Osprey’s Metron backpack weighs 1,190g and uses a 500-denier, nylon-pack cloth to make a reasonably light, yet hard-wearing pack with a 26-litre capacity. At 48cm long, 35cm wide and 26cm deep it’s compact too.
There’s a soft, lined pocket for glasses, an organiser pocket for your wallet, phone and stationery, plus a key loop. The main compartment has a padded laptop sleeve (fits a 13-inch MacBook Air) and a zipped shoe pocket as well as plenty of room for a change of clothes.
On the outside there’s an elasticated Lidlock bungee cord (behind which is a sleeve for holding a U-lock) to attach your helmet.
There’s an LED light loop, a lined, elasticated side pocket and a pocket panel to hold a water bottle. On the underside there’s a Fluro green rain cover in a zipped pocket.
The Airscape back of the Metron is where Osprey’s knowledge comes to the fore. The Y-shaped padding straps have a height- and width-adjustable chest strap and a fast-adjusting click-fix waist strap.
A mesh panel on the back separates the pack from your back leaving a space for air to flow, making the Metron supremely comfortable to ride with even when loaded up to the max of 26 litres.
The Metron is a brilliantly thought-out pack, full of useful features and light with it.
The material can scuff a little, but in practicality terms it’s a top choice. Osprey backs up the bag with an extensive guarantee with spare parts availability to registered owners and replacements for defects.