First, I need to own up to the fact that I love Osprey. I think they put as much thought into their bags as anyone out there. I have the Raptor 6 and the Momentum 26. The Momentum will doubtless get its own post one of these days. For the time being, I will focus on the Ozone. I don’t travel a lot. It is usually a trip or two to see family each year plus four trade shows that generally last a few days. Still, I really don’t like to haul a lot of bags. I had seen a lot of good review of the Ozone series, so I wanted to give it a shot. Someone who knew of my interest in the Ozone was kind enough to give me the 22″ in light green. I had my first chance to try it out a couple of weeks later.
This was a Sunday-Wednesday trip. Since it was for a relatively informal trade show, I didn’t need to take any suits or other “dress” clothes. Instead, it was slacks and shirts, sweaters and the usual odds and ends. While I want to carry as few bags as possible, I also tend to over pack what I do have. Electronics, chargers, running shoes all add to the bulk.
In an effort to tame the mess, I also invested in an Eagle Creek folder and compression sack. These let me organize thing better and the compression sack did a great job of reducing the space that the sweaters occupied. With a little thought and a couple of false starts, I was able to get everything safely packed. The compression straps on the inside and the outside did a great job of taking pressure off the zippers. I don’t think it was really necessary to have them, but it added to the peace of mind. Once everything was packed and cinched down, I was ready to try one of the key features of the Ozone line. These bags are really light. I think my inclination will always be to roll luggage that is made for that, but carrying this bag was not a problem, even when fully loaded. If you do choose to carry it, there are handles on the top and side to make it easy.
The extending handle was good. One problem I have run into with some carry-on bags is that the handle is a little too short for me. (I am 6’1″) I also really appreciate the bar at the front of the bag that keeps it standing upright. It is very stable.
Finally, no review of an Osprey product would be complete without mentioning their All Mighty Guarantee. It says “Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in our product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday.” The tag line is “any product, any reason, any era”. My understanding is that they have a worker on staff in Colorado who does the repair work so that the product is returned to the user as quickly as possible. That is a level of commitment to customer satisfaction that goes far beyond the ordinary. And given the tender care your travel luggage receives from the airlines, it may be needed at some time.