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I’m not a lover of purses, neither am I lover of luggage. So why am I doing this Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack review?

I actually never thought I’d be doing a backpack review. But after spending some time with this trusty bag, I’ve made some conclusions I’d love to share with fellow travellers.

Plus, a lot of my friends ask me how I manage to travel so light. This backpack is one of the things that help.

The Osprey Farpoint is a popular choice amongst travellers for being carry-on friendly, durable, and comfortable. But does it live up?

I’ve noted some of my favourite things, as well as the things I don’t like about this backpack. This way, you can tell if this backpack is also right for you.

Osprey Farpoint 40 Specs

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  • Size: 40L
  • Dimensions: 22H x 14W x 9D (inches)
  • Weight: Just over 3 lbs
  • Material: Nylon Ripstop
  • Laptop Compartment: Up to 15″ (15.4 MacBooks are fine)
  • Price: Under 200 USD on Amazon

Backpack Compartments

Large Main Compartment with Mesh Compartment

This front-loading compartment is where the brunt of your belongings will go.

It’s pretty spacious, allowing you to organize as you feel, or toss it all in at once. I usually organize with mesh laundry bags.

The main reason I purchased this backpack is to avoid paying for checked baggage during my travels.

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This compartment also comes with an internal compression strap system.

This comes in handy when I’ve organized all my laundry bags. It helps to really squish them all in, creating more space and room.

Secondary Compartment with Laptop Sleeve and Tech Pocket

The laptop sleeve is padded, and the tech pocket is thick to protect your electronics.

The rest of this space is where I put things I want to reach quickly, like a light hoodie, headphones, snacks, etc.

Front Pocket

The front pocket is reserved for even easier reach. This is my ‘catch pocket’ when I’m travelling.

This pocket is where I’ll put sunglasses, keys or anything else I’ll need quick access to while on the go. Sometimes I’ll put my passport or boarding passes in here when scurrying through the airport.

Even though the zipper to the front pocket comes covered, I try not to leave any important information here too long. I’m a city girl, you never know.

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Osprey’s Warranty

One of the biggest pros about this backpack is Osprey’s amazing warranty. It’s actually called Osprey’s “All Mighty Guarantee”.

Simply put, it’s a lifetime warranty that puts Osprey in charge of replacing or repairing your backpack should anything happen to it – whenever.

You do have to pay the shipping costs, which is deterring, but I know many travellers who have had to use this guarantee and swear by it.

Where to Buy the Osprey Farpoint 40

Osprey is a big brand that has been around for decades. They’ve remained successful in the market, making their products easily accessible around the globe.

Another great thing about this backpack is that it won’t be hard to find.

You’ll be able to find the Osprey Farpoint 40 at a variety of stores including outdoor, hiking and luggage stores.

I’ve found that it’s much easier to get deals online, so check places like Amazon before venturing out.

Osprey Farpoint 40 Review: Pros and Cons

There are a number of positives when it comes to this backpack and I’ll point them all out in the rest of this Osprey Farpoint 40 review.

Pros

Great as a Carry-On

The main reason I purchased this backpack is to avoid paying for checked baggage during my travels.

I knew I’d be flying with budget airlines, and their baggage fees can be hefty.

Additionally, having a carry-on as opposed to a bigger bag means you’ll have fewer things to worry about.

Not only can checking luggage be expensive but dealing with the drop-off and retrieval of luggage only adds to your to-do list.

This bag works beautifully as a carry-on. Most airlines didn’t check its size, only its weight because it looks so compact.

If you’re forced to pop your luggage into one of those sizing bins, this backpack usually fits, as long as it’s not packed up too much.

Compartments

Osprey doesn’t overload the Farpoint 40 with unnecessary compartments. It has just enough, and these compartments are pretty spacious.

To maximize space, you can use organizing tools like packing cubes or mesh bags.

The mesh compartment in the large area is where I usually place delicates and accessories.

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If you’re as disorganized as I am, it helps to lay this flat and open it up. This way, you can see just where everything is.

This saves from dumping out all your stuff just to find your phone charger at the end of a long day.

Even though it’s front loading, you can easily get into it from the top or its sides. This helps if you’re in a cramped area (like in an airplane).

Style and Design

I’m not a flashy person. The fact that this came in a muted black is another point that attracted me to buy this pack.

Osprey’s ‘Volcanic Grey” colour also meant that I wouldn’t have to worry about my backpack clashing with my outfits. (I may not be flashy, but style is still fun).

It’s not the bulkiest backpack, even though it has a slightly boxy shape to it. This is probably why it was so easy to squeeze this on to so many flights with no problem.

