Osprey Hornet 46
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: I believe it was around $88
The Osprey Hornet is a quality built, rugged little pack with enough space for your 2-3 day excursions. The waist belt is very comfortable and the shoulder strap energy bar holders just make this little package a very nice setup.
- Only weighs 1 lb 13 oz (size med/lrg)
- 2760 cubic inch capacity is roomy enough for a long weekend
- Energy bar holders on each shoulder strap is just way cool
- Hip belt pockets keep small items easily reachable
- Very well built
- Hip belt pockets a tad too far back on the belt for easy access
I am 5'9" about 180 lbs and have the original medium/large sized pack. It does not adjust so it either fits you or it doesn't. Luckily for me it fits me well.
The bag is comfortable, not Gregory Palisades comfortable but comfortable. I have actually sold my Palisades and use the Osprey Hornet for everything but winter camping. Hip belt, shoulder straps and sternum straps have the usual adjustments and the pack vents pretty nicely.
It holds about 2760 cu in (46 liters) of gear which should be enough to pull off most 2-3 day excursions.
It is top loading so organization is key but once you decide what should go where you will have no problem getting to your stuff. That's because it also has two deep side stretch pockets (one each side), one large front pocket and a removable cover which of course also acts as a zippered pocket.
The Hornet is bladder ready and the bladder pocket is on the outside of the pack so it is easier to put in and out when there is gear in the pack. (I didn't say easy, I said easier than if it was inside the pack).
There are no compression straps but I have not found that to be a problem so far as the pack carries well even with only a small amount of gear in it.
One of the neatest features is that the shoulder straps have built in energy bar holders. I know simple things please me, but this is a cool enough idea that I'm surprised everybody isn't doing it.
I have used the pack 10-12 weekends over the past couple of years and it has proven to be strong and reliable. Bottom line, I am very glad that I took a chance on this light weight pack and you will be too.
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With 46 liters of capacity, the Osprey Hornet 46 offers carrying capability for overnight backpacking and even ultralight thru-hiking while maintaining a minimalist weight for light and fast travels.
The superlight Osprey Hornet 46 pack has been stripped to the essentials yet still offers comfort and functionality for adventure racers, peakbaggers and anyone who wants to move fast with low weight. Ventilated and supportive BioStretch(TM) harness incorporates mesh-covered, slotted foam for breathability; hipbelt cinches with easy forward ErgoPull(TM) movement. Vertically adjustable sternum strap slides up and down the harness for adjustable fit and comfort. Spacer-mesh back panel is lightweight and features a removable foam pad. Modified frameless design features 2 Delrin thermoplastic side rods and an HDPE framesheet for support and load transfer. Removable top lid features a mesh map pocket and key clip on the bottom. Spacious main compartment features a sleeve and exit port for a hydration reservoir (sold separately). Front stretch-mesh pocket features reflective accents for enhanced visibility in low light; it's ideal for carrying often used and bulky items. Cord tie-off points let you lash trekking poles or other tools to the front of the pack; side stretch-mesh pockets and zippered hipbelt pockets hold water bottles and snacks. Along with the ultralight side compression straps, an adjustable overskirt compression strap extends from the front stretch pocket to reduce pack volume and stabilize the load. The Osprey Hornet 46 pack is made of lightweight, durable 70-denier triple ripstop nylon and 100-denier shadow check nylon.
You're not planning on carrying a heavy load, so why put your gear in a heavy pack' Osprey stripped the Hornet 46 Backpack down to the bare essentials to help you break the bonds of gravity. Weighing in at well under two pounds but tough as nails, this winner of the National Geographic Adventure Gear of the Year award in 2011 comfortably fits your essentials for your next adventure race or peak-bagging exploit.
Free Shipping. Osprey Hornet 46 Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Osprey Hornet 46 Pack Ultralight 7mm webbing side compression Front stretch mesh pocket External hydration sleeve Cord tie-off points Side mesh pockets with Inside Out compression straps Ultralight removable zippered top pocket with underlid mesh map pocket and keyclip Dual ice tool loops Twin stacked side stretch mesh pockets Vertical Delrin side rods Highly Ventilated And Supportive Bio -Stretch Harness Mesh covered slotted foam Energy gel pockets on harness Vertical sliding adjustable sternum strap with whistle buckle Spacer Mesh Backpanel Super light spacer mesh vented backpanel with removable foam pad Biostretch Hipbelt Zippered hipbelt pockets ErgoPull closure The SPECS of the Osprey Hornet 46 Pack 70D triple ripstop nylon 70D x 100D nylon shadowcheck Dimension: (H x W x D): 26 x 13 x 13in. / 65 x 34 x 32 cm The SPECS for Small Volume: 2685 cubic inches / 44 liter Weight: 1 lb 8 oz / 0.68 kg The SPECS for Medium Volume: 2807 cubic inches / 46 liter Weight: 1 lb 10 oz / 0.73kg The SPECS for Large Volume: 2929 cubic inches / 48 liter Weight: 1 lb 12 oz / 0.80 kg