New Os­prey gear

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - News - www.os­prey­packs.com

OS­PREY HAS RE­LEASED some up­dated packs, in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent Daylite and new Daylite Plus day­packs.

The Daylite se­ries can be used both on its own or when at­tached to a larger com­pat­i­ble Os­prey pack (Aether/Ariel se­ries, Volt/Viva se­ries.Ace 75+ Shut­tle se­ries, Sojourn se­ries, Far­point 80 and Porter se­ries).The ver­sa­til­ity of this pack al­lows it to be used for ev­ery­thing from a day hike, short climb or for when you’re back in town to buy more sup­plies for that next ad­ven­ture.

The Daylite se­ries fea­tures in­clude a large main zipped load­ing com­part­ment that makes ac­cess to the in­side of the pack easy; side mesh (stretch) pock­ets for load­ing up ex­tra gear; a front pocket that con­tains a small or­ga­nizer sec­tion with handy key clips for at­tach­ing items; an in­te­rior sleeve that dou­bles as a space for stor­ing more gear or as the pocket for a hy­dra­tion blad­der; and a back panel that is mesh-cov­ered and com­bines with the foam frame sheet to make for a com­fort­able load-car­ry­ing pack that en­sures the load in­side is dis­persed evenly across the wearer’s back. The ven­ti­lated har­ness is comfy (the Plus mod­els have ad­di­tional EVA foam pad­ding) and the hip­belt is re­mov­able if you so de­sire.

The Daylite packs fea­ture 16L vol­ume, with the larger Plus vari­ants up­ping the car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity to 20L.RRP$69.95-$79.95.

Mov­ing into the larger lug­gage mar­ket, Os­prey has also up­dated its highly re­garded Sojourn range of wheeled bags.The Sojourn is avail­able in 45L, 60L and 80L sizes (RRP$379.95-$429.95) and is packed with fea­tures aimed at both con­ve­nience and dura­bil­ity – an es­sen­tial when you’re lug­ging your gear all over the place, from air­port, to taxis, etc.

The stand­out fea­ture of the Sojourn se­ries is the HighRoad Chas­sis and the 6061 alu­minium frame.The chas­sis boasts an ex­tra wide frame that helps sta­bi­lize the load when you’re rolling through air­ports.An­other bril­liant fea­ture is the in­built pack sus­pen­sion that in­cludes fea­tures from Os­prey’s ex­cel­lent AG sus­pen­sions sys­tem.A ten­sioned mesh lum­bar re­gion and padded airmesh waist­belt com­bine to both of­fer plenty of ven­ti­la­tion when you’re car­ry­ing the Sojourn, as well as ex­cel­lent load dis­tri­bu­tion, to en­sure your back evenly sup­ports the load.The sus­pen­sion sys­tem is very easy to ad­just and can be re­moved com­pletely if you are not en­vis­ag­ing us­ing it on your trav­els.Ac­cess to your gear is also a dod­dle thanks to the large zipped open­ing.

The Sojourn se­ries also in­cludes plenty of fea­tures aimed at help­ing se­cure your lug­gage, such as the ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal com­pres­sion straps.This not only stops things mov­ing around and get­ting dam­aged, but also makes the load sit bet­ter in the bag for eas­ier trans­porta­tion, whether on your back or via the wheeled op­tion. Hav­ing the op­tion of both these carry sys­tems is ex­cel­lent in our opin­ion; wheel­ing a bag over un­even sur­faces, such as rocks, dirt road, etc., can be a se­ri­ous pain, so be­ing able to quickly throw it on your back re­ally ups the ver­sa­til­ity level of these load-lug­gers.

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