A great travel backpack should carry like the best backcountry backpack without compromising the features needed for travel convenience. Enter the Osprey men's Waypoint 85 pack, which shares the same Ethereal suspension system as Osprey's lightweight and comfortable Aether 60 backcountry pack but is loaded with travel-specific extras. The Ethereal system employs interchangeable IsoForm harnesses to help you customize the fit, along with a built-in ErgoPull hip belt to keep the load comfortably on your hips without feeling bulky. Users will also appreciate the system's spacer-mesh back panel and plastic frame sheet, which combine to keep your load safe and stable. However, in addition to pack-standard sleeping pad straps and ice-axe loops, the Waypoint 85 comes with such travel-friendly features as interior clothing straps to keep your clothing in place and wrinkle-free; a magazine pocket to keep you well-read during long layovers; and a built-in luggage-style handle for when you need to carry the bag like a suitcase. And to facilitate easier airport and train travel, the bag's suspension system zips away stealthily into the back panel, so the shoulder straps and hip belt will stay safely stowed while you're on the move. The features combine to make the Waypoint 85 ideal for both backpacking trips across Europe and hiking trips through Central America.
The Waypoint 85 comes with a detachable daypack for short hikes or daytrips.
As with any good pack, the Waypoint 85 also includes plenty of storage space, with a panel-zip main compartment with lockable pulls, a zipper mesh pocket on the inside front panel, and a zippered internal side mesh pocket. Plus, the Waypoint 85 offers a detachable daypack, so you can take short daytrips without having to haul all your gear along. Other features include gear attachment points, stretch-woven side pockets, and an adjustable sternum strap with an emergency whistle. The Waypoint 85 offers a capacity of 5,100 cubic inches, weighs 5 pounds 13 ounces without gear, and carries a lifetime warranty.
Things at Osprey move full circle, starting with the people, moving to the product, and then back again to the people for the lifetime of the product. Company founders Mike Pfotenhauer and Laurie White started the company in 1974 in Santa Cruz, California, introducing such features in the next few years as breathable mesh panels, custom-fit internal frame mountaineering packs, and slide adjustable chest straps. The company moved to a former Gore-tex factory in Dolores, Colorado, in 1990, and then to Cortez, Colorado, in 1994. Nestled in the corner of the rugged San Juan mountains and on the edge of vast sandstone canyon country, the Cortez landscape provides the Osprey team with constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for the packs.
The remainder of the team, including Osprey founder and head designer Pfotenhauer, reside in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Surrounded by heat, endless bustle, and vibrant energy, Team Vietnam designs and builds Osprey packs to the company's exacting standards. Living in HCM City provides several benefits, including the ability to ensure fair labor standards for the company's manufacturing employees and establish face-to-face relationships with the factories that build the company's packs. Osprey's mission is to create innovative, high-performance gear that reflects the employees' love of adventure and devotion to the outdoors.