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.