Osprey Porter 46

By: Osprey
Front facing view of the Osprey Porter 46

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Size Details
Capacity 46L
Capacity per Weight 30.7L
Weight 1.5kg 3.3lbs High
Capacity per Kg 30.7 Low
Dimensions 56x36x23cm 56x36x23in
Cubic Space 46368cm 46368in
Capacity Diff 0 Low
Airline Compatibility

โœˆ๏ธ 47% (94/199)

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

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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.

๐Ÿ‘ Reasons to Buy

  • Offers good suspension.
  • Really spacious and offers a lot of space for your things.
  • The clamshell opening makes packing and unpacking fast and convenient.
  • The compressions strap prevents the bag from looking sloppy.
  • Lightweight for its size

๐Ÿค” Things to Consider

  • Can be a bit awkward to use when your shoulders are narrow as it is wide.
  • Can rejected as hand luggage when overpacked.
  • Features minimal organization in the main compartment.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Reviewers Have Said

  • "This is such a cleverly designed bag. It’s always fun going through every inch of a new Osprey pack just to see all the intelligent design features they’ve incorporated. So much thought goes into these designs and the level of detail is amazing."
  • "This travel bag transforms to suit my needs. It can hold a laptop and lots of things within the main pouch."

๐Ÿ”Ž Reviews

Osprey Porter 46 Review

"For better or worse, the Osprey Porter 46 is a big pack with a big capacity. Bulk it up or cinch it down, the Porter is a durable option for those who tend to carry more."

Osprey Porter 46 Review

"The Osprey Porter 46 is an impressive gear-hauling travel backpack. Osprey also calls it a deluxe duffel, because it can be carried by its side or top handles, and features D rings to clip an optional shoulder strap."

Osprey Porter 46 • BRUTALLY Honest Review (2021)

"Yet again, Osprey has delivered another phenomenal product. This bag is the real deal, and if you are looking for a mid-sized bag with great organization and an old-school backpacker look… this may be the backpack of your dreams."


"We think the Osprey Porter is an excellent value — especially at its price of $140. You can tell this backpack was designed with the urban traveler in mind so it has a lot of smart features that you’ll appreciate. The Porter is comfortable and it’s super solid so it will withstand whatever you throw at it."


Compression S
Expanded Capacity None
Opening TopZip
Passport N
Passthrough N
Backpack H
Frame N
Handles 2
Hip Belt H
Shoulder Strap N
Sternum Strap H
Laptop 1
Hydration N
Main Compartments 3
Organizer N
Shoe Compartment N
Lash Points 0
Hard Shell False
Molle N
Rain-fly N
Water Bottle Holder 0
Water Resistant Y

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

Blacks on Blacks - South Asia Tour
๐Ÿ“† 75 days
๐ŸŒŽ Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam
๐Ÿ“œ 53 items
Carry-On Travel Backpack:
Osprey Porter 46
Front facing view of the Osprey Porter 46
First Time OneBag Travel: 3 Weeks in Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand)
๐Ÿ“† 21 days
๐ŸŒŽ Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand
๐Ÿ“œ 57 items
Carry-On Travel Backpack:
Osprey Porter 46
Front facing view of the Osprey Porter 46

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