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Osprey Packs: the Official Backpack of the USA Pro Cycle Challenge!

August 17th, 2014

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Taking place August 18-24, 2014, the 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams. Led by UCI ProTeams BMC Racing Team, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Team Garmin-Sharp, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing, the race will include some of the top talent in the sport. Taking riders on a heart-pounding journey through the Colorado Rockies, the seven-day stage race will travel 550 miles from Aspen to Denver, making stops in cities known for their cycling culture and history such as Vail and Boulder.

This year marks our 3rd consecutive year as the official backpack of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and we are amped to be following the tour across our home-state! This year, we want to provide you with a couple more ways to win Osprey gear if you plan on attending one of the 7 stages so listen up and stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!14_ProChallenge_OfficialPack_403x403

“Bird is the Word”- Throughout the Pro Challenge week, we will be posting the “Bird is the Word.” Password on any of our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Relay that “Bird is the Word” Password to one of our event members at the Osprey Packs booth in gear-town of each stage/day of the tour and you’ll be entered to win an Osprey hat! The drawing for this epic prize will happen at 2:30 PM at our booth in the stage gear-town. You must be present to claim your prize.

Not attending the USA Pro Cycle Challenge? No problem! We’ll be offering you a chance to win with our Osprey Bike Trivia Questions during the tour. You may hit the trail with them almost everyday but do you know when we started our bike line? Look for Trivia questions throughout the tour that will be celebrating the history of our Bike specific packs. We will be posting these on any of our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and the first person to answer correctly will win an Osprey hat! (Don’t miss out on the excitement because you’re not attending the event in person — in addition to following our coverage on social media, you can catch the footage of Pro Cycling Challenge on television or follow along with the official Tour Tracker.)

That’s not all we will have going on! We will have phenomenal sales at the booth including the official USA Pro Cycle Challenge Quasar 2013JerseyFront (Retail $90) pack at only $70! This same pack is given to each of the cyclist competing in the USA Pro Cycle Challenge and is only available while supplies last- not a deal you are going to want to miss.

Also, check out the Osprey jerseys’ highlighting the Colorado State Flag as well as our authentic Osprey hats—all on-sale in celebration of the Pro Cycle Challenge.

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If those aren’t enough reasons to visit our booth, here are a few more!

  • Fall 2014 Pack Display- We will be displaying our Bike specific Series so that you may see the fit and functional difference that sets Osprey apart from the rest!  Stop by the booth to talk with one of our staff about which pack may be right for you. For the full bike series visit our website.
  • 3 Minute Survey (with the chance to win an Osprey Pack) –Take our three-minute event survey and automatically be entered win a new Osprey pack — We will be giving away one of the Special Edition Pro Cycle Challenge Quasar packs, so come by the booth during any of the stages to enter!
  • Free onsite sizing & pack advice – Looking for new hydration but not quite sure which one? Our friendly staff will be on-site to answer to any and all product questions you may have. If you are looking into our larger backpacking packs, then don’t forget to get fitted by our Fit Gurus!

2014 USA Pro Challenge Stages:

Stage 1: Aspen Circuit Race – Monday, Aug. 18

Stage 2: Aspen to Crested Butte – Tuesday, Aug. 19

Stage 3: Gunnison to Monarch Mountain – Wednesday, Aug. 20

Stage 4: Colorado Springs Circuit Race – Thursday, Aug. 21

Stage 5: Woodland Park to Breckenridge – Friday, Aug. 22

Stage 6: Vail Individual Time Trial – Saturday, Aug.  23

Stage 7: Boulder to Denver – Sunday, Aug. 24

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2014 Sea Otter Classic: The Nation’s Largest Bike Gathering!

April 11th, 2014

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It’s that time! We excited to once again be attending the Sea Otter Classic, April 10-13, 2014! In addition to having the worthy mission of “making people’s lives better through participation in sport and recreation and through celebration of an active outdoor lifestyle,” Sea Otter is known for its incredible attendance — some 65,000 fellow bike folk (including professional riders, cycling enthusiasts, and the best bike gear companies) will be out and celebrating all things cycling at this weekend’s season opener in beautiful Monterey, California.

Join us in kicking off this year’s Sea Otter with Osprey Packs demos, bike races, and great new product! Read more…

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Moab Thaw! Kick off MTB Season with Osprey & Poison Spider Bicycles

February 26th, 2014

Have you had it up to “here” with winter? Are you ready for MTB season to start? We’re kicking off the season in Moab with Poison Spider Bicycles and a fun Moab mountain bikers’ tradition: THAW! Join us February 28 – March 2 in Moab, UT for rides, skills clinics, food, demos and (of course) parties! We’ll be there with a complete demo fleet, lots of great giveaways, and a display of the entire Osprey Packs cycling line. Register here and check out the full calendar of events below!

