Osprey Packs And Hydrapak Launch New Hydraulics Reservoir System

by Brian Mullin on December 28, 2015


Osprey Packs Partners with Hydrapak to Launch Advanced Osprey Hydraulic System

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced today that they have partnered with Hydrapak – the creator of innovative hydration solutions for performance-driven people – to collaboratively design and manufacture Osprey Hydraulics reservoirs. These reservoirs will be used in Osprey’s full line of hydration packs and sold separately beginning with the Spring 2016 collection. The all-new Osprey Hydraulics by Hydrapak system includes two reservoir models – Hydraulics and Hydraulics LT. The new Osprey Hydraulics by Hydrapak is all backed by Osprey’s All Mighty Guarantee – a lifetime guarantee on all Osprey packs, reservoirs, and accessories.

Both models incorporate an array of leading-edge features, including:

  • Exclusive Carry Handle – promotes simple handling and management
  • Exclusive Pour Shield – promotes easy filling and emptying of reservoir
  • Top Opening Slider – simplifies filling and cleaning
  • Hydrapak Blaster™ Bite Valve – allows for smooth drinking and fast flow
  • QuickConnect™ – ensures easy loading and filtering
  • Hose & Sternum Strap Magnet – unobtrusively manages drinking hose

The Hydraulics reservoir, ideal for large volume packs and long duration activities, will be available in 2L and 3L volumes and include Osprey’s Hydrostatic backerplate for easy pack loading and maintaining a flat profile.

Grams Thoughts

I have always liked the Hydrapak reservoir with their easy to use Slide-Seal Top system, which opens wide and seals tight, and utilizes a whitewater boating wet bag sort of design. The new Hydraulics and Hydraulics LT carry on the same designs and technologies of Hydrapaks existing reservoirs and then add traditions and tweaks from Osprey, including a functional carrying handle and a stiff backing plate. Some new features from the partnership are the Pour Shield, Carry Handle and QuickConnect that resides towards the top of the reservoir. They continue to use the excellent high flowing Blaster Bite Valve and Hose and Sternum Strap Magnet that helps keep everything in place during a ride. Previously Osprey had been using a Nalgene reservoir system. I’ll be interested to see how some of the new features work in real time use and how they incorporate with their 2016 hydration pack lineup.

Hydraulics LT

The Hydraulics LT version, available in 1.5L and 2.5 L volumes, includes twin baffles to stabilize water and maintain a flat profile. The LT reservoirs are lightweight and flexible for small volume packs or light and fast activities.

“A durable, high-quality reservoir is expected from each brand,” says Chris Horton, PLM for Osprey Packs “But with both Hydrapak and Osprey Pack’s design teams collaborating, we had the opportunity to create new innovative, user-focused design details that solidify them as the best pack reservoirs on the market.”

Blaster Bite Valve

Osprey launched Hydration in Spring/Summer 2010, harnessing its rich history and expertise in carry, comfort and fit to deliver packs with an integrated hydration system. Today, Osprey offers hydration packs for hiking, trail fitness, and bike. New for  Spring/Summer 2016 is the gender specific Manta AG and Mira AG hydration packs, utilizing the brand’s ground-breaking Anti-Gravity Suspension technology. In addition to Manta AG/Mira AG, Osprey is introducing the Skarab and Skimmer series of gender-specific hiking hydration packs as well as the redesigned faster and lighter Viper and Verve bike hydration packs.

About Osprey Packs

Independent since 1974 and still anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs is a leader in technical packs for outdoor, cycling, travel and urban adventures. Osprey’s dedication to creating innovative, high-performance gear reflects the brand’s love of adventure and devotion to the outdoors.

Osprey Packs can be found online at www.ospreypacks.com and in outdoor specialty retailers in over 60 countries worldwide.  To learn more about Osprey and its products, visit www.ospreypacks.com. Follow all brand updates on facebook.com/Ospreypacks and twitter@OspreyPacks.

About Hydrapak

Pushing boundaries to redefine the future of hydration, Hydrapak creates innovative solutions that stand up to the harshest environments. Easy-to-use and highly functional, every Hydrapak product showcases the technical manufacturing expertise that has distinguished the company for nearly two decades. By offering a better way to hydrate, and continually seeking to refine its offerings, Hydrapak has pioneered new product categories and become a trusted partner for dozens of major OEMs. These renowned global brands integrate Hydrapak’s proprietary designs and technologies into their hydration products for recreational, athletic and military use.

For more information, visit: www.hydrapak.com, or be social Twitter@hydrapak and facebook.com/Hydrapak.

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