Review: My Travel Suitcase & Backpack from Osprey

osprey backpack and suitcase review

Osprey Review

A few months ago, I got an email from Osprey asking me if I wanted to try out one of their backpacks and a new carry-on bag that was yet to be released. As I’m sure you can imagine, I replied with a very enthusiastic “YES PLEASE!”. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some Osprey gear and wished I had it with me on my trip to Senegal instead of my clunky old suitcase. I’d heard so many good things about Osprey from seasoned long-term and long-distance travellers.

osprey backpack review

I was sent the following two items:

  • Hikelite 26, a small day pack that works both for hiking up a mountain and for exploring a new city.

Why I love it: it feels super comfortable and light, has a little zipped pocked at the front for your smaller items and a compartment inside which can fit either a laptop or a water reservoir. You don’t get a sweaty back with the Hikelite because of its genius suspended mesh backpanel, and it comes with a raincover in case the weather gets really wet.

  • Ozone 36, a lightweight wheeled bag that conforms to EU carry-on luggage sizes – perfect for a city break.

Why I love it: it is SO LIGHT! At 2.12 kg it’s amazing how much I can fit into this bag and still come under any hand luggage weight limit. On our recent trip to Sicily, I had frantically over-packed the Ozone and Chris still had plenty of space in his wheelie suitcase, yet mine came in much lighter! It has zipped compartments for shoes, a zipped outside pocket for small items and a large outside pocket for your magazines/books/laptop. Super handy.

osprey ozone 36

Both bags feel like really good quality. I feel like they are sturdy enough to withstand anything I will put them through on my travels. Feels great to not have to worry about getting them dirty or scratched. I know they will look and perform great even if I’m not precious about them.

After a few months of using them on my trips (and a festival!), I am super happy with the Hikelite 26 and Ozone 36. I’d recommend them to anyone looking for durable, practical and really well constructed travel gear. There’s a reason why Osprey bags are so well regarded in the travel community!

osprey ozone review

Have you tried Osprey before?

I’d love to try one of their larger backpacking backpacks next – although I’ll need to book a really adventurous holiday somewhere exotic first!

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