Up to date: November 10, 2017. Initially Posted: Could 27, 2015.
I’m all the time on a mission to seek out the most effective journey backpacks, and Osprey packs are persistently a few of my favorites. That’s why I wished to share my ideas on the wonderful Osprey Farpoint 55 journey backpack.
UPDATE (November 2017)
I’ve been utilizing the Fairpoint 55 since Could 2015 and it’s include me to South Africa, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Lisbon, New York Metropolis, and I even let a good friend borrow it for his Three-week journey round Europe — and it’s nonetheless holding up tremendous effectively. No rips, no tears, and no damaged zippers.
For sure, I’ve been tremendous pleased with this bag.
Quicks Ideas About The Osprey Farpoint 55
The Farpoint is likely one of the finest journey backpacks I’ve used — it’d even be my favourite. That’s as a result of it has so many nice options. Most significantly, this bag has two vital options that you just don’t discover in most journey backpacks: it opens like a suitcase, and it has a suspension system (inside body, adjustable shoulder straps, padded hip-belt, and many others.) that’s often solely discovered on trekking backpacks. Meaning you get each consolation and comfort. Yeah!
There are additionally a bunch of different options like a detachable daypack, lockable zippers, and a bunch extra, however I’ll get to all that good things later within the assessment.
The Osprey Farpoint sells for about $180 nearly anyplace on-line, however I obtained mine from Zappos.com as a result of they provide free in a single day transport — which is loopy superior! There’s additionally the Farpoint 40 ($150 from Zappos.com) and the Farpoint 70 ($200 through Zappos.com).
All proper, let’s not waste any extra time. Under is my full assessment — each good and unhealthy — of the Osprey Farpoint.
The Farpoint 55 is definitely a 40L backpack + 15L removable daypack. If you happen to don’t care about having a removable daypack, you possibly can save $30 by getting the Farpoint 40, which is simply the principle journey pack (the whole lot else is basically the identical because the Farpoint 55). Conversely, in the event you want a much bigger bag, and also you don’t care about staying underneath the carry-on dimension restrict, the Farpoint 70 (55L backpack + 15L removable daypack) is a good alternative.
The Farpoint 55 is available in a small/medium and a medium/massive, which is sweet since many journey backpacks solely are available in one dimension. I’m 5’6″ and the s/m match me effectively.
The scale of the M/L are:
In: 25 x 13 x 12 (top x width x depth)
Cm: 64 x 34 x 30
Technically, this bag is a bit too huge to be carried on, however you’ll most likely be capable of get away with it — assuming you don’t have it stuffed to the gills. Backpacks aren’t inflexible buildings like suitcases, so there’s a number of give, and more often than not you possibly can shove them into these dimension templates on the airport. Most airways are extra involved with the weight.
Suspension System and Consolation
The Osprey Farpoint has a legit suspension system, so the backpack is comfy to put on — which is nice for these lengthy walks to hostels. The shoulder straps have good padding and might be adjusted simply. The again can be padded for additional consolation and lumbar assist.
Moreover, the Farpoint has a padded hip belt, which is uncommon for journey backpacks. A padded hip belt is sweet as a result of it takes the load off your shoulders and transfers it to your hips.
As an additional benefit, the shoulder straps and hip belt might be zipped away behind a flap so you possibly can simply and safely test it on a airplane or carry it with out worry of getting a strap caught.
Padded Carry Handles
The Farpoint has two padded carry handles — one on the facet and one on the highest.
I do know it doesn’t look like an enormous deal, however having padded carry handles is nice while you’re loading/unloading your bag. They’re additionally good while you need to carry your bag round with out placing it in your again.
The Osprey Farpoint is a front-loading backpack, so it opens up similar to a suitcase. That is very best as a result of you possibly can shortly get to no matter you want with out digging by way of your bag. Belief me, this can be a enormous deal. I extremely advocate selecting up just a few packing cubes to assist preserve the whole lot organized.
As you possibly can see, this backpack can match a great deal of stuff. However it isn’t an enormous bag, so that you’ll have to pack sensible. Try our Backpacking Europe Packing Checklist for packing recommendation. If you happen to don’t really feel like packing mild, I’d improve to the Farpoint 70 ($200 through Zappos.com). Alternatively, the Osprey Waypoint 80 (males’s) and the Osprey Wayfarer 70 (girls’s) are each bigger however dearer.
Lockable Zippers and Sturdy Cloth
The heavy responsibility zippers on the principle bag might be locked to assist preserve the unhealthy guys out of yo stuff.
The material is fabricated from heavy responsibility 420D nylon so it may face up to a great quantity of abuse.
The daypack might be zipped onto the again of the principle backpack.
The daypack is comfy, so it’s not simply an afterthought such as you discover on different baggage. The daypack may also be clipped to the entrance of the principle bag so you possibly can preserve monitor of vital papers/different valuables — though it does look a bit humorous.
Appears to be like
I feel the Farpoint is a reasonably good wanting backpack. It’s not going to win any awards for being most trendy or stylish pack however I’ve seen quite a bit uglier baggage. Follow the darkish colours and also you’ll be fantastic.
There aren’t many issues fallacious with this backpack. The largest grievance I’ve is the shortage of exterior pockets on the principle backpack. You may preserve issues within the daypack, however when it’s hooked up to the principle bag, it’s a must to unbuckle just a few straps to entry the daypack. It isn’t an enormous deal, however it may be a slight inconvenience.
One other damaging is the small water bottle pouch. I’ve by no means felt the necessity to use a water bottle whereas sporting the backpack however some folks would possibly.
General Verdict — Love It
Yeah, the Osprey Farpoint is a good backpack. It’s comfy, it’s sturdy, it’s purposeful, it’s inexpensive… it’s simply a superb journey backpack.
The Osprey Farpoint sells for about $180 nearly anyplace on-line, however I obtained mine from Zappos.com as a result of they provide free in a single day transport and free returns. There’s additionally the Farpoint 40 ($150 from Zappos.com) and the Farpoint 70 ($200 through Zappos.com).
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Thanks! — Susan and James
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