The Osprey Porter 30 is the smallest in the Porter series, and the sizing felt just right for carry-on. The easy-to-access large panel compartment held all of the clothes needed for a two week trip overseas (not including climbing gear) and even when it was packed full it still fit under the seat on all plane rides…. The straps tuck into the pack when not in use and the StraightJacket compression cinches down nicely. Not having to deal with excessive straps on a travel bag is one of the Porter’s best features…
Salt Lake City holds the world’s largest outdoor industry gathering each August and January, it’s called the Outdoor Retailer Market. This year they had an impressive 1,595 exhibitors occupying 545,684 square feet. With over 27,000 attendees, it sometimes feels like navigating a street market in Bangkok rather than a trade show. We spent a few days learning about the newest product innovations said to hit the market in the upcoming year. Here’s a few new products that stood out to us…
The Osprey Atmos and Aura 65 will soon be getting new suspension. It’s called AntiGravity (AG) suspension. Its one of those innovations that makes you say, “How come nobody else thought of that?” Osprey’s Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt and adjustable back panel will not be changing, but the new AG back panel is promised to have an even better fit and reduce hotspots because the mesh is constructed from one piece. We look forward to testing it out.
It’s a fine line between having everything you want in a lumbar pack, and having too much. I think Osprey nailed it with the Talon 6. It has two large pockets on top which can easily hold some traction spikes, a light wind breaker, a bar or two, phone, keys, etc. There are two more hip belt pockets for easy access to smaller things, like gel packs.
I found that I couldn’t really find one position that I liked for the duration of my longer runs. Going downhill I wanted it to be nice and snug, and uphill I wanted a little extra slack so I could use core muscles for breathing. The Talon 6 is very easy to adjust…
The Ozone series comes in 80 liter, 46 liter and 36 liter sizes, as well as a day pack and courier. Besides the color, right away the first thing I noticed was how extremely light-weight this piece of luggage is. It weighs in at only 4 lbs 15 oz, and still has quite a few great features. It’s easy to maneuver and has plenty of pockets to keep everything organized. The green color makes spotting your bag on the luggage carousel easy and I was really impressed at just how much this bag could hold.
Concerns: Traveling is tough on suitcases and nearly every piece of luggage I’ve owned has eventually been damaged. After the second time traveling with the Ozone it had a couple very small punctures and a small tear. I have concerns that this light-weight bag may not be able to handle the abuse. The Ozone series might be a better choice for carry-on, because you have more control over what happens to your luggage.
For a look at the pack’s features please watch the video.
2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Highlights
Get ready folks, Fall 13 is lookin’ good! For three days the OGTV crew charged from booth to booth, looking at the latest gear. We shared many of the highlights over on our Facebook page, but we saved some of the most interesting pieces we saw for our 2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Highlights. (…)
Osprey launches the Portal series. Use those tablets and iPads without taking it out of your pack. These packs are clean and simple on the outside, but on the inside they’re loaded with features. Padded protection for you laptop, organizing panels, and a scratch-free pocket for your portable device.
This technical pack is perfect for day hikes and light over-night trips. Osprey does an exceptional job mastering women’s specific fit and the Sirrus is no exception. Some of the highlights of this pack are the integrated rainfly, Airspeed Suspension back panel, and the many pockets. The small issue is the amount of long compression straps, the straps themselves are handy, but when they aren’t in use or when your traveling it would be nice to be able to hide them. I highly recommend this pack, but be sure to try it on first!
We were more than a little impressed with Osprey’s Fall and Spring 2013 line-up. From travel bags to hydration and adjustable packs, Osprey has plenty of great things to look forward to. What stood out to us? Their hip-belts for their larger packs, the Xena and Xenith, are fully adjustable, removable, and can be heat-molded. We’re also impressed at how much they’ve improved on their women-specific packs. The women’s packs have BioForm4 CM Hipbelt which, according to Osprey, ”provides thoughtful angles varying padding to create a fit specifically for women.” The women’s packs can be adjusted up and down to provide the perfect fit for various sized torsos and Fit-on-the-Fly hip belts. Osprey is definitely leading the charge when it comes to providing the perfect fit to each and every user.