Everyone should have access to the outdoors and feel comfortable there. There’s no arguing with sentiment, but there are still plenty of obstacles, which is why Outside’s mission is literally to get everyone out. And that’s why we love partnering with brands like Osprey, who share our values and believe that equipment sizing should also include everyone, because equipment has to fit to work. To this end, Osprey has worked with a diverse group of product testers and DEI consultants to develop its Extended-Fit collection, designed to give big bodies equal access to quality packs. We spoke with Lauren Cramer, Product Professional at Osprey, to learn more about the development of Extended Fit and its significant contribution to building a more inclusive outdoor community.
Out: What motivated Osprey to offer Extended Fit packs?
Lauren Cramer: At its core, Osprey strives to inspire and support outdoor adventure with innovative new products. Whether you’re taking your Osprey pack into the backcountry or on a trail near you, the brand believes everyone deserves equal access to these experiences. To support this notion, Osprey introduces the Extended Fit range. So hikers and outdoor enthusiasts with larger bodies can now experience the capabilities and performance of high-quality backpacks.
Who participated in the development of the Extended Fit collection?
The Extended Fit Collection was created with direct help and feedback from a focus group of field testers, athletes, influencers and industry professionals. From concept to launch, Osprey worked closely with the Extended Fit focus group to go beyond superficial changes and deliver a collection of packs that comfortably support larger bodies.
How are Extended Fit packs different from standard sizes?
Features such as a longer waistband (up to 70 inches), sternum strap and suspenders are some of the design changes users will notice in the Extended Fit collection. Additionally, Osprey repositioned the hipbelt pockets to optimize ease of access. Unique to the Ether™️/Ariel Extended Fit Series, Fit-on-the-Fly custom hipbelt and shoulder straps are fully adjustable for maximum comfort and even load distribution.
What key features are the same across all Osprey packs?
Osprey offers bespoke packs that maximize efficiency, comfort and safety. Plus, all packs are brand backed All Mighty Guarantee™️. Osprey believes there is no reason to charge more for a product size needed for comfort and support on the trail – the new Extended Fit packs are priced the same as their standard counterparts.
What packs are available in Extended Fit, and what’s special about each?
As of spring 2023, Osprey offers two hiking series and two hiking series in Extended Fit. For day hikers, Osprey has released the Sportlite™️ Extended fit and the Talon/Tempest™️ Extended fit. Backpackers will be pleased to know that Osprey also offers Aether/Ariel Extended Fit and Volt/Viva™️ Extended Adjustment. If you’re looking for an adjustable waistband and harness, the Aether/Ariel Extended Fit Series has both.
Learn more about the complete Extended Fit line.
Wherever you find adventure, Osprey will be with you. Since 1974, Osprey has been providing hikers, backpackers, cyclists and travelers with innovative and sustainable transport solutions, with each carefully crafted item reflecting a passion for exploration and the outdoors. Based in the foothills of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Osprey’s surroundings provide the ultimate testing ground for all of its products, ensuring its technical packs are up to any challenge.