Osprey Porter 46 Review

Osprey Porter 46

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Spatial Stats

46L - 1.5kg - 56 x 36 x 23

Airline Compatibility

✈️ 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.


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

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Osprey Porter 46 Packing Lists

Blacks on Blacks - South Asia Tour
📆 75 days
🌎 Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam
🌡️ 24 to 34 °C (75.2 to 93.2 °F)
📜 53 items
Carry On:
Osprey Porter 46
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📆 21 days
🌎 Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand
🌡️ 20 to 32 °C (68 to 89.6 °F)
📜 57 items
Carry On:
Osprey Porter 46
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