Alex Z., his wife and Dizzy moved to Portland two years ago from Chicago. He came to Oregon for the love of the outdoors. As a young man Alex became an Eagle Scout. This is where his passion for hiking, camping, and rafting began. One of his other passions is art. He has a B.F.A in glassblowing and sculpture. He has spent eleven years blowing glass all over the U.S. What he likes most about glassblowing is that it’s a strenuous activity with all the heat and weight of the glass. Alex believes that stress brings out the best in people. He originally came out here to blow glass, but his priorities shifted and the US Outdoor Store became a better fit. It gives him the flexibility to pursue his Masters in Education. Plus, at the US Outdoor Store we can bring our dogs to work. How could Alex and Dizzy resist.

Dizzy is a nine year old Australian Kelpie. Alex raised him from a pup. This breed is highly intelligent and has the need for lots of exercise. A perfect fit for Alex and his love for all things outdoors. Dizzy is his constant companion for hiking, camping, biking, even snowshoeing. Dizzy likes to barrel through the snow like a little torpedo with legs. He is in his element. One of Alex’s favorite memories was when Dizzy was still a pup and saw snow for the first time. He got so excited and started jumping in the air to catch the snowflakes. They spent hours on a trampoline they had in the yard bouncing and catching the snow.

Alex and Dizzy have criss crossed the country several times. Like Mad Max and his dog driving and having adventures throughout the countryside. Only without freaks in leather outfits trying to kill them. They have visited the Appalachian Mountains, the Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountains, and the Cascades Mountain ranges. One of Dizzy’s favorite things is water. Going through Colorado one day they stopped for a hike. Dizzy was having a great time splashing and swimming in some streams. Then he decided to jump in the Colorado River proper. It was a scary moment for Alex. But Dizzy, a professional, pulled it off.

Dizzy at the shop

As summer turns to fall; Alex and Dizzy’s favorite time of year, because winter is coming. You should come down to the shop and check out all our shop dogs, but make sure you go down to camping so you can meet Dizz the Fearless. Stay gold Dizzy.

What’s New: A Look at the Renovated Osprey Atmos and Aura Packs

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Here, at US Outdoor, we have been carrying Osprey Backpacks for some time now, and with every passing season comes the changing of the guard; new lines, new conditions of focus, but never a loss in the quality and craftsmanship we’ve come to expect from Osprey Packs. They never lose sight of the fact that innovation plays a key roll in the success and ongoing development of their brand in an ever expanding and competitive market driven by form and function. With that said, the Men’s Atmos and Women’s Aura packs have been a staple in the Osprey line, carried over from season to season in a seamless transition of the guard, and this year the Atmos and Aura got a boost with new innovations and updated features that help further customize your fit for full on comfort and support on the trail. For those of you who are well versed in the art of back country treks and expeditions, you know that fitting for a pack can be a great pain in the backside (literally and figuratively); as goes with personality, the human body comes in many shapes and sizes. Osprey Packs have brought their quick and agile frames to the forefront of free-roaming humans and they keep getting better.

Let’s start with the updated Airspeed Suspension with LightWire frame and 3D tensioned breathable mesh panel. This update carries its weight in gold by providing you with optimized pack balance so you don’t go tromping through the back country looking like Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean. Furthermore, you’ll experience superior support and ventilation that can only be described as divine intervention between the pack and your back.

Moving on, Osprey left no stone unturned when they designed their gender specific, dual density foam, Fit on the Fly adjustable Hip Belt. This magical hip hugger works wonders. Utilizing spacer mesh for increased breathability, the Atmos and Aura are outfitted with a hip belt that adjusts without having to remove the pack altogether. Keep walking, keep talking, don’t stop believing, and hold on to that feeling. Get it? Last, but certainly not the least when it comes to innovative features, is the Torso Adjustable Harness. This innovation makes the newly redeveloped Osprey Atmos and Aura Backpacks better because it allows you to truly get down to brass tacks when it comes to customizing for individual pack comfort. No more generalizing! Your torso may fall into a certain frame size but that doesn’t always mean that the pack will fit you perfectly. The gender-specific interchangeable and adjustable slotted foam harness, with adjustable sternum strap, hones in on an individual level and helps eliminate the little things that can create bigger problems down the road… or more appropriately, down the trail. Alongside the features that have made the Osprey Atmos and Aura Packs a mainstay, these innovations make the ever-so-daunting task of finding “the right pack” a lot easier by putting under the microscope the individual’s need for absolute customization. Cheers!

View the men’s Osprey Atmos 50 and Osprey Atmos 65 at
View the women’s Osprey Aura 50 and Osprey Aura 65 at