My Vaude bag’s capacity is about 33 liters (30 + the large front compartment), and it was not enough anymore. Yes, I know – you won’t be surprised to read this, because many travelers carry much more. But even though the Vaude Nevis was too small to suit my needs, still I didn’t want and need a 60 or 70 liter backpack. I just don’t need this much space as I try to pack light (around 22 pounds / 10 kilos). And I wanted a backpack, that is carry on friendly.
Based on my experience I knew that 40-45 liter pack will suit my needs.
The Fairview 40 is such a bag.
It’s larger than the Nevis (40 liter vs. approx. 33 liter) and it has 2 large compartments instead of one. Now I can keep my clothes separated from my laptop and electronics. It’s nice to have 2 separate compartments because it helps to keep your things organized, as well as you can have fast access to, for instance, your electronics during the security check.
This bag is not only ideal for traveling but also for hiking. But only when you can replenish the supplies on your way. I went on such a hike this summer, and I felt very comfortable carrying the Osprey Fairview. I’m also pretty sure it will be a good fit on a longer outdoor adventure, like Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal.
But, of course, we shouldn’t forget that the Vaude Nevis 30 is a snowboarders’ and skiers’ backpack, whereas the Osprey Fairview is a travel backpack. That’s why it’s bigger and more comfortable for travel.
Osprey Fairview 40: Technical Details
Size: 40 liter
Maximum dimensions: 14” x 21” x 14” (35 x 54 x 35 cm)
The bag’s depth in reality is more like 8.3” (21 cm). So it definitely will not be a problem to carry this backpack onto a plane with most of the airlines globally. Yes, it can be also up to 14” (35 cm), but only if you attach something to the outside of the backpack.
Dimensions of the laptop sleeve: approx. 14.6” x 11.8” (37 x 30 cm)
Dimensions of the tablet pocket: approx. 11” x 10.6” (28 x 27 cm)
Weight: 3 lbs (1.44 kg)
Material: 210D Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop Nylon
Laptop compartment: Yes
Front loading backpack: Yes
Available colors: Misty Grey, Rainforest GreenSee Female-Specific Osprey Farview 40 on Amazon! See Osprey Farpoint 40 on Amazon!
Osprey Fairview 40: Features
The Osprey Fairview’s backsystem is designed for women. It means it’s smaller and narrower, so it feels even more comfortable on my back than Kaspars’s Osprey Farpoint 40, which is the Fairview’s men’s version. Or more precisely – Fairview is Farpoint’s women’s version.
The Osprey Fairview 40 conforms to maximum carry-on dimensions. However, you must check the baggage regulations and restrictions before booking your flight. Some of the budget airlines have very strict rules concerning carry on bags.
The Osprey Fairview 40 features light weight frame and die-cut spacer mesh hip belt and harness.
The shoulder straps and hip belt can be hidden away behind a flap. The flap is zip-around and covers the harness and hip belt completely. When unzipped, it can be rolled all the way down and at the bottom of the back panel secured by a Velcro. I am very glad that the backpack has this feature. Because the flap will protect the straps after the bag has been checked in or while in overhead compartment on the aircraft.
From my experience I can tell that some airlines regard travel backpacks with a harness and many attachment points and straps as non-standard luggage, because of all these dangling straps. This Osprey Fairview feature will allow you to check the bag without any hassle. Another reason, why it’s such a cool feature.
Shoulder straps of the backpack can be adjusted both at the bottom and at the top.
The Osprey Fairview 40 features sturdy and well-padded side and top grab handles, as well as a detachable shoulder strap. The side handle and detachable shoulder strap will come in handy when the Fairview is transformed into a duffel bag and being checked in.
Other Useful Features
- Sternum strap with an emergency whistle;
- ID Card holder – at the back of the flap that covers the bag’s shoulder straps and hip belt;
- Internal compression strap system that will help to secure your belongings inside of the main compartment;
- Lockable zippers (of the 2 large compartments) for extra security.
Osprey Fairview 40: Compartments
Let’s take a look at the backpack!
There are 2 adjustable buckled straps at the front of the bag. To access bag’s 2 large compartments you need to unbuckle the straps first, at least the top one. The large and sturdy zipper of the main compartment and partly also the zipper of the front compartment are covered with a flap. So, the largest – main – compartment is actually completely concealed.
Now let’s take a look at the zippers! The two-way head to head zippers of the both compartments can be secured with a small pad-lock (not included). Zipper of the second compartment is not completely hidden under the flap, but it looks fairly water resistant. Anyway, it’s not a waterproof backpack and if you are going to use it during a rain, you should think about getting yourself a rain cover.
