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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 22 + 10 – December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014

Avalanche airbag packs used to be an elusive beast; a rarely seen mountain specimen. But now, airbags are almost as common in the backcountry as beacons, shovels and probes. The packs are still expensive, but prices have been climbing down, and many more companies are getting into the game… including Osprey. This season is the debut of Osprey’s first avalanche airbag-compatible pack: the Kode ABS 22 +10 (as well as the larger Kode 42.) Osprey has proven to make top shelf mountain bike and backpacking bags, but do they hit one out of the park in the airbag realm?

After multiple uses in the Wasatch backcountry, I found the pack to have everything I could ask for – compartments for avalanche gear and other stuff like extra layers, food and crampons, goggle pockets, helmet carry, burly front panel for protection from ski edges… everything. Let’s break it down…

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Atmos AG and Aura AG – August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

Osprey has done it again – the company that pretty much revolutionizes backpack design on an annual basis turned heads at their Outdoor Retailer booth with a pack that defies gravity.

The Atmos and Aura packs are not new to the Osprey lineup, but what they did to those packs for their 4th generation, well, you need to see it to understand. Simply put, the packs have a 3D contoured suspension that they dub “Anti-Gravity.” According to Osprey, it’s a light, body-contouring suspension “that allows the user to move as if they don’t have a pack on – true anti-gravity realized.”

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

A major key to enjoying a comfortable mountain bike ride is owning a good hydration pack. It needs to be balanced, snug, and have a plethora of pockets to carry all kinds of gear from bike tubes to energy bars to water reservoirs. Unfortunately, most hydration packs are made for a variety of activities – not specifically for mountain biking. But Osprey made one. Their line of mountain bike specific Raptor packs, including the Raptor 10, have all the features you’d want and more. Plus, their renowned hydration system got even better with a redesign for 2013.

I’ve been carrying the Osprey Raptor 10 on my back during spring rides in the Salt Lake City foothills, and wonder if this is the be-all, end-all of MTB sacks. Features include:

Direct Access Zip

ErgoPull™ Hipbelt

Front Stretch Mesh Pocket

Hydration Reservoir with LidLock™

Lower Compression Strap

Panel Load

Tool Pouch

Slash Pocket

Zippered Hipbelt Pockets

Blinker Light Attachment

Reflective Graphics

The first thing I noticed with the Raptor 10 is how well it fits my body. The Raptor packs are men’s specific (there is a women’s version called the Raven) and easy-to-adjust hip and shoulder straps make cinching the pack down to size a snap. I really appreciate that the straps have clips at the ends so they attach to themselves and don’t annoyingly flap around when I’m bombing down the singletrack.

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Escapist 30 – December 20, 2012

December 20, 2012

Editor’s Choice Outdoor Gear of the Year 2012

We got to test a lot of new gear throughout the year. Between myself and Utah Outside contributor, Ryan Malavolta, we have dozens and dozens of stuff that arrives at our doorsteps that we take up into the mountains and deserts and abuse the hell out of them. The result? The cream rises to the top, and we tell you about it. So as we near the end of 2012, we’re taking a look back at the equipment that really caught our attention. Whether it’s because the gear is innovative, comfortable, or just flat-out works beyond expectations, the bets of the best is honored here. So below is our top 10 outdoor gear of 2012. (…)

Osprey Escapist 30 Hydration Pack

We’d say the Osprey Escapist 30 can be your go-to pack for just about anything. Although its features make it look like a bike-specific pack, with ad-ons like the rain cover, ventilated back panel, and myriad pockets on both the shoulder and waist straps make this gear hauler efficient for anything the outdoors call you to partake in. So is the Escapist 30 a one pack quiver? If you need a pack for long bike trips and hiking, we’d say most definitely.

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring SS13 Packs – August 8, 2012

August 8, 2012

The big news is that Osprey is going all-in on women-specific packs. They’ve come up with a new women’s fit series with redesigned shoulder harnesses, a different pack shape, and a new hip belt that are all made to better fit a woman’s unique anatomical frame. Think simple changes like how the sternum strap equalizes pressure across the shoulder harness, or how a pack’s shape can affect a women’s center of gravity and freedom of movement.

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Escapist 30 – May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

The gear trend these days has been about the “one quiver.” You know, that gear that can do it all, every day? We’ve got one-quiver skis, one-quiver bikes, one-quiver shoes, and even one-quiver backpacks. Well if you’re in the market for a one-quiver pack, then rest your trail-weary eyes on the Osprey Escapist 30 hydration pack.

The Osprey Escapist 30 is part of Osprey’s mountain biking pack line, and has all the features you’d want for that. But strap this to your back, and you’ll find that it’s also ideal for long day hikes, adventure racing, or even carrying your text books across campus. It’s a true one-quiver piece of gear, but born from the womb of mountain biking. As such, I took the Escapist out on all of my mountain bike rides in Utah and Colorado this spring and put it to the test.

The first thing I noticed when I pulled the Escapist out of the box is that it’s a true Osprey, built with all the features that make us love their packs. Features like the AirScape ventilated backpanel, BioStretch harness, and LidLock bike helmet attachment are all there. But as far as bike-specific packs are concerned, the Escapist 30 goes beyond by literally “packing” everything you could want inside. There’s huge main compartments that fit whatever you’d need to pack for a long day in the saddle or multi-day bike packing trips. There’s also internal organizer pockets for bike tools that keeps things like pumps, chain tools and tire levers right where you need them for when you need them.

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Zealot, Syncro and Escapist – January 28, 2012

January 28, 2012

Osprey has long been known in the outdoor industry as one of the premiere backpack manufacturers in the world. But at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, they revealed that they’re now about more than just outdoor recreation, unveiling a new line of travel bags, luggage, totes and child carriers. However, packs are their mainstay, and new bags for biking and hiking were also showed off on the convention center floor.

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Karve 11 – January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012

Backcountry skiing is all the rage right now, but sometimes you just want to ride the lifts and find untracked powder beyond a resort’s boundaries. In those instances, you don’t need a full, heavy pack filled with tons of gear to get you through an entire day of touring. Enter the Karve 11 pack from Osprey. This small, functional pack is just the right size to carry your avalanche safety basics (probe, shovel) and still have space for water, food and an extra layer while shredding the sidecountry. I got to ski with the Karve 11 for the past few months, and found it the perfect pack for lift-accessed pow seeking.

The Karve 11 has tons of features that you would expect from a quality company like Osprey, such as a burly padded, reinforced front panel that deflects wear and tear (read: sharp ski edges while hiking,) a removable waist belt that’s low profile and light, insulated hydration sleeve that won’t let your water freeze, Z-shaped compression straps that are quick and easy to use and allow for diverse ways to carry gear, and of course Osprey’s awesome padded back panel that sheds snow and allows back sweat to breathe away.

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Hornet 32 – September 5th, 2011

October 25, 2011

The Osprey Hornet 32 weighs in at 1.25 pounds- super light indeed. This top loading pack features one large main compartment, two mesh side pockets with compression straps and a front stretch mesh pocket. The floating lid has a zippered storage area and a zippered mesh pocket on the underside. The pack also features gel pockets on the shoulder straps and two hip belt pockets that will fit anything from energy bars to point and shoot cameras. Osprey used 70D Triple Ripstop Nylon material to construct the bag, and while it is lightweight, it is also burly enough to stand up to a normal backcountry beating.

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