Kaspars with his Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack - Nepal

Osprey Farpoint 40 Review: One Backpack for Everything

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At the end of last year I was searching for a new travel backpack. A research lead me to Osprey Farpoint 40. And today I’m going to share with you my Osprey Farpoint 40 review. In this review you’ll learn what I like (and what not) about this backpack, which in my opinion is the best carry on backpack available on the market right now.

As I’m writing these lines it’s been already more than 2 months since I’m using the Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack. For the last 2 months I used this backpack almost daily. When hitchhiking in Thailand, traveling overland from Bangkok to Singapore, and then back to Kuala Lumpur, and also during my 2 week Annapurna Circuit hiking adventure in Nepal.

And so far I’m fully satisfied with my choice.

How I came up to the Osprey Farpoint 40? I wrote down a list of things important to me and did an online research. My 4 main criteria were:

1) a bag should be the size of a carry on luggage or less;

2) suitable for long distance walking and hiking;

3) with a compartment for my laptop;

4) and it should look good.

Osprey Farpoint 40 is such a backpack. 

Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack

Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack – Osprey Farpoint 40 Review

We all need much less than we think we need. That’s one of the things that I have understood during the last 4 + years of traveling and living abroad. It’s not just possible to live with less possessions and to travel (for most of the time) with one bag only, it can also be enjoyable. What else it means for me is that nowadays I pay more attention to the quality of all the products I have.

I feel much better now, having one quality backpack, which I can use for all of my trips, than several “OK” ones.

Ok, let’s go into details now!

Osprey Farpoint 40: Technical Details

My Osprey Farpoint 40 - Best Carry On BackpacksSize: 40 liter (S/M and M/L)

Dimensions: 14” x 21” x 15” (35 x 54 x 37 cm)

The bag’s depth in reality is about 8.3” (21 cm). So it definitely will not be a problem to carry this backpack onto a plane with most of the airlines. Yes, it can be also up to 14” (35 cm), but only if you attach something to the outside of the pack.

Weight: 3 lbs (1.44 kg)

Material: 210D Nylon

Laptop compartment: Yes

Front loading backpack: Yes

Available colors: Jasper Red, Carribean Blue, Volcanic Grey

See Osprey Farpoint 40 on Amazon! See Female-Specific Osprey Farview 40 on Amazon!

Osprey Farpoint 40 Review

What I Like About Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack

In short – as I already mentioned, this backpack turned out to be as good as I was thinking it will be, when still only reading other people’s reviews online.  In fact I had read about it so much, that, when the backpack was delivered to me, I immediately felt about it like – yeah, this backpack is for me. Well, and its size turned out to be a really good fit for me as well. Even perfect, I would say. I’m 6’1″ (1.86 m)

I really don’t like bulky looking backpacks. So I was a bit worried, if this one will not be too big by my standards. My previous backpack was 1/3 smaller. But now I wanted something that’s big enough also for not too serious hiking trips.

As you can see from a picture above Osprey Farpoint 40 doesn’t look bulky.

Yes, there are some drawbacks as well, but they are minor. And I’ll talk about them, too.

1. The Backpack Looks Good

Hiking in Nepalese Himalayas

Hiking in Nepalese Himalayas – March 2017 – Osprey Farpoint 40 Review

This backpack’s design is simple, even minimalistic, I would say. There aren’t too many straps and attachment points. And even zippers of main compartments aren’t visible once you close the backpack. Osprey Farpoint 40 is a backpack suitable for hiking, but it doesn’t look like a hiking backpack. Far from that. And I like it.

Because with an ordinary hiking backpack you clearly stand out in the city. Oh, here is a tourist coming! But with a bag like this one you could easily be on your way to university, office or maybe… you are tourist on the way to the train station. There are many possibilities.

2. It’s a Very Comfortable Backpack for Carrying Around

Osprey Farpoint and Osprey Fairview Backpacks on the Beach - Osprey Fairview 40 Review

Osprey Farpoint 40 and Osprey Fairview 40 – Osprey Farpoint 40 Review

I’m used to travel light.

Since 2012 I have been traveling with a maximum of  10-12 kilos / 22 – 26 pounds of luggage. But even then, when your backpack weights less than 10 kilos / 22 pounds, after few hours of walking you can start to feel it, your shoulders start to feel it.