The interior of the backpack is a bright green. This makes it easier to find your stuff, and it’s exciting for those who like a pop of colour.

Versatile

If you’re as indecisive as I am, the Osprey Farpoint 40 doesn’t force you to commit.

There are a ton of straps but it doesn’t make it too confusing. You can tuck them away to turn this pack into the versatile piece of baggage it was meant to be.

Tuck all the straps in, zip them up, and you can easily maneuver this into any overhead. It has a handle so you can forego all the straps and carry it business style.

It’s perfect for those who prefer to travel on the lighter side without having to compromise too much.

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If you want to wear it cross-body messenger style, it comes with a strap so you can do so. Or you can hang it off your shoulder.

This strap is usually less comfortable than wearing it backpack style. But it’s nice that they thought of other ways to wear it, and included it.

Durable

I don’t handle my travel gear delicately. Since I’m usually rushing, or trying to multi-task, this bag usually gets dragged, bumped, and knocked around no matter where I go.

I tug on the zippers like a champ, and I’ve worn this backpack through a variety of weather conditions. Despite all this, it still looks as good as the day I got it.

Osprey backpacks are known to be durable and the Farpoint 40 is no different. I haven’t noticed any tears, rips or nicks at all over my years of owning of it.

It claims to be water resistent and it appears to be true. We’ve wandered in snow and heavy rain and the interior always remains dry. It’s hardy and durable as far as I can see.

Comfortable

Thanks to its padded straps and harness, you can count on this backpack to be comfortable.

It comes in two sizes “M” and “L” which can alter how comfortable this backpack is for you.

Before buying online, I went to a nearby store and tried on the pack to see which size I liked.

Even when I have this packed to the brim. once I have it on my shoulders and the harness clipped, I barely feel the weight.

After long hours of wear though, this backpack might become annoying (more on that below).

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Cons

Compartment Placement

Unfortunately, due to the construction of this backpack (mainly its frame) the laptop compartment is placed at the front of the backpack.

This placement makes the weight management a little awkward since laptops tend to be on the heavier side.

If you’ll be travelling with a lightweight laptop, or a tablet, this won’t be an inconvenience. In the case of my weighty older MacBook Pro, I often choose to carry it by hand if I can.

The mesh compartments at the front of the backpack can sometimes fit a water bottle, depending on what’s packed inside. I think it could’ve easily been added to the sides without adding bulk to the pack.

I also wish there was a pocket on the straps or harness.

Price

As someone who is constantly on a tight budget, the price of this backpack took some thought.

While it’s not overly expensive, you should still expect to spend more than your regular school or uni backpack.

In my case, this meant spending over $200 Canadian. Others are used to this but I have never spent that much on a piece of luggage.

That being said, for what’s included, the durablitiy, and the genius behind the design, it’s well worth the price.

If you’re really on a budget, this might not be up your alley, or you’ll have to save up before purchasing.

Uncomfortable for Long-Term Hikes

I use this backpack mostly on city trips. There are times when I’ve carried this pack for longer than a few hours. Those were the times I really started to feel the weight.

For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend this for long hikes. Since you’ll have this on your back the majority of the day, in might become uncomfortable.

While this is great for long-term travel, if you plan on carrying this for hours on end, it might be hard on you.

You can of course, avoid this by not overpacking and besides that, it’s pretty damn comfortable.

Not ALWAYS Carry-On Friendly

Airlines, especially budget-airlines, are constantly changing their baggage allowance rules.

When I first started flying with this backpack it was in line with most airline rules. Now, there are more airlines that won’t consider this bag a carry-on due to its dimensions.

… for what’s included, the durability, and the genius behind the design, it’s well worth the price.

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Be sure to double-check the airline requirements before boarding. That being said, thanks to this bag’s convenient size, most airlines don’t mind.

Who Should Try This Backpack?

If you’re looking for a lightweight, easy-to-manage pack, the Osprey Farpoint 40 may be up your alley.

It’s perfect for those who prefer to travel on the lighter side without having to compromise too much.

If you’re looking for a versatile bag to take with you on hikes, airplanes, or around the city, this bag is the perfect size.

If you’re a minimalistic freelancer, this backpack comes in handy too. It’s reliable for holding the amount of gear you’ll need.

Worth It?

Short answer, yes. If you have the money, or are willing to save up for a reliable backpack, the Osprey Farpoint 40 won’t disappoint.

I’ve had it for years and it still feels like the day we met.

If you tend to pack a lot of gear, or if you’re looking for a comfortable backpack for the sole purpose of hiking, this backpack may not suffice.

I’ll end this Osprey Farpoint 40 review with this: if you’re looking for a comfortable, reliable backpack, for the lightweight traveller, the Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack won’t let you down.

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