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SkiingBusiness.com – Featuring Kode 32 and Interview with Erik Hamerschlag – January 22, 2013

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SkiingBusiness.com – Featuring Kode 32 and Interview with Erik Hamerschlag – January 22, 2013

January 22, 2013

2013-14 Backcountry Gear Preview

Backcountry gear is one of the bright categories in the ski industry as more people realize the importance of safe backcountry travel and more skiers and riders access backcountry terrain through resort gates.

Next year you’ll see even more brands partnering with avalanche airbag companies and catering to skiers and riders who travel in resort-accessed backcountry areas.

Here’s a look at what’s in the works. (…)


Erik Hamerschlag, Osprey product line manager

Unisex Kode 32, $149

Target market with featured pack:

Backcountry ski touring

Two-sentence description of featured pack:

The redesigned Kode Series incorporates the feedback of backcountry professionals, athletes, and recreationists, as well as Osprey’s own experience and evaluation. With the updated Kode, Osprey has improved access and organization to aid in emergency situations with a series of logically organized, durable, extremely functional and comfortable packs designed to help and never hinder all facets of backcountry snow travel.

What are you doing to stay relevant in a segment that seems inundated with options?

Maintain the Osprey reputation for packs that fit and function exceptionally well. It’s remarkable how many choices there are out there, but year in and year out, Osprey designs rise to the top by delivering packs that really please the people who use them.

What about in terms of colors/graphics?

The spectrum is huge right now. Everything is possible. We’ve toned our graphics down a bit, but spread color choices from black to brights.

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TheActiveTimes.com – Featuring Karve 16 – January 3, 2013

January 16, 2013

Whether you call it sidecountry or slackcountry, the value of resort-based backcountry skiing is obvious: wild snow, untracked lines and a new, deeper relationship with the snowy mountains. And it’s all the rage. Fast and quick forays into the deep end of nature’s snowy pool have a unique draw that doesn’t exist inbounds at most resorts. And for those who learn to swim, the rewards are worth it.

Several companies know this, and are making sleek, streamlined packs that are designed to carry essential avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe) along with skis or snowboard, and still offer a little spare room to bring an extra layer, water and some sundries. Their low-profile design also makes them ideal for wearing onto chairlifts.

Osprey’s designers spend a lot of time making packs that surpass expectations, and the Karve 16 provides ample proof of that. A comfy, thermo-sculpted back panel sheds unwanted snow, while diagonal lateral compression straps snugly hug the pack close to your body for an optimal skiing experience. The trim waist strap distributes the load equally over the hips for maximum comfort and dexterity, and external sleeves make use of limited material for quickly accessing the shovel handle and probe. A fully insulated sleeve keeps your hydration hose working on the coldest of days.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Escapist 30 – January 2013

January 16, 2013

The Escapist 30 is the larger of Osprey’s line of multi-use packs with some features that make it attractive for longer mountain biking trips. The pack has Osprey’s usual diligent construction and abundant nice touches. It worked well enough for hiking, and it would be a great choice for long backcountry bike rides where you’re carrying a lot of gear.


The Escapist takes on a number of ideas and features from other packs in Osprey’s line, like adjustable-for-length suspension (discussed farther down). The zipper pulls and bayonet clips are light and hand-friendly. The main compartment has a zip-away divider to either help organize gear or open the entire compartment for bulky loading. There’s a semi-circular access zipper for easy access to the lower part of the pack. If you carry a large DSLR camera, the lower main compartment would be a good place to stash that gear.


The pack has a lot of compartments and pockets. A well-designed external compartment allows for easy insertion and removal of your reservoir. A compartment on the front panel takes all kind of smaller gear – it’s especially nice for bike tools and inner tubes. There’s a small pocket on the top with soft padding for your shades, electronics and things like that. Compression straps trim the pack down when it isn’t stuffed. Three mesh pockets – two on the sides and one on the front – can catch small water bottles and other miscellaneous items. (…)

The Verdict

Osprey promotes the Escapist for long mountain biking trips as well as general day pack use, and it would be well worth a look if you’re going on a bike trip where you want to carry a lot of stuff or some overnight mountain bike hut touring. The pack’s overall organization has some real bike-friendly features – plenty of pockets for tools, reflective detailing, light clip points, and a nice helmet attachment system so that you don’t have to wear your helmet in the brewpub.

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OutsideOnline.com – Featuring Contrail 22” and Contrail Day – January 16, 2013

January 16, 2013

Q: What’s the Best Adventure-Ready Business Luggage?

I’m going to Hawaii for work, and need travel bags that are business-appropriate but rugged enough to let me explore the island by foot when I get there. Any suggestions?

A: Gone are the days when all luggage was blocky and cumbersome. Many bags now on the market transform from business accessories to day-hiking tools with a few strategically placed zippers or tabs. While they won’t replace your backcountry packs, these new bag designs are more than enough to let you squeeze a bit of adventure into a business trip.

We’re currently testing one such transformer bag called the Osprey Contrail 22, which came out in the fall of 2012, and attaches to a rugged day-hike pack. The Contrail is basically a rolling carry-on with a nylon tab that lets you attach an optional backpack to it. Because the Colorado-based Osprey had its start in custom backpacks, the pack isn’t just some throwaway idea, but a carefully designed accessory that’s burly enough to stand up to whatever you put it through.

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Backpacker.com – Featuring Portal Series – January 13, 2013

January 13, 2013

After sweeping the showroom floor for this year’s best new packs, it’s clear that consumers are asking for tech-compatibility and feature updates on tried-and-true designs.

Osprey’s strong new Portal series caters to the burgeoning tablet market with convenient touchscreen pockets to let you access your iPad without taking it out of the pack, perfect for commuters and students.

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PinkBike.com – Featuring Syncro 20 – January 11, 2013

January 11, 2013

Pacific Northwest Deep Winter Gear Review – 10 Suggestions to Beat the Chill (…)

Osprey would seem to be the new kid on the block for bike packs, having started making hydration packs only in 2009. Owner/lead designer Mike Pfotenauer designed his first pack at age 16 and founded Osprey Packs in 1974 in Santa Cruz, CA. Now their headquarters are in Cortez, Colorado, where they have ready access to a plethora of trails for testing. The Syncro Pack from Osprey is lightweight, streamlined, and has a ventilated harness – just the thing for all-day trail epics. The pack comes in three variations based upon storage volume: 10 liter, 15 liter, and 20 liter. All three feature a 100-denier triple-Ripstop ‘High Tenacity’ nylon body, a Lidlock helmet clip, a three-liter hydration bladder, a variety of pockets for storage, and mesh side pockets for quick-stash items. Notable details are Osprey’s magnetic sternum buckle for holding the bite-valve, and an integrated rain cover that was a key selling point for me. I opted to test the Syncro 20, reckoning that while it has a LOT of cargo space, it also comes with compression straps, allowing me to streamline the fit of the pack in the event I wasn’t maxing its capacity. It has a main gear compartment, a smaller pouch for important gear like phones and wallets, as well as medium and a small-ish zippered stash pockets for tools, etc. The rain fly unfurls from its own zippered pouch on the underside of the pack.

Definitely a pack for wet weather! Osprey’s rain fly works well, and the pack itself is capable of swallowing as much gear as you are willing to carry.

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