Getting the opportunity to check out the latest offerings from equipment brands is definitely a perk of our job. We started out this year shooting a new line of backpacks from Osprey for REI’s online content, the Aether 70 and women’s Ariel 65. The job came to us right after the new year and needed to be wrapped up in a months time. Finding two different looking backpacking trips in January can be a challenge. Wet winter weather plagued much of the western states. In the end we chose to shoot the work on the dripping lush North Umpqua Trail in southern Oregon and in the Nevada desert near Las Vegas. Both hit us with snow and chilly temps. Good thing the packs were large to carry all those layers. We also wrote short reviews of the packs for REI’s blog site.