Osprey Transporter 40 Review | Carry-On Travel Duffel, Backpack & Messenger Bag

The Osprey Transporter 40 claims to be a “brilliant all-round travel pack,” but it falls short in a few key areas. While we like the hideaway harness system and compression cube, the lack of a water bottle pocket and laptop compartment are tough to deal with. View Details & Buy: https://packha.kr/64vb

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0:46 – Material & Aesthetic
4:45 – External Components
8:30 – Inside the Pack
11:15 – Durability & Testing
12:24 – Pros & Cons
12:48 – The Verdict

In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Osprey Transporter 40, a carry-on compliant travel duffel that can also be carried as a backpack or a messenger bag.

Osprey is a huge brand available all around the world, and you’ve probably come across them in the wild. In fact, we’ve tested the Osprey Farpoint 40 for nearly two years around Asia, and it’s one of our highest rated packs.

We’ve been testing the Osprey Transporter 40 for the last four months, and it’s seen use around the UK and the Portuguese cities of Porto and Lisbon. We haven’t been easy on it either, as it’s been in thrown in the trunk of a car, placed in overhead storage on a train, crammed into a locker at the gym, and even checked into the hold of an international flight. (Yes, despite what you might think, we occasionally need to check a bag.)

Osprey claims the Transporter 40 is a “brilliant all-round travel pack,” but we’ve found it falls short in a few key areas. The lack of a laptop compartment and water bottle pocket is a huge oversight, and the durability is a concern with the TPU coating scratching off after only four months of use. This being said, if you’re after a 40L pack you can fit a load of gear into and throw into the trunk of your car, or you like the idea of a packable bag you can check on your flight home, the Osprey Transporter is worth a look.

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In this video, Nathan Coverdale of Pack Hacker reviews the Osprey Transporter 40, a carry-on sized travel duffel, backpack, and messenger bag.

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Comments

Christopher Rines says:

Another timely review. 🙂

You know the bag’s not very good when your second pro is colour options – lol. Any company that claims their pack is an all a rounder but doesn’t have a laptop compartment doesn’t understand all around use cases. I mean sure maybe there’s use cases where a laptop isn’t really needed like maybe an ultra lightweight mountain climbing pack but even most of these contain a space that could hold a tablet.

The other glaring issue (well other than clown colours and the unreal amount of branding) is how you have to carry it in your hands as a duffle. If someone doesn’t have large hands, well even if they do as you demonstrated those straps are way to wide to be actually useful.

Seems to me Osprey is one more company getting by on their past performance and name recognition. Kind of sad really.

Great review as always.

Cheers,

Christopher

Dave Casey says:

If the Transporter 40 is reviewed objectively you should be comparing it to other work horse duffles like the patagonia black hole & TNF Basecamp. Not a fully featured travel pack with laptop sleeves & external water bottle pockets.

Your issue with the term “brilliant all-round travel pack” (found only on the Osprey European website not the home USA Osprey page) is a copy review not product review.

Poor use of copy on the EU site should not be the reason to slay the duffle in your review. Especially considering it was the first place winner of the prestigious 2018 Carryology Best Travel Luggage category

Ben Fauzi says:

Cotopaxi all the way if I want a bag with this type of colorway

Pepe Rodríguez Domínguez says:

If you want something like this go for the base camp duffel from the north face.

Mélanie Roussel says:

I don’t think I would use this bag to travel. However, it would be a great sport bag for my karate equipement! Nice review though!

curblaw says:

god its hideous

misx80 says:

you can mount a molle bottle holder on the side of this

BagelsBagels says:

Good insight from actual usage e.g. the coating coming off.

Pack Hacker says:

Backpack, duffel, or messenger bag? What’s your preference?

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