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Osprey Porter Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Jan 2019)

4.68 based on 1,371 reviews
Osprey Porter
92% of the Osprey Porter reviews are good or excellent!

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

95 - this bag is extremely popular.

Specs across all Porter models
Capacity iconCapacity45.4-65 l (2770-3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.2-3.3 oz (1-1.5 kg)
Length iconLength20-26 in (51-66 cm)
Width13-19 in (33-48 cm)
Height12-15 in (30-38 cm)

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.

Popular Models

Osprey Porter 46

69% choose the Osprey Porter 46

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity45.4 l (2770 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.3 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength23 in (58 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)

Osprey Porter 30

25% choose the Osprey Porter 30

Colors and combinations:


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

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity65 l (3967 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.3 oz (1.5 kg)
Length iconLength26 in (66 cm)
Width19 in (48 cm)
Height15 in (38 cm)

Feature Summary

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

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.

4645.4 l3.3 oz0.07 oz/L
6565 l3.3 oz0.05 oz/L

Osprey Porter
Average for 17,986+ different bags


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Porter ranks #5 compared with the other Osprey bags.

Top 10% Osprey bag

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vs All Bags

The Osprey Porter ranks #17 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 5% bag

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16Osprey Porter
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19Osprey Raven
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Vs Other Bags

Osprey Porter vs Kelty Redwing

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.

Kelty Redwing 4.09 based on 1,902 reviews

Osprey Porter vs Osprey Fairview

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 Fairview 4.14 based on 116 reviews

Osprey Porter vs Osprey Ozone

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 Ozone 4.20 based on 508 reviews

Osprey Porter vs Osprey Transporter

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 Transporter 4.41 based on 506 reviews

Osprey Porter vs Osprey Waypoint

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 Waypoint 4.28 based on 33 reviews

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 January 11, 2019