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Prototype Testing Osprey Packs

March 21st, 2012

One of the many benefits of our location here in Cortez, Colorado is year-round biking, hiking and backpacking. I can drive an hour and a half to test ski packs in Telluride or drive two hours and find myself in the canyons of southern Utah for a day hike or extended backpacking trip. The weekend before last, Osprey held a product testing trip. Eight sales reps from each region of the US were hosted by our CEO, Sales Director, Product Line Manager and myself.

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Celebrate Spring, Red Rock Rendezvous and Climbing Rainbow Wall

March 20th, 2012

Osprey 2011 Backcountry Canyon Trip. Photo: Emily Nuchols

Believe it or not, today is the first day of spring. Our friends at Adventure Journal kicked it off with 5 Reasons to Celebrate Spring. Just a few reasons to count your blessings and celebrate the season…

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Lane Love: Power at the Pump – Inflating Bike Tires and Free Air Stations

March 19th, 2012

When you’re hopping on your bike to ride to work or to meet up with friends, often the last thing you want to do is check your tire pressure. Sure, taking the time to inflate  bike tires can sometimes slow you down and if you admit to filling your tires to less than their proper pressure for whatever reason, you’re probably not alone (but you are reducing your bike’s full performance capacity).

While it might take time, it’s important to keep your tires properly inflated to guard against flat tires and rim damage, especially if you hit a curb or pothole. Taking the time to inflate your tires is a lot less frustrating than realizing your tire is flat halfway to your destination, in the pouring rain and without a spare… you get the gist. Added bonus: properly inflated tires make your bike easier to pedal, and increases the life of your tires.

How often you need to pump up your tires depends on the tire, but as a rule of thumb: high pressure road bike tires should be pumped up at least once a week, hybrid tires every two weeks, and mountain bike tires at least every two to three weeks.

With bike commuting on the rise, we’re seeing a boost in bike-focused repair stations and most recently a Free Air Station — a unit that prompts riders to first, find and enter their tire’s correct pressure reading and, next, inflate their tire to its perfect level in a super speedy five seconds. What’s more, if you get to a station with over-inflated tires, it’ll let you know and take the extra air out.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Free Air Stations popping up in cycle traffic-heavy locations like bike shops, coffee shops, breweries and the like in the near future; it only seems a matter of time before retailers realize the benefit of providing an easy space for riders to fill up, so to speak, and potentially stop in during the process. What better way to show your support for cycling than by offering riders with an easy way to increase their bike’s performance and the enjoyment of their ride?

Since the Free Air Stations haven’t hit neighborhoods quite yet, you still want to make sure you’ve got those tires inflated correctly. Here’s a quick rundown of how to do it yourself…

  1. Identify if you have a Schrader or Presta valve. Schrader valves are typically wider in diameter and shorter than Presta valves and inflating the tires will be a bit different for each valve.
  2. Find the recommended PSI for your tires. This number range is usually on the side of your bike tires.
  3. Find a pump. Having your own pump is crucial if you’re going to be a frequent commuter or cyclist, so in our opinion it’s worth picking one up from the get-go. If you don’t have one, borrow one from a friend or swing by your local bicycle shop.
  4. Inflate the tire. Unscrew the rubber cap on top of the valve and put it somewhere safe so you don’t lose it. Put the pump on the valve. If there’s a lever near the nozzle, make sure it’s in the open position (parallel to the nozzle) when you’re putting it on the valve. Snap the lever down into the closed position (perpendicular to the nozzle) when it’s on. Keep an eye on the PSI as you pump. Flip the lever back up to remove the pump, then return the cap to the valve.

Presto! You’ve got yourself a tire that’s ready to ride. If you have questions, just ride into your local bike shop. The community holds a wealth of knowledge and is usually more than willing to help you out.


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PHOTO via: Bike World News

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Friday Round-Up: Powder, The Gift of Sight and a Free Trip to 5Point

March 16th, 2012

Deep thoughts in BC... Photo: Gareth Martins, Osprey marketing director via Instagram

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each week. We call it the Osprey Round Up.

Osprey’s marketing director, Gareth Martins, has spent the last week in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains with Evan Stevens. Between Facebook photos and video blog posts, the two have made it pretty clear that they’ve been finding plenty of powder despite the sketchy conditions. Thanks for rubbing it in, guys. Stay safe out there!

Photo: Ace Kvale, Elevation Outdoors

“It requires a rare vision, perhaps one bordering on delusion, to perceive the possibility of change in the monochromatic world of the hope-blind.” — Timmy O’Neill in Elevation Outdoors.

In another corner of the world, Osprey athlete Timmy O’Neill is in Kathmandu, Nepal for the next two months studying to be an ophthalmic tech at the Tilganga Eye Institute working on behalf of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Dr. Geoff Tabin. After his stint in Nepal, Timmy will travel with Dr. Tabin to Ethiopia to put his newly learned skills to work. Read more about what Timmy is doing with the Himalayan Cataract Project in his recent story in Elevation Outdoors.

