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NationalParksTraveler.com – Featuring Variant 37 – December 28, 2014

December 28, 2014

I had a chance to take this new Osprey pack for a test run this fall couple of times, and liked it very much. My old pack (which hasn’t been made for over 20 years) is a mish-mash of sewn-on patches, replaced zippers, and marks where an Alaskan mouse chewed its way. I guess it’s probably time for a gear upgrade before something important drops out.

On a long, autumn hike up the Wasatch Mountains in November, the Variant made a good catch-all bag for me and two other hikers as we scrambled up rocky slopes, wandered along rock outcroppings, and lunched at the top of Lookout Peak. It is very lightweight (a bit over 3 ½ pounds), and was really, really comfortable. My partners made fun of the bright orange color, but it was hunting season after all, and we didn’t get shot too much. I imagine the color will mellow with repeated use. The pack also comes in Galactic black, perfect for more of a stealth approach, or space exploration…

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Wired.com – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 22 + 10 – December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014

Every season brings a new wave of snowboarding gear chock full of innovation and bold designs. This year is no exception: Boards are coming in a variety of shapes—whether it’s Gnu’s asymmetrical carver or Gilson’s double-edged design—and packs are sporting new avalanche features to keep you safe in the backcountry… We looked around the industry and picked some of the most promising pieces of snowboarding gear for the upcoming season. Take a look and beef up that Christmas wish list…

Osprey ABS Kode 22 +10
Osprey’s backcountry pack is a great piece for splitboard touring—large enough for backpacking, with all the tweaks and tools for snowboarding. Thoughtful features like wet/dry gear organization, ABS compatibility, and the ability to expand to a 32-liter pack make it a great way to haul your essentials with you on a day trip.

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GearJunkie.com – Featuring Manta – December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014

Old-School Sacks: The Tsataan use oversized burlap bags for transport. They carry everything from household items to freshly killed game. This is a most basic method of carry, but it works.

My Modern Backpack: I brought my Osprey Manta pack to haul my gear around. It conforms to fit my body shape and comes equipped with a rain tarp, helmet tag, tie-down bungee cords and a hydration unit with a magnetic chest capture.

The hydration hose technology is seamlessly incorporated into the bag, while the magnetic capture keeps the hose more accessible with less fuss. It allowed me to drink freely while keeping my hands on the reins of the horse and reindeer.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Ozone 22” – December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014

Between dodgy weather, overbooking, and long lines, holiday air travel can feel like a game of Russian Roulette. Choosing your travel kit wisely will help eliminate some of the uncertainty. Whether you’re flying to British Columbia for a backcountry hut trip, jetting home to Chicago to see family, or sneaking off to Mexico with your SUP, these five stalwart, versatile bags won’t guarantee your gear will make it to your final destination, but they will ensure that when it does, it’ll still be in one piece…

When carrying is the last thing you want to do with your carry-on, roll with the Ozone 22, a savvy, wheeled companion that’s ideally sized for tight squeezes in the overhead bin or beneath the seat in front of you. Osprey makes some bomber gear, but at 4 pounds, seven ounces, the 46-liter Ozone is one of its lightest, most streamlined bags, with a brushed aluminum ergonomic retractable handle and three grab loops for slinging overhead. Six interior and exterior pockets help you pack smarter so you can move faster—proof that you don’t have to skimp on perks to shave weight.

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IndefinitelyWild.Gizmodo.com – Featuring Osprey Packs – December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

Don’t be this guy. Carrying a backpack so large that it extends over your head and outside the width of your back makes for a long, arduous day on the trail. Instead, choose what you need wisely, then pack the bag efficiently for a lighter, more comfortable load. Here’s how…

Packing: This illustration from Osprey explains things nicely. Stuff light, bulky items like your sleeping system into the bottom of the pack. On top of that and as close to your back as possible, carry heavy items like your bear canister/food or laptop (this guide being equally applicable to Australians planning their gap year in Europe). If you’re carrying a hydration bladder, some packs will give you a dedicated sleeve for it located here while others will locate their water bottle pockets outside the pack, at this same height. On top, pack your layers and similar medium-weight items…

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