Osprey Integrates Airbag Technology into Successful Kode Series for Fall/Winter 2014

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Cortez, CO - January 8, 2014Osprey Packs, Inc. is expanding its Kode series of industry-leading backcountry ski packs for Fall/Winter 2014 with two innovative additions: the KodeABS®Compatible Series and Kode Race.

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“Backcountry skiing and racing continue to grow in popularity. This season’s additions to Kode address the needs of backcountry adventurers in two very different and important ways,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “With Kode ABS®, we are proud to offer packs that seamlessly integrate life-saving airbag technology. With Kode Race, we’re excited to provide an Osprey solution for uphill / downhill race enthusiasts.”

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Kode ABS Compatible Series

Osprey’s Kode ABS® Compatible Series comes as a fully functioning, backcountry ready pack. The Kode ABS® Compatible pack body unzips to separate from the backpanel, hipbelt and harness so the small or large ABS™ Vario Base Unit (sold separately) can be attached. With a single zipper, Osprey integrates the technology of ABS®, the leader in avalanche airbag industry since 1985, into the Kode series to deliver optimal safety and peace of mind in the backcountry.

The removable suspension on Kode ABS® features a thermoformed backpanel, contoured harness with insulated hydration tube sleeve and contoured hipbelt with zippered pockets. The Kode ABS® Compatible 42 features top lid and panel access in a large, guide worthy pack, while the Kode ABS® Compatible 22+10 features expandable access to the dry compartment for varying loads.

Kode ABS® Shared Features

  • Removable zip-off pack body compatible with ABS® Vario Base Unit
  • Extra-large front panel J-zip access to avalanche safety kit pocket with shovel and probe sleeve
  • Glove-friendly zippers and buckles
  • Insulated hydration hose sleeve
  • Diagonal ski carry
  • Vertical front panel and horizontal backpanel snowboard carry
  • Reinforced wear points to protect pack from metal edge abrasion
  • Ice tool loop
  • Scratch-free goggle pocket and zippered fabric hipbelt pockets
  • Stowable helmet carry
  • Wet/dry gear division

Available in Kode ABS®Compatible 42 $220 and Kode ABS®Compatible 22+10  $200

About ABS® ABS® uses the most reliable activation technology: pyrotechnic- pneumatic activation. The ABS® pneumatic pull guarantees the fastest, most reliable and, easiest activation for your personal safety. A quick pull with little force and the system inflates irreversibly at the speed of sound. Within two to three seconds, the ABS® TwinBags inflate. ABS® Vario Base Unit can be purchased separately at ABS® authorized dealers (MSRP $930)

Kode Race

The increasing popularity of randonee racing deserves an Osprey solution. Drawing on design from Osprey’s endurance focused Rev Series, the Kode Race 18 allows uphill/downhill racers to move and transition quickly. Featuring an innovative and easy to use system, Kode Race offers diagonal ski carry and removal without removing the pack. This saves time and effort when the terrain requires boot packing.

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Osprey’s BioStrech™ Wrap Harness provides a wide conforming shoulder harness that wraps the ribcage for a comfortable and secure fit during active and dynamic use. The adjustable and removable dual chest straps provide a variety of positions giving the ability to adjust for maximum stability and lung expansion. Front harness pockets give quick access to food and small gear. Finally, a secure pocket stores crampons or skins and provides quick and easy access without removing the pack while a single ToolLock™ allows ice tool attachment with bungee tie-off.

Kode Race 18 $100

Osprey Packs

Independent, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, and still anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs has long set the standard for creating innovative, high quality gear carrying equipment. The collection includes packs and bags designed to help adventurers enjoy their outdoor, biking and travel pursuits.

The location of company headquarters in Cortez, Colorado, near the rugged San Juan Mountains on the edge of desert canyon country, provides a constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for Osprey products. Osprey also maintains a product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, near the factories where they manufacture their products, ensuring face-to-face relationships and transparency with their suppliers. In 2009, Osprey opened a design office in Mill Valley, California, a hub of design talent and the birthplace of mountain biking. All three of these offices play a crucial role in creating Osprey gear that lasts a lifetime.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2009, Osprey launched the All Mighty Guarantee, an enhancement of a lifetime warranty that was already one of the most robust in the industry. Free of charge, the company will repair any damage or defect in its product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Every Osprey product reflects the company’s commitment to protectthe wild places its customers love to explore. For more information, visit www.ospreypacks.com.

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