This daypack is all about organization, comfort, and versatility for several hours of hiking or biking. On hikes, rides, and light ski tours in Idaho’s Boise Mountains, I found its suspension super stable, thanks to a single, aluminum perimeter stay that wraps around the back panel and flexes with your torso motion while providing enough support for loads of 15 pounds or more. The trampoline-style back panel allows lots of air circulation, which kept my back cool on long uphill slogs, while the lightly padded, mesh waistbelt and shoulder straps are comfortable without being bulky or obtrusive.
We had the chance to meet and interview Mike Pfotenhauer, outdoor adventurist and founder of Osprey Packs. The family-owned company has been in business since 1974 and their well-designed packs serve adventurists across the globe.
Since starting in Santa Cruz, California, the company is now headquartered in Cortez, Colorado with part of the design team in Mill Valley, California and the rest in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mike regularly travels to each site to ensure fair labor standards and establish face-to-face relationships with the factories he works with. His continued dedication to the environment is evident in the company’s sustainability practices as well. Watch our short video to hear more for yourself!
I have to admit that I have a love affair with Osprey packs. Since starting Benosh with my friend Josh, we have gotten to try out a few of Osprey’s offerings. I believe that they are the ones within the market that puts perhaps the most time in on developing a pack with multi-purpose potential purpose–and the uses no one could foresee.
When prepping for some business travel a couple weeks back, I had to grab a new bag for my laptop. I am VERY particular in my search for the ultimate work/laptop pack. I made my way to Backwoods here in Tulsa looking for an Osprey FlapJack commuter bag, but wanted to see if it would be sung on my 15″ Macbook Pro or if it would be too big. Upon arriving, I found that they didn’t have any, bu in looking at what they did have in stock, I found my new love, Osprey’s Axis.
We took the Meridian west to California from the Windy City and ran it through less than savory cab rides, copious groping from TSA, high-speed runs through two airports and trips up and down the west coast with all kinds of clothing and gear.
The myriad carry options including retractable pull handle, comfy carry handles on the top and side, and fully padded backpack straps and corresponding hip belt make this a truly versatile piece of luggage, plus it truly looks like it can handle whatever comes at it. The beefy polyurethane wheels and the Osprey High Road Chassis with ample base clearance provided confidence while bouncing the Meridian off jagged escalator steps and even some fairly rocky paths. When we had to move fast, the backpack straps deployed quickly and had someone given true chase, we would’ve been ready.