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Backpacker Magazine – Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Gear Review: Osprey Ozone 28"/80L Roller Bag

A lightweight, rolling duffel bag with plenty of compartments to keep you organized.

Osprey Ozone 28
Osprey Ozone 28"/80L (Courtesy Photo)

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Giant rolling duffels are a gear editor’s best friend. I’m constantly schlepping heavy loads around the globe, and I often get dinged with overweight baggage fees. The Ozone, at just under five pounds, is less than half the weight of many other rollers I’ve tried, which lets me pack more gear, not more bag. The 210-denier nylon lacks the rubbery finish of many burlier bags, but after close to a year’s worth of globetrotting (40,000-plus miles), the Ozone looks no worse for the wear.

The large, U-shaped zipper accesses the cavernous, 80-liter interior, which has stealth side pockets to keep me organized. The 12-inch wheelbase mounts to an aluminum perimeter frame (the lack of a framesheet accounts for a big weight savings). When combined with the sturdy, collapsible T-handle, the design created a stable load whether I was dragging it down a dirt path in central India or a pebbly walkway in Chile’s Andes. $249; 4 lbs. 14 oz.; ospreypacks.com

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