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Osprey Porter Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.67
based on 1,578 reviews


We have checked more than a thousand reviews and found 14 reasons to buy the Porter - and 3 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


92% of the reviewers give the Osprey Porter a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (82%)
Good (10%)
Average (2%)
Poor (2%)
Bad (1%)



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Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Osprey Porter:

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Porter

  • Most of the buyers said that it is a great travel pack.
  • Some users said that the semi-rigid side walls helped them to pack their luggage with ease.
  • They have also said that since the main compartment zips down fully it is much easier for them to pack their bag.
  • Peopele travelling for business trips said that the laptop panel of the pack is much protective.
  • Travellers also said that the extra padded straps were much comfortable for them to carry the pack fully loaded.
  • Some users said that the double zippers helped them to lock up the pack for security.
  • Another outstanding feature mentioned by a user is that the pack can be easily converted from a backpack to a sleek duffle bag.
  • A few travellers said that the pack stores ample gears and clothes for week long vacations or business trips.
  • A user also mentioned that the hide-away shoulder strp system is pretty awesome.
  • Some buyers also said that the pack is not too expensive in regards to the quality.
  • Reviewers love the fact that the backpack can be converted into a duffle bag, so there are two ways to carry it.
  • The backpack fits into overhead bins on flights and even under the seat. It can however be troublesome to fit in when overstuffed.
  • The padded straps added comfort to most travelers and they were happy with the grip.
  • The front pockets are perfect to add sunglasses, passport, or anything they liked to keep handy.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some travellers complained that the pack doesn't have a side water bottel pocket.
  • A few buyers also complained that the straps are much narrow and are not very comfortable for carrying long hours.
  • A user said that the shoulder padding and backing is not ideal for a comfortable carry.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Porter models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity30-65 l (1831-3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.2-3.3 oz (1-1.5 kg)
Length iconLength20-24 in (51-61 cm)
Width13-15 in (33-38 cm)
Height12-15 in (30-38 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Travel
Backpacking
Sport
Hiking
Cycling
School



Popular Models


Osprey Porter 46

69% choose the Osprey Porter 46

69 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity46 l (2807 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.75 oz (1.2 kg)
Length iconLength23 in (58 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)


Osprey Porter 30

25% choose the Osprey Porter 30

25 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Green
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity30 l (1831 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.2 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength20 in (51 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)


Osprey Porter 65

6% choose the Osprey Porter 65

6 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity65 l (3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.3 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height15 in (38 cm)




Osprey Porter 30 vs Porter 46


The two most popular Osprey Porter models are the Porter 30 and the Porter 46, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 94% of the people interested in the Osprey Porter bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Porter 46 which is choosen by 69% (2.8 times as many as the 25% that choose the Porter 30).

Porter 30Porter 46
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Porter 30 is typically around $30 cheaper than the Porter 46, but check the deals before you buy.

Porter 30Porter 46
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Porter 30 has a capacity of 30 l, while the Porter 46 has a capacity of 46 l.

Porter 30Porter 46
Biggest

For a traveller, the 16 L (976 cuin) difference equals around 1 blouse, 1 pants, 1 jacket and 1 book.

Packing the Porter 30
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
Extra in the Porter 46
blouse
1
pants
1
jacket
1
book
1

If you are an athlete, the 16 L difference equals 1 jacket and 1 football.

Packing the Porter 30
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
2
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Porter 46
jacket
1
football
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 shorts, 1 towel, 1 book and 2 packaged meals.

Packing the Porter 30
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
2
Extra in the Porter 46
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
towel
1
book
1
packaged_meal
2

Check how you can pack the Porter here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Porter 30 is 0.5 kg (19.4 oz) lower than the weight of the Porter 46.

Porter 30Porter 46
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, the Porter 30 is 3 in (8 cm) longer than the Porter 46 (20 vs. 23 in). It's 2 in (5 cm) wider (13 vs. 15 in), while the height of the Porter 30 is 1 in (2 cm) less than the height of the Porter 46 (12 vs. 13 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black, green and red. Only the Porter 46 is available in grey.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Porter features:
  • Hip belt
  • Organizer panel
  • Zippered top
  • Carry-on size
  • Compression straps
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Laptop compartment
  • Sternum strap

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Harness system

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Packing Guide


See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Osprey Porter models (the most popular choice is the Porter 46).




Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
3030 l2.2 oz0.07 oz/L
4646 l2.75 oz0.06 oz/L
6565 l3.3 oz0.05 oz/L
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Osprey Porter
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Porter ranks #4 compared with the other Osprey bags.

