Osprey Farpoint Backpack Review – 40L 55L 70L

The Osprey Farpoint Backpack Series sizes are some of the most loved packs for backpackers around the globe. We’ve been on a mission to find some of the best travel backpacks out there, and these 3 bags are some of the most consistent we’ve found across many levels.

This Series comes in 4 different capacities, but the 3 most popular sizes are the 40L, 55L, and the 70L. Each one accommodates to various travel needs, whether you’re heading out on a week or a 6-month long trip.

They are designed with travel-specific features that are meant to streamline your experience no matter where your adventure takes you.

Today, we’re giving you our take on the Osprey Farpoint 40L, 55L, and 70L Travel Backpacks. We’re diving into all the specs, details, plus a general overview of features that they all share. We also answer some of the most frequently asked questions about these popular packs. Let’s get into it.

 

Osprey Farpoint Travel Backpacks Reviewed

Osprey Farpoint 40 liter size
Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
Osprey Farpoint 55 liter size
Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
Osprey Farpoint 70 liter size
Osprey Farpoint 70 Men's Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Small/Medium
Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
Osprey Farpoint 70 Men's Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Small/Medium
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Osprey Farpoint 40 liter size
Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
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Osprey Farpoint 55 liter size
Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
Osprey Farpoint 70 liter size
Osprey Farpoint 70 Men's Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Small/Medium
Osprey Farpoint 70 Men's Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Small/Medium

Our First Thoughts on the Osprey Backpack Series

Some of the main things that travelers look for in a travel backpack are comfort, functionality, and organisation. There are so many other features you should consider before settling on a particular bag, but those are what standout as most important for us and many others. The great thing about the Osprey Farpoint Series is that they seem to encompass all those crucial elements.

They consist of durable materials, which is promising, considering how many times our bags get thrown around while travelling. They are comfortable with generous padding on the support straps, while contouring to your body shape.

They seem to remain simple in terms of organisation, which keeps things uncomplicated. We like that they have an urban feel to them, while still being sturdy and reliable for long-term use.

While they can be a little pricey, it’s clear that these are high-quality backpacks, and we rank them among other premium models on the market. They are made for serious use and are intended to last a long time. Since they are such a hit, we want to go in deeper and understand what makes them such popular backpacks among the masses.

Overview of Shared Features

  • Rugged 210D Nylon Body
  • Cushioned Laptop & Tablet Compartment
  • Padded Carry Handles, Shoulder Straps & Hip Belt
  • Dual Front Quick-Stash Pockets
  • Transparent ID Card Holder
  • Abrasion-Resistant Sunglasses & Electronics Zippered Pouch
  • Chest Strap with Emergency Whistle
  • External & Internal Compression Straps
  • Perimeter Zipper for Large Main Compartment Access
  • Lockable Zippers
  • Stowaway Section for Harness & Hip Belt

 

Osprey Farpoint 40L Review

Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack

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The smallest of the 3 bags, this is an ideal option for short camping trips or weekends. It has quite a bit of room for a few changes of clothes, and also a pair of shoes, or more if they’re slim.

Key Features

  • Padded Shoulder Strap Converts it to a Duffel Bag
  • Fully Breathable Mesh Pack Panel
  • Suitable for Most International Carry-On Specifications

Dimensions

Price

S/M – $187.99+

M/L – $207.89+

Capacity

40 liter or 2,441 cu/in

Materials

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

600D Pack Cloth

Mesh

Dimensions

S/M 34.8 x 23 x 53 cm 

M/L 53.3 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm

 

 

Weight

1.1kg – 1.36kg

 

Laptop Sleeve Size

15”

 

Weight

Out of the 3 models, this one weighs the least at just over 1kg. As long as you fill it up with the right weight according to the airline you’re using, it can be used as a carry-on for many airlines. Since it’s so light, it won’t add any extra heaviness to your back, even if you use the full 40L capacity. For reference, the S/M size holds 38L instead of 40 with the M/L version.

