Perfect backpack for heavy daily basis and short travel
I also spend weeks looking for a perfect backpack for carry-on travel as well as for carrying my substantial daily basis needs (food containers, gym materials, work material, and a dedicated place for a laptop). It's very comfortable to carry while cycling too. I'm very happy with this backpack and strongly recommended it!
MERAVIGLIOSA SOTTO OGNI ASPETTO!!
Noi abbiamo girato la Patagonia per 3 settimane con 1 di questi zaini a testa, posso solo che dire FANTASTICA!!! Iè la misura perfetta da carry-on, ci sta davvero tutto!!! L’unica pecca, mancava il taschino laterale per mettere la borraccia/bottiglia d’acqua. È ancora in perfette condizioni dopo 3 settimane intense di viaggio! La consiglio vivamente!!!
Very nice buy
The backpack has a lot of pro's and a few con's:
- Looks great
- The clips that you see protects the bag very well, even when your bag gets damaged i still have the feeling that this bag keeps your stuf save
- With the clibs in mind, it is nice how the bag fully opens
- The way how the bag is organised is very nice !!
- The bag is very lightweight
- Fits as carry on luggage !!
- No place for shoes: but that olso means you are in full control of your space
- The shoulder handles could be more confortable and durable
- No little zipper on front like a little fannypack to put your wallet in !!
- No built-in raincoat
Overall: it is a bag you have to have which is perfect for a lot of travels. For all Moms and Dads who want to buy a present, buy this bag. This bag will always come handy for anyone. Big YesYes.
I have done a lot of research before purchasing my new rucksack. I had decided to go for The Osprey Porter 46, and I am really glad I did. The humongous space, the sexy look, the sleek exterior suface, the almighty warrancy, the rugged build-up, the comfortable straps. One word : AMAZING.
The best plus for this is you can take this bag on as a carry on item on a plane, which is a big part of the reason I bought it. It also opens like a suitcase, so you can access all your stuff easily without having to top load like most rucksacks. It seems to be fairly tardis like and the tighten straps work well. Its good quality and will last a good long while. I really love the separate laptop pouch at the back, its very handy and padded. I also love the fact that you can tuck the straps away and carry it like a suitcase..the addition of wheels would be perfect.
The major drawback to me is that it is very uncomfortable to carry, it's like its top heavy and theres no way I could trek with it. At 10kg filled, it shouldnt have been too heavy, but somehow the weight distribution across your back is just wrong. I am very disappointed by this as I think I will revert to my hiking rucksack (36l) as its so much easier to walk with.
I purchased this awesome bag (Osprey Porter 46) for travelling with a carry-on luggage and it was perfect:
There is a lot of space (I travelled for a month and it was more than enough still things the I didn't use during my stay...), the pockets are very well organised, and the compression straps are very appreciated to maintain all your stuffs inside and protected. I also loved the PC compartment in the back (more safe), and the washbag compartment also, very easy to reach (without opening all the bag in front of people).
The only thing is that, the bag is not very comfortable to carry, after 20mn waiting with 10-12kgs on my back, I started having back pain... So if you could improve something , it would be this part, the comfort of the backpack.
Auri from France (Guadeloupe)
Can be improved to be perfect!
I started my backpacking adventures in South East Asia with an Osprey Aether 60 AG. Being a gear junkie in almost every way possible, I wanted the best bag there is. So, I did a little too much of research and found the Aether 60 AG being highly praised for its carrying harness. Of course, that was the bag that had to make its way into my life.
A few weeks into my travels I started questioning my purchase as it was clearly a very good hiking backpack, but I was just sitting in the corner of my room for 95% of the time when I was out exploring. The Osprey Daylite Plus on the contrary, almost never left my side. Also, the Aether 60 was kind of big and compared to other travellers I just felt like carrying a Dubaian skyscraper on my bag. And honestly, did I really need that much stuff in the tropics?
So, I started paying attention to what kind of bags other people took as their trustworthy companion on their soul-searching quest in life. Varying from 70L+ tiny houses on their backs, to really small bags that made me wonder if there was any black magic used.
I guess it's all part of a learning curve. And just like almost every kid going to secondary school, I started of with a bag that was far too big for the occasion, only to end up sizing down to the essentials with a cooler looking bag. The plus side of doing this while backpacking, is that you can save up a lot of money not having to pay for checked bagage!
Two months into my traveling, I met two great guys from California on Bali (of course) that I ended up travelling with for a few weeks. One of them, clearly being a newbie in travelling (like me), had a roller suitcase with him, the size of a shipping container. The other one though, was only carrying one small bag that seemed to be the equivalent of a swiss pocket knife in terms of convenience. Whereas we were always struggling to fit our bag into the trunk of a car, on a bus or waiting in the ‘big-bag-goes-here’ que on a ferry, he just slipped passed everybody with that small turtle shaped bag of his.
