Cortez, CO – July 30, 2012 – Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in designing custom-fit backpacks for women, Osprey is introducing five new women-specific packs for Spring 2013. The new styles include: Xena, Viva and Kyte backpacks, and the Raven and Mira hydration packs.
The new styles blend function, comfort and style like only Osprey can and incorporate women’s specific design features including:
• Women’s BioForm4 CM™ Hipbelt. This new hipbelt is designed with thoughtful angle changes and varying padding thickness to create a women-specific fit for comfortable load transfer and optimal support. A narrower cut ensures that the belt doesn’t dig into the ribs or upper thighs when scrambling or climbing.
• Shoulder Harness. The shoulder harness is designed to fit a woman’s neck, shoulders and chest through its cut and varying thickness of padding.â€¨
• Pack Shape. The women’s packs are narrower and have added depth in the right places. This design allows greater freedom of movement and increased stabilization by lowering the center of gravity. As a result, the load is more proportionately supported on the hips and along the structure of the back.
“We are proud to expand our offerings of women-specific packs so women can explore the outdoors in even greater comfort,” said Cassie Tweed, product designer at Osprey. “ Our women’s specific packs are engineered with design features to ensure the best fit for female frames.”â€¨â€¨
XENA – deluxe, customized fit backpack
For women carrying large loads on extended trips, load carrying ability and comfort are clearly the paramount concern. The new Xena packs are designed with those requirements in mind.
The gender-specific packs include a more robust version of the proven LightWire™ peripheral frame suspension for optimal load transfer, while the all-new BioForm4 CM™ hipbelt and harness provide a supportive and highly customizable fit. This innovative new hipbelt technology builds on the Osprey reputation for outstanding fit and comfort. Specially trained staff at CM™ certified dealers will use an Osprey oven to custom mold the hipbelt for each individual customer to deliver a precise, personalized fit, superior comfort, load control and long-lasting support.
Organization and access are two more key elements to making life on the trail easier. These packs offer superb pocketing and multiple zip access points into the main compartment. Plus, Xena features a super-convenient way to carry a reservoir. The new external hydration sleeve in the backpanel simplifies refilling and protects the pack’s contents from spills.
Xena is available in Ruby Red and Winter Sky Blue: Xena 85- $349â€¨, Xena 70- $319â€¨â€¨â€¨
VIVA – value-priced, quality carry packâ€¨
Sometimes the simplest answer is the best. That’s the thinking behind the all-new Viva series. These packs offer value-conscious users the chance to buy a quality pack that truly fits and carries well. Outfitted with all the essential features, but light on bells and whistles, these packs are all about ensuring a quality carry and an enjoyable experience in the backcountry.
Viva features easily adjustable torso length and the Fit-on-the-Fly™ hipbelt that extends up to three inches for customized fit. The LightWire™ peripheral frame is designed to effectively transfer weight to the hipbelt. An external hydration sleeve simplifies refilling while protecting pack contents from spills. The packs are equipped with plenty of storage including a floating top pocket that extends to accommodate overloads, a large stretch-mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear as well as a wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider. Osprey’s unique Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment that allows users to tuck away poles quickly without removing the pack completes the story.
Viva is available in Plum Purple and Emerald Green: Viva 65- $199â€¨, Viva 50- $179â€¨
KYTE – one pack that can do it allâ€¨
Based on the success of the men’s Kestrel, Osprey introduces the women’s specific Kyte. This versatile pack is light, clean and highly functional. From light day hikes to overnight backpack trips, Kyte will become your go-to pack.
Key features include a LightWire frame, torso adjustable harness and the AirScape™ backpanel for cushioned comfort and breathability. Organizational features include stretch mesh front and side pockets, and a zippered sleeping bag compartment with drop-down divider. The packs also include Osprey signature Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment, integrated raincover and a convenient external hydration sleeve.
Kyte is available in Rose Red, Teal Blue: Kyte 46- $169, Kyte 36- $149
â€¨â€¨MIRA – versatile multi-sport hydration packsâ€¨
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:â€¨
• Full hipbelt to keep pack stable and transfer load effectivelyâ€¨
• Wide panel access to main compartment plus zip access to sunglass pocket and roomy zippered hipbelt pocketsâ€¨
• 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- $139â€¨â€¨
RAVEN – premium hydration pack for mountain bikingâ€¨
The Raven series is the new sister to Osprey’s Raptor assortment 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™ clip 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- $109â€¨ â€¨
â€¨ARIEL – lightweight, custom fit backpackingâ€¨
The bestselling women’s backpacking series on the market just got even better. Known for its ability to be taken all over the world, from the summit of Everest to a backpack trip through your local wilderness, the fourth generation of Ariel builds upon its reputation for combining clean design, custom fit and outstanding load carrying comfort. Upgrades include the new IsoForm4 CM™ hipbelt which adds stiffness and padding for even better performance with heavy loads. Amazingly, all this comes with no increase in weight.
Ariel is available in: Vermillion Red, Summer Wheat Brown, and Deep Sea Blue. Ariel 75- $299, Ariel 65- $279, Ariel 55- $279â€¨â€¨â€¨
VERVE – versatile, light, high-performance day hiking/multisport packsâ€¨â€¨
The Verve series delivers the outstanding functionality of the Osprey 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 women ensures that the Verve will provide optimal fit and performance for any activity.
The Verve series is equipped with Osprey’s new Hydraulics reservoir and their unique hydration sleeve design with direct access zip for fast loading. Other key features include the AirScape™ backpanel with perforated foam for cushion and ventilation as well as a ventilated harness that is light and breathable. Additionally, the packs are equipped with a 20mm webbing hipbelt for stability and Osprey’s ingenious LidLock™ clip to quickly secure a helmet.
Verve is available in Colors: Passion Purple, Platinum Grey: Verve 13- $109, Verve 9 – $99, Verve 5 – $89
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.