Osprey is a leader in the industry when it comes to travel backpacks you can depend on, which is why we found ourselves reviewing another one of their popular models. This time, it’s a much smaller pack and one that has something a little different to offer than their top selling model the Farpoint 40.
The Porter travel backpack is one of Osprey’s smaller models. It features a basic suspension system so it’s suitable for shorter trips. This is the 46L model, which offers a streamlined look so you won’t have to deal with tons of extra straps hanging off the bag. The hip belt is minimal and the shoulder straps are pretty basic. The hip belt and straps do zip away. The pack comes with a total of three carrying handles found on the sides and top. The pack itself is very light, weighing two and a half pounds.
The Porter is probably one of the lightest travel backpacks you’ll find, weighing much less than competing models. You’ll also love the shape and size of this bag, which is what makes it the perfect model to use as a carry-on. In fact, it’s designed to perfectly match the standard carry-on size. This careful design provides you with forty-six liters of space, just be careful not to overload it.
In addition to the size and weight, you’ll also appreciate the design. We loved that you can tuck away the straps and change it from a travel backpack to a lightweight carry-on bag. The pack offers a more sophisticated, sleeker look than the standard backpack.
The external compression straps do a great job of reducing the bulk of the bag, making it appear more streamlined.
Admittedly, this bag is pretty short on bells and whistles, but for some consumers, this was a pro. If you don’t need a lot of added bulk or a ton of external pockets or straps, then the Porter is a great buy.
This bag could use a mesh pocket or two for storing water bottles or other gear that you’d like faster access to.
Also, in order to save on space and weight, this pack offers minimal back support. The hip belt and padded straps do help a little, but this pack is simply too uncomfortable to wear for longer trips or to use as a pack to rely on for your entire trip.
The minimal support isn’t very noticeable, unless you have to wear the pack for more than an hour at a time, at which point you’ll begin to feel some discomfort in your lower back and shoulders.