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  • Convenient back-panel laptop compartment simplifies access for security checks and allows easier access to main compartment
  • Foam structure extends around bottom panel keeping the pack upright for easier packing
  • Stowaway padded hipbelt and stowaway shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap can be used independently of one another
  • StraightJacket™ compression with padded wings helps protect and secure any size load
  • Updated front panel organization pocket features lockable zippers
  • Rear panel laptop sleeve offers better security than last year's model
  • Rescue-whistle buckle
  • Padded top and side grab handles allow for comfortable toting
  • Easy zip access to large main compartment with lockable zipper; dual internal zippered side pockets
  • Zippered top pocket provides easy access to toiletries and liquids
  • Reinforced cord loops to attach an Osprey Daylite daypack (sold separately)
  • D-ring attachments permit you to add a shoulder carry strap (not included)
  • This item meets carry-on size restrictions for most airlines (size not to exceed 45 linear inches when adding L+W+H; this is subject to change, so check with your airline)

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Specs

Best Use Travel
Bag Style Luggage
Gear Capacity (L) 46 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 2,807 cubic inches
Number of Exterior Pockets 3
Laptop Compartment Yes
Fits Laptop Size (in.) 15 inches
iPad / Tablet Compartment Yes
Carry-On Size Yes
Fits Torso Unavailable
Fits Waist/Hips Unavailable
Material(s) Nylon
Dimensions 22 x 14 x 9 inches
Weight 3 lbs. 5 oz.
Gender Unisex
Hipbelt Yes
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor shape for a travel bag We bought two of these for our week long trip through Italy with travel by train. It's a nice quality bag, but loses a lot of space by being egg shaped. My Go Ruck 40L backpack holds the same amount of clothing due to the boxier shape, yet is 6L smaller. It's taking up the dimensions so why not use all available space by being less curvy. We also found the shoulder straps are more of an afterthought or else not meant to be used very often because they do not carry the weight very well. Sadly, this issue turned my wife off to traveling with soft bags for the time being. As someone else mentioned, if you want a backpack, get a dedicated backpack or if you want a nice, usable travel pack that can be carried on your shoulders, look at the Tom Bihn Aeronaut or a Tortuga Ourbreaker.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New 2017 version of the perfect bag I don't have the older versions of this pack, but I have researched them and my understanding is that the main difference with this latest version is that the laptop pocket has moved to the back of the pack (against your back). The rest of the bag is still very similar to the previous model. See the reviews for it if you haven't already. I did a lot more research than I would like to admit while looking for the best travel bag that was airline carry-on compatible. I was particularly set on the front loading style, but I wanted one that would be light weight for airline restrictions, comfortable to carry pretty much all day while traveling, and one that would last a lifetime. The Porter 46 was the perfect match. Overall first impression, this seems like a great bag. It looks very clean and reformed and the construction looks very solid. I can't wait to try it on a trip. With an Eagle Creek garment folder and a compression cube or two this bag will easily fit a full weeks worth of clothes, DSLR camera, and laptop if you wish with room to spare. The laptop pocket is about 11.5" wide at the opening and right at 16" deep. So it should fit most any laptop. My 13" and 15.6" ones fit just fine. There is a smaller mesh zipper pocket inside of the laptop pocket, presumably for a tablet. It is about 8" x 10". My only concern is that my 15'6" laptop has a very thin "lid" and the screen will flex and touch keys and other parts of the laptop with only moderate pressure on it. I can see where a well stuffed main compartment could put pressure on the laptop if compressed tightly with the straight jacket system. I will make sure to have my screen 'towards my back in that case. I don't feel like this is a flaw with the bag, it's really just with my laptop and I'm sure a few others. I am adding several pictures of the bag as I understand how tough it is to find any of this new model ANYWHERE online.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just get a backpack There is very little usable room in this pack compared to a 22x15x9 carryon. I got this home and compared what I can stuff into each and the carryon hold a good deal more. If you want to use this porter as a backpack that means extracting the shoulder straps and hip belts which then dangle around when stowing/retrieving the pack. Sure, you can stuff them back in their pockets, but upon deplaning who wants to be fiddling with this? When the pack is full, it isn't easy to retrieve the straps from their pockets. If you want a backpack, get a backpack you can use when not traveling. The porter will look ridiculous trying to use on a trail (it literally is a suitcase with straps) plus it wasn't made for that. The laptop sleeve takes up almost an inch of usable space on the bottom of the pack with the extra padding and the weight of it is not necessary if you don't need this feature. This didn't work for me.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best travel bag I have owned this bag for serveral years. I have used it for vacations to Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean, Alaska and skiing in CO. It is the only bag I ever use now and would recommend this bag as an easy means for carry on travel luggage.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Osprey upgrades some parts but downgrades another the bag is better now the laptop sleeve is on the back of the bag, but now the organizer pocket on the front no longer has locks, making the bag less secure.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favorite ever my bestie/travel buddy bought one right after i did. ultra lightweight, took us happily through europe for 6 weeks. so perfect. love it so much i want to buy another, but that'd be ridiculous bc one is all you need.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't be happier!!! Came super quick! I was so excited when I received it! It was everything I expected it to be! I cannot wait to go on my next trip!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for travel Have not used yet but am pleased with all the features! Seems to be well designed and built
Date published: 2017-06-08
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How does this model differ from Item #870903, which appears to be the same, but at $130.00?

