A lightweight, highly versatile option for frequent travelers, the Osprey Convertible 28 wheeled travel pack can be carried and maneuvered in a variety of ways, employs durable construction, and has its own zip-off day pack.
From the airport to the truck, to the road less travelled, the Osprey Ozone Convertible 28 Inch Pack is a great travel companion. Light, durable and functional, this pack is sure to appeal to those who are traveling overseas, domestically or anywhere where they are going to need versatile performance. Let’s take a look at all of its features.
The first thing I want to point out about this pack is that we have actually got two different pieces in play. We have got our main luggage pack, but we have also got a detachable daypack on the front. So I do want to take that off and then we will talk about the different features in both packs.
All right. So I have taken the daypack off of the pack so we can get a better look at the luggage portion of the pack itself. We have got really nice, durable, but lightweight nylon materials in play on the backpack. And on the bottom you can see it stands up by itself. It has actually got a chassis and some wheels, so really nice features down on the bottom of the pack. We have got a lightweight, aluminum frame there and a nice injection molded plastic chassis. It really gives it good structure and support and allows you to wheel it around, roll it around or set it where you want to when you are at the airport or if you are in a place where you don’t need to be holding the bag.
We do have some nice, large wheels that have sealed bearings so you get a smooth, confident roll very comfortably through the airport, so, like I said, through those smooth surfaces you have got excellent rolling capability there and that chassis is a really nice, rigid material that is going to hold up over a long time.
Another cool feature about this backpack is that it does have a tuck away suspension system. So if you get on the road less travelled, if you get out of the airport and you need to hike the bag a little bit, you can certainly do so with this bag. So here we have got just kind of a zippered compartment and it is very simple to open that up and kind of expose that suspension system. It is very easy to access that. It is kind of tucked away right now with some Velcro. But all you have really got to do is reach up, break that Velcro and the suspension system pulls right out.
So we have got contoured shoulder straps. They are dye cut so you have got nice foam there that is very breathable, very comfortable and padded. You have got kind of a suspended mesh back panel here so it gives you good breathability and padding as well as, you know, ventilation and good comfort. Down low we have got a pretty low profile hip belt, but it is, again, that dye cut foam. So you have got really good ventilation and breathability. So if you do tend to get a little hot, it is going to wick moisture and it is going to dry very quickly. You have got a nice padded lumbar section as well, a very comfortable lumbar section. So it will give you good comfort. Like I said, you need to go hiking or you need to walk a little ways with the bag, you have got a really comfortable suspension system that will allow you to do so.
One thing I should point out about this suspension system, in order to keep it from flopping around or moving around on you, there are two clips on the very bottom of the pack to kind of hold it in place and keep it nice and secure. So if you look at the very bottom of the bag where this suspension system tucks away, you simply clip to these buckles down here and it allows the suspension system to stay in place. The lumbar portion stays in place and it keeps a nice comfortable hold so it is not moving or shifting around on you. So you can make sure you are hiking comfortably throughout your trip.
I am going to tuck the suspension back away so we can take a look at the storage features for the bag. So if we take a look at it, it is pretty stream lined and pretty simple. We don’t have many pockets going on on the outside of the bag. But it is a full luggage piece. So you have got easy access by these compressions straps on the sides. If we detach those compression straps it will allow us to get to the main contents of the pack.
Laying it down and opening it up we can take a look at all of the storage on the inside. So it is a 28 inch or a 75 liter capacity. So you have got ample storage on the inside of the bag. You have some internal compression straps that will really allow you to hold down your items. That way you can get the best pack possible. So you can really easily cinch down your items, keep them in place so things aren’t shifting unwontedly while you are traveling.
On the main face we do have a large mesh pocket. So that is good for anything you may want to keep separated from the main contents, whether that be some additional layers, some clothing, maybe shoes, if you choose to go that route, but a large mesh pocket in addition to the main pack body.
We do have a top pocket and that is good for small items like toiletries or liquids, anything you may want to get to off and on very quickly. So you have got this pretty sizable top pocket where you can get to all of those items. Consider it a liquids pocket if you will or something along these lines.
That is pretty much it for capacity on the main portion of the bag. Some other things I do want to mention. We do have locking zippers on the pack. So the two main pack body zippers have lock capabilities. So you could put a TSA approved lock there if you are traveling and want to make sure your items stay secured. We do have really comfortable low profile carry handles on the bag. You have got one on the side, one on the top. Very comfortable carry handles there.
And we also do have a T handle. It is an ergonomic T handle for when you are walking through the airport or walking down the street and you want to roll the bag. You have got a really nice T handle there, a very comfortable grip, easy to hold on to and it provides a nice, easy roll for the bag.
So now we are going to set this aside and take a look at the daypack that comes attached to the front of it. We have got a really nice, lightweight and small daypack. Same type of material, that lightweight nylon. We don’t really have a frame, but we do have a nice padded back panel. So taking a look at that. The suspension kind of tucks away, again, so it can stay nice and streamlined on the pack. But you do have a really nice, again, low profile, contoured shoulder straps with that dye cut foam. It provides a really good breathability. You have got a sternum strap with an emergency whistle. No hip belt on the pack, because it is, pretty much, a lightweight daypack. It is not meant to carry a lot of weight, but it is comfortable with those shoulder straps.
Taking a look at some of the storage features. We do have a few pockets in play on the bag. So main front pocket we have got some organizational compartments. So you have got a spot for pens, pencils, a cell phone if you choose to do that or any other small items you may want to keep closer at hand. Again, organization is the thought behind this small front pocket. So you have got plenty of different areas to store small items.
The next pocket up here is just kind of a small top pocket. It is good for sunglasses, electronics. It has kind of got a molded design so that you are not going to get anything scratched. So the idea behind this pocket is for those items that are like iPods, cell phones, sunglasses, et cetera, things that you don’t want to get damaged while hiking, traveling, et cetera.
The main pocket is a pretty sizable main pocket. I have just got a stuff sack full of gear in there right now, but we have got nice, sizeable main pocket. You do have two compartments here. one is a tablet compartment and there is another padded blacktop compartment. So you could fit up to a 15 inch laptop in here, but it is pretty tight so that would be a snug fit, but good organizational features, good padding there for your electronics or that gear that you want to keep closer at hand.
A few more things I want to mention about the outside of the daypack. We do have some side stretch mesh pockets, great for small water bottles or anything you may want to keep on the outside of the pack. You have got one of those on either side. So nice additional bonus to the daypack. And, again, with that security in mind, the daypack does have lockable main zippers. So the main compartment of this bag can be locked with a TSA approved travel lock. So it has got good security all around with the Ozone Convertible Pack.
I should mention that this pack is 28 inches by 14 inches by 13 inches, which exceeds the domestic and international carry on standards. So it will have to be checked if you choose to travel with it. But it is a great travel option from the airport to the road less travelled. It is the Osprey Ozone Convertible 28 Inch Pack.