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WanderlustandLipstick.com – Featuring Tempest 30 – June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014

Well, it’s about that time of year, folks. Bust out the hiking poles, get on the new trail-runners, actually use that heart rate monitor you’ve bought last month. Wait, you don’t have any of that stuff? You’re in luck. Here’s a few of my favorite new outdoor gear items for the outdoorsy, active gal for summer 2014…

The Tempest series is Osprey’s newest women’s specific fit line of backpacks. With six Tempest models ranging in sizes from 6 liters to 40 liters, I found the Tempest 30 L to be perfect for springtime day hiking. This top loading, 1.9 pound pack  held all my gear for a long day hike easily, and the women’s specific hip belt and harness adjusted smoothly to fit my body like a glove. Much as I loved the bells and whistles of this bag-removable top pocket, bike light positioning, mesh side and front pockets-the adaptability of the pack to fit well against my body is what puts this pack at the top of my list.

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WanderlustandLipstick.com – Featuring Ozone Convertible 22” – November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

I see a lot of our tour participants carrying Osprey luggage. It seems to be a bag that can be over-stuffed, bulging at the seams even, but still holds up really well.

Fortunately for all of us, the folks at Osprey are always upping their game and innovating their bags with new features and materials. This means I get to test out what’s new, including the Osprey Ozone Convertible. I checked out the 22″ carry-on version.

This is a two-wheeled bag that has hidden straps in the back in a zipped pouch. These straps allow you to put it over your back and carry it like a large backpack.

Like many of their other bags, this has a zip-off daypack that attaches to the front. While I almost always carry a daypack during my travels, I have never traveled with it attached to the larger carry-on bag. So, while this feature is nice, it’s not for me. But I have seen other people use it as such, so you might find this to be useful.

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WanderlustAndLipstick.com – Featuring Aura 65 – August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012

Something I noticed was how strategically placed the straps were. It was easy to tighten or loosen the bag if I had it on my back, and the straps were just where I needed them. It felt like they (the all-knowing pack designers) had thought of all the areas that I would want to tighten or loosen, and then put a strap there for me.

All in all an excellent choice for a multi-day backpacking pack. My one comment would be to be certain to get fitted by a professional before buying the pack. The size of the bag is very important for the correct fit. By taking the time to get fitted before buying a pack, you’ll be that much more happy in the long run (or out on the trail, whichever comes first).

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WanderLustAndLipstick.com – Featuring Osprey SS13 – July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012

I’m just a few hours away from my flight to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the Summer Outdoor Retailer show which kicks off tomorrow, August 1. Who’s excited? Hand raised. (Me.)

The Outdoor Retailer show takes place two times a year, once during January for winter sports, and again in August for summer sports. Major outdoor industry companies showcase their new products for the upcoming season. Buyers from REI all the way down to small local retailers peruse (read: powerwalk the convention center) the boothes for new clothing and gear for the following year. I’m a lucky duck and am attending the show as member of the working media. I attended this past Winter OR show and had a fantastic and insightful time. It’s incredible the quality of clothes and outdoor gear these companies are developing, and I’m bursting with excitement to share with you what I see during this next week.

Here are just a couple of the companies I’m particularly amped up to check out…



Yet another company that dazzled me at the winter show. They are introducing a new line of travel packs and luggage this fall which I got to look at up close last January. The luggage was solid and stylish, make sure to keep an eye out for these packs on their website and in stores. I am sure they will have something “wow” up their sleeve at the show this week.

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WanderLustAndLipstick.com – Featuring Syncro 20 – July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

Every year, Jon and I say we’re going to start hiking more. And every year the summer comes and goes and we don’t dedicate time to the mountains – the ones that we can see from our living room window.

It’s kinda sad because we are literally surrounded with natural beauty. (It’s the nice weather we’re waiting for, I tell myself.)

This year we’re motivated by more than the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We have our sites set on the Snowman Trek in Bhutan for the fall of 2013.

The Snowman Trek is considered to be the hardest trek in the world with 11 passes, many over 16,000 feet and one over 18,000. It’s not something that one takes lightly. And as, such we’re starting our training now.

Die-hard hikers will laugh but the fact that we’ve been out hiking twice just in the last week is a big deal for us. We first did Little Si (1,900 feet) and then Mt. Si (3,900 feet).

On both hikes, I took the Osprey Syncro 20 with me.

This daypack is comfortable enough that I wore it for 4 hours of hiking and never felt like it was Beth with Osprey Syncro 20uncomfortable or heavy. It has a light internal frame that keeps the shape sturdy and the hydration/reservoir system in place.

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Wanderlustandlipstick.com – Featuring Meridian – May 11, 2011

May 25, 2011

With most airlines now charging fees to check even one bag, savvy travelers are packing lighter and only taking a carry-on bag.Personally? I can go 5 weeks with a 22″ carry-on. You, however, are likely traveling for a shorter period of time and need only to bring enough for a week max. You’ve got lots of choices these days and one you might consider is the Osprey Meridian Convertible Pack.

Convertible packs are those in which you can swap from roll-aboard to backpack relatively easily – usually by unzipping a pouch in the back, pulling out the arm and waist straps (also known as harness straps) and hoisting it onto your back – like a daybag. While these aren’t for everyone, they definitely have their time and place such as when traveling through a region with lots of stairs (think: Europe) or when you’re having to walk down dirt roads/paths (think: India). Places where you can’t simply pull your bag behind you.

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