Osprey Packs Porter 46 Travel Backpack
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- Straightjacket compression with padded wings and lower panel secures and protects clothing and gear
- Stowaway shoulder harness and hip belt with adjustable sternum strap and whistle buckle
- Protected rear panel lockable zip laptop/tablet sleeve for quick access at security or while traveling
- Front panel organization pocket for easy access to small travel items ; Storable belt with foam padding and 38 millimeter webbing
- D-ring attachments for adding a shoulder strap (sold separately)
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Since Osprey’s founding in 1974, every single product design bearing the Osprey name has passed through the hands of owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer, undergoing relentless scrutiny. From stitching the first lines of custom-fitted packs, to meticulously designing innovative products with intuitive features, to forging personal relationships with the sewing operators who construct the packs, Mike has been the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a top company.
Osprey Packs Porter 46 Travel Pack
The largest carry-on compatible porter, this versatile weekend getaway bag is ready for anything.
With padded sidewalls, convenient organization and a substantial suspension for backpack-style carry that disappears when checking bags, the Porter Series has set the standard for deluxe duffels. This season brings a relocated and dedicated zippered laptop and tablet pocket—and functional storage options for items both big and small—with multiple access points. When a duffel isn’t enough and backpacking bags are too much, the Porter is the answer.
- Large panel lockable zip access to main compartment
- Reinforced cord loops to attach an Osprey Daylite daypack
- Front panel vertical zippered pocket for books, travel documents and more
- Padded top and side handles provide comfortable carry
- Carry-on compatible
- Available in 30L, 46L & 65L
Stowaway Harness and Hipbelt
The Porter harness and hipbelt deploy at a moment's notice for backpack style carry and quickly disappear into the backpanel for safe keeping when your bags are checked.
StraightJacket compression straps with padded sidewalls to help protect your bag's contents and allow you to fit more gear or compress the bag to a smaller size when it isn't fully stuffed.
Top Pocket Organization
A zippered top pocket provides easy access to toiletries and liquids.
Laptop and Tablet Sleeve
A protected real panel lockable zip laptop/tablet sleeve for quick access at security or while traveling.
Front Panel Zippered Pocket
Front panel vertical zippered pocket for books, travel documents and more.
Front Panel Organization
Front panel organization pocket for easy access to small travel items.
Structural sidewalls hold your bag open, making it easy to pack and unload, especially with the massive U-zip opening.
Padded top and side handles provide comfortable carry.
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First, let me say that if you're debating about getting this bag - get it. 100%.
Second, I bought this bag for a recent two week trip to China. The trip involved quite a bit of moving around the country and there weren't too many consecutive nights in the same location. I also had to take a couple trains and domestic flights in addition to my multileg flights back and forth. That said I was looking for something that could hold a lot of stuff, be easy to grab and go, and also work nicely on an airplane without having to check it. And this bag fit the bill incredibly.
This bag is amazing! It's almost a perfect carry on bag AND almost a perfect backpack.
How I used it:
I carried this bag along with a regular sized backpack for my two week trip. When I was traveling from place to place via train, plane, or bus... this is what carried the bulk of my belongings. During the days when I was sightseeing or hiking, I pulled out my clothes and such and used it as a day pack to carry my water bottle, camera, lenses, first aid, toilet paper (China), etc. as it was more comfortable on my back than my regular backpack. During my flights, I used this bag as a carry on every time and it always fit wonderfully in the overhead compartment.
What I love about this bag:
1. The backpack straps and great. With Osprey being a backpack company first, I'm not surprised that these are good, but they really are great. I walked nearly 100 miles in the two weeks I was in China and this bag was almost always on my back. It is comfortable when it's heavy, when it's light, and for long periods of time and distance. The chest strap is always nice but the best parts are the top adjustments and the waist strap. They could have easily been far too undersized for the capacity of the bag but I was really impressed at how comfortable this bag is to wear. (p.s. I'm athletic build, 5'10'', ~32'' waist, and ~170lbs).
1.5 The fact the straps hide away in their own dedicated compartment is awesome. This made it super easy to manage the bag when getting on/off planes and in/out of taxis without having to worry about straps flying everywhere and getting caught on stuff. Also, even when this pack was filled to capacity, the straps were still easy to put away and take out.
2. The straight jacket buckles. These serve two purposes. The first is more obvious in that when you pack the bag full, or even not full... it compresses it down smaller and removes any bulges or slack in the fabric. I also like how it takes some of the stress off the zippers when it's extra full (although the zippers seem super solid and I have no reservations about them). But the second feature is that it's a layer of security. When I was carrying this pack around as a day pack, I had very little worries about anyone being able to stand behind me and go through my back without me knowing because of the extra steps it would take to get it open. I found this to be hugely reassuring and comforting which let me focus on the mountains and cities rather than worry about the stuff on my back. Bonus: they also are super handy for holding a jacket to the pack when it starts to get warm out and you have to lose a layer.
