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BikeMag.com – Featuring Escapist Series and Syncro Series – April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015
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The Sea Otter Classic represents the start of the race season in North America, and serves as a venue for brands to show their latest wares to thousands of consumers roaming the aisles of the outdoor festival…There is a lot to see and we’re checking it all out over the next three days. Here are a few highlights from day one:

The new Osprey Escapist was made with bikepackers in mind. It comes in three sizes–18, 25 and 32 liter– and features a sleeping bag compartment, rain cover, external lid lock for helmet storage, adjustable harness for optimal comfort, water bottle side pockets and space for a hydration reservoir in an external sleeve.

Osprey also has a new line of ultra lightweight hydration packs called Syncro that come in 3-, 10- and 15-liter options. Each one shaves about 11 ounces off its predecessor by using a lighter reservoir and cap and lighter materials. But the best part is the Quick Connect tube, which allows you to disconnect the water hose without unraveling it from the pack in order to free your reservoir for refilling.

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LATimes.com – Featuring Atmos AG 50 – April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015

OK, California didn’t get any snow again. Water rationing is now mandatory. Spring is the new summer. But look on the bright side: It’s a great time to go backpacking. On top of that, the basic gear you need, the big four — boots, tents, poles and backpacks — just keep getting better. Just remember to stay hydrated…

Osprey Atmos 50 AG EX Pack: The 50-liter, heavy-duty nylon backpack with load capacity of 25 to 40 pounds features seamless body-hugging mesh webbing from neck to hip. This supposedly reduces fatigue and gives the perception of a lighter load.

Likes: Very comfortable and efficient during long treks. That’s due to two things: the well-ventilated yet close-to-the-body design and the instant access to food and water from the hip pockets and the hydration-compatible internal hydration sleeve…

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BikeRumor.com – Featuring SS15 Syncro, Zealot and Escapist Series – April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015

synchrozealotescapistAlthough water bottle cages are making a comeback in the trail riding scene, they don’t carry anything but water – and not that much of it. Whether for fear of running dry or having a mechanical breakdown, many off-road riders won’t go too far without a good hydration pack. While there used to be one prominent brand in this market, companies like Osprey have jumped in with some nice looking product…

Osprey’s Syncro series packs have a clean and slim overall appearance, and the 10 and 15 are now 30% lighter than the outgoing models. The Syncro 3 has also been added to the lineup as a simple, compact option for shorter rides…

The revised Zealot is a 15L pack (down from 16) aimed at the all-mountain or enduro crowd. It’s ready for race day with full face helmet carrier straps, a front ‘shove-it’ pocket and large side pockets for armor, a removable tool pouch and Osprey’s 3L Hydraulics reservoir…

The Escapist Series is classified as ‘multi-use’ by Osprey. Since it does include a hydration pack pocket, a blinker light attachment, integrated raincover, and Lidlock helmet attachment it could easily do double-duty as a large riding pack and an all-purpose knapsack. However, the Hydration resevoir is not included with the Escapist series. For 2015 Osprey has updated the looks and released new sizes for the Escapist Series…

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ElevationOutdoors.com – Featuring Kode 42 – April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015

Osprey’s Kode 42 is billed as a technical backcountry snow pack with a 42-liter capacity for hut trips or ski patrol missions. With one last hut trip on our calendar for the season, we thought it’d be a great opportunity to check out the packs as they sounded pretty ideal on paper for a few days in the winter woods above Basalt.

Packing up the Kode 42 for a hut trip quickly highlights its size, for better or worse. The 42-liter namesake capacity is specific to the M/L size, as the S/M size actually measures out to be 40-liters – this is something we jokingly, yet somewhat accurately, argued to be a wash, as smaller people needing the smaller pack generally carry smaller jackets, pants, hut slippers and the like, thereby making the 2-liter reduction close to proportional. Then there’s the variation in space a thong takes up compared to a pair of large boxers, but I promised I wouldn’t mention that.

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