Top 5% Osprey bag

2Osprey Atmos
4.73
Osprey Atmos
3Osprey Mutant
4.71
Osprey Mutant
4Osprey Porter
4.67
Osprey Porter
5Osprey Aether
4.66
Osprey Aether
6Osprey Ariel
4.61
Osprey Ariel

vs All Bags

The Osprey Porter ranks #33 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 5% bag

31YETI Panga
4.68
YETI Panga
32Osprey Porter
4.67
Osprey Porter
33Petzl Saka
4.67
Petzl Saka
34Gregory Jade
4.66
Gregory Jade
35Osprey Aether
4.66
Osprey Aether



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Porter vs 7 other, similar bags.

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Osprey Porter vs Kelty Redwing


Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter

4.67
BEST
Based on 1,578 reviews
Capacity: 30-65 l
Weight: 2.2-3.3 oz
Price: $$


Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing

4.08

Based on 2,101 reviews

Capacity: 32-50 l
Weight: 2-3.7 oz
Price: $$

  • The Porter is rated somewhat better than the Redwing.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,679 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Porter is 30% bigger than the biggest Redwing (65 L vs 50 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Porter is 12% lighter than the biggest Redwing (3.3 oz vs 3.7 oz).

FeaturePorterRedwing
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Harness system
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red
Grey
Green

Only the Redwing is available in these colors:
Blue

If you are in need of a flexible and willing travel partner, then these two backpacks are the solution for you.

Osprey Porter is a rugged duffel bag that has an in-built pack suspension. It also has a padded mesh shoulder harness and hip belt suspension for increased comfort. It also features a front panel pocket with laptop and tablet. It has an internal zip pocket for packing small items.

Kelty Redwing, on the other hand, is characterized by its full-access U-zipper which allows it to work both as a top and panel loader thus enhanced convenience. It has zippered side pockets, front pockets and stash pockets with organizations for small stuff and large compartments on top of the pack. It also has a hydration compatible design and a side water bottle pocket.


Osprey Porter vs Osprey Fairview


Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter

4.67
BEST
Based on 1,578 reviews
Capacity: 30-65 l
Weight: 2.2-3.3 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Fairview
Osprey Fairview

4.14

Based on 116 reviews

Capacity: 40-70 l
Weight: 3.2-3.9 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Porter is rated somewhat better than the Fairview.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,694 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Porter is 8% smaller than the biggest Fairview (65 L vs 70 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Porter is 18% lighter than the biggest Fairview (3.3 oz vs 3.9 oz).

FeaturePorterFairview
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Harness system
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Sternum strap
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green

Only the Porter is available in these colors:
Black
Red

The Porter and the Fairview are great front panel loading travel bags. Osprey Porter is more rugged and gives you the most room you’ll get in a carry-on pack. On the other hand, the Fairview (women's version of the Farpoint) comes in strong with a great suspension system for best support.

Despite the similarities in internal organization, there are many differences on the outside.

The Porter is mainly a carry-on backpack. The Fairview is a detachable pack with a carry-on option. Also, unlike the Porter, the straps on Osprey Fairview can be tucked away for flights.


Osprey Porter vs Osprey Farpoint


Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter

4.67
BEST
Based on 1,578 reviews
Capacity: 30-65 l
Weight: 2.2-3.3 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Farpoint
Osprey Farpoint

4.56

Based on 2,251 reviews

Capacity: 38-76 l
Weight: 3-4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Porter is rated a little bit better than the Farpoint.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,829 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Porter is 17% smaller than the biggest Farpoint (65 L vs 76 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Porter is 21% lighter than the biggest Farpoint (3.3 oz vs 4 oz).

FeaturePorterFarpoint
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Harness system
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Removable daypack
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red
Grey

Only the Porter is available in these colors:
Green

Only the Farpoint is available in these colors:
Blue




Osprey Porter vs Osprey Ozone


Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter

4.67
BEST
Based on 1,578 reviews
Capacity: 30-65 l
Weight: 2.2-3.3 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Ozone
Osprey Ozone

4.22

Based on 629 reviews

Capacity: 36-70 l
Weight: 1.2-6.85 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Porter is rated somewhat better than the Ozone.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,207 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Porter is 8% smaller than the biggest Ozone (65 L vs 70 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Porter is 108% lighter than the biggest Ozone (3.3 oz vs 6.85 oz).

