REVIEW: Osprey Transporter 95 Duffel Bag

by Liz Blair

I recently purchased an Osprey Transporter 95L for a vacation to Hawaii. I’ve always been a fan of rolling luggage for airport travel, but I was happily surprised with Transporter features. I found it to be durable, simple to use, and most importantly, easy to find on the luggage carousel.

Performance

The Transporter is essentially one big pocket. It’s easy to pack, and the stowable contoured harness and yoke were easy to set-up, less than 20 seconds (yes, I timed myself). That said, I wouldn’t want to carry it like a backpack for too long. It’s a large, awkward shape and of course, does fit to your body as a true backpacking backpack.

Osprey used a dual sided TPU coating and overlapping zipper rain flaps, making the Transporter both rugged and incredibly water resistant, and I put it to the test while in Hawaii. We experienced everything from sand, thick mud, chickens, and rain - none of which snuck into my Transporter.

Usability

Even though the Transporter has limited on storage compartments, what it does have is well thought out. I used the internal mesh side panel pocket for small items and toiletries, while the end pockets were great for access to snacks or accessories. I was a little bummed that it didn’t come with a shoulder strap, which would have it made it easier to lug around.

Upside

The Transporter is durable and weather resistant. The harness and yoke were easy to set-up for backpack carry. As far as duffel bags go, The Transporter is pretty sexy.

Downside

A couple extra storage pockets would be nice, but my number one wish is a shoulder strap. The Transporter isn’t designed to be carried like a backpack for an extended period, so additional carry options are essential.

Overall

This is my new go to duffel for everything from airport travel to a weekend climbing, skiing, or car camping adventure. If you’re looking for a burly bag that’s easy to pack, the Transporter is your bag, but I’d definitely recommend splurging for the shoulder strap.

*Photo | Ke'e Beach, Nā Pali Coast State Park, Hawaii, by Liz's Mom