Buying Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift doesn’t have to be an annual struggle. Sure, his toolbox might already be full and he might not wear ties, but that’s not to say other things don’t excite him. This year, channel Dad’s passion for mountain biking and give him a gift he’ll enjoy and use. Take a look at the following list of Father’s Day favorites—and get inspired!
8. Osprey Zealot: Redesigned for 2015, the Zealot meets the evolving needs of enduro mountain bike racers. A three-liter reservoir provides “slosh-free” hydration and an improved hydration compartment features an additional sleeve for Dad to store essential items inside. A new harness and hipbelt provide improved stability while updated geometry can easily carry a full face helmet and armor—the new Zealot features a foam stiffened front panel and upper compression straps that will quickly secure a full face helmet. A mesh pocket on the side of the hydration pack and side compression straps are ideal spots to store Dad’s elbow and shin protection.
Luckily, you don’t have to invest in full-suspension bikes and carbon fiber stand-up paddleboards for your little tykes just yet. (You may consider creating a gear stash fund on par with that of college tuition, however.) But you do need a few key items to make getting outside with your baby safe and enjoyable… Here are some essential products that will keep you and your baby or toddler outdoors until the sun goes down.
Osprey Poco Premium Backpack: Think of this as the Land Rover of kid carriers. The Poco Premium comes decked out with bells and whistles like a sunshade, integrated changing pad, detachable daypack, rain cover and more. On a six-mile day hike in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, our 10-month-old happily took in the view on the way up and then took a nap on the drool pad when she got sleepy. The best part? The pack harness is adjustable within an expansive six-inch range, which means mom and dad (no matter how far apart in height) can use the same pack. And, it’s incredibly easy to adjust on the fly.
Based out of Cortez, Colorado, Osprey Packs has had vast expanses of the great outdoors at its disposal for decades of product development. Since the company was founded in 1974, it has been at the forefront of backpack design for outdoor enthusiasts and has been an innovator of many key aspects of the modern hydration pack, including the first breathable mesh back panel. As mountain biking continues to evolve, so does the gear that keeps us on the trails. As all-mountain riding grows gnarlier by the day, riders need additional protective gear on hand for descents, and they need to be able to transport it back up to the top. With that in mind, we introduce you to the Osprey Zealot 15 hydration pack.
The Osprey Zealot is decked out with features from top to bottom. Its primary 15-liter storage area is constructed out of 330D (denier) nylon fabric, while the bottom surface is reinforced with 420D nylon for increased durability. Organizational options are endless, with one top pocket, two side pockets, one large compartment with a mesh divider, a bottom pocket with a removable tool pouch, two hip belt pockets and an outer shove-it pouch to quickly store a rain shell or thermal warmers. The Airscape back panel and BioStretch harness both utilize mesh-covered foam to create a breathable and lightweight connection to your body.