It’s a long way from Salt Lake City to Friedrichshafen, Germany, but the design and function of our brand new Hydraulics™ collection turned heads across two continents this July! Right before our momentous trip to Outdoor Retailer, we secured a first for our 35 year-old company when we received the Gold Award for design achievement at Europe’s biggest outdoor trade show, the July 15-18th “OutDoor” trade fair.
The new line is comprised of:
- the Manta Series: a group of three packs great for day hikes and multi-use activities
- the Raptor Series: four packs made for trail running and mountain biking
The Manta 25 was the pack that brought home the Gold!
As you can imagine, this collection is getting a lot of buzz from the bike community and several bloggers captured the excitement of the Hydraulics™ collection from Outdoor Retailer. Have a look at these sites for some sneak peaks:
The jury had this report on the winning Manta 25 hydration pack:
The problem of integrating the drinking system into the backpack has been solved in an innovative way. The very lightweight design, outstanding fit and good ventilation are what make this backpack stand out from the competition. Osprey Hydraulics is a new line of backpacks with a drinking system. The anatomically formed, easy-to-fill, antimicrobial Nalgene reservoir is fixed in the frame and can be easily inserted even when the reservoir is full. The reservoir is stabilized to prevent it from bulging out and keep it close to the back. The constant pressure also makes it easier to drink when the reservoir is only half full and minimizes any water sloshing from side to side.
For more details, check out the official press release here!