Osprey Porter 46 Review

Osprey Porter 46

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Spatial Stats

46L - 1.5kg - 56 x 36 x 23

Airline Compatibility

โœˆ๏ธ 47% (94/199)

This bag can be used as a carry on in 47% of airlines.

Our Thoughts

The Osprey Porter 46 is a beloved, yet pudgy, one bag. On the one hand this bag as universal acclaim from online reviewers. But on the other hand, the dimensions far exceed most airline carry-on restrictions. Owners of the Osprey Porter 46 report the bag routinely gets into the overhead space as a carry-on, but as the airlines crackdown, I'd be skeptical this bag could avoid baggage fees in the future.

Muffin Tops and Ovals

Osprey is an excellent bag company but they do make fat, round, pudgy little bags with odd shapes. Osprey attempts to mitigate the problem with a "straight jacket" feature, but the bags still end up looking like they've eaten too many cupcakes. Each of their bags has extra straps which allow you to pull the contents of the bag in, but that can only squeeze the sides in so much. Fully packed bags will have a bit of a muffin top look.

I've seen Ospreys look like a heavy set person in a tank top that was a bit too small.

In an era of square packing cubes, oval-shaped bags can be inefficient. The straight lines packing cubes don't sit against the curved edges of the Porter and leave empty space. You'll be tempted to fill that empty space with socks or small items like curling irons. Depending on how much you stuff the bag you'll end up with bulging sides that make the bag much broader than it should be. Zippers won't work the same, the bag will be wider and catch on things, and overall all the engineering won't work the same.

Great Carry On

I feel like I've fat shamed the Osprey Porter but it is a great carry-on from a great company. My next bag will likely be an Osprey, so I can recommend their products.


Laptop Sleeve No
Compartments 0
Water Bottle
Sternum Strap
Hip Belt
Water Resistance
Lash Points
Shoulder Strap

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Compatible Airlines

Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela, Air Asia, Air Astana, Air Berlin (Closed), Air Europa, Air Koryo, Air Macau, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Nostrum, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Transat, AirAsiaX, Aircalin, Alitalia, All Nipon Airways, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Atlas Global, Avianca , Azerbaijan Airlines, Azul Airlines, Azul Linhas, Bahamasair, Bangkok Airways, Belavia, Biman Bangladesh, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cape Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Southern, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Croatia Air, Cubana de Aviacion, Dragonair, easyJet, EL AL, EVA Air, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iran Air, Iran Aseman Air, Jet2, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Korean Air, Kulula, Kuwait Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mango, Middle East Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Nordwind Airlines, Onur Air, Pakistan International, Pegasus Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Air Morocco, Royal Jordanian, SAS Scandinavian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, SilkAir, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Skywest, Inc., South African Airways, SpiceJet, SriLankan Airlines, TAAG Angola, TAM Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Travel Service Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Ural Airlines, uTair Airlines, Uzbekistan Air, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Vivaaerobus, WOW Airlines

Osprey Porter 46 Packing Lists

First Time OneBag Travel: 3 Weeks in Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand)
๐Ÿ“† 21 days
๐ŸŒŽ Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand
๐ŸŒก๏ธ 20 to 32 ยฐC (68 to 89.6 ยฐF)
๐Ÿ“œ 57 items
Carry On:
Osprey Porter 46
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Blacks on Blacks - South Asia Tour
๐Ÿ“† 75 days
๐ŸŒŽ Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam
๐ŸŒก๏ธ 24 to 34 ยฐC (75.2 to 93.2 ยฐF)
๐Ÿ“œ 53 items
Carry On:
Osprey Porter 46
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