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New hydration pack means less sloshing and better fit

2:23 PM, Feb 25, 2010   |    comments
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Osprey Packs says their new Hydraulics line of backpacks, which hit the market this week, do not slosh around or push into your back.

The company's location in the four corners region of Colorado, means its employees have plenty of opportunities to test out their products during day hikes near Telluride or bike treks in Moab, Utah.

During all this "research," the company's staff realized there was a need for a better hydration pack and they set out to design one that resolved all their complaints.

The company worked with water bottle maker Nalgene to build a new kind of reservoir, with the focus of making it fit users better and more comfortably. The water pouch is made from special material that matches the contour of your back. The company's patented Hydralock system compresses as it empties, which minimizes water sloshing, making the pack more stable.

The company also built a special compartment for the reservoir, so it can be inserted or removed in second. Plus, the pocket means no matter how much stuff is in the bag, there is still room for the reservoir.

The bag's shoulder straps and hipbelt are made with stretchable materials that help to keep the bag from bouncing. The larger version of the pack offers a frame, to help distribute the weight of the water and the bag's contents.

Osprey Packs started in Santa Cruz, Calif., but moved to Colorado in 1990, eventually settling down in Cortez. 

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