The ruggedly built Osprey Porter 46 distills the essence of a travel pack into its lightest, cleanest form. It's ideal for a traveler who want to keep it simple and carry a bag on the plane.
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Rated5out of5byfoodeefromRoomy and versatile!I love the versatility and roominess of this duffle/backpack travelpack. My husband used it for our 1 week trip and he was able to fit a lot into this carry-on size pack. We both loved the convertible backpack straps that allow him to carry the duffle as a backpack on his back. If checking-in this bag, you can also zip up the backpack straps to avoid damage. There is a forehead pocket to keep your frequently use items - passport, boarding pass, etc. in an easy to reach location. Inside, there are a mesh pocket under the cover for delicate items and another small zipper pocket for socks and underwear. The rest of the interior is one large opening. I recommend purchasing packing cubes (eBags & Eagle Creek) to organize your items. I highly recommend this roomy carry-on duffle.
If you plan to do some overnight camping, go for the Osprey Farscape 55. It's slimmer and a bit taller than this pack and has more robust hip belts for comfortable carry.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated4out of5byBrotherfromGreat Travel PackI have been looking for a pack like this for several years. It is a great carry on, and Packs more than I need in a typical week of business on the road. I was tired of leaving my previous luggage on the restroom floor. This pack solves that problem. It is comfortable while standing in those long security lines. This is a great travel pack that is a real quality piece.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated5out of5byNerdCubfromA great traveling backpackA really Great backpack. Lots of room in the main compartment. Perfect carry on size, 1-2 inches short of limit on all sides. The straps are thick and comfortable, and tuck away when you dont need them. Really quality bag with big zippers, and heavy stitching
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated5out of5byllilacs13fromGreat travel carry-onI recently took a 10 day quick blitz through 3 South American countries and wanted a carry-on bag to force myself to pack light and also prevent any possibilities for lost luggage on the 6 flights I took. I'm already a big fan of Osprey bags as I have loved my 75 liter Ariel bag for several years now and the folks at REI suggested the Porter 46 as a carry- on alternative.
I didn't like the look of the Porter 46 initially but I quickly got over it and was so happy to have purchased this bag. Travel with it was SO SIMPLE. I bought the set of 3 Eagle Creek Specter packing cubes and limited myself to clothes in the large one, underwear/ socks in the mid- size, and my electronics in the smallest. I also used Eagle Creek's Wallaby toiletry kit and had room for a few random items in addition to room to spare for souvenirs.
Travel with this bag was a breeze. It was light weight, somehow large enough for everything I wanted, and allowed me to save time by not checking a bag. The only thing I'd like them to add is a way to carry it as a duffel - but it might already have that and I somehow didn't figure it out? Nonetheless, another fantastic Osprey product.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated4out of5byDisco FranciscofromMy travel partnerI bought this pack to do a 2 month trip to SE Asia exactly 2 years ago. I have now traveled for 2 years and visited 25 countries and most of the West of the US. I have many other top-loading packs. But I found all are very hard to load and unload. This one is like a big box. You just open the box via a heavy duty zippered lid. This one is so easy to unzip the huge panel and get to your gear. I found I could overstuff the pack and not worry about breaking the zipper. The zipper also comes with an integrated lock holes to lock up your zipper for security.
When I got back from my first 6 month leg of my trip, my pack was so full. Weighed 17 kg. I tried to see if I could fit all my gear in any of my other packs up to 55 liters. It was almost impossible. But the key was if I could, I had to take it all out to get to the bottom. This is like a suitcase but convince of a backpack. Note, I wouldn't use this for a long backpacking trip in the wilderness but it's just fine going from the airplane to your hostel/hotel and around town.
I actually use this pack to carry my rock climbing gear to the crag as well. So easy to get to my rope and gear.
I saw one person commented on getting last years model. Yes, just 4 months ago, my pack was stolen. I went back to REI to get another. But I was sadden when the REI rep showed me that Osprey has now changed the design. They took away the adjustment straps that adjust the load at the top of the pack closer or away from you shoulders to balance the load. We couldn't figure out why. When the pack is full, this is really helpful. Maybe cost saving design change. But you find these on all their other backpacks. Next thing they took away. Someone commented it would be nice to have a zippered pocket on the outside. Yes, they took that away. It was the size of the lid. Took away storage. Please bring these back.
I also highly recommend getting a rain cover. It is good for the obvious reason, but also keeps the pack from getting too dirty and an added safety deterrent for thieves. I'd like Osprey to include it. If you do get one, take it off when boarding the plane. The rain cover makes it look a little bigger and once I was told it was too big to take on the plane. I left the line, took it off, got back in line and they were just fine with it. It is officially the size for a carry on in most countries.
I also recommend the Eagle Creek Pack It folders. They fit nicely in the pack. Two Pack It 15 fit side by side in the pack. The 20 fits the long way. At least it did with my older model.
Date published: 2013-12-03
Rated4out of5byVagabondat60fromExcellent BagI used this bag for 8 weeks of travel in Italy along with a mini-mass as a day bag. I pack light purposely and this bag works great. It is compact, i mostly kept the straps tucked away except when walking longer distance across town, etc. This is certainly not something you backpack with: the backpack capability is more for convenience then anything else. So, don't think you are going to backpack extensively with this. An additional pocket on the front would be helpful. The compression straps help. Buy this bag and smile whenever you see tourists trying to load their massive bags onto and off of trains and negotiate the aisles.
Date published: 2013-11-23
Rated4out of5byjrlyghtelfromI would recommendUsed for weekend for myself and as a carry-on when we check a regular suitcase.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated5out of5byDavid the travellerfromGreat for loads of many sizesI've done several trips already, moving around for a couple weeks in Europe.
Great bag, really big inside, but the straightjacket keeps it compact--even if you only use a fraction of the space, still feels well packed. Fits easy in overhead compartments. It's comfortable to wear as a backpack, and comfortable to carry at your side.
Improvement: They should insert a zippered polypropelene sleeve on the side, so it slides in behind the back for easy access to your iPad or laptop.
Date published: 2013-10-07
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