Osprey Farpoint 40 vs Porter 46

Osprey Porter 46 vs Farpoint 40 – Which Is The Best?

The Osprey team produce great quality packs that are hard to choose between. And in this review I am going to cover the Porter 46 vs Farpoint 40., two of the best travel daypacks on the market.

They are both convertible carry on bags, that are great for weekend trips or just as hand luggage.​

Although they are quite similar​, there are some fundamental differences. This is actually great news, because it helps us make a choice! 

I know which one I love, but it's not about me - it's about what is best for your travels.

Do you need more space?

More pockets?

Do you have more electronics?

Or do you prefer a more sturdy backpack?

All this will become clear!

QUICK COMPARISON

Osprey Porter 46

Osprey Porter 30


Osprey Farpoint 46

Osprey Porter Backpack 46L
Osprey Porter 30
Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack

Size

46 Litres

​27 x 14 x 7 in

30 Litres

8 x 20 x 13 in

40 Litres

14 x 21 x 15 in​

Weight (lb)

3.3

2.3

3.2

Outside Material

Durable nylon

Durable nylon

Durable nylon

Carry Handles

Top, bottom and side

Top, bottom and side

Top and side

Shoulder Strap

Shoulder strap add-on available

Shoulder strap add-on available

Yes

Load Compression

Front compression

Front compression

Front compression

Harness & Hip Straps

Stowaway harness

Lightly padded

Sternum strap​

Stowaway harness

Lightly padded

Sternum strap​

Stowaway harness

Well padded

Sternum strap​

Lockable Zippers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Colors

Grey/Black

Red

Green

Grey/Black

Red

Green

Grey/Black

Red

Blue


Osprey Porter 46L Backpack Review

The Osprey Porter 46 is a very handy travel bag, especially for those wanting to take lots of electronics and fit in a lot of gear.

The inner storage area is very deep & wide and can fit a lot of your gear in it.

It will definitely be a great choice for weekend trips or people just wanting to have a lot of stuff with them (jacket, shoes, toiletry and more! Yes, it's big).

And it comes with compression straps on the front to help keep the size down for carry-on. Something we all love (not having to check in your bags!).

Or, if you aren't carrying much (or storing it) you can compress it way down and make it a lot smaller.

Osprey Porter Backpack 46L

Colors: Grey/Black, Red, Green

Weight: 3.3lb (1.5kg)

Size: 27 x 14 x 7 inches

(cm) 58 (l) x 40 (w) x 31 (d)

Osprey Porter 46L Straps

Handles & Straps

The Osprey Porter comes with a lot of handles (top, side, bottom), maybe too many.  But they do come in handy once in a while, especially when you are not using this as a backpack.​ (picture trying to grab it out of the overhead bins on a plane).

Waist straps are stored in the bottom so can be tucked away for flights, and used again once you land (if you check the luggage in).

Just keep in mind that the waist bands are not super-padded so although it's great for travel, it might not do the job if you intend on doing long day hikes or carrying heavy loads. But for most travelers, it will be more than enough.

Electronics Pocket

The main electronics storage area is on the front, which is handy when you have to get all your gear out for security checks at the airport. It's very spacious, fitting a reasonably large laptop (like a 13" Mac) as well as having a nice pocket behind that for other gear (kindle, ipad etc).

And on the front there is space for a phone, diary, mouse, cables, chargers etc. All in all, well thought out.

Osprey Porter Backpack 46L Electronics Laptop Pocket

The only downside I see here is that it is on the front so not as well protected as an inner/back pocket I have had on other other packs (like the Nebula or Nova).

Osprey Porter 46 Internal Compartment

Osprey Porter 46 Internal Compartment

Inside Main Storage

So, you have all your electronics and small stuff sorted on the front, but how much space do you get inside?

This pack is big! In fact, most of the area below the front panel is an open storage compartment that is very deep. 

There are also two zippered pockets running the length of each side for more of your smaller stuff, or just to double as a laundry bag.

And with the compression straps I mentioned earlier, it's easy to cinch down your load once the panel is closed and you are ready for travel. Just keep in mind, this area is harder to access (like a suitcase) so you will want your travel documents, electronics etc all in the front panel while you are traveling.

