quality, utility, value, and excellence. Redesigned for 2013 to provide greater comfort, stability and storage, this series isn’t just impressive, it’s our new adventure BFF.

On Performance and Design…

Whether you’re out for a day of taking in the scenery, or moving with speed and precision to get the most out of your adventure, these packs have got your back. Highly ventilated with durable construction, and features that other companies’ technical backcountry packs would be proud of mean your stuff is getting where it’s going without a snag.

Your pack is you every step of the way, which is why the most important features are comfort and fit. In the Manta (men’s specific fit) and Mira (women’s specific fit) series, Osprey proves that comfort and fit aren’t sales-room talking points, but rather ingrained in the brand’s DNA. Since every person, every adventure is different, both the Manta and Mira allow you choose between three different capacities, and different torso lengths, ensuring that you get the perfect fit.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Viva 65 – May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

Snow may still be dumping on much of the country, but backpacking season is already in full swing here in California. With a bunch of summer backpacking adventures lined up, I put together a gear kit that will form the base of every trip. I took the gear out for a test backpacking run in the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite earlier this week and had a blast. Below you will find my base gear list.

Backpack: I will be switching between the Osprey Viva 65 and the Boreas Sapa Trek (55L). The Osprey pack worked great for Hetch Hetchy with a larger size that is conducive to bear can country.

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MTN Magazine and MtnTownViews.com – Featuring Portal Series – Spring 2013

May 1, 2013

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.

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