The American rucksack brand unveils sleeker versions of its popular bags at this year’s OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen
At Outdoor 2015 we managed to get a glimpse of what Osprey will be offering for 2016. The brand is updating most of its packs, part of a move to enhance their aesthetic appeal as well as their performance.
Two that were being showcased were the Kestrel and the new Poco AG child carrier.
What’s worth noting first of all about the Poco AG is of course the fact it uses AG: Osprey’s ‘anti-gravity’ technology. This involves a suspended meshing that’s spread across the back and even around the hips. Editorial assistant, Will Renwick, reviewed the Osprey’s backpack with AG, the Atmos, earlier this year and commented that the technology “makes the hipbelt really wrap itself around, hugging you before even being clipped together.” It’s a very unique innovation and one that we’re glad to see Osprey using in more of its bags.
Other features include an SPF 50 canopy that’s inbuilt and is easy to assemble, child foot stirrups, a foot stand for stabilising the carrier on the floor, wipe-clean walls and masses of under ventilation for the child.
For the Kestrel (pictured above), Osprey hasn’t gone for major add-ons, instead its tidied-up. The bag has more of a slimline design. It’s like an alpinism bag – narrow and simple. Some of its straps have been removed or given spaces to tuck them into and there are fewer pockets with more dependence on the main compartment which can be accessed in the middle of the bag via a side zip as well through the entrances at the top and bottom. The Kestrel’s ventilation system has also been updated, with extra chimneys added to the back to create greater air-flow.
These new updated models will be available later in the year as part of Osprey’s Spring 2016 range. We’ll look to give a further look into these products nearer their release so make sure to keep an eye on our website.