The new Hornet 24 arrived today. First thing I did was take all the store tags off and weigh it, size M/L – 20.02 ounces, just what Osprey says it weighs. There are not really any meaningful items to cut off. The straps are all pretty short and even if I cut off the axe loop and the little pockets on the shoulder straps, they don’t account for much weight. That seems to be in the back padding and main compartment material.
Measured the back panel and it is 18.25”. The pack material is pretty heavy, seems more than 210D but I’m no judge of materials; I’d bet they could have cut significant weight using much lighter material and not doubling up in unneeded areas. There are four main compartments, the hydration compartment, the main compartment, a small zipped area at the top for keys and other small stuff you don’t want to lose in the pack body, and a mesh pocket on the front. There are two tiny pockets on the shoulder straps as well good for electrolyte packs. The torso is longer than the REI Stoke 19 and when the pack has got some weight in it, it doesn’t pull across your chest like the Stoke did. I’ll give the Hornet 24 a try this weekend and hopefully it’ll work for me. The pictures below are the pack with all items I may carry on a hike: l/s shirt, Montbell EXL, Dry Ducks jacket, Playtpus 3l, FAK, gloves, some energy bars, and a couple water bottles so you can see how the pockets were made too small. Looks like taller/skinnier bottles will work best and the compression strap can be used to hold them in place. With all this gear in the pack I still have plenty of room inside for more stuff if needed. Osprey says it is 1,465 CI or 24L. I assume that includes all the pockets on the pack. Compression is pretty good. So, this pack appears to have hit most of my criteria, a bit heavier than I wanted but it’ll do for now. More photos on the next page.