Welcome to the Summer 2014 Elevation Outdoors Peak Gear Awards.
We introduced this accolade over the winter and it was a hit with readers and gear manufacturers alike. The key here is authenticity. This gear got used. Battered in fact. The philosophy behind how we chose the winners was simple: We asked our top contributors—who, we are proud to admit, spend far more time hiking, backpacking, biking, climbing, paddling, etc. than they do “working”—what was the best gear you used over the past year? What gear can’t you live without? What gear changed your life?..
Osprey’s new Rev series of panel-loading packs was designed with speed in mind. At 12 liters, this version weighs in at 1 pound, 10 oucnes with a reservoir (included). That made it ideal for all our favorite cardio activites, from speed hiking to mountain biking. Why It Won: Effective minimalism: The pack is very simple and noticeably light, but that does not mean it doesn’t have some smart little features that we put to use on the trail as well…
Bonking sucks, especially when you can pinpoint the cause to running out of something you could have been carrying: water, food, or extra layers. The Osprey Raptor 14 hydration pack doesn’t guarantee a bonk-free ride, but it promises plenty of space to carry everything you need for a long, fun day in the saddle.
With 14 liters of carrying capacity and a 3-liter hydration reservoir, the Raptor 14 sets you up for rides well over the three hour mark. The range of pockets and stash zones are tailored for easy access and smart organization…
Whether your retail customers are biking, hiking, running, paddleboarding, working out, practicing yoga or somehow doing all on the same outing, one thing they all share in common is the need to stay hydrated during their activity.
This has led to a steady stream of sales in the hydration category at specialty retail, encompassing everything from water bottles and bladder-hosting hydration packs to electrolyte mixes and other supplements all designed to keep water flowing in users’ systems as readily as adrenaline….
On the hands-free front, Kennedy said continuing refinements to products from brands such as CamelBak and Osprey are also leading to increased sales — especially their use-specific products for such activities as biking, hiking and trail running.
“Osprey, in particular, has done a great job with its designs as far as comfort and features,” he said. “Especially in the hiking category.”
Versatile, extremely lightweight, and the recent recipient of a Backpacker Magazine’s award (actually bestowed upon the men’s version, the Osprey Talon) – the Osprey Tempest Women’s Backpack is one to love.
Now that I’m no longer toting my son in a backpack child carrier on the trails, I decided it was time to try out a new backpack for myself. I’d seen many Osprey packs on the Colorado trails before. So after my husband showed me the Osprey featured in his magazine, I decided I’d love to try one out.
This is a fantastic, extremely comfortable pack. It comes in various sizes, but this review is of the Osprey Tempest 20. It’s described as a multi-use pack that can be used for either backpacking or hiking. I’ve found it to have the perfect capacity for my day hike needs, along with some awesome features…
Currently sifting and sorting through piles of gear to get ready for a week long hiking trip in the Adirondack Mountains around Lake Placid N.Y. The plan is to complete the five remaining peaks on our list of the 46’ers as they’re called. The region has 46 peaks over 4,000ft, not very high by western standards but a phenomenal hiking location in my opinion.
So, what’s in my pack? Glad you asked.
I have narrowed things down to the following items in the photo above. Most of these items we have reviewed here on the web site so if you are interested in what we consider to be some of the best gear on the market or just want more info on a particular item click through the links and happy reading.
Here’s a list of my favourite 40 things from top left to bottom right: