This spring Osprey’s award-winning “anti-gravity” (or AG) backpack harnessing system graduates from expedition-sized packs to the daypack, and nothing is lost in the transition. The lightweight frame, mesh back panel, stretchy shoulder harness and mesh hipbelt distributes the weight of pack evenly, providing unmatched dexterity while hiking. Dual compression straps help stabilize—and at 28 liters, you’ll use that feature unless you like to carry a lot of stuff. It also boasts a removable rain fly, zippered pockets at the hip, a direct-access hydration compartment, internal mesh organizational pockets, and a large zippered front panel. The three-dimensional construct of the harness makes it tricky to stash and forget it while on a plane, train or bus, but it’s ideal for intrepid hikers looking to haul some comforts into the backcountry.
Yes, outdoor and travel gear ain’t cheap. And while the old adage of getting what you pay for rings true for high-quality, performance-oriented products, a handful of innovative companies do more than just charge a fair price and deliver the goods. They’ve also integrated some refreshing altruism into their identity, looking to keeping the world we love to explore sustainable. Here are seven of the best.
Colorado-based Osprey’s affection for the outdoors is self-evident; it’s literally written into most of their larger packs in the form of a label listing the principles of leave-no-trace backpacking and hiking. And that commitment extends to other aspects of their production, from an HQ that runs on 100 percent renewable energy to making packs entirely constructed of recycled material to corporate philanthropy with sustainability, social, and environmentally focused partners.
Finding the perfect travel backpack is similar to shopping for cars—you can go basic, or you can load up on the bells and whistles… From packs with features most travelers will never need (ice ax hooks? Really?) to the basic reliable bag that will last you a lifetime, here are seven backpacks that are ideal for nomads.
Osprey Pixel Port: As close to a “smart pack” as you can get without making it battery-powered, the Pixel Port features a “port” window that lets you access and use a tablet without removing it from the pack. That’ll come in handy when navigating a city street during a monsoon. The bag, which comes in five colors, can carry 14 liters and has a 14-inch laptop sleeve in a very sleek, urban-centric package.
Twice a year, the universe of outdoor gear descends upon the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, to display the latest and greatest in adventure products at the Outdoor Retailer market…
Of the thousands of products on display this past January, here are ten picks that should suit the savvy traveler. Some are on the market now, while others will drop in fall 2015…
Osprey Ozone Convertible Suitcase: The venerable pack company will reinvent its entire line of travel-centric packs this fall, but the Ozone Convertible may hit the perfect sweet spot for most intrepid travelers. At 50 liters (for the small pack) it is big enough to haul your goods via its easy-rolling frame, but also boasts hidden backpack straps to help you navigate the rougher terrain.