Now, we are looking inside the bag’s discreet main compartment. It’s front-loading, just like the main compartment of a suitcase. There are 2 inner compression straps, as well as a large mesh pocket on the front panel.
The second compartment is top-loading, and features a built-in padded laptop sleeve that will hold most 15.6” laptops. The sleeve is secured with a Velcro closure. There’s a zippered padded pocket for a tablet computer at the front of the computer sleeve. The panel between the main compartment and the laptop compartment is padded, too.
There’s a small zippered scratch-free front pocket with a key fob. It’s discreet – the zipper is hidden under a flap.
The 2 mesh pockets are located at the front of the backpack.
What I Like About Osprey Fairview 40 Travel Backpack
The strong and durable backsystem, well-padded shoulder straps and sturdy hip belt are my favorite parts of the Osprey Fairview 40. It makes this bag so comfy, so I even don’t feel the weight on my back. When I start to feel tired I shift the weight to my hips by extending the length of the shoulder straps a bit. And I really love the hide-the-straps-and-hip-belt feature! If you are curious – Farpoint 40 also has it.
When I first saw the Fairview 40, I was surprised at how sturdy and well-built grab handles are. They seem extremely durable and are super cushioned. I am happy that the backpack has a side handle as well. It will come in handy when I will be checking the bag in and later collecting it at the baggage carousel (the harness and hip belt will be tucked away securely). Or when I’ll be traveling on a bus and putting my bag in the baggage compartment under or at the back of the bus.
I love that there are 2 separate large compartments (my Vaude had only 1) – one for clothes and the second one – for laptop and tablet. I like to keep my electronics separated from my clothes. Also I want to access them quickly during the security check at the airport. Having 2 separate compartments helps.
I will be using packing cubes to keep everything together neatly in the main compartment of the backpack, as well maximize packing space.
Osprey Fairview 40: Drawbacks
One drawback to this backpack – its mesh pockets. There are 2 mesh pockets in the front of the backpack. In one of these pockets I put my 16.9 fl oz (500 ml) water bottle. The second one stays empty. If the backpack is full it’s not that easy to put the water bottle in. I rather have one side mesh pocket instead of 2 front pockets. Because anyway they can’t be properly used because of the pocket design and the way these pockets are sewn to a bag.
A second drawback from my point of view is that the zippered tablet pocket is rather thin. This pocket is located at the front of the laptop sleeve, and there’s not so much padding between them. But as my laptop is in its own padded sleeve, this is not a big deal, really.
Osprey Farpoint vs Fairview
The main difference between these two bags is that Fairview is designed for women, but Farpoint – for men.
Visually, as you can see from the photos above, they look exactly the same. However, there are differences. The Fairview’s back system is redesigned to offer women’s specific fit. Narrower shoulder width, shorter torso length and ergonomically shaped hipbelt are three of the main differences here.
Note that the Fairview only comes in one size which is a women’s S/M (back length measurement of 38 cm – 45.5 cm). But Farpoint comes in 2 sizes – S/M and M/L.
Osprey Fairview 40: Bottom line
For now, the Fairview 40 is the best backpack I’ve ever had. It’s sturdy, durable and very comfy. It looks good, and the color (Rainforest Green) is lovely, too. Because of the green color, it will be easy to spot it among other bags on the baggage carousel.
It’s rather lightweight (3 lbs / 1.44 kg), even with all of its sturdy hardware, cushioned harness and handles.
The Fairview 40 doesn’t have serious drawbacks and definitely has been made with travelers in mind.
The bag is spacious enough and it seems that now I will be able to fit everything I need in one bag. Even for a several-month long trip. Next month I’m starting such a trip. So I’ll update you later, does it hold all my stuff or no.
Good news! If the Fairview 40 is too small to suit your needs, there are 2 larger versions – the Fairview 55 and 70! The Fairview 70 comes with a detachable day pack, so actually it is a 57 liter main pack plus 13 liter daypack.
There’s the men’s version of Fairview as well. It’s the Osprey Farpoint. To learn more about it read our review of Osprey Farpoint 40!See Female-Specific Osprey Farview 40 on Amazon! See Osprey Farpoint 40 on Amazon!
Disclosure: Although Osprey Farview 40 bag was sponsored by Osprey Europe, my opinions shared are my own. And right now it’s the backpack I’m using as my main backpack.
Author: Una Baufala
Una is a traveler and travel blogger from Latvia. Apart from traveling and exploring new places she loves to read books. And she adores cats. Together with Kaspars they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since October 2013. WeAreFromLatvia.com is where she shares her travel experiences.