The Sea Otter Classic bike festival is taking place this weekend in Monterey, California, and includes four days of road, mountain bike and cyclocross racing, as well as the largest annual bike expo in the United States that’s open to the general public. Over the past few years, Sea Otter has become a must-do event for many companies in the bike industry looking to show off their latest products and offer sneak peeks at what’s to come in the next year. There’s also a smorgasbord of new wares on display, so here’s a look at some of the things that caught our eyes. And don’t worry, there’s plenty more, so look for more Sea Otter coverage soon.
Osprey is in the business of building rugged bags and luggage for camping, hiking and backpacking, but it’s best known in the bike world for its line of hydration packs. And while Osprey has offered up some products for roadies and commuters in the past, it’s gearing up for a big push in the coming year with several different series of packs for a broader range of riders. The Radial (left) will come in 26- or 34-liter capacities at $159 and $169, respectively, and in two sizes to fit both large and small customers. Key features include black or green colors, a padded laptop compartment and Osprey’s signature AirScape shoulder suspension system that allows for increased airflow across the wearer’s back. The Spin (right) comes in just one size, but in two different capacities: 32-liter ($149) and 22-liter ($139).
Osprey’s Portal series is a more fashion-oriented line of packs for commuters. The Pixel (left) will retail for $139 and features a padded laptop compartment, a removable PowerHouse cord organizer, and zippered extensions to increase the overall volume. The Pixel Port (right) is a smaller, sleeker variant of the Pixel that will sell for $119, and it features a large plastic window that provide protection for a tablet/iPad while still giving the user access to it while in transit. Look for all of Osprey’s new products around August.