Hi Elaine. The bag I went with was an Osprey Ozone. It weighs in at 4.5#. And yes, I weighed it on a home luggage scale and it weighed exactly as advertised.
I have only taken it on one trip, that was to Italy last Fall. I flew Delta from Spokane to Seattle then on to Paris where I transited through and caught an Air France flight to Milan. I wanted to do carry on only after the awful luggage issues in Amsterdam and London last summer but worried that I might not make the 12 k weight limit for the Air France leg. They have a dimension of 55x35x25 cms. The RS made that dimension but is 6#. I am almost as old as dirt and have trouble lifting weight over my head.
In the end no one in Paris even appeared to look at my bag as I was boarding for Milan but there had been some anecdotes on here where people had had luggage weighed and I felt much more relaxed for being well within the weight/size limits for AF.
- very lightweight but the fabric feels quite sturdy and a friend and forum member who used to work at REI and knows this brand well felt like it would hold up to being checked if needed.
- Really nice grab bar on the bottom which helps with lifting or retrieving.
- Had a color other than black, lol
- Monopole handle decreases weight but is sturdier than the double handle on the RS rollaboard
- 2 very sturdy bigger wheels makes it easy to pull or push. Did fine on broken sidewalks in Rome and around piles of doggy doo there. Did fine on cobbles and dirt.
- Monopole handle doesn’t really accommodate adding a bag with a trolley sleeve. I don’t use a bag with a trolley sleeve so this didn’t bother me
- Packs weird. A forum member told me this when I was considering it and she was correct. Random empty spaces show up, lol even if you load it the same way every time.
- The zipper needs to be coaxed around one corner
- It’s hugely overpriced.
- The lid is divided into 2 inside zip pockets. Feels like it would be more functional if it were 1 large pocket.
- The outside pocket is extremely narrow and is almost unusable but if I were able to get stuff in it the would make the bag wider than the stated dimensions.
I’m happy with it and have done some trial packs for an upcoming trip. It’s a bit of a weird bag and would not suit everyone.
The RS bag served me well. It’s about 9 years old and is a bit scuffed on the corners from being checked. I’d kind of retired it for a TravelPro I got at TJMaxx which now has a handle that doesn’t extend properly so I was looking for a replacement.
I think Osprey is a Boulder company. I ordered from their website and had it in 3 days much to my shock.
Let me know if you have questions.