Every once in a great while you find a piece of gear that you love from the moment you see it. I see a lot of gear. But the Osprey Ozone 22″ Convertible Pack is my new best friend.  Last spring I tried the smaller, unimproved version of the Osprey Ozone and was not entirely sold on the line of ultralight luggage. I asked if there would be one more appropriate for travelling backpackers. I waited, and now I am so glad I did.

Osprey Ozone 22

Photo Courtesy of Osprey

Overview:

The Osprey Ozone convertible pack is a carry-on bag that truly doubles as a backpack. Hidden and detachable shoulder straps and waist harness are cleverly designed. They zip out from behind the extendable pull handle and tuck away when not needed. Wheels allow you to speed through busy terminals, or pop it up on your back for a hands-free option. I am thrilled to find that it actually functions comfortably as a backpack for an outing.  From there features abound, most notably, the piggyback day pack. This is an update for the Fall 2013 season! A full wrap-around zipper and hidden eye and hooks seamlessly add a new dimension to your travel gear. It’s really two bags in one. Cushioned laptop or tablet pocket in the detachable day pack works whether the day pack is mounted on the larger bag, or used solo. This gives travelers multiple combinations of gear packing ability. Pack each piece for the plane, then use just the day pack for city outings. Zip them together and go backpacking across the countryside.

Osprey Ozone 6

Shoulder straps and waist belt tucks away behind a zipper when not in use.

Osprey Ozone 4

15L day pack with fold away straps for easy re-attachment

Osprey Ozone 5

Zip and T-clip fastens day pack to luggage piece

Pros:

-Fits maximum allowable carry-on size.

-Detatchable 15L daypack with tablet/laptop sleeve – zips on and off easily.

-Smart, flexible-use compartments both inside and out – Osprey’s design team deserves kudos!

-Hooks, clips and zippers that make sense – I didn’t have to poke around or check instructions to convert it. Color coded zips and clips help you keep it where you want it. Red clips and zips serve special function.

- Comfortable, durable 50L capacity with smart compartments for both airplane travel and backpacking.

Osprey Ozone 7

Red clips and zips to mark specoal functions. Black clips for everything backpack related.

Cons:

-The added daypack adds a bit of weight (totally worth it).

-The only thing that might be missing is a dedicated slot for a water bladder.

Osprey Ozone 3

Two padded sleeves, one for tablet, one for laptop.

True to Osprey’s roots, they have made a successful, comfortable backpack whose first function is carry-on luggage. Osprey has ahead of the curve in designinh packs that go flawlessly from town to trail. With smartly styled compartments both inside and out,  a place for a tablet and laptop,  and detachable daypack, the multi-functional, ultralight Osprey Ozone 22″ convertible pack is indispensable. From plane to town to trail, Osprey has made a beautiful, functional piece with this one. Hits stores this fall.

Technical Details:

Date available: Fall 2013

Manufacturer’s Website: Osprey Packs

MSRP: US$ $299 for the 22″ 50L  Also available: $329 for the 28″ 70 L

Listed Weight: 6lbs 2 oz. or 2,78kg

Materials: Fabrics are all nylon

Colors Available: Green/Black or Blue/Black

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply

Get this week's articles delivered to you automatically Sign up for our newsletter to see:

  • Backpacking skills, food and tricks
  • Trails near and far
  • Latest gear reviews