The Osprey Porter 30 is the smallest in the Porter series, and the sizing felt just right for carry-on. The easy-to-access large panel compartment held all of the clothes needed for a two week trip overseas (not including climbing gear) and even when it was packed full it still fit under the seat on all plane rides. The hip belt and shoulder straps on the Porter were just fine for daily travel, but we wouldn’t recommend them for serious backpacking or hiking adventures—as they don’t provide a lot of support. The straps tuck into the pack when not in use and the StraightJacket compression cinches down nicely. Not having to deal with excessive straps on a travel bag is one of the Porter’s best features.
During a rainy travel day, the StraightJacket compression helped protect interior items, but we would recommend purchasing a rainfly—especially if your laptop or tablet is inside. Between the StraightJacket compression straps preventing quick access to the front panel organization, and the option to lock the panel load, the Porter provides more security to personal items than your average pack. When we needed quick access to something inside the pack, we stored it in the top accessory pocket of the bag—this pocket is easiest to access and small enough that items can be found quickly. The top accessory pocket also works for storing a pair of sandals or small slippers (like Sanuks). An additional side pocket would be nice for easy access to a water bottle.
The Porter 30 is a durable travel bag and one our favorite carry-on bags we’ve ever tested. This durable little pack is absolutely worth considering for your next travel adventure.
Colors: red, green, black
Weight: 2 lbs 1 oz
Best used for: travel, carry-on luggage