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This post has been updated—see our new review of the Osprey Meridian (and Sojourn) Wheeled Backpack Convertibles.

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In the comments section of our recent overview of cool gifts for travelers, Cate, blogger extraordinaire over at The Caffeinated Traveler, saw our inclusion of the Osprey Meridian Wheeled Backpack and exclaimed “I knew there had to be something out there for my travel needs!”

Cate is not alone in those sentiments.

When headed on a multi-day hike then obviously you bring a backpack. When going on a business trip a wheeled bag is ideal. But what if your trip is something between those? Or a combination of both? Perhaps you are headed on an adventurous trip to Thailand, wanting a backpack to roam across beaches and through mountain jungles but wanting a wheeled bag to navigate the airport and to arrive at Bangkok’s Metropolitan Hotel for a luxury stop at the end of your trip.

For flashpackers, for urban explorers and for anyone who has faced a tough choice between bringing a backpack on a trip and bringing a wheeled bag your luggage of choice is: the Osprey Meridian. Backpack, Meet Wheels. <br>Wheels, Backpack.

    Did You Know?

    Airlines are not legally responsible for any damages they inflict upon your backpack if your bag has any loose straps dangling from it. The logic being that you are at fault since airport conveyor belts are not made for backpacks. With the Osprey Meridian all the backpack straps tuck securely inside the bag’s sealable back pocket. So you’ll get the full reimbursement if when an airline damages your Osprey Meridian.

Unlike virtually all other hybrid bags, the Osprey Meridian has a rugged backpack frame built into it. The frame is supported by a deluxe suspension system, making the Meridian extremely comfortable to wear on your back. Spot Cool Stuff has personally taken the Meridian on a five day trek in Nepal.

In backpack mode the Meridian also sports adjustable padded shoulder straps, an effective weight-distributing hipstrap, side pockets for water bottles and a ventilation system that helps keep your back from getting sweaty. Each of these features meet or exceed what most standalone backpacks offer.

As for its rollability (yes, that’s now a word), the Osprey Meridian’s best feature is its rugged, shock-absorbent wheels. We also love how the entire top of the bag zips open but four strong buckles keep it tightly closed (so there’s very little stress on the zippers). The Meridian has two inside organizing pockets and an ergonomic handle that retract into the backpack’s frame when not in use.

The Meridian also has a detachable day pack that snaps securely onto the bag. A fully packed Meridian will fit into the average jet’s overhead compartment. It will fit overhead on many smaller planes too if you remove the day pack. Though what we usually do is check the main Meridian bag and then carry on the day pack (it comes with a padded sleeve that fits our 15″ Apple MacBook perfectly).

The Meridian is available in two sizes: a large 28″ bag that is rated as having 75 liters of space and a smaller 22″/60 liter version. Both bags hold more than advertised since the official space allotment doesn’t count the back pocket where the backpack straps are stored and where we routinely fit a shirt, Teva sandals and a few pairs of magic sock liners Backpack, Meet Wheels. <br>Wheels, Backpack..

This is a workhorse of a bag that will never again leave you wondering whether to pack your backpack or your wheeled bag for your next trip.

published: 14 Dec 2008
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Responses

  1. Donnell says:

    Great looking bag I”m added this to my pick up list.

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  2. Alyssa says:

    I’m pretty sold on this, although I’m just stuck on which size to buy. I’m not especially tall at 5ft 4… I tried on the 75L backpack style, it was quite comfortable but I would ideally like to buy the smaller 60L size. As I think I would be able to handle it better.

    I’m heading to Europe and New York for a 4 week trip. I don’t think I will be using the backpack often (I went on a similar trip last year and found it was ok with a wheelie)… I’m just not sure if the 60L has a big enough capacity (I read somewhere that the main pack was actually only 40L)… I’ll definitely be travelling light, two pair of shoes, two pair of pants, 5 shirts, one dress, two cardies and toiletries… just not sure if all that would fit in the 40L…

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  3. Spot Cool Travel Stuff says:

    Hi Brian,

    Both the 22″ and 28″ models are available in black:

    http://travel.spotcoolstuff.com/buy/osprey/meridian28

    I’ve personally fit both in an airplane overhead. As mentioned in the review, if both are fully packed they will fit in a standard flight overhead. If the bags are overstuffed, or if it is an especially small overhead, then you have to remove the day pack.

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  4. Brian Hennessy says:

    I would like to buy this item in black or dark gray it needs to be able to fit in the over head on an airline (or be able to brake down between the overhead and under seat) for international travel.

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  5. Randal J says:

    I’m so glad I got found this bag on your site. It really hugs your back when you have it on. Will be bringing it to Brazil next month

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  6. Cate says:


    Twitter:
    Nice pitch, I’m practically sold on it. Just have to think about what size – and update my Christmas wish list. Thanks for the link.

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