Osprey’s svelte 46-liter Hornet backpack is so light and compact that at first glance you might think it’s little more than a daypack best suited for casual meanderings. But the pack easily expands and stretches to transform into a smartly designed overnighter. Two elements make this a great weekender: First, the careful use of lightweight fabrics and materials keeps the weight at a pound and a half, and second, the judicious use of flexible mesh means you can fill the top loader with essential items and stuff the extras into the large, stretchy side and front pockets
On May 3, 2011, 200 young people attending the Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek on the Navajo Nation will be given their bikes at the “Moment of Happy.” As part of the endowment, they will also receive the training to maintain them, and have the opportunity to take a guided bike tour with Osprey team members through the southwest desert.
Additionally, 88bikes will unveil their first sustainable 88bikeshop, made entirely from locally-foraged materials, including the hoods of junked cars. Portable and elegant, with ample workspace for workshops and clinics, it will be located in Montezuma Creek.
“We are very grateful to Osprey for their continued support of our mission and of the children of the Navajo Nation,” said Dan Austin, co-founder of 88bikes. “We can’t wait for Osprey team members and the kids of Montezuma Creek to hop on their bikes and head off for a ride together!”
Outdoor Industry Association – Osprey Extends its Support of 88bikes Foundation and its Work with the Navajo Nation – April 19, 2011
Osprey Packs, Inc. has announced their continued support of the nonprofit 88bikes, a micro-philanthropy project that gives bikes to kids in developing countries, and their upcoming endowment of 200 bikes and a sustainable bike shop to the Navajo Nation.
Osprey first pledged their support for 88bikes in 2010, when they raised $2500 for the Navajo endowment through sales of their cycling-specific Raptor hydration packs at Interbike Dirt Demo, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to 88bikes.
In 2011, Osprey plans to repeat their successful fundraiser at the Interbike Dirt Demo. In addition, Osprey will recruit employees and friends to volunteer at repair and maintenance clinics for the bike recipients, and help lead the kids on a local bike tour. Additionally, they will help launch 88bikes’ first sustainable bike shop, to be located in the Navajo Nation.
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Not all hydration packs are created equal. I’ve had the same hydration pack for move than five years, and haven’t thought much about it beyond the momentary annoyance of filling it up and deciding what to cram into its pockets for the day. With my new Osprey Women’s Verve Hydration Pack, I’ve found that my hydration routine has now been elevated into an enjoyable experience, thanks to a bevy of thoughtful features packed into a svelte, women’s-specific pack. (Osprey also makes men’s hydration packs.)
Undoing my old hydration pack’s reservoir was a wrist-wrenching, tube-tangling pain, and I sometimes reassembled it in such a way that it would get the rest of the pack damp (bummer), or even soaked (extra bummer). The Verve’s Hydraform reservoir system is tangle-free and super easy to use. All I have to do is unsnap the separate compartment that it lives in, loosen the side straps, and easily slide out the semi-rigid reservoir. Then I grab on to the handle, unscrew the lid with ease, and fill ‘er up. If you’ve lost track for the reassembly, the reservoir tells you, “this side faces the user’s back”. The best part of the hydration bladder iis something I can’t even see; the Nalgene-brand hydration reservoir is BPA- and PVC-free. So I can sip liter after liter knowing that my water won’t be tainted with toxins.
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I took the Verve 7 pack out on a mountain bike ride that was just over three hours. The Verve was very comfortable; especially the back panel. At times I barely noticed I was wearing a pack. When I went to use the pack for the first time I noticed that the hipbelt was reverse threaded though the one end of the fastener. This was easily fixed by removing it from the fastener and re-threading it. My favorite feature so far is the added stretch pocket on the sternum strap. I was able to place my MP3 player in the pocket along with my lip balm. I could even access the controls of the MP3 player while it was inside the pocket.
What would your answer be to this question? “Do you have the latest Osprey pack?” The obvious answer is, “No, but I’d like to!”
This is the way we got Osprey’s new Viper 13, a slim and efficient pack perfect for mountain biking, quick hikes, and a wide variety of other outdoor adventures where you need a modest amount of storage and three liters of water. The Viper 13 is a good-looking bag, which is typical of Osprey; and with its small size and usability, it has already gotten a lot of use. I am repeatedly reminded that Osprey’s magnetic bite valve is the best interpretation of the magnetic locking feature among hydration packs. While other manufacturers have taken a stab at keeping the bite valve in a useful position using clips or magnets, Osprey outdoes them all.