Osprey Porter 46

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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.

Osprey Porter 46 Packing Lists

First Time OneBag Travel: 3 Weeks in Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand)
📆 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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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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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

✈️ 47% (94/199)

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

Osprey Porter 46
Capacity 46
Weight 1.5
Dimensions 56 x 36 x 23
Laptop Sleeve No
Compartments 0
Passport
Waterbottle
Organizer
Organizer
Sternum Strap
Water Resistance
Rainfly
Compression
Molle
Lash Points
Backpack
Shoulder Strap
Hydration
Passthrough

Manufacturer: https://www.osprey.com/au/en/product/porter-46-PORTER46.html