Need a super comfortable, super light, women specific backpack? You have to check out Osprey’s newly updated Ariel series. They come in three different sizes, a 55, 65, and 75 Liter. I think the 65 liter is just the right size–not too big, not too small. This pack is highly customizable, coming in several sizes and with a moldable hip belt that you can have heat molded to fit your body. The pack compresses nicely, so if you need it for a smaller load, you can just cinch it down and still keep a good balance.
Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.
“Osprey has been an independently owned and operated company from the get go, and we take pride in doing things differently. We strive to make this work-life balance a priority for our employees and to give back to our community,” said Erik Wegner, Osprey director of human resources. “We’re so proud to be recognized for these efforts for the fifth year in a row.”
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Location: Cortez, Colorado
Number of Employees: 51
Digs: An office building with extensive green upgrades, like heliotropic skylights and landscaping (the HQ is lined with deciduous trees) to provide cooling shade in the summer and heating sun in the winter.
Culture: If business casual means a dog- and family-friendly office; flex time to go out for a swim, ride, or run; and a free cruiser bike after one year, this is it. Long hours designing gear or organizing production lines are offset by lunchtime Frisbee golf sessions and bike rides. Two weeks paid vacation per year eventually builds into sabbaticals at 10, 15, and 20 years.
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Outdoor Industry Association – Outside Magazine Names Osprey Packs as one of America’s Best Places to Work in 2012 – August 2, 2012
Osprey Packs Inc, a leader in creating top quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today was named to Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Osprey was ranked No. 76 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 14, 2012. The full list of 100 will be available August 2 at outsideonline.com.
I’m just a few hours away from my flight to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the Summer Outdoor Retailer show which kicks off tomorrow, August 1. Who’s excited? Hand raised. (Me.)
The Outdoor Retailer show takes place two times a year, once during January for winter sports, and again in August for summer sports. Major outdoor industry companies showcase their new products for the upcoming season. Buyers from REI all the way down to small local retailers peruse (read: powerwalk the convention center) the boothes for new clothing and gear for the following year. I’m a lucky duck and am attending the show as member of the working media. I attended this past Winter OR show and had a fantastic and insightful time. It’s incredible the quality of clothes and outdoor gear these companies are developing, and I’m bursting with excitement to share with you what I see during this next week.
Here are just a couple of the companies I’m particularly amped up to check out…
Yet another company that dazzled me at the winter show. They are introducing a new line of travel packs and luggage this fall which I got to look at up close last January. The luggage was solid and stylish, make sure to keep an eye out for these packs on their website and in stores. I am sure they will have something “wow” up their sleeve at the show this week.
Need a super comfortable, super light, women specific backpack? You have to check out Osprey’s Ariel series. They come in three different sizes, a 55, 65, and 75 Liter. I think the 65 liter is just the right size–not too big, not too small. This pack is highly customizable, coming in several sizes and with a moldable hip belt that you can have heat molded to fit your body. The pack compresses nicely, so if you need it for a smaller load, you can just cinch it down and still keep a good balance.
There is a good bit of ventilation on this pack, really great for keeping cool on hot days. The integrated hydration system works great and I love how Osprey’s water bladders have a handle which makes it easier to fill. The side pockets fit Nalgene bottles for that extra water supply, or other gear you want to have handy.
The lid comes off and turns into a lumbar pack for day trips. I personally am not a fan of lumbar (fanny) packs, but you don’t have to carry it that way, you can sling it as a cross body and wear it in the back. It’s nice to have this option if you are backpacking and want to stay put for a couple of days but still enjoy some hiking or exploring the area. Trekking poles stow right on the outside of the pack as well as lots of loops and straps for extra gear.