Materials

The fabric that makes up most of the bag is nylon with a 210D rating and mini-hex diamond ripstop. This means it’s quite heavy-duty and can withstand being roughed around, despite it being so lightweight. It’s quite resistant from rips, tears, or from getting holes easily, but it’s not impossible. If small scratches do form, the ripstop factor is designed to prevent any splits from getting larger.

Another standout element is the 600D pack cloth, which is essentially a type of polyester. It offers added strength when combined with the nylon construction, plus it even holds color quite well.

Organisation

A large clamshell opening gives you access to everything inside all at once. The top flap is lined with a spacious mesh pocket. Compression straps help to squeeze everything down to make the most of the space. A small top zip pocket acts as a quick-grab pouch.

One of the biggest downsides of this bag is the positioning of the laptop compartment. It’s placed in the very front, which means that the weight of the laptop is concentrated at the front instead of closest to your body. This can throw off the weight distribution, causing it to feel heavier than it should.

Design

At immediate first glance, this pack is obviously a travel pack. But, in saying that, it’s not extremely in-your-face or over-the-top like some travel bags can be. We like that it doesn’t look super fancy and is quite straightforward with its components.

The exterior design is very simple, featuring just the single color all over, and an all-black rear with some black interior accents on the handles. For added security, the zips are lockable. When they meet, you can weave a travel lock in-between and keep things safe.

Straps/Handles

The primary shoulder straps are super comfy thanks to the padding. In addition to those, you’ve got the sternum and hip belts for added load-lifting comfort. Also, this size comes with a detachable long strap to alter it into a duffel. We think this feature can only be used with a lighter weight though, not at full capacity.

A stowaway section at the back lets you put the straps, harness, and hip tie away. This keeps everything secure and hidden, so there are no loose parts. We think this is particularly handy for when you’re at airports or train stations, where you want to check the bag or keep it with you without any dangly bits that could get damaged or in the way.

 

Osprey Farpoint 55L Review

Osprey Farpoint 55L Review

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The second model is the mid-range version, with enough room for longer trips without weighing you down a lot. It has a bonus day pack attached to it, which you can take on its own when you’re venturing out for the day and want something much lighter.

Key Features

  • Removable Sleeping Pad Straps
  • Zip-Off Day Pack with Lockable Sliders
  • Thin Width Prevents Bulkiness

Dimensions

Price

S/M – $275+

M/L – $350+

Capacity

55 Liter 

3173 – 3356 cu/in

Materials

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

600D Pack Cloth

Mesh

 

Dimensions

24.8” x 13” x 11.81    Length x Width x Depth (Standard Size)

32 x 32 x 65 cm – Small

61 x 33 x 33 cm – Medium

66 x 33 x 33 cm – Large

 

Weight

1.7kg-2.3kg

Laptop Sleeve Size

15”

 

Materials

Again, this is made from 210D mini-hex diamond ripstop nylon. The accent portions and bottom of this pack are heavily reinforced with 600D pack cloth. Since this is in the high-wear areas, it prevents the bag from corrosion. It’s water resistant thanks to these strong textiles, but the zippers aren’t watertight, so it can’t be submerged or last in extremely wet conditions.

Organisation

Other than the huge main compartment, a quick-stash upper pouch lets you chuck in smaller items when you’re in a rush. At the front you’ve also got a big pocket with lots of smaller pockets, including the same mesh pouches as the other models.

An entire day pack is attached on the front, and easily detaches by removing some buckles and a full-length zip. It’s a great personal feature when you’re going on a plane or train and need something more lightweight and flexible.

Design

The main difference between this and the other versions is how slim this is. It doesn’t look bulky on the back, as it fits the length of your back horizontally.

The zips aren’t YKK, which is a heavy-duty kind of zip, but they look to be some sort of thick, hard plastic with a cord loop. This means they are very durable and can withstand constant yanking when you’re opening and closing it. The front compression straps also add an element of security. Once buckled in, they pull the material over the perimeter zip. This means that no one can easily or quickly unzip the bag.

