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Osprey Hornet 46

in Backpacks - Internal Frame

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4.33 / 5 (3 reviews)

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Ken T.
( kthompson )

All up in there
Osprey Hornet 46 on 08/24/2010 06:52:05 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Moved this here from the Lifer's only forum.
Here is what I thought
Review for Osprey Hornet 46.

Tester info.
Ken Thompson
43 years old
Living/hiking in far northern CA.
6'3" 210 lbs
21" torso
Backpacking for over 25 years
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Photos from 4 night trip in CA Trinity Alps last week.

First off I found the pack to be too short for my torso. As you can see in the photos the load lifter straps are useless when worn this way. Definitely a medium. Construction seems to be of quality and I can see this pack lasting a long time, without being overbuilt. Glad to see the smaller size straps and buckles being used as some manufacturers must think that we are going to strap down elephants or something.
I did not use the supplied back pad insert, choosing to use my sit pad instead in the main pocket. I think you could use a backpad of half the supplied thickness without any noticeable loss in comfort or support. The Montbell pad I used was also lighter and served dual purpose when used in this manner.
I only took the top pocket on this trip to see if it was needed or a pain. I really don't see myself using it in the future and am glad that Osprey makes removal easy. One thought on design improvement for the lid would be to have the adjustment strap be attached to the lid and not the pack. This would eliminate the dangling strap when the lid is not used. I would also like to see the strap used on the pack be a different color than the one for the lid as it was confusing in low light conditions to figure out quickly which one I was dealing with.
I am not a hydration bladder user so made no use of the pocket designed for one. I like the stretchy pockets on the sides, but did find it a little difficult to access my 24 oz GSI Dukjug bottle. A 32oz Nalgene was easier, and I imagine this was what it was designed for. Soft sided bottles were next to impossible to put back in when less than full.
The suspension rods did their job in transferring the load to the hipbelt. I found the pack comfortable until going over 20 lbs or so. The shoulder straps would then dig in.
Sternum strap. I was a little leery of the adjustment device used, but in real life it did not slide around on its own.
Hipbelt pockets. I though it a bit strange that only one side had a lining against the mesh. Also I did not like how the shoulder strap cut across the hipbelt pockets cutting some volume from the already small pockets. Too short to fit my Steripen Adventurer. Too small to hold my camera. Also did not like how I could not see into them when wearing the pack as they were too far back.
Shoulder straps and pockets. Well some interesting things going on here. I do like the idea of shoulder strap pockets. I also like the idea of hanging a water bottle off the shoulder strap, adventure racer style. With a lack of attachment points for the latter making that impossible, I would suggest some type of daisy chain setup. Also the pockets are too small. Couldn't fit my small point and shoot camera in there. They just fit my Garmin Geko 301 GPS. Close to being great, but no.
Volume size: this was great. I could easily fit all I need for a week long summer trip in areas where a canister is not needed. Good job! Loved the back pocket. Easy access made secure with the strap. Swallowed 3 24oz beers with room leftover.
I like the trim profile and was resistant to catching on bushes and such during off route scrambling.
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Photo shows my basic load carried in pack for this trial. Montbell pads, a Therm-a-rest Compack chair,Snowpeak 600 mug/cookset. Grey stuffsack with all the little items, tarp and bivy, water containers and GSI coffee filter, Ursack, trowel and TP, stuffsack with quilt and clothes. With this style of packing the Hornet just has too many pockets, especially when using the lid. This is why I would leave it behind. Also with the lid weighing in at 3.1 oz and the backpad at 3oz, just too easy to lose over 6oz. If this pack is being marketed to lightweight/UL packer this is a huge amount of weight.
For the most part I think you have a good pack on your hands. I hope that you offer it in a subdued color choice as well as I like to blend in with my surroundings. A few tweaks in design and I am sure mainstream backpackers will go for it. Normally I use a ULA Ohm, size large, and find it to be a perfect design for my style of backpacking for the same weight of this pack.

Edited by kthompson on 08/25/2010 07:00:53 MDT.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Garmin GPS priced at: $165.98
Osprey Hornet 46 - Men's priced at: $95.37 - $159.00
Therm-a-Rest Compack Chair priced at: $28.95 - $59.95
Eric Botshon
( Ebotshon )
Sizing on 08/01/2011 09:48:48 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I'm not sure if this is the best place to put this(please inform me otherwise), but recent contact with Osprey informed me that next spring they will be re-doing the Hornet.

They will be switching from a s/m m/l sizing to S, M, L on the 46 only.

I know the torso sizing has come up a lot here and wanted to give people a heads up. If anyone is set on this pack, but doesn't need it until next winter it might be worth waiting if your torso is >19".

Martin Van Laarhoven
( vtrek )

Osprey Hornet 46- nice pack on 07/25/2013 16:11:28 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

This won't be technical like the first review but here is my two-cents worth anyway.
I am 5' 9" and weigh about 190 lbs with a 19.5" torso. I have the M/L pack.
I have been backpacking for many years in the White Mountains of NH. Mostly day hikes but several weekend/long weekend trips too.

I have had the Osprey Hornet 46 pack for a couple of years now. It is my first venture into light weight packs and this one is well built and should last me (budget conscious as I am, many years). Previously I had been using a Gregory Palisades so this was a scary step for me. I carry up to 25 lbs (water included)on 2-3 day trips and have found this pack to work great. I like the way it feels both up and down the hills. I like the fact that the top cover is easily removable and I have found myself leaving it at home on day trips. Load lifter straps help keep the pack where I want it and I really like the shoulder strap energy bar holders. It's a great idea having a quick snack right at my fingertips! The waist belt pockets aren't impressive but I believe the idea here is to carry less, so I keep things I may need to get to quickly like toilet paper, my knife, first-aid kit etc in them. Side pockets are long and stretchy but I'm not crazy about the straps to tighten up loose loads. Do you really need straps on stretchy material? For me they get in the way and as I write this I have decided to cut them off. The main compartment has plenty of room and at one pound six ounces (without the top cover) I think this is a great pack!

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Osprey Hornet 46 - Men's priced at: $158.95 - $159.95
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