The Osprey Ozone travel backpack is made mainly of 210D nylon, with some reinforced areas of 630D nylon. The overall construction feels solid, and the hip belt and ventilated harness add a great amount of comfort to a pack that can easily be worn all day long.
This pack is available in one size and comes in three color options. It’s described as a mid-sized pack, which makes it a great choice for longer trips.
Ozone Rundown and Features
The Ozone comes equipped with tough YKK zippers with pull cords instead of metal pull tabs. The zipper on the main compartment has eye holes so you can use your own padlock and secure your belongings when you’re traveling abroad.
Storage And Compartments
As far as storage goes, the main compartment can be described as almost too big. You’ll be able to store a ton of clothes and gear without any hassle. However, because this is a top opening bag we also found that accessing items on the bottom of the pack can be a little frustrating at times. The main compartment also features a generous laptop pouch which can hold fifteen-inch models easily. When worn, the laptop will rest against your back.
On the top of the backpack, you’ll also find a pocket designed to hold documents or a tablet. This pocket is lightly padded and about ten inches deep.
The front compartment features a zippered pouch for general easy access, organization, and basic storage. We liked that this pocket was placed on the outside of the bag, which makes it easy to access essential smaller items.
On the bottom of the bag there’s a small compartment that’s expandable, so you can store a small blanket, muddy shoes, or wet clothes.
The two small stretchy side pockets have straps that go over them that can be used for random small items or water bottles. These are very similar to the ones on the Kelty Redwing 50.
When worn for an extended period of time the Ozone still feels pretty comfortable. The padded shoulder straps are highly adjustable so you can get the perfect fit. The hip belt straps and the shoulder straps can be stowed away, which is convenient if you need to check your bag.
When the shoulder straps are stowed away you can use any of the three handles on the pack. You’ll find one on the bottom, one of the right, and another handle on the left. These handles also make it much easier to pull your pack out of an overhead bin if you decide to use your pack as a carry-on.
Ozone Travel Backpack Pros and Cons
For the price, this is one of the best travel packs you can find if your goal is to pack for a one or two-week trip. It’s slightly less heavy duty than other packs by Osprey, but it’s perfect for all-day wear.
The bag itself features a simple, clean design and comes in a few color options. You’ll find the suspension system to be less complex and rigid compared to other Osprey models. The easy access scratch-resistant tablet pocket is a popular feature, as is the padded laptop pouch that’s designed to keep your laptop safe as you travel. Overall, we felt that this bag offered plenty of travel convenience with its variety of pockets, making this pack a great choice if your priority is easy, fast access to your belongings.
The bag is also very carry-on friendly. You won’t have any issues with getting this pack through the x-ray scanner like you would with larger wheeled luggage.
The pack is very flexible, light, and durable and very comfortable to wear during travel. It can also be easily used as the perfect carry on.
The hip belt consists mainly of a simple buckle strap system with minimal padding. The back panel airflow doesn’t do much in the way of keeping the wearer dry. Some consumers felt that this pack wasn’t as comfortable to use as larger models that offer a more extensive suspension and strap system. If you’re tall, let’s say over six feet, then you may find the straps are too small. Another issue is the stretchy side pockets that are designed to hold water bottles. Some users complained that these pockets were simply too shallow. You’re also unable to cinch the pockets to get a tighter fit.
The pack itself is not rigid, which means it’s not able to remain upright on its own.
The back panel also lacks a sheet, frame or stays. While this isn’t really a deal breaker for most buyers, because of the location of the laptop pocket, your laptop ends up functioning as the sheet for the back panel. This can be a little concerning if you plan on storing your pack under an airline seat because it can end up putting a lot of pressure on the laptop.
We also felt that the side release buckles for the hip belt and shoulder harness were pretty flimsy and thin. They don’t have a very durable feel, however, the release buckle for the sternum strap is pretty thick and solid. We feel that for the price, Osprey should have focused a little more on the quality of the buckle system.