Backpack Overview: Osprey Porter 46 (Latest 2017 Version)

This 12 months Osprey up to date its Porter product line with a brand new design, which I lately put to the take a look at.

On the floor, the Porter 46 appears much like Osprey’s Farpoint 40 backpack (see my overview of the Farpoint 40). They’re each carry-on dimension, each supposed primarily for touring, and so they each price roughly the identical. However they’re additionally designed from barely totally different beginning factors (and barely higher at various things).

The Porter 46 is basically a duffel bag that’s had a backpack harness added onto it, whereas the design of the Farpoint is vaguely extra much like that of trekking backpacks, that includes an even bigger and extra padded harness.

The Farpoint is extra comfy to put on for prolonged intervals of time, nonetheless the Porter 46 is much more intelligent on the within, with many extra pockets and organizational options that make it a lot simpler to retailer all of your journey gadgets. Due to its sturdiness, its nice number of helpful pockets, and the brand new (significantly better) inside putting of the laptop computer compartment, I believe the Porter 46 is without doubt one of the greatest carry-on baggage you will get.

Word: that is an unbiased overview and I bought this product with my very own cash. You may view the Porter 46 on Amazon right here. 


I ought to point out initially that the Osprey Porter 46 is at present solely obtainable within the US and Canada.

The outdated model was once obtainable in different territories as properly, however the brand new model for some purpose isn’t. You may inform if it’s the brand new model by wanting on the brand on the again. If it has an oval badge form round it, then it’s the older Porter 46 (which isn’t pretty much as good). If it solely has a monochrome define of a fowl with the phrase Osprey above it, then you definitely’re wanting on the newer model.

I’m from Europe myself and so I ordered the brand new Porter 46 from Amazon US, routed it by way of a forwarding firm, after which paid customs responsibility as properly. This added about $80 on prime of the price of the backpack itself. I did this purely so I might overview it, however admittedly it’s a little bit of added problem and expense. If you’re exterior of North America, chances are you’ll simply want to go for the Farpoint 40, which is extra available to you.

Options overview

The Porter 46 is a duffel-style backpack with a fundamental compartment that opens like a clamshell. In different phrases, you zip it open from the facet, not from the highest. I at all times like this because it offers fast and easy accessibility to all of your clothes and different fundamental journey gadgets.

The partitions of the Porter 46 are thick and rise up even when there’s nothing inside. It’s perhaps not fairly as malleable as different backpacks, nevertheless it holds its form very properly and your gadgets really feel reasonably snugly protected inside its padded shell.

The principle compartment is only a huge area so that you can fill nonetheless you see match, however I’ll give a tip of the hat to the 2 small zipped pockets on the edges for smaller gadgets. Should you purchase some packing cubes individually, you possibly can arrange this area a bit of extra.

There are two pockets on the skin, plus this built-in journey organizer. There are areas right here for a smartphone, pens, and different smaller journey gadgets.

I like the inclusion of this and it’s significantly better than the extra primary journey organizer on the Farpoint 40.

The laptop computer compartment is positioned on the again. I believe that is significantly better than putting this on the entrance, as is frequent with most backpacks.

Not solely are your electronics far more protected and never as simply stolen, it’s additionally higher positioned when it comes to balancing the burden. With different backpacks such because the Farpoint 55, I’ve usually felt just like the bag bought a bit of wobbly when placing laptops or different electronics of their outer pocket. With the Porter 46, I by no means felt this fashion. It simply is sensible to have heavier gadgets nearer to your again.

The harness

To this point, so good, however the Porter 46 does have some minor weaknesses.

Firstly, it lacks any again padding. The stowable waist and shoulder straps are additionally comparatively skinny, making this bag considerably much less comfy to hold for longer intervals of time.

It was nonetheless high quality for me on a European backpacking journey, as I carried the bag solely briefly when switching between transit modes. For this model of journey, it was high quality. That mentioned, the Porter 46 merely doesn’t hug my again fairly in addition to a Farpoint backpack as there’s no cushioned padding and the straps will not be as vast. You discover the distinction particularly when the bag may be very closely loaded.

Earlier this 12 months I took my different Farpoint backpack on a 7 day mountaineering journey within the Himalayas. Whereas the Farpoint baggage will not be essentially designed with trekking in thoughts, their harness was nonetheless adequate for me to put on them for hours on finish with no sore shoulder or again. With its lighter harness and straight again, the Porter 46 I’d in all probability not push that far (however then once more, that’s not what it’s designed for).

Nonetheless, the harness of the Porter 46 continues to be superior to many different carry-on baggage. The favored eBags Mom Lode for instance doesn’t have a waist strap and doesn’t have adjustment straps on the shoulders in any respect. When in comparison with a few of these “suitcase in your again” model airport baggage, the Porter 46 is definitely higher.

Whereas the Porter 46 harness isn’t excellent, it isn’t the worst both, and in case you are staying primarily in motels or hostels (reasonably than tenting or trekking) it gained’t be an excessive amount of of a difficulty.

Coloration choices

After I obtained my Porter 46 I used to be initially a bit stunned by the colour. I selected the Fort Gray choice, which in product images appears to be like like  darkish gray, however in actuality it’s a lightweight brown. I assume I’d name this coloration beige or khaki. I prefer it now nevertheless it’s not what I anticipated initially.

Should you’re after a darker coloration, I’d recommend merely getting the Black model, which in images really appears to be like to be Darkish Gray. Osprey makes use of barely reflective materials which may look totally different relying on the sunshine. Anticipate the luggage to look brighter in particular person than they do in product footage.


The Porter 46 is a intelligent backpack. I’ve lengthy been a fan of the Farpoint product line, however I need to admit the Porter has made an equally nice impression on me. I like the quite a few locations to retailer smaller gadgets, in addition to the cosy and well-placed laptop computer compartment. The built-in journey organizer is unbelievable.

I nonetheless suggest getting a Farpoint in case you’re going on a extra adventurous journey or anticipate to hold the bag in your again for longer intervals of time. They’re considerably extra comfy to put on, and in addition are available two sizes (M and L) whereas the Porter is a one-size-fits-all.

That mentioned, in case you’re simply going to be carrying your bag on the best way to your hostel/lodge or throughout transit, then the Porter 46 is a unbelievable alternative.

Porter 46 Carry-On Backpack 

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