Wide and padded shoulder straps, wide hip belt and lightwood frame of this backpack seem to be doing a really good job – because the load feels lighter than it actually is. During my latest hiking trip in Nepal my backpack weighted around 10 kilos / 22 pounds, but I felt just so comfortable with it. I know for some of you 10 kilos will sound like nothing. Actually, the number doesn’t really matter. What matters is that having the same load now I felt much better than with my previous backpack.

For most of the time, while hiking, I would tighten the hip belt (and adjust shoulder straps accordingly) to transfer the weight from harness to hip belt. While walking in cities I rarely use hip belt at all. Unless I’m walking a lot.

3. It’s a Very Spacious Backpack

Kaspars with his Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack - Best Carry On Backpacks

Kaspars with his Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack – Osprey Farpoint 40 Review

Which is good and not so good at the same time. Let me explain why!

There are 2 compartments + 1 pocket. And one of the compartments is much bigger than the another. It’s really big. Second one, in the front of the backpack, is there for your laptop and maybe a tablet or a Kindle. So, unless you are traveling without your gadgets, all of your stuff most probably will be in the main compartment.

If I wouldn’t have a big packing cube for all of my clothing and electronics organizer for the cables and stuff, then it might be not so easy to look through all of my belongings. Even though this backpack has a panel load access, which means you can open it the same way like a suitcase. But, yeah, I have my compression packing cube for all the clothing, and electronics organizer, there is not too much stuff in my bag, and so I’m good with that.

Here I must also admit, that I’m not sure if having, for example, 2 similar size compartments would make things much better. If it would make it better at all.

Anyway, buying this kind of backpack, better think about getting some packing cubes as well. They will make your life so much easier. Or you can do like I was doing for years – put all of your clothes in one or few plastic bags. This way organization of your stuff will not be such a big hassle.

Speaking about how roomy is this backpack – in this article you see 3 photos of me in Nepal; and in all of these situations my bulky sleeping bag was inside the backpack as well.

4. It’s a Versatile Backpack

Hiking in Himalayas with Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack - Nepal

Hikig in Himalayas – Nepal, March 2017 – Osprey Farpoint 40 Review

You can use it like a backpack. Or like a duffel bag (there is a removable shoulder strap). But when you are traveling on a bus or when you want to check it in for the flight, you can hide its hip belt and shoulder straps using special, built-in cover. After this transformation, which takes just a minute or less, it doesn’t look like a backpack anymore.

What I Don’t Like About Osprey Farpoint 40

Maybe (but just maybe) having 2 similar size compartments would make organization of ones belongings easier. Otherwise there is basically only one compartment for everything.

But, as I said, it isn’t a problem, when you have packing cubes.

And with packing cubes not only you can organize everything better. You can also pack more in the same space and/or pack it more easily. Because, really, packing cubes are very useful.

There are 2 mesh pockets in the front of the backpack.

I have 2 water bottles, which I had been putting in these pockets. However, if your backpack is full, then because of the way these pockets are made it’s not that easy to put the bottles in. Having these on the side of the backpack would make things easier.

Osprey Fairview vs Farpoint

Osprey Fairpoint and Osprey Fairview Backpacks - Osprey Fairview 40 Review

Osprey Fairpoint 40 (on the left) and Osprey Fairview 40 Backpacks

So, Osprey Farview vs Farpoint, what are the main differences? 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.

If you aren’t sure which size do you need and if Fairview isn’t going to be to small for you, try Osprey PackSizer™ app to find it out (AndroidiPhone).

Is Osprey Farpoint 40 the Best Travel Backpack?

Kaspars with his Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack - Nepal

Kaspars with his Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack – Nepal – Osprey Farpoint 40 Review

Not for everyone. Because we all travel for different reasons and our needs differ.

But for me it definitively is one of the best travel backpacks available right now. I’m traveling frequently and with carry on luggage only, but otherwise my travel style differs quite a lot. One day I might be walking around in Paris, but on the other day I could be already hiking in Himalayas. Having one backpack, which could serve me in all these different conditions, was the ultimate goal for me, when looking for a new backpack.

And right now I’m fully satisfied owner of Osprey Farpoint 40. It’s not for nothing that I have been saying, that Osprey Farpoint 40 is one backpack for everything.

See Osprey Farpoint 40 on Amazon! See Female-Specific Osprey Farview 40 on Amazon!

 

Kaspars in Dubai - Looking at Burj Khalifa

Wandering around in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Disclosure: Although Osprey Farpoint 40 bag was sponsored by Osprey Europe, my opinions shared are my own. At the moment of writing this article I had used this backpack daily for a little bit more than 2 months.

