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TESTED: Osprey Transporter Duffel

TESTED: Osprey Transporter Duffel

The Osprey Transporter Duffel is The Unsung Hero of Adventure

Treated with calloused hands, thrown around the beds of trucks, hauled up cliff faces, stuffed into aeroplanes or onto yaks and taken into places where humans probably shouldn’t go.  Whatever the adventure, the Duffel just keeps coming back for more.

You’ll more than likely have all your adventure essentials in these things and we know a lot of that gear is going to be expensive. So when opting for a duffel, it needs to be made of bombproof material so it doesn’t fall apart and lose its contents. It also has to be easy to carry around as they can be quite large and cumbersome when fully loaded.

There are a lot of choices when looking for adventure ready duffels but very few can square up to what the Osprey Transporter Duffel can offer.

First Impressions

The Osprey Transporter Duffel comes in a 40, 65, 95, and 130 litre versions. We opted for the 130 litre version in Ruffian red and Kingfisher blue. The colours are nice and bright which make them great for spotting at airport carousels.

We chose the 130 litre option because we need a lot of space, but as it turned out it was cavernous! On first impressions the big takeaways were quality construction and toughness of the materials used, the durability of the straps and carry handles plus the surprisingly comfortable backpack harness.

The duffel comes folded in a tiny zippered pack, which we’ve never been able to get back in, but that’s OK, as the duffel crumples up small when empty, making them easy to stow away.

Osprey Transporter Duffel
The Osprey transporter duffel is the perfect do it all bag to keep all your biking or hiking kit all in one place. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
Osprey Transporter Duffel
The Osprey Transporter 130 litre in Kingfisher Blue and Ruffian Red. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
Osprey Transporter Duffel
Unbelievably, the duffel comes packed into this tiny mesh pack! This little zippered mesh bag turns out to be pretty handy, as it doubles up as small stow bag, ideal for smaller items that you want to keep together. Pic:©Richard McGibbon

Shared Features

All of the Transporter Duffels share the same features across all four sizes. We chose the 130 litre, which is the largest of the options available and to be honest, it was more than enough for us. We got all of our riding clothes, shoes, pads, helmets and bike tools, plus our hydration packs in here, with room to spare.

Feature List

  • Dual-zippered 3-D end pockets with overlapping rain flaps for quick access to smaller items
  • Four burly webbing grab handles
  • Eight side panel web lashing points securing duffel or attaching gear
  • Four lower web lashing points for securing duffels
  • Large, lockable U-zip access to main compartment
  • Weather-protected main compartment zip path with overlapping rain flaps
  • Stowaway contoured harness and yoke for comfortable backpack carry
  • D-ring attachments for adding a shoulder strap (sold separately)
  • Internal zippered mesh side panel pocket
  • ID pocket

Materials

  • Main 800D Nylon TPU Double Coated.
  • Accent – 360/400D Nylon TPU Double Coated
  • Bottom -800D Nylon TPU Double Coated

The main material of the Osprey Transporter Duffel is made of 800D Nylon TPU Double Coated, inside and out. The body is stiffened with protective ribs and overlapping zipper flaps to protect the inside from wet weather. The stiffened fabric also helps prevent any sharp tools from poking through.

Chest harness strap with integrated whistle. Pic:©Richard McGibbonChest harness strap with integrated whistle. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
The Osprey Transporter backpack harness make this a very adaptable duffel. Pic:©Richard McGibbonThe Osprey Transporter backpack harness make this a very adaptable duffel. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
Burly grab handles on every side. Pic:©Richard McGibbonBurly grab handles on every side. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
Incredible quality and build. Pic:©Richard McGibbonIncredible quality and build. Pic:©Richard McGibbon

Storage

The Transporter duffle features a single main compartment with other smaller side and internal storage options. The main compartment has a U- shaped zip access, which is also lockable. The  compartment material is made from super-tough 800D Nylon TPU Double Coated fabric.

This is where the bulk of your gear is going to be stored and this super-tough fabric gives you peace of mind that your precious gear isn’t going to spill out of the bottom of the pack. It’s also tough enough to stop tools or pointy things from poking through.

There are two dual zippered pockets at each end of the duffel for smaller items, with overlapping rain flaps. Inside the main compartment at one end, there is a mesh zippered pocket. This is great for keeping smaller items and the mesh makes it easier to see what’s stored in there. There’s also a clear plastic ID pocket at one end.

Osprey Transporter Duffel
We managed to get two full sets of riding kit in here.(Shoes, pads, clothing, helmets). Plus two hydration packs and tools, with space to spare! ©Richard McGibbon

Carrying Options

The Transporter Duffel comes with four burly handles on each side of the pack. This makes it very easy to just grab and haul no matter what side you access. The grab handles also make it easier to share the load with another person if the pack is very heavy.

The big key feature for us was the backpack harness straps. You can throw this monster, and any of the other smaller ones, straight onto you back like a normal backpack!

Carry Information

  • Stowaway spacer mesh harness
  • Full yoke and contoured harness straps
  • Soft, breathable contact surface for comfort
  • Adjustable sternum strap with safety whistle
Attaching the harness is quick and simple. Pic:©Richard McGibbonAttaching the harness is quick and simple. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
The 130 litre option is cavernous. Pic:©Richard McGibbonThe 130 litre option is cavernous. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
Burly handles on each side provide multiple carrying options. Pic:©Richard McGibbonBurly handles on each side provide multiple carrying options. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
The Osprey Transporter Duffel ready for some adventure. Pic:©Richard McGibbonThe Osprey Transporter Duffel ready for some adventure. Pic:©Richard McGibbon

BackPack Mode

The big kicker for us was the stowaway harness feature. The harness straps are fully adjustable and tighten under the armpit as well as across the top of the shoulders to pull the pack closer to your back. There are two sets of clips that attach each harness strap to the main body of the pack for extra stability and support and there is also an adjustable sternum strap which pulls it all together and features an integrated emergency whistle.

Although we loaded our pack to over 20kgs, it didn’t feel too bad once it was on our back. However, it does feel a little like a big mattress and you do need to be mindful when packing it, as the contents can drop down to the bottom of the pack if it’s not packed well.

We packed all the heavy stuff at the bottom end so when it was tipped onto our backs, it all stayed in place. Once you’ve done this a couple of times it just becomes second nature each time you pack it.

The Osprey Transporter backpack harness makes it easier to transport to longer destinations. Pic:©Richard McGibbonThe Osprey Transporter backpack harness makes it easier to transport to longer destinations. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
Remember to pack the heavy items at the bottom. Pic:©Richard McGibbonRemember to pack the heavy items at the bottom. Pic:©Richard McGibbon
The Osprey Transporter stowaway backpack harness featuring thick padded straps for extra comfort. Pic:©Richard McGibbon The Osprey Transporter stowaway backpack harness featuring thick padded straps for extra comfort. Pic:©Richard McGibbon

Conclusion


Price

From $76.97 – $249.95 depending on size.

Where to Buy?

Available on the Paddy Pallin website or drop into your local Paddy Pallin shop and the very helpful staff will help you pick out the right one for your next adventure.

Jason Lorch

Author: Jason Lorch

Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them.

So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.

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