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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Stratos 24 – June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016

Here’s what I used to support an 850-mile backcountry mountain bike trip across Arizona…

As noted, the Osprey Stratos 24 is beefier than I’d normally choose, but it was the ideal choice and carried my bicycle, gear, and enough water and food to get me across the Grand Canyon admirably well for its diminutive size. Other than food and fluid, the pack load was minimal: clothes I might need of a day in external pockets (including a Gore Bike Wear ONE jacket, arm and knee warmers, an Assos Rain Cap, and a beanie), a Lezyne CRV 20, lube, and rag in one hip-belt pocket, and my iPhone (for the camera) in the other. I also ran a Spot Tracker Gen III at all times so my family could keep tabs on me…

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Radial 32 – May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016

Spring weather means more bike commuting here at the Outside headquarters in Santa Fe, New Mexico. So we went on a hunt for the best all-weather backpacks that protect your gear while still looking sharp at the office. Watch to see our top picks for the daily commute.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Kode 32 – January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016

From Boots to Duct Tape: Everything You Need for Backcountry Skiing

Osprey Kode 32 Pack
An airbag pack is useful in high-consequence terrain, but the system adds extra weight. For regular tours in low-angle areas, the Osprey Kode 32 is a solid option: It’s big enough for everything you need—food, extra layers, and safety tools. It carries well and has a clever diagonal ski carry, which we prefer because it’s quicker to attach than an A-frame carry.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Ultralight Dry Sack – December 23, 2015

December 23, 2015

…Here are some of my favorite discoveries from nine great companies. If you have a business traveler or backpacker on your Christmas list, any of these would make welcome stocking stuffers—or better yet, that into which your stockings get stuffed.

Not surprisingly, Osprey makes some of the most reliable, weatherproof pack organization, from compression sacks  and camera cases to removable backpacks and rain covers.

We like: the Ultralight Drysack, a hugely useful waterproof roll-top sack made from 40D silnylon double rip, which is absurdly light given its excellent tear resistance…

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring SS16 Viper 13 – November 5, 2015

November 5, 2015

Late last month, two friends and I parked our car at a local train station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hopped on our bikes, and proceeded to pedal 104 miles to Santa Fe via as many dirt and back roads as possible…

It was a sufferfest, but it was made a lot more bearable by the right gear. Here’s what I used to stay sane over the long miles.

Osprey Viper 13
At one point, we rode 30 miles between gas stations, which meant we had to carry enough water for a couple hours in the sun. Instead of loading my bike with bottles, I rode with the new Osprey Viper 13, which holds a 2.5-liter bladder plus tubes, a jacket, food, and a camera. The mesh back vented well during the hottest part of the day, the magnetic chest strap kept my hydration hose out of the way, and, as I find to be the case with all Osprey packs, the Viper 13 carried well, even fully loaded.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Transporter 40 – August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015

Q:What Are the Best Duffel Bags for Domestic Travel?

We love these workhorse bags because they’re so damn useful…

Osprey Transporter 40
The U-shaped zipper on this bag splays the body wide open, providing easy access to nearly everything inside. The Transporter, like the No Matter What (above) has padding on the handles, which helps it sit comfortably on your shoulders when carried as a backpack. The spacious front-zip pocket, plus three more on the outside, keep everything from toiletries to dirty laundry tidy.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Escapist 25 – May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

n a typical year, Victor, Idaho-based Jay Petervary, or JayP as he’s known, will pedal over 10,000 miles of snow-packed roads and trail, singletrack, and dirt roads. Of those miles, 6,000 of them come from racing in such formidable sufferfests as the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail in Alaska (which he won in a sprint finish last February), the 750-mile Arizona Trail race (first place, last April) and the 2,800-mile Tour Divide from Canada to Mexico (broke the speed record for that route last fall)…

Obviously, what JayP carries depends on the particulars of a race, but the following essential gear almost always makes the cut.

Osprey Packs
Over the years, JayP has acquired an arsenal of custom-fitted frame bags for a variety of frame types and needs, but his tried-and-true approach to packing his bike remains nearly constant. “You want your heavy stuff in the frame pack, where it’s down low. So that can be a full water bladder, tools and spare parts. Clothes go in my rear seat bag. My sleep system: sleeping bag, pad, get strapped on my handlebars. I’ll put my food in a top-tube bag where it’s easy to reach.” And then there’s the pack on his back. On overnight trips, he shoulders the Escapist 25, counting on its easy-to-reach compression straps to keep his gear tight as the internal water bladder empties out during his ride. “I usually run water bottles on my frame for longer rides, but when I do ride with a hydration pack, I like Ospreys,” he says. “I love their bladder system and bite valve, and the way they fit.”

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Porter 46 – March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015

Q: What’s the Best Backpacking Travel Gear?

A: Whether you plan to live out of your backpack for a week or a month, you’re best served by traveling light. Here are eight pieces of gear that will help you confront whatever adventure—or misadventure—international travel may throw your way…

The Osprey Porter 46 is as big a carry-on as you can get away with. It’s packed with smart design features like a front-panel organization compartment that gives you easy access to essentials like toiletries and undies—no frantic digging required.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Rev 12 – January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015

Running to work is hard, especially when you have to contend with cold weather, poor visibility, and icy roads. On those days, your gear matters…

If you’re serious about run commuting, you need a running-specific bag to stash water and your extra layers. We like the Osprey Rev 12, a torso-hugging hydration pack that accommodates a 2.5-liter water reservoir. Remove the bladder to make room for your work clothes (leave your dress shoes at the office), or keep it in for long commutes. Built for endurance events, this bag has a clever smartphone pocket on the left shoulder strap for quick access to your favorite fitness app…

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