2011 Osprey Hornet 46 Backpack Review

by: Dave D’Abate

Osprey Hornet 46

Osprey Packs has been making some of the best packs in the industry for the last 37 years and the new 2011 Hornet 46 is no exception. The Hornet is on of the lightest packs Osprey has ever made at an impressive 22oz. for the 46L size. The features of the Hornet 46, according to Opsrey’s website are:


“These superlight packs have been stripped to the essentials for ultra-runners, adventure racers, peak baggers – anyone who aspires to move fast with minimal weight. Osprey technology still allows for great carry with features like a spacer mesh breathable backpanel, and vented stretch-fit harness and hipbelt. Speed friendly features are all on board, including stretch mesh front and side pockets, zippered hipbelt pockets, and energy-gel pockets on the shoulder straps.”

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Osprey Quasar day/backpack a last look

last of snow on Peobody slopes
last of snow on Peobody slopes

by Arnie P

In addition to a few local hikes I also hiked 3 times in the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire Three days before I arrived, the area received 13 inches of new snow. The temperatures were in the 70’s the day I arrived and the snow was melting quite rapidly. At night the temperatures did drop to near freezing so the melting slowed down at night. There was snow on the trail on my first hike. This was a hike to Bald Mountain and Artist Bluff.

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Osprey Hydraulics Raptor 10 Pack Final Update

Osprey Raptor on the Bear Claw Poppy Trail in Utah
Osprey Raptor on the Bear Claw Poppy Trail in Utah

Over the past month I used the Raptor 10 while mountain biking and while day hiking in Southern California. This is a great pack!

The Osprey Hydraulics Raptor 10 is a panel loading hydration pack that is marketed for mountain biking and fast hiking. It has a 600 cu. in. / 10 liter capacity and houses a 3 liter hydration reservoir.

Check out my final thoughts on the Raptor 10.