3. The "laptop" sleeve is great for more than just laptops. It also has a zippered mesh pocket inside which is perfect for keeping extra cash or such when traveling as it'd be impossible to get into while the bag is being worn. Furthermore, the laptop sleeve itself was perfect for storing my light weight rain jacket should I get caught in the rain and need to access it quickly without having to take everything out, or even open, the bag. I also see how it would be super convenient for using as a laptop sleeve when having to go through security at airports as well.
4. The padding. This is not a flimsy bag. The sides are well padded as well as both sides of the laptop sleeve. This it PERFECT for someone who carries a bunch of camera gear and likes to keep it protected from bumps and such during travel.
5. The top compartment somehow is magically still useful even when the bag is packed full. This is a perfect place for sunglasses, chapstick, hand sanitizer, or other things that may be frequently needed or easy accessibility is preferred.
Alright... but how much can it hold?
For my trip, I packed it with the intention of not doing laundry.
Which included (more or less):
16 athletic type t-shirts
1 long sleeved shirt
19 pairs of underwear
16 pairs of socks
3 pairs of pants
2 pairs of shorts
1 pair of sweat pants
1 rain jacket
1 down jacket
1 bathing suit
2 knee braces
personal items (tooth brush/paste, deodorant, etc)
misc stuff like ear bud headphones for the plane, passport case, sunglasses in a case, etc
So why only 4 stars?
1. I really would have liked to have some kind of external water bottle holder when I was using it as a day pack. I understand that it doesn't really fit into the concept of this bag, but the guys at Osprey I think are creative enough that they could have come up with something slick. Not really a deal breaker though.
2. The side handle is too far to the back side of the bag to be comfortable. When using it, it tends to carry the bag at an awkward angle that causes it to hit/rub/interfere with your leg as you're walking (see picture). Simply moving it so it's more centered in the side of the bag would have fixed this. Not a huge deal but made it less useful in the bag form over the backpack form.
3. This is the main reason why I deducted a star... Just include the shoulder strap! I wasn't surprised that it wasn't included after the purchase because I saw that it is sold separately before I bought it, but come on. The clips look great but whatever the cost of the shoulder strap could be doesn't justify it not being included. Even if the cost of the bag was $10-20 more and included the strap out of convenience that would have been great. I just feel like having to source and purchase the strap accessory separately is ridiculous.
The shoulder straps are adequate; they tuck-away behind the back panel when not in use. They do include load-lifter straps that can be buckled to the top of the pack to help balance the weight of the pack, and that does help a bit. But, the waist strap is a joke; the padded portion is too short to provide much support. Additionally, the use of a plastic frame sheet limits the functionality of the waist belt. Finally, the back panel seems to be regular, nylon fabric, so it provides little airflow, and means that you'll end-up with a sweaty back fairly quickly.
If you don't plan to carry this bag for long periods of time, I think it would probably be adequate; the organization options and the foam side "wings" allow for very easy packing and unpacking. But, if you value comfort of carry more, as I do, this probably isn't the bag for you. In that case, you might want to look at the Farpoint 40. It doesn't have the organization options, but it is much more comfortable to carry. If only Osprey would make a pack with the Porter's organization but the Farpoint's suspension... I think I'd marry that pack.
1) Osprey Packs Porter 46 Travel Backpack, Mineral Teal, One Size
2) Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Small/Medium
3) Osprey Packs Fairview 40 Travel Backpack, Rainforest Green, Small/Medium
I initially bought the Porter and the Farpoint to do a side-by-side comparison, because they were priced comparably on Amazon (~$135 for each). To test, I loaded each one with a "full load" of mixed items, books, clothing, etc. I then donned the backpacks, adjusted the straps, and proceeded to walk around my bedroom a few turns.
I was able to eliminate the Porter as a contender pretty quickly by doing this test. I found that the Porter did not have the internal support for significant weight. When fully loaded, the plastic backboard "buckled" and pressed against my lower back in an uncomfortable way. So I returned in the Porter. One note is that I did like the internal design of the Porter better, but I just couldn't justify keeping it when it was so uncomfortable to carry.
Around this time, the Fairview went on sale, and I was able to snag it for a mere $120 (~$40 cheaper than it is currently listed on Amazon). I purchased the Fairview and proceeded to perform the same load test to compare it to the Farpoint. This was a more difficult decision, as the Fairview and Farpoint are almost identical. But I found the Fairview adjusted a little easier to my small frame and the hip belt sat a little more comfortably. This mirrored what I had read in reviews, so eventually I decided to return the Farpoint and keep the Fairview.