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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Raven 6 – March 9, 2013

March 9, 2013

The Raven series is part of Osprey’s new premium line of women’s mountain biking hydration packs for spring. As the women’s specific version of the Raptor, the Raven is sized and tailored specifically for a woman’s body, using a more ergonomic harness and shorter torso for better fit.

The Raven’s 6L zippered main compartment provides just enough room for all the essentials on my local mountain bike rides. I can fit my bike tools, enough water for a few hours on the trail, snacks, and even an extra layer for the ever changing weather conditions associated with NorCal riding.

The Raven mountain bike hydration packs come with their own roll up tool pouch to help keep all your gear organized. The pouch also comes in handy if you want to easily switch between packs without forgetting anything. Nothing is worse than flatting on the trail only to find out you left your cartridges in your other pack.

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OutdoorsNW.com – Featuring Kode 22 – February 2013

February 28, 2013

Tales from the Lift Lines V: Pack Rat

“I wish you had a backpack!”

We’d stopped to get rid of some layers. It was January, but we were hot. As I unzipped my daughter’s jacket, I realized she had three layers beneath her lined jacket.

I pulled her long-sleeved fleece through the arms of her vest, rolled it over a couple of times, and tied it around her waist.

“But I’ll look fat with a big tire around me!” she said.

“You’re nine.” I replied.

“Why don’t you have a backpack of your own?” Michael asked. I had just put my vest in his pack. Earlier I’d stowed my extra contact lenses and my just-in-case glasses and my spare chocolate with him.

“I do,” I said. “It’s in the locker room.”

“Well, maybe you should wear it while you’re actually skiing.”

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Forbes.com – Featuring Manta 20 and Hydraulics Reservoir – February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013

Extreme Travel Gear For Serious Adventure

This month in Forbes Life magazine, I write about my recent expedition to the “vanishing” tribes of Ethiopia’s remote Omo Valley. To be honest, it was not a story I pitched. My editor emailed me one Friday morning asking if I’d be up for the adventure of a lifetime. Hmm. I’ve never really camped before, I don’t like bugs, I’ve never been to Africa. My normal beat is celebrities and luxury. “Can I let you know on Monday?” I replied. “No, we need to know today.” I took a deep breath and said yes. After that, I eased my mounting anxiety (or at least I tried to) by focusing on the gear. Over the next three weeks, I researched the best mosquito-proof shirts and zip-off pants; the hats with the most sun protection, the bags rugged enough for any condition, and so on. Who cares that I’d never spent a night alone in a tent? At least I would be dressed in safari style and have the right trekking shoes to make a run for it if the time came.

Check out the slideshow for the equipment that saved me on the Omo River. (…)

The Manta 20 Tahoe Blue was my lifeline. It contained my water, my meds, my hand cleaner, my camera and notebooks. All with the rugged support, handy compartments and zippered security that kept me from worrying about anything but the adventure at hand.

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TheGearCaster.com – Featuring Portal Series – February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

Osprey Portal Series Gives You On The Go Access To Your iPad

For Fall 2013, Osprey is focusing on the technology that has become integral to your daily life – laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets. The new Portal Series is designed with access to and interaction with all your electronic devices in mind. Although highly functional, the sophisticated bag designs don’t overtly scream technology, ensuring they better blend in with your daily lifestyle, inside or out.

The Portal Series collection includes seven different styles: the Pixel ($139) flap style daypack, Pixel Port ($119) with direct tablet access, Cyber ($129) panel style daypack, Cyber Port ($99) with direct tablet access, Beta ($129) courier bag, Beta Port ($99) with tablet window, and the Nano Port ($99) vertical shoulder bag with tablet window.

Each of the bags feature plenty of organization pockets for all your gear with separate padded laptop and tablet sleeves, magazine or document sleeves, organizer panel, and scratch-free sunglasses pocket. Many of the Portal Series bags can be worn in multiple ways, using a top padded handle for quick grab and go.

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Gizmodo.com – Featuring Pixel Port – February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

Make a Human Centipede of Tablets With a See-Through Bag

Buy your entire crew Osprey’s Pixel Port backpack and make a back massaging chain, not for back massaging but for a massive circle where everyone can play Temple Run 2 and not feel so alone. The new backpack has a port and a see-through cover, so you never have to take it out.

The $120 bag (out this summer) is probably better with your friends anyway, because unless you’re a paranoid tourist wearing your knapsack on your front or you’ve been possessed, it would be impossible to reach your tablet while it’s on your back. Think of all the possible ways you could use this tablet tote. You could gather a group to play Kumbaya in unison on a syth app. You could edit a Google doc for a project while your entire group walks to class. Your entire family could stream an episode of Growing Pains while sitting around a camp fire. Sure the intent is so you don’t have to take your tablet out while you’re sitting on the bus or the train, but these uses are much more creative and better for promoting togetherness. And synergy.

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