The Raptor 14 is a great long haul pack for an all day adventure on your favorite single track. Stretch woven side pockets with InsideOut™ compression provide versatile gear carry options, while a large zippered front pocket with dedicated compartments for bike tools keeps essentials handy. 3-liter HydraForm™ Reservoir Included. Colors available: Silt Gray, Spruce Green, Sand Gold.
Lightweight and durable, this carry-on bag is easy to roll and a soft grip on the telescopic handle. Testers had difficulty unzipping the main compartment, and in tests, the handle sometimes stuck. Also, the bag doesn’t have front compartments for additional storage. In charcoal. (ospreypacks.com)
Not too long ago trek7k did a write up on the Osprey Raptor 6 and if you recall he raved over its sleek and comfortable design. Today I’m writing about another offering in the Osprey hydraulics line-up – the Manta 20. Unlike the Raptor, the Manta is a larger pack designed for day trips and epic rides.
The Osprey Elroy bag appeared on my doorstep this week and I was more than enthusiastic about its arrival. I have long wondered why pack makers did not delve further into the world of computer bags, messenger bags, or soft sided briefcases. Osprey has taken my desire for a useful office bag one step further with its new Resource Series of courier bags and backpacks. These bags are intended for the long hauls to the office and classrooms and are constructed using mostly recycled materials.
I’ve written in a few different places about the best backpacks for travelers and one name that always comes up near the top in both quality and popularity is Osprey Packs. If you go backpacking around the world, you’ll see that Osprey logo on the backs of a lot of travelers, either in the Waypoint 80 size or this more manageable Waypoint 65 size.
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I’m graduating from a Masters program in May, and planning, possibly, my last great summer get-away before becoming a hard-working stiff in September. My itinerary from mid-May through August includes a hiking/camping cross-country road trip to Sedona, two weeks of camping and hiking in Alaska, volunteering as a fly-fishing instructor in Alaska, and traveling in Asia for three weeks. If you were putting together a recommended gear list (particularly lightweight waterproof jacket, backpack, tent, and sleeping bag) from scratch where would you start?
… I also like Osprey’s Aether 70 ($260), which is about the same size as the Baltoro, and is just a touch lighter. I’ve carried both in the past year and love them both.