Osprey Hornet 46

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s/m m/l
Weight 1 lb 7 oz / .64 kg 1 lb 8 oz / .68 kg
Capacity 2640 cu in / 44 L 2760 cu in / 46 L



The Osprey Hornet is a quality built, rugged little…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
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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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Osprey's Hornet 46 page.

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On Sale. Free Shipping. Osprey Hornet 46 Pack 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 SPECIFICATIONS 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

- Moosejaw

For anyone looking for a superlight pack for ultra running, adventure racing or just lighweight backpack for long day hikes Osprey has created the no frills Hornet series. This Hornet 24 is the smallest in the series, and at just over a pound (1 lbs 2 oz) it's easy to see this pack is best used for going fast. Compression from ultralight side webbing and an adjustable overskirt allow you to tighten down your gear for lighter loads while still allowing you to expend when you just HAVE to bring more gear. A front mesh pocket and side mesh pockets provide ample space for shed layers and smaller items, and hydration capability allows you to keep going full steam ahead.Features: Panel loader Adjustable overskirt compression strap Ultralight 7mm webbing side compression Front stretch mesh pocket Reflective detail on front pocket Cord tie-off points Side mesh pockets with InsideOut compression straps Specs (S/M / M/L): Volume: 1320 / 1440 cu in. Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. / 1 lb. 3 oz. Load Range The green to yellow zones represent the recommended load range for this pack. When super light hiking or a quick peak summit is the order of the day, call on the Hornet 24 to get you there. This panel loading, hydration compatible pack features Osprey's highly ventilated and supportive BioStretchTM harness and hipbelt as well as a spacer mesh backpanel for a lightweight, comfortable carry.

- Mountains Plus

Osprey Hornet 46 Pack - With 46 liters of capacity, the Hornet 46 offers carrying capability for overnight backpacking and even ultralight thru-hiking while maintaining a minimalist weight for light and fast travels. Hornet InsideOut compression Hornet adjustable overskirt compression strap Hornet external hydration Hornet front stretch mesh pocket Hornet gel pockets on harness Hornet ice axe loop Hornet removable top pocket Hornet zippered hipbelt pocket Hornet InsideOut compression Side mesh pockets with InsideOutTM compression keep water bottles and other gear secure.

- Massey's Outfitters

Key Features: Adjustable Overskirt Compression StrapExternal HydrationFront Stretch Mesh PocketGel Pockets on HarnessIce Axe LoopRemovable Top PocketZippered Hipbelt PocketLoad Range: 20-30 lb10-15 kgVolumes & Weights: Small: 2685 cu in. / 44 L / 1 lb 8 oz / .68 kgMedium: 2807 cu in. / 46 L / 1 lb 10 oz / .73 kgLarge: 2929 cu in / 48 L / 1 lb 12 oz / .80 kgDimensions: 27 x 13.5 x 12.5 in68 x 34 x 32 cm

- River Sports Outfitters