Straps/Handles

Store away dangling straps with the hidden back zippered panel. This back area is also very streamlined and flat, which reduces the risk of yanking or snagging when the bag is travelling around. Pulling out the suspension system takes seconds. It consists of the chest strap and thick hip belt that is padded on the sides.

One little downside with the exterior compression belts is that you can’t open the largest compartment. You must take them off, then unzip. While this is awesome for preventing theft, it can be a bit of an inconvenience if you need to access the main part in a hurry. But for us, it’s not a drama.

 

Osprey Farpoint 70L Review

Osprey Farpoint 70L black backpack

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Last is the largest one of these 3 packs. There is enough room to travel for months while backpacking, and it still has a rather slim silhouette despite its larger capacity.

Key Features

  • LightWire Aluminium Frame
  • Detachable Sleeping Pad Straps
  • Removable Day Pack with Lockable Main Compartment

Dimensions

Price

S/M – $220-250

M/L – $250-300

Capacity

70 liter

4,272 cu/in

Weight

2.3kg

Dimensions

25” x 13” x 12”   

Length x Width x Depth    

 

Materials

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

600D Pack Cloth

Mesh

Laptop Sleeve Size

15”

 

Materials

The 210D nylon mini-hex diamond ripstop is kept throughout this model, plus the 600D pack cloth. The zippers are the same tough plastic with corded pulls. Handles are all well-padded and ventilated, plus there are plenty of mesh pockets. These can be used for electronics and other small items to easily see them and let them breathe.

Organisation

Storage areas are similar to the other versions, but they are obviously large due to the bigger capacity. The front flap is good for notebooks or flexible clothing items, but we find that it gets a little too compressed when the bag is full. You can’t fit as much inside, and the same goes for the front mesh compartments. If the bag is fully expanded, there isn’t too much space to fit larger items.

Even though the laptop sleeve is unfortunately positioned at the front, we like that there is another padded sleeve to separately store a tablet.

Design

The only main variance is the design of the back padding, which is slightly different to the 55. The contact points are vaster. It has the same front day pack as the 55, but it is much bigger.

The front compression straps also provide security through concealing most of the main zip, much like the previous editions. Another great aspect they provide is stability. When you store something in either of the front mesh pouches, like a tripod or bottle, you can pull these straps over and really tie it down so it’s snug and secure.

Straps/Handles

We appreciate that the sternum belt doesn’t dig into your torso, which makes it more comfortable to wear over long periods. The hip section doesn’t shift around once it’s fully locked in. This means it provides a better level of support to diminish any back or shoulder pains.

It has the same discreet compartment for securing the suspensions system. Plus, the flap rolls and tucks away when not in use, so it doesn’t get caught on anything.

 

 

Most Asked Questions

What is the Size of the Day Pack on the 55L and 70L Backpacks?

The capacity is around 15L. It’s quite small and sits comfortably on the back. It has all the same pockets and device sleeves as the 40L does on the front, just in a smaller size.

Can I Use the Farpoint Backpacks as Carry On?

We recommend using the smallest 40L if you need something to carry on the plane. It passes most airline restrictions. If you’re looking to take the larger options, they come with small day packs that can detach for your carry on.

What Size Laptop Does the Sleeve Fit?

All sizes can fit a 15” laptop. You also have another pouch for an additional tablet, and both are padded to hold each device safely with adequate cushioning.

 

Conclusion on the Osprey Farpoint Backpacks

Like Osprey sums up so perfectly themselves, the Farpoint Travel Backpack Series are carried like a backpack but packed like a suitcase. These packs are truly built for adventure travel, with features that are made to make things easier wherever you’re adventuring.

You can use them for camping, backpacking across the world, and keep your belongings safe and sound. The clamshell design means you have the option to ditch the packing cubes, and you get full and effortless access to everything just like a suitcase.

With a super durable build, comfy cushioned harness system, and plenty of organisation options, there’s no doubt that these are some of the best backpacks for travel going around.