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Gears : Quantum Osprey Pack

I’ve been using Osprey Quantum for weeks now and I’m excited to share how it went. :) This outdoor pack from the US has been in the industry for 40 years but it was only in 2013 when it was brought to the stores by local retail giant, Primer Group (which also owns all The North Face, Columbia, Mountain Hardware & R.O.X. stores in the Philippines). 
my new adventure buddy Quantum. Color : Fern Green
Osprey’s Quantum is designed for urban and weekend adventures, meaning it has specifications to suit those who intend to use it on and off the trails. It’s for people who switch roles at the blink of an eye, a corporate slave on week days, outdoor junkie on weekends. 

Among its many pleasant specs is its numerous compartments for a laptop, tablet, MP3 players, pens, keys, first aid kit, basically whatever you need to bring. Mine has a capacity of 34 liters which is perfect for work and post-work adventures. I exercise regularly so I seem to be always lugging a lot of stuff all the time.  
On a boat in Puerto Galera 
On days that I train for future hikes/food trips, I have to bring a lot  – personal effects, running/swimming gear, laptop, chargers, etc. Whew. I get an extra work-out carrying it all on my back but what’s great is that I don’t struggle in putting everything in because it has a wide opening and frame which can also be its downside if you’re petite.  I’m only 4’11 so sometimes I feel like the bag’s covering my entire back. 

I’ve also brought it on a trip to Puerto Galera where we went around eco-cultural spots and a lot of boat rides. Me being a little too carefree, meant the bag got wet, thrown around, stepped on, squeezed. It’s going to take more beatings over the next few months when I take it to other adventures but I feel confident it’ll stay with me for a long time. The tag comes with an All Mighty Guarantee and I’m pasting below a quote from their site “ 

“Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in our product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it. We proudly stand behind this guarantee, so much so that it bears the signature of company founder and head designer, Mike Pfotenhauer.”

The guarantee also applies to purchases from official distributors outside the US so make sure sure you check out this link of Osprey distributors before buying.

Here's another closer look on what the bag looks like :  

Here are other Osprey models available in the Philippines : 
Over the next couple of months, I will be bringing it  to backpacking trips or multi-day hikes. You can follow live updates via @jovialwanderer on Twitter and Instagram. :) 

Facebook Page : Osprey Packs Philippines
Website : Osprey Packs

Where to Buy Osprey Packs in the Philippines: 
R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street and will soon be available in other R.O.X. stores - Ayala Cebu, Ayala Centrio, Camp John Hay, MarQuee Mall, and The District North Point.

Check out Osprey features/Reviews by fellow outdoor lovers : 
Kestrel - Gideon Lasco, Pinoy Mountaineer | Dennis Lopez, Trail Goes On
Shuttle 22  - Ferdz Decena, Ironwulf & FerdzDecena.com 

Disclaimer :
Osprey Quantum was provided by the delightful team from Osprey Packs Philippines

Thanks  Melo, Ms. Ruby and the rest of  R.O.X. team! :) 




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