12/25/15

Osprey Viva 50 L Womens Backpack

osprey viva

Written By Cinimin

INTRO

The Osprey Viva is a women’s lightweight backpacking pack that will store 50 liters for a comfortable overnight or week long trip. This pack allows for a wide range of adjustability

Dimensions: 33’’ x 13’’ x 11’’

Gear Capacity: 50 Liter

Weight: 3lbs 8oz

Fits Torso: 14-19 inches

Fits Waist/hips: 26-42 inches

Materials: Ripstop nylon, polyester, mesh

 

Notable Features:

  • Hipbelt Pockets
  • Adjustable Hipbelt and Hipbelt Padding
  • Adjustable Torso
  • Hydration Pocket
  • Ice Axe Loops
  • Side Compression Straps
  • Sleeping Bag Compartment
  • Sleeping Pad Straps
  • Trekking Pole Storage
  • Stretch Mesh front and Side Pockets
  • Top Pocket

 

Personal Experience

I recently took this pack on a forty mile trek through Paria Canyon outside of Kanab, UT. I’ve been traveling with a Camp Trails pack I took from my parent’s 90’s gear shed for the past ten years of my life and found this pack to be absolutely glorious! I didn’t know a pack could fit so comfortably. Although this pack is only a 50 liter, I felt that I was able to pack all that I wanted and the group weight was distributed evenly throughout my crew. Below is an image of all our packs lined up in a row, mine is the one furthest to the left and although it may not look it, it is the smallest pack by 15 liters.

osprey packs

Likes

I like the hydration sleeve that is found on the outside of the pack that allows for quick and easy access, and the separate compartment and gromit hole found in the bottom of the compartment keeps your gear dry if your hydration pack were to have a small leak or to sweat. I also appreciate how comfortable and easy this pack is to fit, with plenty of gear loops, pockets and compression straps.

 

Dislikes

The mesh is really nice to be able to access gear on the outside of your pack but with only one or two trips out of my pack, I can already see the wear that’s occurring. If you brushed against trees or rock the fabric would be trashed in one outing. I’d really prefer more durable side and front pockets, even if it means adding more weight. Along with more durable pockets, what I really wish this pack had was a detachable top pocket that you can wear as a fanny pack for day trips. If I were to purchase another backpack I would look for something a little larger with the top pocket feature, pockets that will withstand time, and one that comes with it’s own raincover. 

Overall this is great pack on their entry level equipment that they’ve been adding.

12/26/13

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12/27/12

Outdoor Retailer Show

It was another great year the Outdoor Retailer Show. I saw a lot of fun products this year.  One of the biggest trends I saw was pack-ability.  One of the cool new product that focused on this were some new boots from Teva.  

This new boot line is called the Liffty Collection. My favorite boot in this collection is the Chair 5. This boot is super light but doesn’t sacrifice any warmth the weight of this boot is nearly half the weight of other boots on the market.  It has 250 grams of 3M Thinsulate™ LiteLoft™ in a removable liner.  This is super nice, you can remove the liner and sleep with it in your sleeping bag and not have to worry about cold boots in the morning.  These shoes pack down to the size of regular shoes so you don’t have to worry about have loads of extra space when you are traveling. http://www.teva.com/

There were loads of awesome packs at the show to be seen. Including the Karve from Osprey.  This is designed for winter sports. It has a really sleek, slim design that allows for easy lift riding and dynamic riding. It has storage for shovels, probes, and offers convenient carry options for boards and skis.  It comes in three sizes, these are the sizes in storage capacity in liters, 16 L 11 L and 6 L. http://www.ospreypacks.com/

Another cool pack that I saw was the Gambler from Camelbak.  This is another super sleek minimalist pack designed for carrying the bare essentials when sidecountry skiing or snowboarding.  It is designed to carry shovel, avalanche probe, base layers, snack, phone, wallet and keys. http://camelbak.com/

 

