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Osprey Backpack Review

The Osprey backpack, as with all other backpack brands have there best sellers. We include a review here for packs we like.

Osprey , the Company, was founded in 1974 by Mike Pfotenhauer, living in Santa Cruz, California; relocating to southwestern Colorado in 1990.

The Company hired workers from the Navajo Reservation and began to sell their high quality backpacks, beginning with the Outlander and continuing to gain fame and reputation among hikers and backpackers.

In 1993, they introduced the first of a long series of backpacks custom made for women, the Isis.

One of the reasons that these packs have won so many awards and have avid customers all over the globe is that the innovations they introduced truly changed backpacking and hiking to an affordable, enjoyable sport.

The most important changes have been engineering the backpack frames and hip belts to custom fit the customer who will be using them many times throughout the years.

In 2008, the Company was selected by Outside Magazine as one of the best places to work in America. In 2010 the National Geographic Adventure Magazine awarded the Osprey Raptor 6 backpack the Best of Adventure Award.

Mens Atmos 65

The Osprey Atmos 65 is made for men, with a specialized aluminium frame and suspension system that supports the back without causing any of the annoying hot spots in the back from a pack that does not fit properly, making your whole trip a pain instead of a fun time.

The Atmos 65 is made to handle a lot of gear, measuring 30 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches and handling all the gear needed for overnight to a week long trek; holding from 10 to 55 pounds of gear.

All Osprey packs are designed to fit ergonomically around the back, using the shoulder harness and hip belt that is custom formed to fit every individual.

The zippered pockets and straps are located along the back and sides, allowing easy access to the gear inside. Popular features include the trekking pole attachment that allows the stowing or removal of poles without removing the pack; the other is a hydration design that allows a drinking tube to access the reservoir which is sold separately. The Osprey Atmos 65 is available in grey, apple green and gold.

Osprey Aether 70

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The Aether 70 is another of the popular Osprey Backpacks made especially for men, with a length of 33.5 inches by 15 inches wide and 13.4 inches deep.

It has the same rugged interior construction as the Atmos 65, but allows more room for that extra bit of gear you plan on taking with you into the backcountry.

The Osprey Aether 70 can hold from 10 to 65 pounds of gear and has the waffle type interior design and breathable mesh that makes all the Osprey line of backpacks ideal for camping and hiking.

The J panel allows quick accessibility to your gear and the top pack can convert into a lumbar pack with a comfortable built in hip belt, very nice for a day pack or if you want to leave the larger pack at camp for a short exploratory hike.

Womens Osprey Ariel 75

The Ariel 75 is a very comfortable women's backpack, with contoured frame and custom molded hip belt that allows the pack to fit the person who it is manufactured for.

The length is 33.5 inches; the width is 15 inches and the depth is 13.8.The Ariel 75 holds from 10 to 70 pounds of camping gear and clothes and has been used for mountaineering and backpacking.

The suspension of the HDPE frame sheet and the supporting panel on the back are added to the special shoulder harness and custom moldable hip belt; together this system provides great support for backpacking and hiking.

This pack is made from the same material that all the Osprey Backpack products are made of, sturdy aluminium frame and the 210 double rip stop and Oxford; the 420 denier Oxford; 500 denier Kodra and the breathable 840 denier stretch mesh designed to allow air flow for more comfort while being used.

Jib 35 Pack

The Jib 35 pack, is designed for youths from ages 10 to 15 and it offers the same technology that the larger Osprey packs have, just scaled down to fit the smaller frame of the youth.

The weight is kept close to the body and the pack is loaded from the top. The Jib 35 measures 28 by 12 by 12 inches and has an adjustable hip belt that allows it to be changed up to four inches. This is Osprey backpack won the 2009 Editor's Choice award from Backpacker Magazine.

Other Backpack Models

Today, the Osprey packs factory is located in Vietnam, which allows them to compete with other manufacturers on a more equal level while keeping overheads and labor costs down, so that their backpacks will be affordable to all the hikers, backpackers and campers enjoying the great outdoors.


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