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The Adventure Blog – Featuring Hornet46 – April 29, 2011

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The Adventure Blog – Featuring Hornet46 – April 29, 2011

May 25, 2011

Nat Geo Adventure Announces Spring/Summer Gear of the Year for 2011

Our friends over at National Geographic Adventure have posted their picks for Gear of the Year for Spring/Summer 2011. As the weather heats up, we all need different gear for our outdoor activities, and the items on the list reflect a different approach for the new seasons. As you would expect from a list like this, there is a little of everything, including backpacks, tents, clothing, and more. One of the items making the list is the Osprey Hornet 46 backpack, which receives high honors for being lightweight and flexible, something that I noted when I reviewed the Hornet 32 awhile back. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the convenience and comfort that comes with the Osprey packs, and this one is definitely no exception.

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Download PDF – Featuring Karve – March 24, 2011

March 22, 2011

Next Year’s Skis and Gear: Outdoor Retailer 2011

We’ve been trolling the floor at this year’s Outdoor Retailer trade show, checking out next winter’s gear. So far, the story has been about the sidecountry, and ski, boots, packs, and jackets that are designed to be used in the backcountry just as well as the resort. We also saw beefy but lightweight bindings, multiple airbag packs, a bunch of waterproof, breathable fabrics. Here’s what you’ll be coveting next fall.

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Download PDF – Featuring Variant 52 – March 11, 2011

March 17, 2011

Gear Review: Osprey Variant 52 Backpack

The most I’ve ever hoped from a backpack is to not ache at the end of each day hauling to the next campsite. I get a lot more ups out of the journey, but the hauling part is never what I live for. And if you live for hauling then you’re way more man or woman than I am. Respect.

This ode, though, is for a backpack that’s actually comfortable — and comfortable whether light or jammed beyond the norm. I overloaded the Variant 52 more than once (recommended weight is a little over 50 pounds and I went on the heavier side) and it remained stable whether I was on foot or snowshoes, skinning like a slug uphill on skis or bombing down.

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