I’m not a fan of frills. The cords, the straps, the bungees—it’s all too much. I’m going for a bike ride, not a two-month hike on the PCT. This Osprey pack doesn’t play. Every doodad has an actual purpose, whether it’s locking your helmet down on stops or smuggling wine into festivals with the massive 85-ounce hydration vessel. (Not that I’ve ever done that.) It’s a small pack, but it packs some punch. (Or wine.)
Osprey Packs’ decision to move its distribution center and 18 employees from Cortez to Ogden, Utah, last year caught many off guard, but as CEO Tom Barney explained to Montezuma County business and government leaders on April 29, it was a strategic decision that allowed it further invest the business’ growth overall and in its Cortez headquarters.
“Southwest Colorado is simply not a distribution hub for the U.S. We needed interstates, airports, FedEx,” said Barney at the annual Montezuma County Economic Development Association meeting.
The change positioned Osprey’s domestic fulfillment near the national rail network, which allowed the company to better fill shipments to its retailers in more environmentally friendly way. It also places distribution in a transportation hub while focusing most other company functions in Colorado…
Surely it can’t be… oh, but yes, it is! It’s the end of another work week, which means that it’s time to show you the latest test gear to arrive at BikeRadar’s US office in Boulder, Colorado. Feast your eyes on the goodness while you make your plans for the weekend. And now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go for a ride…
Osprey Escapist 32 pack: The Escapist 32 is aimed at bikepackers and adventure riders who need big capacity in a lightweight package. The huge main compartment can be accessed through upper or lower zippered openings, or split into two separate sections. A plethora of other zippered and open sections on the exterior help you organise smaller items, too.
There’s also a dedicated sleeve for a hydration reservoir, a liberally padded mesh back panel and hip belt for comfort, side compression straps to help manage bigger and/or heavier loads, and even a built-in rain cover for when the weather turns sour…
This year to help with their big sale, Down Wind Sports brought in an expert who deals specifically with backpacks. The store was able to get an employee from Osprey to Marquette for the weekend.
Osprey has backpacks for every kind of outdoor adventure.
“This is a perfect opportunity to get all of your questions answered,” said Bill Thompson, Co-Owner of Down Wind Sports. “Osprey Backpacks makes some killer packs. They’re custom moldable, so they’re one of the few companies in the industry that does that.”
“Down Wind is one of our favorite retailers,” said Luke Olson, the Midwest sales representative for Osprey. “When we heard about their yearly sale that goes on, we decided to come out and team up wit them. Obviously we are showcasing our products, our backpacks, but these weekends are more about education for us. Educating the customer, answering all of their questions, giving them that expert pack fit that really allows them to enjoy their time out on the trail.”
The right mountain bike gear can make or break your day on the trails. These five items will ensure you’re comfortable and safe for hours of singletrack adventures.
A long day in the saddle means bringing extra gear and water; the Osprey Raptor 14 hydration pack can handle it all. The 3-liter reservoir means less time searching for water instead of the next trailhead. Zippered hip-belt pockets allow you to grab a gel on the go, while two inside zippered mesh pockets are ideal for storing your multi-tool and CO2 inflator. A large pocket with compression straps is ideal for stashing a jacket or some arm warmers.
Outdoor gear doesn’t just improve, it keeps getting dramatically better. For our biannual Gear of the Year awards, we celebrate the insights, breakthroughs, and leaps forward in new products that make our time in the outdoors safer, more comfortable, and more fun. Here are our picks for spring/summer 2015.
Osprey’s new pack, the Atmos AG (men’s) and Aura AG (women’s), radically reinvents the backpacking experience. This “antigravity” backpack has one of the most unconventional and comfortable suspensions ever made. Starting at the top near the grab handle, the AG has a perforated mesh panel that runs the length and width of your back, all the way down to your hips and around the front of the waist via the hip belt. This creates smooth, even pressure against your shoulder blades down to the lumbar region—it’s more like a gentle caress than the poking and prodding of a typical pack.
As its name suggests, the size S/M Mira 26 is capable of holding 26 liters. What this means: I can store my bulkiest of layers, a good bit of food, and other accessories that inevitably accompany me on my rides.