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Osprey Radial 34 on Urban Velo

November 15th, 2013

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We’ll start this post out by saying on big, huge, giant thank you to all of those editors, bloggers and journalists out there who write reviews of Osprey Packs. We’re excited every time we see a new one, and we treasure your opinions. Every once in a while, we come across a review that strikes us — and we like to share those to make sure they get read as much as possible! This one in particular comes from Urban Velo, written by Urban Jeff. First of all, he says this:

I’ve yet to find a need for their All Mighty Guarantee, which seems to be one of the best in the outdoor industry, but it’s refreshing to know that my pack is covered for life.

And he continues…

One thing many companies try to accomplish but fall just short of is creating a backpack that allows air to pass between you and your pack. Osprey’s AirSpeed backpanel does this better than any pack that I’ve ever used. It uses a combination of stretched mesh which rests against your back and a curved, rigid panel with contoured padding to hold the pack away from your back. The packs main straps are also made with mesh and perforated foam to increase ventilation without sacrificing comfort.

And tops it all off with…

The size M/L Radial 34 measures 22″ x 15″ x 12″ and weighs just under 3 lbs. With such a lightweight design you might suspect its durability, but as I said earlier, Osprey packs are built to last. My Talon pack has been ridden hard and put away wet for years, seen its share of brambles and tumbles, and save for a smattering of mud stains, it’s still every bit as good as the first time I put it on my back. I have no reason to expect anything less from the Radial 34.

Here at Osprey, we’re incredibly proud of the product we provide — and we appreciate any and all feedback we get on that very product. With all of that said, here’s one last huge thank you and cheers to a great write-up!

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Cycling Our National Parks

June 13th, 2013

The end of April marked a monumental agreement between our national parks and the Adventure Cycling Association. On April 30th, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Adventure Cycling Association that formalizes “a partnership to promote collaboration between bicycling interests and the National Park Service,” according to the ACA.

More specifically, the collaboration is a five-year agreement that enables the ACA to work directly with the National Park Service to build a bicycle route through national parks that span across the country. Here’s the scoop, via the Adventure Cycling Association:

“Nationwide bicycle routes connect Americans to their national parks in an environmentally friendly manner,” Jarvis said. “Our partnership with the bicycling community presents an opportunity for us to foster connections between national parks and cyclists of all ages.”

The agreement will promote user etiquette and safety while providing well-managed recreation and tourism opportunities. It preserves the National Park Service’s authority to determine where and when bicycling is appropriate on park lands. The agreement will also help leverage resources, expand volunteerism, and tap expertise in providing best management practices for bicycling activities.

“This agreement could not come at a better time,” said Adventure Cycling Association Executive Director Jim Sayer. “Bicycle tourism is surging in America and around the planet. Bike networks are being developed at a rapid pace. It’s important that the National Park Service is a key player in this effort to make biking safer and more enjoyable, especially in our national parks.”

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Cycling on Top of the World

April 25th, 2013

We love it when Osprey owners share shots of their outdoor adventures with us, especially when they’re as amazing as this!

The above shot — which makes her mountain biking buddy look like he’s cycling on top of the world – was posted by Andrea Codda.

Happy adventuring and happy cycling!

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Photo: The Hippy Van at Stage 1 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

August 20th, 2012

Today marks the start of The USA Pro Cycling Challenge — so it’s only fitting that we have what Osprey Packs Assistant Product Line Manager Chris Horton calls “Osprey’s hippy van” all set for this year’s cyclists to ride up Lizard Head Pass for Stage 1 of the race!

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Farewell Red Rock Rendezvous, We’ll See You Next Year!

April 2nd, 2012

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We had a great weekend at the Red Rock Rendezvous, catching up with old friends, fitting in some climbing and mountain biking and of course soaking up the sweet, desert sun. If you couldn’t make it this year, mark your calendar for Red Rocks in 2013, they just keep getting better!

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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: Winter Around the Globe With Osprey

March 2nd, 2012

Sven Brunso: late for the train. Heading to the station to catch the last train of the day to Grindelwald, Switzerland.

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… Happy Friday!

Our inboxes have been bursting with photos from Osprey friends, athletes and family. From the Selkirks of British Columbia to Mount Washington in New Hampshire to the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, we’ve lived vicariously through some of these adventures across the globe. This Friday we thought it was time we put together a quick photo gallery to stoke the winter wanderlust in all of us… enjoy!

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