Osprey Transporter 44 Carry-on Kit Pack

Kit bags. We all have one, right? Usually a bag for life, or of course the classic blue Ikea bag. Well that’s what I’d been using to carry pretty much all of my gear before a weekend away at races or meet-ups. And I’d hazard a guess that is what most other MTB’ers are using too, but there are other options out there…

The ‘Osprey Transporter Carry-on 44’ arrived in time for this years MTBMeetup. As the name suggests – this is a 44 litre travel pack, made to fit within most EU carry-on luggage requirements. Perfect if you have a summer trip to the Alps planned and don’t want all your kit stowed away in your bike bag or hold luggage.
I spotted this pack at an Osprey event earlier in the year and (CLANG – name drop in-coming) whilst chatting with Osprey Ambassador Tracy Mosley, we discussed the versatility the pack offers and how it would make a brilliant race weekend kit pack – to which she confirmed the Trek DH race team all use the same (only a bigger version).

I managed to pack all of my weekends jerseys, shorts, socks and a jacket into one side along with my casual clothes for the meetup long weekend, along with a handful of tools, toiletries and electrical bits and bobs too. I’d usually have to squeeze all of this into a couple of bags for life, so having one pack, completely organised (especially as Osprey kindly supplied a set of their packing cubes too) made accessing my clean kit all weekend a breeze.

So what does this pack offer that your bag for life doesn’t I hear you ask? Well…

The main bag opens like a traditional ‘clam-shell’ suitcase. Giving great amounts of storage at either side of the opening. Perfect. One side for the clean riding kit, one side for the dirty, worn stuff! In one of the sides there is even two compression straps to help you really pack this bag to its fullest. No more mixing up of clean and dirty clothing. TICK!

The pack comes with a shoulder Laptop/messenger style strap as well as two padded backpack harness carry straps, giving you plenty of options of how to carry the pack on to the plane, into your van or tent over a race weekend or even just when travelling. Comfort and easy carrying. TICK!

Inside there are plenty of zipped pockets that allow you to keep all of your smaller bits of gear like multi tools, socks or toiletries in order. There’s also a selection of pockets and organisers on the front J shaped pocket too as well as a laptop and tablet sleeve with direct zip access for when you need to edit that latest Vlog on the go. Organisation and accessible. TICK!

As for the outer fabric, it’s made of a tough water resistant fabric – perfect for keeping you gear dry on those wet riding days. The zippers are also lockable, meaning you can keep all your valuables safe when stowed in your van or tent on race day. Durable and secure. TICK!

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It’s hard to fault the well used bag for life/Ikea bag as a way of storing all our kit for riding. Heck I’ll still be using one along-side this transporter too. But if you want to have something that’s far more organised, more functional and can be carried on your back like a traditional backpack then the Osprey Transporter should be a serious consideration.


  • Backpack harness stows in end pocket
  • Conforms to most EU maximum carry-on luggage size
  • Durable and highly water resistant fabric
  • Grab handles
  • Internal compression strap system
  • Internal key attachment clip
  • J-zip front panel access
  • Lockable zippers
  • Low profile padded carry handles on top and side
  • Padded laptop and tablet sleeve with direct zip access
  • Pass-through for luggage handle
  • Rear panel pocket for magazines and small items
  • Rectangular shape for efficient packing
  • RFID blocking liner for added security
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle

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Review written by: AURUM MTB – #TotalMTB Reviewer
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