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OutdoorIndustry.org – Osprey Packs Donates Grants Through IMBA to Support Recreational Mountain Biking – October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced today the donation of four cash grants through the IMBA “Let’s Build Trails” Program to support the growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States.

The grant recipients include:
•    Central Illinois Trails Association (Chatham, IL)
•    Team Dirt (Corvallis, OR)
•    South Alabama Mountain Bike Association (Mobile, AL)
•    Southern Kettle Moraine Chapter of IMBA (Whitewater, WI)

“It is very rewarding to work with IMBA in providing trail grants to grass roots mountain bike organizations who are working hard to maintain and improve recreational cycling opportunities in their communities,” said Jeff Fox, Bike Marketing Manager for Osprey.

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CrossBikeReview.com – Featuring Porter 46 – October 12, 2014

October 12, 2014

The Final Say

If you are going to be traveling for about 2 weeks or more and you want to go light. Then the Osprey 46L pack is a serious contender. We went for 3 weeks to Europe and had a great time. This was essentially the only luggage that we took. Yes we did laundry and no we did not pay any baggage fees for any of the airlines that we flew on. We flew from the US to Amsterdam to Sweden to France and essentially back. We also took 2 trains and a bus in the process so our packs were put to the test. We didn’t loose them once. We could fit everything that we needed to in them. Noticed that I said “Need”. There is a difference between a need and a want. We rode in the Alps and in the Pyrenees and had a great time. We packed smart and with the help of the packing compartments that we picked up before the trip it all went well. The porter 46L is a well thought out pack and has lots of storage and compartments for all your wants. All you have to do is put a little thought in to what you want to bring and how you want to pack it…

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Stack.com – Featuring Spin 32 – October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

I’ve been commuting by bike for about 7 years now. During that time, I’ve used a multitude of different bags to carry my gear to and from work. In the past I had more messenger-style packs, both the single-strap and bookbag style. Though they worked well, stood up to the elements and had an aesthetic I liked, that style of bag wasn’t always practical or completely waterproof. I decided to try a more technical pack for reasons of comfort and functionality. The Osprey line of commuter bags fit the bill…

Traditionally thought of as a hiking pack company, Osprey produces a full line of bags specifically designed for bike commuters. I tested the Spin 32. I was tentative at first, because although their backpacks look good on the trail, I wasn’t sure as how the style would carry over to the street.

I was impressed.

The bag doesn’t look like a typical bike messenger bag. The styling is somewhat aggressive and the reflective strips make it look pretty cool in the dark (not to mention the extra visibility). And whereas some messenger bags tend to have only one large pocket, the Osprey Spin has many pockets that are fully functional for carrying varying loads: a standard padded laptop sleeve, a main compartment and a smaller front compartment for odds and ends like pens and small notebooks. A few side pockets were a perfect fit for my water bottle or coffee mug…

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OffPisteMag.com – Featuring Kode 42 – October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014

Last winter, we took  10 backcountry ski packs (non-airbag) for an extended spin. The line-up included packs from Arcteryx, Black Diamond, Cilo Gear, Deuter, Exped, Gregory, Jones and Mammut, Ortovox and Osprey.  Here excerpts from the reviews and a link to the full backcountry ski pack review – pdf.

Osprey Kode 42; Weight: 3 lb 14 oz
The Kode 42 is the flagship pack in Osprey’s ski and snow line. Osprey has a reputation for designing packs that fit and carry as well as any bags in the business, and the Kode 42 does just that. It’s a hybrid top-loader that adds a zippered back panel for unfettered access to your stuff. And, at 42 liters, there’s plenty of space for a full day tour and then some – like the extra six-pack and burrito fixin’s that are sure to make the first night at the yurt more fun.

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