Kaspars Misins

Author: Kaspars Misins

Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.

Comments

  1. Hi Kaspars,
    I’m looking at buying this packpack for a three month trip trough S-E Asia but also to use it when traveling around Europe. Could you answer a few questions for me, I was unable to find the answer anywhere.
    1. Is the Laptop pocket lockable, i.e. does it have a interlocking zipper as the main compartment?
    2. What is the weight of the bag when you have it full with stuff. This is to see how this fits with the different airlines in terms of weight of the carry on luggage.

    Thank you very much,
    Happy travels

    Gabriel

    1. Kaspars Misins Author

      Sure!

      1) Laptop compartment has only Velcro closure. But in front of the laptop compartment there is a big, padded and zippered pocket for a tablet or laptop.

      2) Backpack itself is about 1.44 kg (3 lbs), which is quite a lot. But, again, it’s a very sturdy bag and you feel the quality. Fully packed with clothes it weights about 10 kilos or 22 pounds.

      Most of airlines, also low cost airlines in Southeast Asia like Air Asia, allow you to take one extra personal item, which is where I put that extra stuff if I have some and it doesn’t fit in the backpack. For that purpose a packable day pack is a great solution.

  2. Hi Kaspars,
    Yes I did get an e-mail, I guess the system works ;)

    Maybe I wasn’t very clear with my question but I was wondering if that zipper on the outer pocket can be locked. Having the laptop at the back and most likely other important documents in an unsecured pocket is not very reassuring.

    Thanks again for the info.

    Gabriel

    1. Kaspars Misins Author

      Ok :) I understand – yes, that zipper can be locked. Pull tabs of this zipper look almost identical like the ones of the main compartment, only these ones are maybe 30% smaller.

  3. hi Kaspar,

    i’m currently searching for a new backpack but on the pics you are with the fairview, not the fair point, right?
    because front and color are different.

    julien

    1. Kaspars Misins Author

      Hi, Julien! It’s Farpoint 40 on all 6 images you see in this article. The same one backpack.

  4. thank you Kaspar, i made some research and realize it doesn’t exist anymore in blue. lucky youYour reviews are great, keep going , i love it!

  5. Hi Kaspars,
    Thanks for your awesome reviews. I want to do “El Camino de Santiago” after some trips in Europe. Would this bag be good enough for 30 km hiking per day for a month (900km) or would it be better to buy a lighter backpack for hiking only? Opening the bag like a suitcase is the feature I like most as it was difficult to take many things out to find one item and organize again while backpacking. I like the versatility of this bag but I wonder whether this bag would be comfortable as other hiking backpacks for long walks.
    Thanks, Sun

    1. Kaspars Misins Author

      Hi! I’m pretty sure it will be good enough. I have done Camino myself, and then I did it with a cheap 30 liter backpack. Farpoint 40 is bigger and way more comfortable than the bag I had before. And I have also been to Himalayas with Farpoint 40. There same like you are planning I was walking for some 20 – 40 kilometres per day. However you may need to get used to pack less stuff. Because 40 liter isn’t too much. At the same time – it’s so much easier to walk with a 40 liter pack than it is with a 60+ liter one.

      I recommend to try to pack in under 12 kilos. Something around 10 (including a bottle of water) will be perfect.

  6. Hi Kaspars,

    Good to see the review showing pics in practical use.

    I curious if you had any problem carrying your laptop around as I read other reviews that the screen may crack if it is overstuffed and/or the weight is not evenly distributed. Do you have the same problem?

    Another question, some reviewers suggest the Osprey Porter 46L over the Farpoint 40L because it has more organization but lacks internal compression straps (uses external instead), lacks mess pockets for water bottles, and the hip belt and shoulder straps are not as comfortable as the Farpoint 40L. Have you tried either bags?

    Thanks,
    Dan

    1. Kaspars Misins Author

      I haven’t had any problems with my laptop. But I would definitely be careful not to overstuff my bag. Because, I think it’s obvious, that it may cause some problems otherwise, because laptop pocket is on the front of the bag.

      I haven’t tried Osprey Porter 46. 46 liter pack might be better because of size – if you think that you may overpack Farpoint 40 easily. I have never used internal straps of my Farpoint 40. I’m putting all my clothes in packing cubes instead and rest of my stuff is freely put in the bag. Farpoint’s hip belt is really comfortable and makes long distance walking more enjoyable.

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