Osprey Packs Rolls to Acclaim with Outside Gear of the Year Award

Osprey Packs, Inc. received Outside magazine’s Gear of the Year Award for its Sojourn 25”/60L wheeled convertible pack. The Summer 2010 Gear of the Year Award winners are featured in the Outside Spring/Summer Buyer’s Guide.

Cortez, CO – May 4, 2010 – Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today received Outside magazine's Gear of the Year Award for its Sojourn 25”/60L wheeled convertible pack. The Summer 2010 Gear of the Year Award winners are featured in the Outside Spring/Summer Buyer's Guide, on newsstands May 4th.

After field-testing literally thousands of products, the Outside staff chose its 315 favorite products. All told, Outside testers and editors spent several months in the field-testing this year's top gear in more than a dozen states.

In bestowing on it the award for best luggage, Outside praised the Sojourn25”/60L for both its design and utility: “The Sojourn masterfully combines DNA from Osprey's technical packs with perhaps the most intelligent convertible-luggage design available. During tramps in Alaska, Colorado, and Mexico, testers gushed about how nimble and balanced the Sojourn felt, testament to the StraightJacket™ design, which employs foam sidewalls to compress and center the load like an oversize taco. Its zip-away suspension performed like a real backpack, using load-lifter straps and a sprung back panel that conforms to your physique.”

Like all Osprey wheeled travel packs, the Sojourn25”/60L utilizes Osprey's proprietary High Road™ Chassis, featuring an ergonomic retractable handle with integrated vent fins, a 6001 Aluminum frame, an ultra-durable and light-weight composite base with a fiberglass matrix inlay and integrated foot/grab handle, and over-sized high traction polyurethane wheels with sealed bearings and a high clearance design.

Other features include an adjustable harness, internal organization pockets, and a retractable business card/name tag holder for quick, protected identification. The Sojourn25”/60L is also AddOn™ compatible; travelers can attach a daypack using its 4 D-rings.

“The Sojourn25”/60L is the culmination of more than 35 years of pack design experience. We're proud to have been put to the test by Outside and to have come out on top,” said Mike Pfotenhauer, founder and lead designer for Osprey.

About Osprey

Independent since 1974 and 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. Their collection includes backpacks, pursuit specific packs, hydration packs, active everyday packs, and a full line of travel packs and bags. Located in Cortez, Colorado at the corner of the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of vast sandstone canyon country, this landscape provides a constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for their products. They also maintain a product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ensuring face-to-face relationships and transparency with our suppliers. Every Osprey ever built reflects the company's commitment to protect the wild places our customers explore while using our products. For more information about Osprey, visit www.ospreypacks.com.

About Outside Spring/Summer Buyer's Guide

Now in its 15th year, the annual Outside Spring/Summer Buyer's Guide reaches over 1.3 million frequent gear purchasers. The 2010 edition will be on newsstands all summer, from May 4th to October 5th.

The Outside Spring/Summer Buyer's Guide not only highlights the very best in adventure gear, from sports equipment, tools, and gadgets to footwear, outerwear, and sunglasses, but also calls out the best values in each class. This year's issue contains over two-dozen Killer Values—as well as 185 products under $150—in everything from mountain-bike shoes to waterproof cameras. Organized according to sport and activity, the Spring/Summer Buyer's Guide is the ultimate resource for product reviews, technology, news, and tips.