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PracticalTravelGear.com – Featuring Aura 50 – December 31, 2012

December 31, 2012

What was the best travel gear of the year? Which were the most interesting travel clothing items, shoes, gadgets, and bags?

We review a useful piece of travel gear or outdoor clothing each weekday. Taking out a few holidays here and there, that’s close to 250 items in the course of a year. We keep on using a lot of them after we’ve posted the review, seeing how well they hold up and how useful they are in our frequent jaunts around the country and the globe. Here’s what stood out for us in 2012, in the writers’ own words. (…)

Amy Whitley’s Best Outdoor and Family Gear Bests

The Osprey Aura-50 literally saved my neck on a four-day backpacking trek last July, earning it a place on my list of top travel gear for 2012. What sets the Aura-50 apart from other backpacks is its customization: with plenty of ways to adjust the pack and harness, it will fit you correctly, reducing neck and back pain as you hike with heavy loads.

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OutdoorGearTV.com – Featuring Sirrus 36 – December 27, 2012

December 27, 2012

Gear of the Year 2012: Outdoor Gear TV’s Top Picks

We’ve tested some really great gear during 2012 on Outdoor Gear TV, so choosing our top five was not an easy task. We narrowed it down, and here it is folks, our top picks for 2012 gear.

Whitney’s Top 5 Picks for 2012 (…)

Osprey Sirrus 36- This little pack can do big things. I’ve used it for everything from carry-on during travel, light over-night trips and day hikes. If you need just one pack that will work for just about anything, the Sirrus 36 is it. Thanks to Osprey’s exceptional women’s fit, this pack is no doubt one of my favorites from this year.

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Escapist 30 – December 20, 2012

December 20, 2012

Editor’s Choice Outdoor Gear of the Year 2012

We got to test a lot of new gear throughout the year. Between myself and Utah Outside contributor, Ryan Malavolta, we have dozens and dozens of stuff that arrives at our doorsteps that we take up into the mountains and deserts and abuse the hell out of them. The result? The cream rises to the top, and we tell you about it. So as we near the end of 2012, we’re taking a look back at the equipment that really caught our attention. Whether it’s because the gear is innovative, comfortable, or just flat-out works beyond expectations, the bets of the best is honored here. So below is our top 10 outdoor gear of 2012. (…)

Osprey Escapist 30 Hydration Pack

We’d say the Osprey Escapist 30 can be your go-to pack for just about anything. Although its features make it look like a bike-specific pack, with ad-ons like the rain cover, ventilated back panel, and myriad pockets on both the shoulder and waist straps make this gear hauler efficient for anything the outdoors call you to partake in. So is the Escapist 30 a one pack quiver? If you need a pack for long bike trips and hiking, we’d say most definitely.

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ActiveJunky.com – Featuring Karve 16 – December 2012

December 20, 2012

Side country becomes your domain with Osprey’s 16-liter option. Big enough to take on terrain past the gates but small enough to disappear on the back, KARVE 16 is a featherweight sack that hugs close while serving up some serious turns support. Beefy zippers, padded pocket and a reinforced diagonal ski carry strap bring backcountry cred to KARVE. Testers smiled at the insulated hydration sleeve and a generous main compartment to shove, stow and go. Despite minimal weight, KARVE 16 carries high abrasion resistance and tough seams down the mountain. Plastic buckles always carry some risk but Active Junky isn’t afraid of Osprey’s components, either. Buy a lift ticket then disappear with the KARVE 16.

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SportsGuideMag.com – Featuring Ozone 22 – December 2012

December 20, 2012

Osprey Ozone 22” Carry-on

Breeze through security with this efficient, lightweight rolling carry-on. The minimalist design organizes valuable documents and clothing without the weight of traditional bags. A rear zippered pouch lets you easily access essentials, and the smooth rolling wheels and ergonmic handle offer great mobility. Larger sizes also available.

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TwentyNineInches.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – December 16, 2012

December 16, 2012

Okay, let’s cut to the chase here- I really was a big fan of the older Raptor 10 that I had been using for several years. I had no interest in checking out other packs for quite a while there, but after using this new version of the Raptor 10, I can not see myself ever using the old one again!

The new version’s details, which I covered in the previous posts, takes this model and raises it to the next level. The useable hip pockets, the Tool Roll, and the way I can lay the main compartment open are all big reasons why I like this pack. I find things in a much faster, less fiddly manner and the pack does a great job of holding everything I need for day rides. I really like the white inner color of the main compartment, since things I am looking for are easier for me to see against that backdrop.

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OpenAirLife.com – Featuring Ozone Series – December 15, 2012

December 15, 2012

Osprey Pack Ozone

The Ozone is one of the lightest fully featured rolling luggage on the market, weighing in at only 4 pounds and featuring Osprey’s new HighRoad™ LT Chassis Suspension. Using Osprey’s years of experience building lightweight packs; they carefully engineered Ozone, stripping out excess material, but retaining strength, quality and organization.


• 210D nylon shadow box

• 210D nylon velocity

• HighRoad™ LT Chassis Suspension

• Ergonomic retractable handle

• 6001 aluminum frame

• Ultra durable injection molded high clearance ABS base

• Large polyurethane wheels and sealed bearings

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