Also exciting news this week a little closer to our own backyard, Polartec launched a contest giving away an all expenses paid trip to the 5Point Film Festival next month. Free airfare and travel, lodging at Avalanche Ranch Resort, $500 and Patagonia and Polartec gear… it doesn’t get much better than that. All you have to do is enter. Good luck, we hope to see you at 5Point!

Have a great weekend and happy Friday!

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The Gift of Sight: Timmy O’Neill Studies at Tilganga Eye Institute on Behalf of Himalayan Cataract Project

March 15th, 2012

Photo: Ace Kvale, Elevation Outdoors

I am in Kathmandu, Nepal for the next two months studying to be an ophthalmic tech at the Tilganga Eye Institute working on behalf of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Dr. Geoff Tabin. I made it after more than two days of 725-mph aluminium tubes cruising at 35,000-feet above sea level with intermittent groveling on greasy airport carpets. I just finished my first day of training and I have class six days a week with Nepali language class another three nights a week.

This town seems to both simultaneously ensconce and entomb me: at once offering the majesty and curiosity of the many stupas with burning sandal wood incense, ringing bells and garland covered lingams; monkeys, cows and dogs stirring up pigeons into the firmament alongside the offerings to the multitudes of gods and goddesses; narrow roadways winding past dust-caked brick walls that obscure wizened city denizens practicing ancient forms of prayer and life.

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Ditch Your Car: This Bike Packs a Laptop Storage Compartment in its Frame

March 14th, 2012

If you can get over the looks of the bike (pictured above), which in all its oddness evokes images of über dorky segues, you just might agree with us when we say it’s an exciting bicycle engineering feat. Exaggerations aside, this prototype was developed by French carmaker Peugeot to be an urban ride that’s equipped for carrying a laptop (or even a small laptop backpack) in its very own frame.

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VIDEO: Finding Deep Pow in Touchy Conditions in British Columbia

March 14th, 2012

The ‘average’ winter continues here in British Columbia. The snowpack is about 2.5 meters deep at the lodge at Valhalla Mountain Touring, and upwards of 4 meters deep in the alpine. And storm after storm keeps dropping ridiculously deep Kootenay cold smoke. The snowpack is a bit touchy these days, with the persistent weak layers of surface hoar, sun crusts and facets now down about a meter deep and keeping us from hitting the big open scary slopes, but a ton of fun is being had in our endless safe ski terrain. Safe doesn’t mean boring when you find new runs that weave their way through 100-year-old trees and pillows!

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Travel: National Geographic’s Best Adventure Destinations of 2012

March 13th, 2012

Photograph: Andy Ross, Exodus Travels

Although it seems impossible, we’ve now rounded the corner into mid-March. Signs of spring are popping up everywhere we look even while winter’s last ditch effort falls white and slushy from the sky. And with spring comes the buzz of future adventures: finding secluded singletrack, shredding the snow still clinging to the high country and setting out on the trail for the first backpacking trek of the season.

The days are stretching out, the sun seems brighter and our 2012 adventure bucket list keeps getting longer, so here’s a great list from National Geographic Adventure to get you going…

In 2009, the Lonely Planet guidebook company prophesied that Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Eastern European country perhaps still best known for its ethnically charged war in the 1990s and for hosting the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, had a bright future ahead of it. The country was poised to become Eastern Europe’s year-round center for adventure. Since then, skiers, hikers, and whitewater enthusiasts have indeed made their mark—and now mountain bikers are starting to do the same. The ancient highland caravan routes that linked mountain towns for centuries now make for a heavenly singletrack system for the knobby-tire set.

Read the rest of National Geographic’s Best Adventure Destinations here

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Lane Love: Cyclists Face Ticket Crackdown in NY Park; What’s Next?

March 12th, 2012

When we learned of the new ticketing policies taking place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, we couldn’t help but wonder if it’s bound to become a microcosm of the bicycling in the U.S.: relatively un-policed, but for how long?

Prospect Park offers those in Brooklyn with 585 acres of natural land and — more importantly — a popular roadway for cyclists and pedestrians alike. And until about four months ago, says neighborhood news source The Brooklyn Paper, this roadway presented cyclists both hardcore and recreational with a paved place outside of the dangers of New York’s roadways with a place to ride without inhibition. Now, tickets ranging from $50 to $200 are being doled out by park police, stopping bicyclists from running red lights, riding against traffic and even speeding. The neighborhood news source says 188 tickets have been handed out to cyclists in the last four months.

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Friday Round Up: Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing

March 9th, 2012

Kim Havell finds powder in Antarctica. Photo: Jim Harris via Outside Magazine

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each week. We call it the Osprey Round Up.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” — Helen Keller

We saw this photo of our friend and Osprey athlete Kim Havell over on her latest article for Outside Magazine and it got us thinking of all of the people we know who are out exploring this world and living life to it’s fullest right at this very moment. So here’s to our friends and to all of us who “behave like free spirits”… And here’s to finding some adventure this weekend. Happy Friday!

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