WJtested – Osprey Porter 46 Carry-On Travel Pack Review

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Osprey Porter 46 Carry-On Travel Pack Review

Osprey Porter 46 Carry-On Travel Pack Review

WJtested – Osprey Porter 46 Carry-On Travel Pack Review

WAVEJourney Tests Osprey Porter 46 Carry-On Travel Pack

Osprey Description:

The Porter is a deluxe gear hauler that offers padded top and side carry handles, StraightJacket compression, panel zip main compartment with lockable pulls, daisy chain webbing on front panel, vertical zip front slash pocket, foam structure sidepanels, zipaway harness with adjustable sternum strap and rescure whistle, tuckway fabric hipbelt, shoulder strap attachments, 2 grab handles, internal mesh front panel zippered mesh pocket and internal zippered side mesh pocket.


  • Best Use: Adventure travel
  • Internal organization designed to accommodate bulky, over-sized gear
  • Multiple carry options
  • Osprey Excessory compatible with D-rings for easy attachment
  • Wear it like a pack or over-the-shoulder


Size: 22.0″ x 14.0″ x 9.0″

Capacity: 2807 cubic inches

Weight: 3 lb, 2 oz

Volume: 46 liters

Color: Crimson Red; Charcoal Grey; Earth


MSRP: US$99.00

Osprey Porter 46

Osprey Porter 46

Viv’s Review:

After using this deceivingly roomy bag for an 11-day trip to Quebec, I’m totally sold on it being my favorite carry-on backpack! Not only did it fit easily into airline overhead bins, but it was light enough for me to keep the weight of this pack (once loaded) down below 18 lbs. As more and more airlines are reducing the size and weight of their carry-on luggage, this allowed me to continue to carry it on, and not have to check a piece of luggage.

This is what I carried in the Osprey Porter 46:

– 2 pairs of pants

– 3 shirts

– 3 t-shirts

– 1 lightweight evening jacket

– 1 lightweight rain jacket

– 1 swim suit

– 1 sarong

– 2 sets of undergarments

– 3 pairs of socks

– 1 Pacsafe Travelsafe – portable safe.

– 1 pair of flip flops

– 1 pair of dress shoes

– assorted reading materials and extra notebooks

– assorted electronic charging devices

– 14″ laptop (weight = 4.5 lbs.)

Assorted Pockets:

There is a large zippered compartment on the top side of the bag which I found useful for holding my reading materials. Next to the top handle there is a small zippered compartment that was handy for holding my sunglasses case. Inside the pack, there is a side mesh pocket that I used for holding undergarments, swim suit and sarong. The mesh pocket that is on the underside of the lid was perfect for keeping my socks in place.

Backpack Straps:

The hidden backpack straps and hip belt were easy to access and quick to put into backpacking mode. It was great to be able to quickly stow the straps before putting it in an overhead bin, or even when going through security screening. Even when the pack was fully loaded, the pack was comfortable and was a good fit for even a 2-3 mile walk.


The pack has two padded handles, which make it really easy and comfortable to maneuver the bag in and out of overhead luggage compartments. It was also easy to carry the pack for short distances (10-minutes) just by the handles. Plus, there are two webbed loop handles on the top side of the pack – on the top and bottom – that make it easy to pick the bag up if you’re using both hands, and then place it on a bed, table or luggage rack.

Compression Straps:

There are two compression straps on the top side of the bag, which came in very handy for making the bag look even smaller when fully packed.

Bottom Line:

The Osprey Porter 46 is one of the lightest (did you see it only weighs 3.2 lbs?), and most well-made carry-on backpacks that we have seen and/or tested. The large main compartment with easy access from the zippered top flap, makes it a breeze to locate items and keep them organized. This is one that we will continue to use time and time again. It is very well constructed, and at US$99.00 is a steal of a deal!

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This product is tested and reviewed by Viv Chapleo, co-founder of WAVEJourney.com

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