PROS

  • Sturdy, durable materials
  • Great for storing and easily accessing electronics (front)
  • The big inside area is easy to get to by zipping the front open
  • Lots of pockets (including hidden side pockets) for storing internally and externally
  • Big enough for a long weekend trip without having to check your luggage (should fit majority of airlines overhead bins)

CONS

  • The straps are not the best I have seen, so it's only good for short distance carrying (or lighter loads).
  • Once you buckle the compression straps, it's hard to get to most of your stuff.
  • At 46L size it's getting quite big and may not be allowed on all planes.
  • It also gets heavy with all your electronics and clothes so is not great for long walks!

Osprey Porter 30L Backpack Review

The smaller version is the Osprey Porter 30 which some people are going to love because it is easier to fit in smaller planes as carry-on and easier to carry around town when you are out and about (at home or traveling).

Of course, this means you can carry less, but having no issue on a plane with carry-on might just be worth it.

Then again, maybe carrying less is also not a bad thing right? Who wants to be a packhorse!

Both bags fit a 15 inch laptop.​

Price-wise, it is often about a $20 difference between the two.

Colors: Grey/Black, Red, Green

Weight: 2.3 pounds

Size: 8 x 20 x 13 inches

Osprey Porter 30

Osprey Porter 30L


Osprey Farpoint 40 Carry-On Travel Backpack Review

The Osprey Farpoint 40 is a great travel backpack for use as a carry on.

Again, it is a convertible backpack, carry on where the straps can be zipped away in the back. Great for travel!

Osprey quality is always there with nice material, handles, zippers and mesh. Something that I love to see in a pack that I am investing in.

The longer the last the better.

There is also a handy shoulder carry strap included, which you can attach (or leave at home) if you want more options to carry it.

On the front there are compression straps  which always come in handy to reduce space. 

And there is the same front pocket for electronics storange. The difference in this model is there is less little pockets for your phone etc. But the main pocket is quite large and can easily fit a 15" laptop. There is also a second pocket for a kindle or tablet.​ And, the zippers are lockable (but you need to bring your own :>)

Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack

Osprey Farpoint 40L

Colors: Grey/Black, Red, Blue

Weight: 3.2lb (1.44kg)

Size: 14 x 21 x 15 inches

(cm) 54 (l) x 35 (w) x 37 (d)​

Osprey Farpoint 40 Straps

Unlike the Porter above, the Farpoint is more of a backpack which you can see from the straps. They are also tuck away (so great for storage, check-in or just putting in the overhead). 

But the beauty of them is that they are super padded, well made, supported with a sturdy Aluminium frame, so great for carry loads for longer periods.

Inside is not as large as the porter, but then again this is a smaller pack (40L vs 46L). However, there are some cool internal compression straps you can use to get more out of the space you have.

If you are more of a backpack person, and love the support of a good quality frame and straps, this is a far better option. However, with less space for "stuff" both inside and in the front pockets the trade off is there.

PROS

  • Sturdy, durable materials
  • Great for storing and easily accessing electronics (front)
  • The reasonable inside area is easy to get to by zipping the front open
  • Compression straps both inside and out
  • Top notch straps for use as a backpack or easy to zip away for travel

CONS

  • The electronics section is not as fancy (less pockets) but more than enough for multiple devices
  • The internal storage space is less than the Porter, but adequate for most people

The Verdict: Porter 46 or Waypoint 40

In the end, it all depends on how you travel. And how you store stuff.

I like to use a solid backpack with straps that are comfortable on my back and I can carry for a long time (and double as a day hike pack). So for me it is the Farpoint. It also has more than enough space, straps, pockets, and room for both a large laptop and kindle/tablet.

But, if you need more organizational space (pockets for your phone, diary, cables, internal pockets) then the Porter is far better. It also has more space which is a good thing as you can bring more (or a bad thing - as you have to carry it, with less friendly straps). So this bag is more for the person who does not haul your gear around much (ie. you just need to carry it at the airport, taxi, etc).​

I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either of them, but have a good look at the videos and point in the pros and cons, and then see what fits your travel style!​

Osprey Backpacks In This Review

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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