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PRODUCT REVIEW

Osprey Farpoint Travel Pack Carry-On 40

If you are a traveler, enjoy hiking, camping, or got lost in your local sports store, chances are you’ve come across the Osprey Farpoint series. This often reviewed backpack comes in four different sizes, but today we are examining the 40L. If you like traveling light and skipping long check-in lines, the 40L is the only one in this range that fits within carry-on specifications.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy

  • This travel pack is definitely durable and can handle outdoor activities with ease.
  • The traps, harness, and waist belt can all be zipped away for a more streamlined and cleaner look.
  • The straps and padding on the pack make it very comfortable to carry, even when it's at full capacity.
  • Great for cabin bag as well as a camino trip

Reasons NOT to buy

  • When the main compartment is used at its full capacity, it’s hard to use the front compartment
  • The laptop sleeve sits at the front of the backpack making it vulnerable to damage in case of impact.
  • DiveIn Score: 4.8/5
  • Construction: 4.8/5
  • Storage: 4.8/5
  • Water and Impact Protection: 4.7/5
  • Price/Quality: 4.8/5

When we review a travel bag we also take a look into how it performs in other categories we might use it for. How it performs as a hiking or travel backpack that’s comfortable, lightweight, and has enough storage room, or as a commuter bag that fits extra folders and protects your laptop against damage and rain.

If you are looking for a carry-on backpack that allows you to organize and hold all your belongings securely, this backpack might just be for you.

The Osprey Farpoint 40 is large enough to pack everything you need while still being able to use it as a carry on no matter the airline. If you’re like me, you will love that this bag saves you check-in fees and hours waiting in baggage claim.

But it’s a travel backpack first, and in that aspect, the Osprey Fairpoint travel pack 40L is all about quality, lightweight and spacious design. There is plenty of space to make sure that light-traveling does not mean compromises that will badly impact your journey. The three compartments allow you to compartmentalize and store your belongings safely. The material is water-resistant but not waterproof, so we don’t suggest dumping your bag in a pool of water.

The straps and zippers are well constructed and will last you years of traveling in the sun, cold, or rain. The straps can also be tucked away easily, creating a cleaner look while avoiding friction, overheating, and sweat. It’s a compact backpack with a sleeve big enough for a laptop up to 15 inches, but the positioning of the sleeve leaves your tablet or laptop vulnerable to damage.

Overall, the Farpoint 40L is very comfortable and easy to use for hiking or a traveling carry-on bag.

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Osprey Farpoint Travel Pack Back View

Osprey Farpoint Travel Pack Carry-On 40: Key Specifications

  • Best Suited For: Hiking, Day Trips, Everyday use
  • Material: 210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop
  • Volume: 40L
  • Dimensions: 21H X 14W X 9D Inches
  • Weight: 3.17 Pounds

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Construction

  • The Osprey Farpoint is made with 210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop that is durable enough to survive through most rough patches.
  • The zippers are high-quality YKK zippers, so not only are they strong but also open and close seamlessly.
  • The zippers also feature interlocking loops that can be locked for extra safety.
  • All Osprey bags come with a lifetime warranty and this really comes through in the overall quality of their bags.
  • It’s easy to see that a lot of thought, effort, and high-quality material went into this bag.
Osprey Farpoint Travel Pack Construction

Storage

While the Osprey 40L can be used as a school, hiking, or everyday bag, it is most specifically designed for travelers.

This bag features three main compartments:

Small Top Compartment

  • This compartment is great for small things you use frequently like your wallet, passport, keys, etc.
  • The soft inner lining is also ideal to store your sunnies scratch-free.

Medium Compartment

  • This is the compartment you are going to want to use for work-related stuff.
  • Notebooks, cables, and sweaters fit perfectly while the padded laptop sleeve holds your laptop and Ipad safe.
  • Due to the location of the laptop sleeve, there have been complaints that Ipads have cracked on impact.
  • In light of this, we suggest you keep that it in a protective sleeve in the main compartment.
Osprey Farpoint Travel Pack Medium Compartment

Main Compartment

  • The main compartment opens like a suitcase allowing you to pack more efficiently.
  • This also means no more digging around every time you look for something at the bottom.
Osprey Farpoint Travel Pack Main Compartment

Summary

The Farpoint 40L is a great choice for people who want a true carry-on sized backpack. It’s big enough to fit a large amount of stuff and can easily be used for long-term travel yet streamlined enough to navigate busy streets and daily life.

Something that truly stood out to us is the shoulder harness and hip belts on the Farpoint backpacks. It’s extremely comfortable and has the same feel as a hiking backpack.

Price-wise the Farpoint 40L retails for somewhere around $160 which is pretty affordable when compared to other travel backpacks. This is a bag you’ll have for a few years of good use. You might even have it for a great many years!

What We Like

  • This travel pack is definitely durable and can handle outdoor activities with ease.
  • The traps, harness, and waist belt can all be zipped away for a more streamlined and cleaner look.
  • The straps and padding on the pack make it very comfortable to carry, even when it's at full capacity.
  • Great for cabin bag as well as a camino trip

What We Don’t Like

  • When the main compartment is used at its full capacity, it’s hard to use the front compartment
  • The laptop sleeve sits at the front of the backpack making it vulnerable to damage in case of impact.

Buy This Travel Backpacks If:

Like all bags, there will always be a pro and cons list. This bag may not be the ideal bag for everyone, so think carefully about what you want from this bag before purchasing it. But given the quality of this backpack and the design, you won’t be disappointed with it. So, ya, we recommend the Osprey Farpoint 40L travel backpack.

The Osprey Farpoint 40L is perfect for you if:

  • You want to travel light
  • You want a big carry on backpack to save time or money on a checked bag
  • You are looking for a decent urban bag for everyday use.

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