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Osprey Variant 37 Backpack Review

By Eric Miller - October 8th, 2012 - No Comments
Osprey Variant 37 Backpack Review
All it takes is one look to know that Osprey poured a ton of thought and development into the the Osprey Variant 37 Backpack.  My experiences with the Variant 37 this summer were great and I’m looking forward to a full winter of using it.  Oh yeah, Osprey sent it to me to test and review a some Oregon summer ski mountaineering trips. Osprey Variant 37 Backpack Features Material: Matrix (420D nylon), Cordura (315D) Support/Suspension: HDPE frame sheet Removeable waist belt Hydration Compatible Ski Carry Climbing Gear Loops: 2 Ice Axe Loops: 2 Adjustable tool bungees Crampon compression pocket Glove friendly buckles Three-point haul system Underlid Pocket Wand Pocket Weight: (small) 3 lb 4 oz, (medium) 3 lb 6 oz, (large) 3 lb 9 oz Volume: (small) 2075 cu in, (medium) 2258 cu in, (large) 2441 cu in Price:  $178.95 Osprey Variant 37 Backpack Review Out of the box I was stoked when I put the Osprey Variant 37 Backpack on for the first time and it fit me perfectly.  I’m not that tall but I’ve had problems in the past with finding packs that fit. The Variant is jam packed with the features you want and a none of stuff you don’t care about.  The main compartment is big and open.  The hydration sleeve is easy to access when empty and an easily fit a 100 oz resevoir.  The top compression strap doubles as a rope strap.  The extendable lid moves as your loads expands or shrinks.  A spindrift collar rolls up under the lid but can unrolled to keep snow o...Read more...


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Merrell Nanook Down Hoodie Review

Merrell Nanook Down Hoodie Review

By Eric Miller - Friday, February 1st, 2013 - No Comments

Every year Merrell jackets get better and better. This year my Merrell jacket of choice was the Merrell Nanook Hoodie. Merrell did send me the Nanook to review. Merrell Nanook Hoodie Features ...

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Columbia Compounder Shell Jacket Review

Columbia Compounder Shell Jacket Review

By Eric Miller - Monday, July 30th, 2012 - No Comments

What exactly is a "Compounder"? Adhesive substances?  Nope.  Fractions?  Nope.  An awesome jacket meant for whatever you can throw at it?  Yep. Columbia continues to step up their game.  Th...

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Columbia Omni-Heat Bugaglove Max Electric Gloves Review

Columbia Omni-Heat Bugaglove Max Electric Gloves Review

By Eric Miller - Thursday, January 19th, 2012 - No Comments

With the Columbia Bugaglove Max Electric Gloves gone are the days of frozen hands and fingers. Columbia gave me a pair of gloves to test this winter and here's what I thought. Columbia Bugaglove M...

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Ski Stronger – The Skier’s Workout

Ski Stronger – The Skier’s Workout

By Tiara Wasner - Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 - No Comments

The snow has stopping falling, resorts have closed and  the days of charging steep and deep powder is just a figment of our imagination.  Why wait until Fall or the snow to start falling again to ge...

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Top 3 Powder Stashes at Heavenly

Top 3 Powder Stashes at Heavenly

By Tiara Wasner - Monday, January 17th, 2011 - 4 Comments

When you live in a ski town it's hard waiting for the next powder day.  As anticipation builds you might dream about face shots and pillow drops or do a little snow dance and call on Ullr. Either w...

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