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Mens Journal – Gearing Up for a Race Across New Zealand

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Mens Journal – Gearing Up for a Race Across New Zealand

March 31, 2010

To prepare for and finish the Speight’s Coast to Coast, a 151-mile adventure race down under, my relay partner (and wife) Mary and I faced two broad challenges and scores of little ones when it came to gear.

For one thing we were complete novices at two of the sports (road racing on bikes, whitewater kayaking), and we were about to get a re-education on the third (running). So we needed to borrow, purchase, and gain a basic competence with a lot of gear we didn’t already own.

Buy a hydration pack just big enough (25 liters) to fit the mandatory first-aid gear and extra clothing layers for the 21-mile mountain run. Go even smaller by ditching the hydration bladder and drinking from streams as locals do. (As a rule, you do not want to drink from streams near livestock, campgrounds or industry.) For the race, my wife, Mary, opted for the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 26 ($100). For longer training runs, she swears by the Osprey Raptor 14 (right; $99). I found that there’s no hydration pack that fits my torso that well. If I cinched the shoulders, the hip belt ended up squeezing my diaphragm. If I loosened the shoulders and cinched the hip, the pack banged against my shoulder blades. And so I came around to something I swore I’d never be: a waist-pack guy. For runs over 8 to 10 miles or longer, I carry water, snacks, mobile phone, ID in an Osprey Talon 4 (below; $54), a sturdy belt that easily carries up to 240 cubic inches(room for a shell, even nano-puff jacket), and two quart/liter water bottles. Just don’t call it a fanny pack; the preferred terms are hip or lumbar pack.

Get on the water: Log time in a sea kayak or, ideally, a “long boat,” such as the Sisson Evolution, the kind you’ll want to rent/race in New Zealand. Get used to cycling in a pack: Drop by your local bike shop and ask, “So, when’s ‘the ride’?

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Osprey Packs Debuts at Sea Otter with New Hydraulics™ Collection

March 31, 2010

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that for the first time, the company will be attending Sea Otter Classic to showcase their Raptor Hydraulics Series.


Osprey invites Sea Otter attendees to stop by the Osprey booth (#242) April 15-18 to participate in activities throughout the day including complimentary pack sizing and fitting as well as gear giveaways.

“Osprey’s entry into the bike market was a natural evolution of our brand,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “Our presence at Sea Otter demonstrates our commitment to this market and our passion to develop innovation solutions for outdoor exploration of all kinds.”

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Necessary Cool – Osprey’s Raptor 10 Pack

March 31, 2010

With mountain biking, light hikes, and adventurers in mind, Osprey has made a pack we have nothing to complain about.

This is a great size for short or day hikes, it’s perfect for climbers, bikers or just about any activity where you want a light weight hydro pack with enough room for some extra food and gear. It’s construction shows that Osprey has true adventurers in mind and wants to create a product that will not only hold up to the abuse so many trails often dish out, but that they want you to be completely happy with the product you just bought.

From the stitching to the layout, everything here is top notch. The hydro set up is great with a magnet place on the sternum strap for easy access, and the bag itself (3 liters) is much better then most of the hydro packs you’ll find in stores. With a hard back and an over sized screw down lid, the bag is almost as tough as the pack. It’s still pretty easy to clean out as well, so no worries there. Lower side compression straps keep the weight from rest only on your shoulders, which provides for more comfort and enjoyment on extended trips. The Osprey wings on the Lower side compression straps are highly reflective as well, providing a nice safety touch.

Good: An front pocket gives you easy access to items you may want to get quickly, large (but not too large) pull rings on all zippers make it easy to get in your pack even with gloves on, plenty of room for a days rations and some back up gear, and a really cool strap for your helmet, 3 color-way choices, good style, great quality. Front pocket is stretchy but strong, mouth piece swivels, bike tool organization, great stitching, strong construction, comfortable to wear, reflective accents for safety.

Bad: …. We’ve got nothing.