Asked by: Drbobingv
In the updated pack, the computer sleeve has moved from the front of the pack to the back, which allows for an organization front panel. The new pack also comes with extra foam on the side walls. As well as it comes in a few new colors.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17

Are the two secret/hidden pockets still there in the newer model?  On the older they were located in the two side pockets on the inside of the main compartment. 

Asked by: Pdaddy
I got this two weeks ago and yes, there are two pockets (one mesh, one regular) that run on both sides of the insides of the main compartment.
Answered by: emtc
Date published: 2017-07-08

Do you take a Sleeping bad, Sleeping pad and tent/hammock/bivy sack with you in this backpack? I though it wasn't possible, but reading various things online and also ultralight how-tos it seems it could be possible. If yes, is it hard to pack this way?

Asked by: willy
This is much more of a travel backpack than an ultralight/hiking pack. It's made to replace a carry-on suitcase. There isn't any sort of built in support with the pack/straps and the hip belt is modest at best. It's great for getting from an airport to a hotel, but not if you're looking to head out into the woods. I have an Osprey Atmos 50 that I use for that and it's great. Check out some of Osprey's other packs if that's what you're looking for.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2017-07-12

Repeat question: other than color and price,how does this differ from item #870903.  Is there any actual difference in the pack itself? REI staff response please.

Asked by: Joe61vette
This updated Porter series pack has additional padding compared to its predecessor and the laptop compartment has been relocated towards the back panel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-20

In the "2016 vs 2017 Comparison" video, the 2017 Porter 46 look to be less egg shaped and a bit more square at the top and bottom as compared to the 2016. Is this true or is the shape identical to the 2016?

Asked by: Mike4184
​The overall shape of the pack did not change from 2016 to 2017.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-12

Is it ok to carry this on Ryanair and Easyjet flights? (EU)

Asked by: willy
I carried this on to easyjet airlines last month without a problem 
Answered by: Amber
Date published: 2017-07-12

What happened to the Castle Grey color that was available a few days ago? It seems to have been replaced with the black option. 

Asked by: vinnie
As of April 2017, the Castle Grey color is available for purchase on our website. For current availability information, please contact us by phone at 1 (800) 426-4840.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-12

I am debating between this model and the Farpoint 40. I am short (5'2) and was wondering how this pack sits on a smaller body frame since it is a unisex pack? Farpoint 40 has two size options (small or large) but this pack does not. Any recommendations?

