Gear Review: Osprey Meridian 22 Inch/60L Pack

Gear Review: Osprey Meridian 22 Inch/60L Pack

Finding the right bag for your trip can sometimes be a daunting task. Thankfully I’ve been through the pain of using every kind of luggage and have to say that this is one of my favorites.

This luggage is very versatile because it has the benefit of roller luggage and also a backpack. To be quite frank, I often used the roller part of the bag the most as it saves your back and also it’s just more convenient. The luggage also comes with a detachable backpack that is PERFECT for use as a day bag. If you’re walking on uneven ground or something that isn’t easy to use the wheels on, you can easily convert the luggage to a backpack that is easily managed.

Pros

  • LOVED the fact that it was an all-in-one luggage solution. Being able to wheel it, convert it to a backpack or even detach the smaller bag for a day bag made the Meridian a WONDER on the road.
  • It’s just the right size. The main thing is that I wanted a bag that I could carry-on the plane. Nothing is worst than checking in your bags. This bag handled it quite well, although there were times that it didn’t meet the weight limit. You will also need to detach the backpack from the main bag.

Cons

  • I found it a little strange that there is the ability to lock the back portion of the main bag (the section that holds the straps for the backpack) but there wasn’t any on the backpack portion. I was nervous to use the backpack as a day bag for short trips because it lacked any zippers with the holes to use a travel lock.
  • Backpack functionality was a bit oddly shaped. It wasn’t too long, but it was quite deep. I felt like a turtle.

Overall I’d definitely recommend this bag. It beats the traditional roller-only bag because it has the ability to convert to a backpack. It also has the ability to attach the day bag portion to the main bag. It is quite a durable bag and has a good amount of pockets in the right places.

Product Description


Nothing beats the convenience of a good travel bag, and the Osprey Meridian 22 delivers on several levels. Much of the time, the Meridian 22 looks like an ordinary wheeled travel bag, with a set of extra-large polyurethane wheels with sealed bearings and a three-position ergonomic handle. However, once you arrive at your destination and leave the airport, you can unleash the stowable harness and hip belt and turn the Meridian into a handy backpack. As a result, it’s easy to transport the bag pretty much anywhere–through airport concourses, over dirt roads, and atop cobblestone streets. Just as importantly, each of the transport options is built for comfortable use, as the harness and hip belt are outfitted with a mesh-vented back panel and a padded lumbar, while the high-traction wheels are designed to roll easily and smoothly over all types of terrain.

The Meridian 22 is moderately spacious, with 2,500 cubic inches of space in the main pack and an additional 1,200 cubic inches in the detachable daypack–an ideal accessory for short hikes and daytrips. Storage options include a large main compartment with straps to prevent clothing migration, a side mesh pocket, and a side fabric pocket for organization. The daypack, meanwhile, offers such options as a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to 15.4-inch screens, a full mesh pocket for further organization, side water bottle pockets, and top and back-panel entry. Additional features include a large panel zip that gives you access to the main pack without removing the daypack, a curved high-clearance base, and top and side carrying handles.

The main pack measures 14 by 22 by 9 inches (W x H x D)–the maximum legal size for airline carry-ons–while the daypack measures 10.5 by 19 by 5.6 inches. Together, the bags weigh 8 pounds 9 ounces and carry Osprey’s lifetime warranty.

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Ryan is an avid bucket lister. Travel, photography, blogging and adventure are some of his hobbies. He once went on a trip to Spain and was robbed of all his stuff except his clothes. No money, no insurance, no identification and no way to contact family and friends from back home. Did he end his trip? No way! He ended up running with the bulls in Pamplona the very next day.