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TheMacFeed – Osprey Flap Jack Review

March 23, 2010

It’s been a while since we took on a bag, but we have quite a few that will be featured as part of 32ReviewsIn32Days. Some hail from companies you have heard, other come from companies we hadn’t heard of. If you read our take on booq, names don’t mean much of anything and neither does price. Bags are an interesting thing we can review at TheMacFeed. In one hand, they are an extremely personal preference, yet on the other measuring quality is something that we can easily relay. And that’s the important part, quality. Bags come from all sorts of companies with all sorts of background and Osprey’s is rather storied. Today we look at one of their consumer bags, the Osprey Flap Jack.


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Singletracks.com – Osprey Raptor 6 Review

March 23, 2010

The Osprey Raptor 6 is a hydration pack with wings – or at least it feels that way. This sleek pack swallows 2L of water and a surprising amount of gear without harshing your ride. In fact it might just be the most comfortable hydration pack we’ve ever tested.

Osprey has made a name for itself over the years for producing high quality packs for multi-day hiking and camping trips and that experience shows in the Raptor 6, one of the first bike-specific packs from the company. Osprey spent 3 years and rolled through 100 prototypes before releasing the 2010 Raptor series. The hydration pack is covered in a reflective, rip-stop material with mesh venting in the back to keep you cool on hot rides. Stretchy material on the waist straps provides additional comfort while the same material is used on the outside front pocket for expandable storage. The strapping system is intuitive and makes it quick and easy to get a customized fit.

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Elevation Outdoors – Festivarian Consumerism

March 23, 2010

Even the festival faithful need some swag. It’s an art to know what to bring to survive the show. Here we share our favorites to help enjoy the event in style….


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This pack offers the rainproofing and quick opening flap top of a trendy messenger bag—but with padded, airy backpack straps and ventilating back suspension. It’s the perfect size for hauling a day’s worth of stuff from tent city to the show. Back in the real world, it’s ideal for Denver bike commuting. (The FlapJill is designed for a lady’s geometry. The men’s version is the FlapJack).
$89; ospreypacks.com

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Osprey Packs Names Graphic Designer to Marketing Team

March 22, 2010

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has hired Andy Patchin for their newly created position of graphic designer. He will be responsible for the design and creation of the company’s marketing materials, including their branding direction, design concepts, catalogs, product graphics, owner manuals and in-store product presentation.

Patchin will be based in Osprey’s new Mill Valley, California product design office, where he will interact directly with the product creation process, further strengthening the close collaboration between Osprey’s product and marketing departments.

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4 All Outdoors Reviews the Orb Day Pack – March 17, 2010

March 17, 2010

The Orb is part of a family of packs being offered by Osprey in 2010, called the 24/7 series. These packs can be used in the office and for playing after work. I will be sharing all the things I’m discovering about this attractive new pack.

This is a 12 L pack with almost all the adjustments and features you might find in a full sized backpack. The Orb features a semi rigid frame. The approximate measurements of the pack are are 12 in by 18 in. The shoulder straps are padded and have reflective material on them. These straps also have a breast strap that is adjustable horizontally and well as vertically. The waist belt is detachable and is about 3/4 inch wide.

The padding on the parts that touch my body are covered with a mesh cloth, it appears that may work well for ventilation. The pack has a double tabbed main zipper located at the top of the pack. A second single tabbed zipper opens a smaller pouch at the top of the pack. The zippers have a large loop attached to each tab making it easy to adjust the zippers while wearing gloves. This pouch contains a plastic snap hook for attaching a key ring, 2 small mesh pockets and a place to store pens or similar devices. The larger zippered area contains 2 sleeve pockets. The larger one can accommodate a 3 L Platypus hydration system with a dual port to the outside of the pack. This sleeve appears to be waterproof in case there is leakage from the bladder. This could help to keep the rest of the pack dry. I put my 13 in laptop in this sleeve when I was not carrying water there. The other sleeve is shorter and not as wide and is probably best for a pad of paper or something thin. There is a small mesh pocket at the top of the bag in which a cell phone or iPod could easily fit. There is another-zippered mesh pocket inside the main compartment. This pouch is tapered and is about 9 inches at the top and tapers down to about 5.5 inches at the bottom. The depth is about 5.5 inches. For a small bag it has ample compartments for good organization

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