Asked by: Andrea
​This pack is one size, and will fit both large and small frames.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-11
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor shape for a travel bag We bought two of these for our week long trip through Italy with travel by train. It's a nice quality bag, but loses a lot of space by being egg shaped. My Go Ruck 40L backpack holds the same amount of clothing due to the boxier shape, yet is 6L smaller. It's taking up the dimensions so why not use all available space by being less curvy. We also found the shoulder straps are more of an afterthought or else not meant to be used very often because they do not carry the weight very well. Sadly, this issue turned my wife off to traveling with soft bags for the time being. As someone else mentioned, if you want a backpack, get a dedicated backpack or if you want a nice, usable travel pack that can be carried on your shoulders, look at the Tom Bihn Aeronaut or a Tortuga Ourbreaker.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New 2017 version of the perfect bag I don't have the older versions of this pack, but I have researched them and my understanding is that the main difference with this latest version is that the laptop pocket has moved to the back of the pack (against your back). The rest of the bag is still very similar to the previous model. See the reviews for it if you haven't already. I did a lot more research than I would like to admit while looking for the best travel bag that was airline carry-on compatible. I was particularly set on the front loading style, but I wanted one that would be light weight for airline restrictions, comfortable to carry pretty much all day while traveling, and one that would last a lifetime. The Porter 46 was the perfect match. Overall first impression, this seems like a great bag. It looks very clean and reformed and the construction looks very solid. I can't wait to try it on a trip. With an Eagle Creek garment folder and a compression cube or two this bag will easily fit a full weeks worth of clothes, DSLR camera, and laptop if you wish with room to spare. The laptop pocket is about 11.5" wide at the opening and right at 16" deep. So it should fit most any laptop. My 13" and 15.6" ones fit just fine. There is a smaller mesh zipper pocket inside of the laptop pocket, presumably for a tablet. It is about 8" x 10". My only concern is that my 15'6" laptop has a very thin "lid" and the screen will flex and touch keys and other parts of the laptop with only moderate pressure on it. I can see where a well stuffed main compartment could put pressure on the laptop if compressed tightly with the straight jacket system. I will make sure to have my screen 'towards my back in that case. I don't feel like this is a flaw with the bag, it's really just with my laptop and I'm sure a few others. I am adding several pictures of the bag as I understand how tough it is to find any of this new model ANYWHERE online.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just get a backpack There is very little usable room in this pack compared to a 22x15x9 carryon. I got this home and compared what I can stuff into each and the carryon hold a good deal more. If you want to use this porter as a backpack that means extracting the shoulder straps and hip belts which then dangle around when stowing/retrieving the pack. Sure, you can stuff them back in their pockets, but upon deplaning who wants to be fiddling with this? When the pack is full, it isn't easy to retrieve the straps from their pockets. If you want a backpack, get a backpack you can use when not traveling. The porter will look ridiculous trying to use on a trail (it literally is a suitcase with straps) plus it wasn't made for that. The laptop sleeve takes up almost an inch of usable space on the bottom of the pack with the extra padding and the weight of it is not necessary if you don't need this feature. This didn't work for me.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best travel bag I have owned this bag for serveral years. I have used it for vacations to Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean, Alaska and skiing in CO. It is the only bag I ever use now and would recommend this bag as an easy means for carry on travel luggage.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Osprey upgrades some parts but downgrades another the bag is better now the laptop sleeve is on the back of the bag, but now the organizer pocket on the front no longer has locks, making the bag less secure.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favorite ever my bestie/travel buddy bought one right after i did. ultra lightweight, took us happily through europe for 6 weeks. so perfect. love it so much i want to buy another, but that'd be ridiculous bc one is all you need.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't be happier!!! Came super quick! I was so excited when I received it! It was everything I expected it to be! I cannot wait to go on my next trip!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for travel Have not used yet but am pleased with all the features! Seems to be well designed and built
Date published: 2017-06-08
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Questions & Answers

How does this model differ from Item #870903, which appears to be the same, but at $130.00?

Asked by: Drbobingv
In the updated pack, the computer sleeve has moved from the front of the pack to the back, which allows for an organization front panel. The new pack also comes with extra foam on the side walls. As well as it comes in a few new colors.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17

Are the two secret/hidden pockets still there in the newer model?  On the older they were located in the two side pockets on the inside of the main compartment. 

Asked by: Pdaddy
I got this two weeks ago and yes, there are two pockets (one mesh, one regular) that run on both sides of the insides of the main compartment.
Answered by: emtc
Date published: 2017-07-08

Do you take a Sleeping bad, Sleeping pad and tent/hammock/bivy sack with you in this backpack? I though it wasn't possible, but reading various things online and also ultralight how-tos it seems it could be possible. If yes, is it hard to pack this way?

Asked by: willy
This is much more of a travel backpack than an ultralight/hiking pack. It's made to replace a carry-on suitcase. There isn't any sort of built in support with the pack/straps and the hip belt is modest at best. It's great for getting from an airport to a hotel, but not if you're looking to head out into the woods. I have an Osprey Atmos 50 that I use for that and it's great. Check out some of Osprey's other packs if that's what you're looking for.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2017-07-12

Repeat question: other than color and price,how does this differ from item #870903.  Is there any actual difference in the pack itself? REI staff response please.

Asked by: Joe61vette
This updated Porter series pack has additional padding compared to its predecessor and the laptop compartment has been relocated towards the back panel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-20

In the "2016 vs 2017 Comparison" video, the 2017 Porter 46 look to be less egg shaped and a bit more square at the top and bottom as compared to the 2016. Is this true or is the shape identical to the 2016?

Asked by: Mike4184
​The overall shape of the pack did not change from 2016 to 2017.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-12

Is it ok to carry this on Ryanair and Easyjet flights? (EU)

Asked by: willy
I carried this on to easyjet airlines last month without a problem 
Answered by: Amber
Date published: 2017-07-12

What happened to the Castle Grey color that was available a few days ago? It seems to have been replaced with the black option. 

Asked by: vinnie
As of April 2017, the Castle Grey color is available for purchase on our website. For current availability information, please contact us by phone at 1 (800) 426-4840.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-12

I am debating between this model and the Farpoint 40. I am short (5'2) and was wondering how this pack sits on a smaller body frame since it is a unisex pack? Farpoint 40 has two size options (small or large) but this pack does not. Any recommendations?

Asked by: Andrea
​This pack is one size, and will fit both large and small frames.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-11
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