Minimalist running area has seen some awesome improvements for the winter season. Vibram FiveFingers the pioneer of minimalistic footwear has unveiled a cold weather and water resistant running style, the Lontra.  This new style is ideal for cold and wet weather running, trekking, and general outdooractivity.  It features features a water repellent laminated polyester upper with micro fleece liner for warmth and comfort. A snug fitting Neoprene heel cuff and a sewn‐in fleece footbed provide more thermal protection. Fully tapped seams and a gusset tongue ensure water resistance. http://vibramfivefingers.com/

Base layers also saw a lot of great improvements.  180s is introducing a new thermal performance technology, QuantumHeat™.   180s QuantumHeat™ uses thermal performance technology to convert body heat, moisture and natural infrared rays into thermal energy. QuantumHeat includes smart moisture management fibers that work to continuously absorb 100 percent of sweat every two seconds, as well as a technical fabric composition that delivers warmth and freedom of movement without bulk. http://www.180s.com/

Helly Hansen Base Layers now have a new fiber weaved in the garment called LIFA®.  These fibers are  softer and more efficient at keeping the skin drier for longer durations.  Unlike polyester alternatives, LIFA® pulls sweat away from the skin and moves it to the exterior so the skin stays notably more comfortable during high-intensity activities. http://hellyhansen.com/

 

The child carrier area also saw a great improvement.  The Piggyback Rider (a standup child carrier)  released just lastsummer saw a complete product line overhaul. Weighing less than three pounds and the size of a rolled towel, the Piggyback Rider® is the first and only child carrier that allows you to comfortably carry a child up to 60 lbs at your back. With the ease of a standard backpack, the Piggyback Rider® provides a shoulder mounted foot bar for your child to stand on, integrated grab handles for your child to hold, and a safety harness to secure your child. The new product line now includes features such as a day pack for the adult who is carrying and a hydration pack for the child and the carrying adult. http://piggybackrider.com/

This was a very small percentage of the new products that were shown at the show.  There are so many innovations being made daily in our field.  Look up your favorite brands and check out some of the new stuff they released.  Most of these products will be released in the latter end of 2012.

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12/10/12

Osprey Aura 65 Pack Women’s Large

This is the second women’s specific piece of gear we have reviewed at readaboutgear.com, I hope it sure is informative.  This time around Bethany took out the Osprey Aura 65 pack which has just received a facelift for 2012.  She used it well she took it on a six day trip on the San Rafel Swell in Utah.  First I’ll go over the key features of this pack and then we’ll go in to her review.

Osprey Aura 65 pic 1

Key Features

  • Airspeed Suspension
  • Torso Adjustable Interchangeable Shoulder Harness
  • Adjustable Fit on the Fly Hipbelt
  • Zippered Fabric Hipbelt Pockets
  • Side Stretch Mesh Pockets
  • Front Stretch Woven Pocket
  • Intergraded Hydration Compatibility
  • Stow-on-the-Go Trekking Pole Attachment System
  • Sleeping Bag Compartment (65 L)
  • Comes in to Volumes 65 L or 50 L

Review By Bethany Rennaker

I liked the look of the pack when I pulled it from the box. Green is totally my color. Then I stuffed it full of anything that would weigh it down to do some training for a 6-day, 50 mile trip. So, my first impression of the Osprey Aura 65 is that the “Fit on the Fly” waist belt was perfect for a large girl like me. The belt extends to fit large body types so comfortably that I felt confident that I wouldn’t experience any problems with it. And I didn’t. I really felt the benefit of the well-fitted hip belt. The weight was distributed to my hips and yet there was no discomfort in my hips. This was the first impression of the Aura 65.

On the 6-day trip I took, I found the pack proved just as impressive. The space that I needed for this trip was provided in the bag. The pockets were great and there is some stretch in the outside pocket that expanded to fit those last items I would stuff in the bag. Again, the fit was great and the weight of the bag was kept to the waist and off of the shoulders. I also felt the benefit of the sculpted, mesh backing that kept my back nice and dry.

There were two things that I would have enjoyed the Aura 65 to have included. The top of the pack is not a removable hip pack and I like that feature in other Osprey bags. Also, the side pockets were not elastic tops and that made it tough to get my water bottles in the pocket some times.

All in all, I really enjoy my Osprey Aura 65 because it fits great and provides a fantastic amount of space.