The 18-liter Reverb is sleek and inconspicuous, but it packs a lot into a small frame. There are pockets for avalanche safety gear and goggles, as well as a zip-away hydration sleeve. Plus, you can strap on skis or a snowboard for hikes and still access the main compartment through a big back panel.
Consider the Osprey Pixel Port the Peter Dinklage of packs – smart, compact, and versatile. The urban bag’s 14-liter capacity is the ideal amount of space for most casual around-the-city adventures and its slim profile made it simple to wear whether we were gripping the handlebars of a Cannondale or a café cruiser. Yet the bag’s slightness doesn’t detract from its design. Its medium-size main compartment is separated by a padded sleeve: One side is fleece-lined and sized to fit laptops as large as 15-inches; the other is for general storage and includes two pen sleeves, a key clip, and five smaller pockets. A top flap runs the full-length of the pack and contains a zippered pocket for your sunglasses and phone. And since the flap cinches down with a couple of clips, it can haul a spare rain jacket or yoga mat. Smart.
The new Osprey Waypoint is a streamlined, modern conversion pack made for mobility. It has Osprey’s top-of-the-line suspension for days when you’re shouldering your load, as well as a new zip-away padded harness and hip belt. A large torso-adjustment range allows a great fit for most sizes. Bonus: a passport-size secret zip security pocket hidden behind the harness. The removable daypack has Osprey’s innovative Port Window tablet access – touch-sensitive film means you never need to remove your tablet from your pack to use it.
Though it may look like an ordinary piece of rolling luggage, the Osprey Ozone Convertible 22-inch is a transformer. The 50-liter carry-on converts to an excursion-ready pack, complete with adjustable harness and removable hip belt; it even has a zip-off 15-liter daypack for smaller trips. Several shape-shifting bags debuted this year, but the Ozone is the best for the always-on-the-go.
The Better Carry-On Bag
When it comes to judging luggage, New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey is a natural. The best knuckleballer in the game spends more than 115 days a year on the road, “living out of some kind of suitcase,” he says – dragging his bag from car to stadium to shuttle bus to plane. So he thinks about luggage. A lot. “I’ve become obsessed with gear that makes my life a little more organized,” says the pitcher. “It’s like an ongoing rebellion against the chaos that traveling creates.” We asked Dickey to test out a few carry-ons for us on the road. Click on the gallery below to see what he thought of each one.
Osprey Ozone 22
Osprey used lessons and materials from its hardcore backpacking line to create the lightest fully-featured carry-on on the market, at a scant four pounds. “I was skeptical, but the one-bar, one-handed design works,” says Dickey. “It’s more like a rolling duffel and could use more compartments. This one’s best for quick trips.”
Kruger National Park Osprey’s Manta 25 Hydration Pack is ideal for daylong adventures in Kruger National Park, which covers over 7,500 square miles. Whether by foot or on a game-drive, hydration is essential in keeping up with your active safari itinerary. This lightweight pack provides enough space for your gear and a 3-liter reservoir, keeping you moving throughout the day.