Osprey Quenches the Thirst with Updated Hydraulics™ for Spring 2013

Osprey Packs is ramping up their Hydraulics collection for Spring 2013 with a redesigned reservoir, the introduction of new women’s specific hydration packs and significant updates to their carry-over hydration packs.

Cortez, CO – July 26, 2012 – Osprey Packs is ramping up their Hydraulics collection for Spring 2013 with a redesigned reservoir, the introduction of new women’s specific hydration packs and significant updates to their carry-over hydration packs. The new Hydraulics reservoir builds on the successful concepts behind the first generation and is now entirely designed and manufactured by Osprey.

“Staying hydrated while on the trail is one of the most essential rules of the outdoors,” said Erik Hamerschlag, product line manager of Osprey. “At Osprey, we understand that carrying water should never compromise fit, comfort or stability in a pack. Our new Hydraulics collection carries forward key innovations of the first generation while offering major improvements to key design components.”

The new Osprey Hydraulics™ reservoir offers many innovations including:

• Enhanced ease when filling and loading into a pack

• Contoured backer plate to preserve pack fit and comfort

• Magnetic bite valve that attaches to sternum strap

Additionally, the new reservoir is made with a BPA- and PVC-free Metallocene PE film that is resilient and tasteless. The new three-quarters turn cap provides a quick and secure closure system, and the new direct welded HydroStatic™ plate maintains a low and wide reservoir profile. Finally, the flexible hose has been changed to ¼ inches for faster water flow.

To keep reservoirs clean, Osprey is launching Hydraulics Cleaning Tablets. These all natural, biodegradable and chlorine FREE tablets will be available to consumers July 2012.

About the collection:

Osprey is expanding its Hydraulics series for Spring 2013 with two new women-specific packs (Mira and Raven), as well as updating the existing Manta (men’s), Raptor (men’s), Viper (men’s) and Verve (women’s).

New Series

New! MIRA women’s specific, versatile, multi-sport hydration packs

The Mira series is the new women’s-specific complement to the Manta line of multi-sport hydration packs. Highly ventilated and loaded with features, this series is unique in the sea of hydration packs. The Mira is the go anywhere, do anything pack.

Key features include the AirSpeed™ backpanel and a new ventilated BioStretch™ harness for cool comfort. The pack is designed with a direct zip access hydration sleeve with HydraLock™ frame as well as the handy Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole feature and an integrated raincover for all-weather protection.

Other notable features include:

• Full hipbelt to keep pack stable and transfer load effectively

• Wide panel access to main compartment plus zip access to sunglass pocket and roomy zippered hipbelt pockets

• Stretch mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear

• Magnetic sternum buckle for quick access to the reservoir bite valve

• Helmet attachment loop

Mira is available in Espresso Brown, Serene Green: Mira 34- $159, Mira 26- $149, Mira 18- $139

New! RAVEN –  women’s specific, premium hydration pack for mountain biking

The Raven series is the new sister to Osprey’s Raptor collection of premium, mountain biking, hydration packs. Sized and tailored for a woman’s body, the Raven builds on the reputation for outstanding fit and stability established with the Raptor line. Highly detailed and uniquely designed, these packs will turn a lot of heads while tearing up the trail.

Key features include the AirScape™ backpanel, BioStretch harness as well as a full hipbelt to keep the pack stable and transfer the weight effectively. The packs are equipped with a 3L Hydraulics reservoir and Osprey’s new hydration sleeve design with direct access zip for fast loading. Thoughtful details include a LidLock™ to quickly secure a helmet and a removable, roll-up pouch to keep tools handy and organized.

Raven is available in Clover Green and Iris Purple: Raven 14- $129, Raven 10- $119, Raven 6- $109

Updated Series

Updated MANTA men’s specific, versatile, multi-sport hydration packs

Significantly updated for 2013, Manta includes a new line-up of volumes designed to serve a wider range of hiking related activities. The new BioStretch ventilated harness is cool and comfortable, and the pack features a new, direct zip access hydration sleeve with HydraLock frame. (See Mira above for other notable shared features.)

Available in Tahoe Blue, Radiant Red, Silt Grey: Manta 36- $159, Manta 28- $149, Manta 20- $139

Updated RAPTOR - men’s specific, premium hydration pack for mountain biking

Osprey’s premium line of mountain biking hydration packs, the Raptor series, is upgraded for 2013 with the new ventilated BioStretch harness for cool comfort and a new hydration sleeve design with direct access for fast loading.

Other notable features include:

• Full hipbelt keeps pack stable and transfers load effectively

• Shoulder strap zip for right-side hose path

• LidLock clip quickly secures helmet

• Stretch mesh front pocket to quickly stash extra gear as well as stretch mesh zippered pockets at waistbelt for secure access

• Removable, roll-up pouch keeps tools handy and organized

Raptor is available in Black, Madcap Red and Screamin’ Green: Raptor 14- $129, Raptor 10- $119, Raptor 6- $109

Updated VIPER & VERVEversatile, light, high-performance packs for cycling/running/hiking.

The men’s Viper and women’s Verve series deliver the outstanding functionality of Osprey’s Hydraulics Reservoir in a versatile, light, high-performance package. Upgrades to the line for 2013 include a front shove-it pocket that increases the range of use for the packs, and fresh vibrant colors and styling. Distinct sizing and design for men and women ensures that the Viper and Verve will provide optimal fit and performance when mountain biking, trail running or day hiking.

Notable features include:

• AirScape™ backpanel with perforated foam for cushioned comfort and ventilation

• Ventilated lightweight and breathable harness

• 20mm webbing hipbelt for stability

• Unique new hydration sleeve design with direct access zip for fast loading

• LidLock clip to quickly secure helmet

• Magnetic sternum buckle for quick access to the reservoir bite valve

Viper is available in Flashpoint Red, Go Green, Gunpowder Grey and Wild Blue. Verve is available in Passion Purple and Platinum Grey: Viper 13/Verve 13- $109, Viper 9/Verve 9- $99
, Viper 5/Verve 5- $89

Osprey Packs

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. 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 protect the wild places its customers love to explore. For more information, visit www.ospreypacks.com.