FeaturePorterOzone
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Harness system
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Organizer panel
Removable daypack
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ultralight
Wheeled/rolling
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red

Only the Porter is available in these colors:
Grey
Green

Only the Ozone is available in these colors:
Blue

Both Osprey Porter and Osprey Ozone are designed specifically for travelling purposes but the two have very different designs.
The Porter is a backpack while the Ozone is a convertible backpack with a T handle bar and skater wheels. It also has shoulder straps so you can carry as a backpack. The porter has a handle on top for more versatile carrying.

While the Porter comes in 3 sizes, the Ozone model is available in more sizes, thus gives you more capacity choices than the Porter.

Porter is more fitting and comfortable. It has StraightJacket compression straps that help to compress the load so that it's more stable. The Ozone is heavy and is covered with a hard, durable aluminium frame for enhanced torso rigidity and strength. It's very sturdy and long-lasting but less comfortable as a carry-on bag compared to the Porter.


Osprey Porter vs Osprey Transporter


Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter

4.67
BEST
Based on 1,578 reviews
Capacity: 30-65 l
Weight: 2.2-3.3 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Transporter
Osprey Transporter

4.41

Based on 611 reviews

Capacity: 40-130 l
Weight: 0-2.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Porter is rated a bit better than the Transporter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,189 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Porter is 100% smaller than the biggest Transporter (65 L vs 130 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Porter is 18% heavier than the biggest Transporter (3.3 oz vs 2.8 oz).

FeaturePorterTransporter
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Harness system
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Sternum strap
Water resistant
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red
Grey
Green

Only the Transporter is available in these colors:
Blue

Both the Osprey Porter and Osprey Transporter are considered to be reliable in their own rite. And they are classy looking too. So you get both style and functionality when you use these bags.

The Osprey Porter is ideal to use when you are traveling. The bright red color is rather attractive. The laptop panel provides the kind of protection you desire for your laptop. So you have the peace of mind that your laptop will not be damaged.

The Osprey Transporter is highly fashionable. The harness is contoured to ensure your comfort during usage. The rain flaps protect the bag in wet weather.


Osprey Porter vs Osprey Waypoint


Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter

4.67
BEST
Based on 1,578 reviews
Capacity: 30-65 l
Weight: 2.2-3.3 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Waypoint
Osprey Waypoint

4.29

Based on 16 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 5.5 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Porter is rated slightly better than the Waypoint.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,594 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Porter is 67% lighter than the biggest Waypoint (3.3 oz vs 5.5 oz).

FeaturePorterWaypoint
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Harness system
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Sternum strap
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green

Only the Porter is available in these colors:
Black
Red

Carrying around heavy books and equipment can be stressful on your back and weight bearing joints. These backpacks help alleviate that stress thanks to their sternum focused design.

You'll have no problem toting around textbooks or other supplies thanks to the creative ways Osprey has found to help support your back.

The Waypoint does a great job of helping you ease the stress on your back with its hip belt focused design. The weight of the backpack's load will fall into the right place at all times for you.


Osprey Porter vs REI Vagabond


Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter

4.67
BEST
Based on 1,578 reviews
Capacity: 30-65 l
Weight: 2.2-3.3 oz
Price: $$


REI Vagabond
REI Vagabond

0.00

Based on 0 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price:

  • The Porter is rated quite a lot better than the Vagabond.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,578 reviews of the two bags.

Only the Porter is available in these colors:
Black
Red
Grey
Green







Selected Reviews


The Savvy Backpacker

All in all, the Osprey Porter is a super well-rounded backpack and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular travel backpacks.

Posted 5 March 2018 by James - Read full review

Indie Traveller

The Porter 46 is a clever backpack. I have long been a fan of the Farpoint product line, but I must admit the Porter has made an equally great impression on me.

Posted 3 November 2017 by Marek - Read full review

Meet U at Gate

The Osprey was my only bag and carried a week worth of clothing in packing cubes, items needed for my long haul flight, and all my personal items. It slid neatly under the seat infront of me and was easy to access. During my 10hr layover in Nanning, I carried the pack with little discomfort (honestly, the jet lag could have disguised it). Its sturdy, comfortable, convenient, and I love it.

Posted 28 April 2017 by TheReelLi - Read full review

Her Packing List

It’s just right when it comes to being able to carry it. Sometimes I still think it is too big because I have too much stuff with me now. But, I often pack more at the start of the trip and shed stuff as I go. I will wear the same two t-shirts for weeks, and then get rid of them, lightening the load.

Posted 29 January 2013 by Brooke Schoenman - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019