In my opinion, Osprey has always been the superstar of Outdoor Retailer. Each show, the results of their innovation raise the bar for everyone else. The 2013 Winter Market show is no exception.
The new Reverb, with its slim and sleek design, is the pack for sidecountry snowboarders and skiers in need of chairlift access who like to stay hydrated while on the mountain, and, dig themselves out of avalanches if the opportunity presents itself. Two sizes will be available.
At 2lbs, 1 oz, the Reverb 18 (MSRP $99) comes with a front panel pocket to organize avalanche safety gear. Built-in secure external storage sleeves are ideal for larger probes and shovel handles. It offers quick ski and snowboard carry options, insulated hydration delivery and is designed to carry most shovels and probes. I’m guessing that the definition of most is up to the individual.
It also has a backpanel entry to the main dry compartment so you can access to gear when carrying skis or a snowboard, and keeps the backpanel, harness and hipbelt out of the snow, and a zippered protective sleeve for a hydration reservoir with an external drain for even better organization.
The Reverb 10 (MSRP $89) is a bit smaller. Weighing in at 1lb, 14oz, it has probes and handle sleeves as well as a blade sleeve in the backpanel compartment for secure carry and quick access.
Both the Reverb 10 and Reverb 18 can carry skis and snowboards (horizontal and vertical carry), have rear panel access to main compartment, an insulated reservoir hose sleeve, small zippered pocket for keys, money, lift passes, Cliff Bars, goggle pocket, quick-access avalanche safety kit pocket with shovel handle and probe and full foam padded front panel to prevent ski edge wear.
Considering how much more you get for an extra $10, I think the Reverb 18 is going to be a bigger seller when it hits retail in September 2013.
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