Best and Worst Things About the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack

The Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack is known for being able to hold a lot a weight while still retaining its shape. This is greatly due to the exterior design of the pack and is what sets it apart from similar backpacks, like the Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L Carry-On Backpack. Another distinction of the Osprey Porter 46 backpack is the panel loading style, which some people end up either loving or hating. So, if you want to learn more about all the features this travel bag has to offer, keep reading!

The Osprey Porter Travel Backpack Bag, 46-Liters Of Packing Fun

If you’re looking for a travel backpack to use as a carry-on, the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack isn’t a bad choice. It’s not perfect, but for the majority of the part, it’s a great bag to have with you when traveling. Although there are some things about it that I would’ve preferred were done differently, it has some great features that shouldn’t be overlooked either.

First and foremost, this backpack can carry a lot. 46L pushes the carry-on restrictions, but you shouldn’t have a problem fitting this in the overhead compartment of a plane.

The Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack also feels durable and sturdy, which gives a sense of comfort to travelers who are solely using a backpack for travel and nothing else. Made to resist moderate rain, you won’t have to worry about your items getting drenched without a rain cover.

And you don’t have to worry about looking like a backpacker with the Osprey Porter 46. The design of the pack keeps your belongings together your backpack looking low-profile.  

Osprey Porter 46 Specifications

Materials: 420D nylon hex rip and 420HD nylon

Dimensions: 22″H x 14″W x 9″D

Capacity: 46L

Features: Padded Top, Side, Bottom Grab Handles; Straightjacket compression panel; Stowable straps (with sternum strap) and a hip belt.

Zippered Front Vertical Pocket For Flat Items

Front vertical zip-pocket is not the best for organization. Because the backpack is so compressed and tight when packed full, naturally this pack is limited with the amount of organization it provides. But you can definitely fit flat items like your passport, itinerary, and tickets into this pocket.

Three-Quarter Opening Electronics Pocket

The u-zip electronics pocket has plenty of space to keep your technology and electronics organized. In here you’ll find plenty of small slide in pockets, perfect for carrying your phone, pens, and business cards. There’s open space at the bottom of this pocket, so you can fit in a snack and a book, too. Right behind all these compartments, is the laptop sleeve and a separate tablet sleeve.

Let’s discuss the laptop pocket, for a second. This backpack, just like the Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L Carry-On, has the laptop compartment towards the front of the bag. And while it’s easier to access your laptop this way, there isn’t much protection provided for the front of your laptop. Therefore, if by some chance you have to check your Osprey Porter 46 at the gate, there’s a risk of someone else damaging your laptop.

The separate zip tablet pocket behind the laptop is spacious enough to fit various flat electronics, such as a Kindle, an iPad, and even a journal can easily fit.

Large Panel Load Main Compartment for Your Packing Cubes

The main compartment of the backpack is panel load style and has double zippers, which you can lock with luggage locks.

Using packing cubes is the best way to use the space of this backpack. Even with two medium-large packing cubes, you still have room to pack two pairs of shoes, outerwear, and more electronics. The design of this bag allows you to stuff things into every nook and cranny, without exceeding carry-on dimensions, thanks to the padded side panel. Even when fully packed, the Osprey Porter 46 travel backpack will still be able to fit inside the overhead bin.

At the sides of the main compartment, you’ll find a zippered mesh pocket and on the other side, a slip pocket. If you wanted to be a bit more organized, you could use these to pack your dirty clothes, items that you want quick access to, or even souvenirs. Inside each of these pockets, you’ll find a hidden velcro pocket that’s pretty deep. If you have some money or other valuable items, you could definitely hide it in there.

Easy Access Zippered Top Pocket for Electronics and Personal Items

A perfect place to keep your toiletries, and carry-on liquids, the zippered top pocket is great for easy access. I sometimes like to keep my headphones in here, sunglasses, phone, and wallet. The great thing is that you don’t have to unbuckle the compression straps to get in here, you just unzip and you’re good to go.

Exterior Straightjacket Compression Panel

The padded side panel and the compression straps work together to keep the contents inside your Osprey Porter 46 from moving around too much. The panels also help give your backpack a slim profile, which is great for navigating through tight areas like the walkway of an airplane.

Reinforced Grab Handles for Easy Carrying and Grabbing

Three cushioned grab handles can be found at the top, side, and bottom of the pack. The sturdy material and craftsmanship ensure that you won’t have to worry about these coming undone. Of course, you can also grab the pack by the front compression buckles. Needless to say, you’ll have to problem grabbing and going with this backpack.

Osprey Shoulder Straps and Hip Belt

The shoulder straps come padded with a mesh material, and same goes for the hip belt. If you like carrying your bag briefcase style, you can hide both the straps and belt in the back of the backpack. One little thing to mention is that when you use Osprey Porter 46 in backpack mode, just know that the zipper for shoulder straps compartment doesn’t zip closed. Other than that, this backpack does a good job of providing supportive padded straps. And for the more adventurous folks out there, there’s a sternum strap in the front for more support.

Cord Loops For Osprey Shoulder Strap That’s Sold Separately

There are four cord loops, two on both sides of the pack. You can clip a shoulder strap so that you can carry the backpack like a duffel if you wanted. The thing is, it’s not included and you have to purchase it separately. I don’t feel inclined to buy it, personally, but if I could choose between a hip belt or a shoulder strap, I’d go for the shoulder strap.

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