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Osprey Meridian

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Osprey Meridian backpack

Took this bag to Asia for a three week trip, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, North Vietnam. Wanted a pack I could bring on the plane and travel with. Been traveling on and off for 30 years...liked the wheels. I have a larger Eagle Creek bag but would have had to check it. Great thing is that this bag will stand on its own most of the time, Eagle Creek (larger duffle) would always fall over.

This bag worked well for my needs. The day pack was made so that I didn't have to worry about anyone getting into it while I was on a subway...good feature. (new model not quite so good but has other good features.) I packed it really full as I had a Hennessy Hammock to sleep in and a cool max bag liner to use to keep warm. I travel with a small down jacket which becomes my pillow with a travel case, a few pairs of pants...a few shirts, sox and undies start to add up. Add a few gifts and the bag is full. Stuffed it really full but somehow everything would fit. Can't believe the zippers didn't give out!

Using it as a backpack in the Golden Triangle was fair. With the daypack attached the profile becomes rather large for some trails if you have to turn sideways much. Had maybe 30-35 lbs in it and would not recommend it for more than that.

I had an older model which Osprey replaced after the lower handle was broken (rivet let go.) The new model has a molded frame...better. All in all a favorite for travel with some backpacking...most of the time I roll with it.

Max. Load Carried: 35lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $160

Room for EVERYTHING!!!!!! Not as heavy as my Saddleback Leather backpack, and has pockets and pouches to segregate everything.


  • When fully packed I can use the wheels!
  • Day pack for short jaunts to the Great Wall or Forbidden City.

I travel the entire world for work. I need my laptop, iPad, chargers, plug adapters, wallet, passport and Bose headphones with me at all times. In 6 years I have gone through 9 backpacks except for 2.

The first; Saddleback Leather backpack which I love, but is just too darn heavy when empty and has minimal organizational properties.

The second; Osprey Meridian, it is everything the SL is, and is not. I can organize everything. It is durable and comfortable. Never again will I seek anything other than Osprey.  

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 185,000 Korean Wan

Unbelievable guarantee policy!!

The point of this review is to simply to point out that Osprey has the most INCREDIBLE warranty. They call it the "Almighty Guarantee." Here it is (from their website):

Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in our product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it."

So Osprey products are LIFETIME. When the wheels fall off, they will fix it!

And one more thing: Their customer service is awesome. Quick response.

OK, one more thing: I do NOT work of Osprey or have anything whatsoever to do with them except that I own an Meridian 28 pack. I just thought that their guarantee is so amazing that people need to know about it!

Source: bought it new

I had a choice, I had to buy the best wheeled luggage. I looked around and came up with two choices the Eagle Creek Switchback or the Meridian series. I chose the Meridian 22 and traveled with it for two weeks. I chose this size pack because I didn't want to buy so many things on the way. I wanted a smaller size sack.

Wheeling it is a dream, but it can be quite hard to stop and put it on your back quickly. Good quality sack. And I'm keeping mine till the wheels fall off.

Design: Wheeled Luggage
Size: 22
Max. Load Carried: Full
Height of Owner: 5' 8"
Price Paid: £170

Great carry-on / backpack combo. Light. Stable (doesn’t tip).


  • Stable on wheels, doesn’t tip easily
  • Offers both backpack / wheel options
  • Lightweight


  • Backpack (detachable) not flexible
  • Limited storage inside

Source: bought it new

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Price MSRP: $299.00
Historic Range: $208.33-$380.00
Reviewers Paid: $160.00
Weight 8 lb 14 oz / 4.03 kg
Capacity 3600 cu in / 60 L
Height 22 in / 56 cm
Width 14 in / 35.5 cm
Depth 9 in / 23 cm
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