<p class="MsoNormal"><b>Osprey Hornet 46</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Osprey’s svelte 46-liter Hornet backpack is so light and compact that at first glance you might think it’s little more than a daypack best suited for casual meanderings. But the pack easily expands and stretches to transform into a smartly designed overnighter. Two elements make this a great weekender: First, the careful use of lightweight fabrics and materials keeps the weight at a pound and a half, and second, the judicious use of flexible mesh means you can fill the top loader with essential items and stuff the extras into the large, stretchy side and front pockets ($159; <a href="http://www.ospreypacks.com/us/en/" target="_blank">www.ospreypacks.com</a>).</p>

Backpack, Overnight

Osprey Hornet 46

Osprey’s svelte 46-liter Hornet backpack is so light and compact that at first glance you might think it’s little more than a daypack best suited for casual meanderings. But the pack easily expands and stretches to transform into a smartly designed overnighter. Two elements make this a great weekender: First, the careful use of lightweight fabrics and materials keeps the weight at a pound and a half, and second, the judicious use of flexible mesh means you can fill the top loader with essential items and stuff the extras into the large, stretchy side and front pockets ($159; www.ospreypacks.com).

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