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.
I see a lot of our tour participants carrying Osprey luggage. It seems to be a bag that can be over-stuffed, bulging at the seams even, but still holds up really well.
Fortunately for all of us, the folks at Osprey are always upping their game and innovating their bags with new features and materials. This means I get to test out what’s new, including the Osprey Ozone Convertible. I checked out the 22″ carry-on version.
This is a two-wheeled bag that has hidden straps in the back in a zipped pouch. These straps allow you to put it over your back and carry it like a large backpack.
Like many of their other bags, this has a zip-off daypack that attaches to the front. While I almost always carry a daypack during my travels, I have never traveled with it attached to the larger carry-on bag. So, while this feature is nice, it’s not for me. But I have seen other people use it as such, so you might find this to be useful.
The new Ozone Convertible (also available in a 28″ model) features an integrated zip-off daypack as well as an optional zip-stow, removable shoulder harness and hipbelt. Weighing just over 6 pounds (for the Ozone Convertible 22”), this daypack/roller duo is an ideal solution for ultra-light travelers.
Features include: a clever internal layout with zippered sidewall pockets, a large j-zip opening, a mesh front flap pocket and main compartment compression straps. Plus a built-in, torso-adjustable suspension system provides for a backpack carrying option with straps and a belt that can be easily stowed for rolling and check-in.
For this review, we tested four bags that convert from rolling bags into backpacks and three bags that had detachable day packs, including the Osprey Meridian Wheeled Convertible Luggage – 22”, the Patagonia MLC Wheelie, the REI Stratocruiser Wheeled Luggage – 22”, and the Osprey Ozone. Although we aren’t wholly convinced that convertible carry-ons are all that useful (see our buying advice guide: How to Choose Carry-on Luggage for a full discussion), we wanted to highlight the highest performing piece in this category with a Top Pick Award. We chose to give this award to the Osprey Ozone. Although this bag does not have the largest internal capacity, its detachable day pack design and convertible backpack features are more fine-tuned than its competitors. Moreover, it is remarkably light: without the day pack, this bag weighs in at 4 lbs 12 oz, which is a full pound lighter than most of the other carry-ons in this review…
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 traveling backpackers. I waited, and now I am so glad I did.
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.