After a few days of envy and looking at his bag like Sméagol in Lord of the Rings (that preciousssssssssssszzz), I asked him about it. He promptly replied: “Oh, yeah, it’s great! Did tons of research, never another bag again! One bag travelling it is for me.”
It happened to be the Osprey Porter 46.
After that moment of enlightenment, it didn’t take long before I owned one. I searched for an Osprey dealer, bought the bag on Bali and shipped the Aether 60 back home with a ton of stuff I hadn’t used since I left the Netherlands. As the Aether is a top-loading backpack, I did had to take my unused stuff in and out of it every time I switched hostel or needed to find something in my bag. That obviously annoyed me.
Unfortunately, the Osprey dealer in Seminyak only had the Castle Grey version. That one is more like dark khaki/greenish, than Grey. I’d prefer the Black one. Maybe someday :-)
Having the Porter 46 was great! I could almost not believe that the airline check-in personnel was letting me take it as a carry-on every time. It felt like I had a special cheat code. One thing you have to be aware about is the weight. It fits a ton of stuff, but most of the times you can only (officially) take 7, 8 of 10kg’s with you. It is very easy to overload the bag up to 12kg’s. They might let you off the hook most of the time, but you probably will bump into somebody that exercises the airline rulebook like a German …. (no Patrick, do not make this joke!!!)
Suggestions for improvement or new product:
Even though I am a fan, this bag is not perfect. At least, for me. My needs for a backpack are as follows:
- Being able to take it as a carry-on (or close enough to the airline restrictions)
- Front loading
- A great ventilated and supported carrying harness with hip belts
- A lot of loops, straps and daisy chains to attach stuff to it while being on the move
- An outside good water bottle on the side (not like the Farpoint 40 on the front that hinders the compression straps)
- A well-padded notebook section that is separate from the main compartment and that is situated against the spinal column (not on the front as with the Farpoint 40).
It’s the carrying harness, the options to attach stuff to it on the outside and the lack of water bottle holder that keep the Porter 46 from being perfect for me. And I know that I am not alone. Walking for a longer time (+1 hours) with the Porter 46 can be painful and tiring. The shoulder straps are just not that good. Plus, I sweat like an ox because the back is not ventilated.
I just want something that packs easily, I can throw in the back of a car, stroll through town with and take relatively comfortable on my back for a multiple day trekking adventure. A do-it-all carry-on bag.
I know the Porter 46 is not meant as a hiking bag, but a lot of people do use it as such because it is a great bag that you can take as a carry-on and packs very easily. So, there is a spot in the Osprey product section reserved for a Porter-like bag that can double more as a hiking bag. Especially now that they have the Transporter Carry-On 44. I definitely could do without the stow-away option of the shoulder straps and hip belt. Honestly, I never use it. It might be good to think of a way to prevent the straps from dangling too much when put on a conveyor belt, but for me it is not a necessity to stow them away completely. Same goes for the option to carry it as a duffle bag.
Recently Osprey released the Farpoint trek 55, which looks like a nice bag that comes close to my needs. But, it exceeds the airline carry-on restrictions just a bit too much and it lacks a separate well-padded laptop section that is located near the spinal column.
All the best
Unendlich viel Platz
Dieser Rucksack ist Ideal für jene die nur mit Rucksack verreisen aber nicht Fliegen.(der Rucksack ist um ein paar cm zu Groß)
Ich reise meist mit 17-20 kg Elektronik (Laptop, Tablets, Kabel.....)
Wenn man Packingcubes etc. verwendet bekomme ich zusätzlich noch Wäsche für eine Woche+Regenjacke+Pullover+Jean hinein und habe immer noch Platz.
Sehr positiv finde ich , dass sich in der neuesten Version das Laptopfach am Rückenteil befindet und so der schwerste Teil am Rücken befindet.
Die Gurte sind fast so gut, wie beim Farpoint 40 und sobald man die richtige Einstellung gefunden hat wirkt der Rucksack trotz 20 kg erstaunlich leicht.
Ebenfalls sehr positiv ist, dass man den Rucksack wenn man ihn wegräumt, dank der Kompressionsflügel reltaiv klein zusammenfalten kann.
Fazit: Ideal für jeden der nur mit Rucksack verreist aber nicht fliegt und viel Platz benötigt.
Sehr gute und clevere pack Möglichkeiten. Der Rucksack als solches könnte noch etwas bequemer sein,.
Great travel backpack
Its a perfect travelbackpack when you need your PC and it's also compressible so you can bring it as a daypack. The straps could be a bit bigger and a better material as a filled bag can make you a bit sore after carrying it for a while.