What Tyler Found: Day 1 – Sea Otter 2013
• This pack is made with female riders in mind: shorter torso, narrower harness straps, different hip strap cut.
• 3L reservoirs
• Roll out tool pouch
• Men’s version is the Raptor
• Comes in 6L ($109USD), 10L ($119USD) and 14L ($129USD) options
To truly experience the wilderness, you’ll need to step off the pavement and hike into your next camping destination! And to get there, you will need to pack you’re your camping gear into a backpack. About Camping Readers’ selected Osprey as their favorite backpack for backcountry camping
Osprey makes backpacks in a variety of sizes for men and women and is known for backpack innovation, superior quality, and lightweight construction. Learn more about the 2013 About Camping readers’ favorite camping tent online at Osprey Packs
The Osprey Kode 38 is the largest pack in the Kode series and in their ski mountaineering category as well. What’s nice about the Osprey Kode 38 backpack is it features an avalanche gear compartment that is top loading with several pockets to organize your probe, shovel handle, and other miscellaneous gear that you do not mind getting wet.
Overall, this pack is very comfortable to carry when fully loaded. The Kode has seven pockets total and is built with very heavy-duty yet lightweight material. The main compartments are quite big; I could easily fit a day’s worth of ski touring gear such as an inflatable 3/4 length Thermarest, stove, fuel, and 1L Olicamp pot, an emergency shelter, crampons, food, ultralight down jacket, gloves, a small first aid kit, shovel, probe, helmet, goggles, and 70oz of water in my pack for all day tours.
Osprey’s latest pack for women puts comfort at the forefront of backcountry adventures
Traveling through the backcountry on foot can be a uniquely masochistic enterprise. What seems like a minor discomfort after an hour can easily turn into a major inconvenience, or even an injury, after several days, but even the smallest tinkering can significantly improve a backpacker’s experience.
Osprey’s latest design, the Xena 70, offers women several significant advantages. First, the heavily padded hip belt features Osprey’s signature custom-molded cushions. The removable belt is heated in an oven at a certified Osprey dealer and then pressed into the hipbones and the base of the spine for a uniquely comfortable fit. As a well-fitting backpack is designed to carry the weight on your hips, instead of your shoulders, the extra comfort in this area prevents bruising and rubbing later on.
The Xena also offers an external sleeve for a water bladder. The sleeve is located in the pack’s back panel, which eases refilling for the weary trekker and prevents leakage onto the rest of the bag’s contents. Finally, the top lid converts to a lumbar pack. Simply unbuckle the top portion and remove the built-in belt from behind the ventilated lumbar panel. Two compartments easily hold enough water, food, a jacket and a map for quick side trips.
Must-Have Bike Commuter Gear: 28 Essentials
Cycling accessories to get you from here to there safely and in style
These 28 commuter products cover the gamut of situations one may encounter—from a flat tire to wayward motorists. They range from bicycle-friendly bags to handlebar-mounted smartphone holsters, and cover your bike commute from point A to point B. (…)
Osprey Momentum Bike Commuter Bags
From one of the world’s great pack manufacturers comes a relatively slim-profile bike commuter-specific pack that’s absolutely loaded with features. Built with rugged, non-staining Nylon, the Momentum comes in 26L and 34L sizes that, with a compression zipper, allow them to be expanded—the 26L to 31L and the 34L to 42L—to fit extra gear when you need it. Internal buckle sleeves keep laptops up to 17 inches safe and snug, and a highly-reflective, fitted rain cover is integrated into a clandestine zipper pocket to keep your stuff dry on even the most dismal commutes. Other nice features—the kind that make you think Osprey thought of everything—include dedicated external safety light attachment points, U-lock sleeve, zippered pockets on the straps that keep keys (one has a retractable key clip) and phone close at hand, and the company’s proprietary “Lidlock,” for helmet-holding when you’re not riding. In short, the Momentum is the best heavy-load bike commuter bag we’ve seen to date.