Osprey’s New UNLTD Pack Uses 3D Printing For Better Support
Sometimes it takes a dream and a chance to innovate and invent. In the spirit of pushing the boundaries, Osprey – one of the leading pack brands in the outdoor market – has just released its most advanced pack to date, after two years in the making: the Osprey UNLTD.
According to Osprey founder Mike Pfotenhauer, as revealed in a video released by the brand, UNLTD is an acronym that stands for “unlimited”, with the pack representing “our pursuit of new processes, design concepts and technologies, with less of consideration for the costs involved.”
With UNLTD, progress was the pursuit, and cost took precedence over creation. The UNLTD pack uses what no pack maker has before: Carbon DLS 3D carbon printing technology. In the fitness category, Adidas uses Carbon DLS in the trainers and Specialized in its saddles, but Osprey is the first to develop a pack that uses the cutting-edge technology.
The UNLTD features a 3D-printed Fitscape lumbar support, which uses DLS carbon to provide superior ventilation, mapped pad support, and a non-slip surface that keeps your pack in place. In the frame, aluminum alloys combined with high-carbon, injection-molded stainless steel hubs create a stronger frame, which has allowed Osprey to create a rear panel capable of carrying a load greater than traditional models.
In addition to the carbon lumbar support, the Osprey team also developed new high tenacity fabric weaves, a lightweight 210D double-ripe main fabric with ultra-high molecular weight polyurethane. Pfotenhauer says, “It’s a fiber that’s super strong and tear-resistant, and we’ve developed grid work in our fabrics to make the strongest fabric we’ve ever used. The UNLTD includes a rain cover made from the same premium material, as well as
The Osprey UNLTD also features the all-new Autolift system, which distributes load weight efficiently and evenly, and works hand-in-hand with the brand’s exclusive Fit-On-The-Fly adjustment system, which has been integrated into the overall structure of the straps.
The new UNLTD line includes four bags: two 68 liter backpacks and two 64 liter sizes. The UNLTD Airscape Large Backpack for Men weighs less than 7 pounds, with a lighter, stronger frame and material allowing for a heavier load on the trail.
The entire UNLTD range is available for purchase now.
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