Do you find yourself looking for that perfect travel backpack, but do not know which one to choose? There are endless choices to consider and many A + manufacturers to fit any preference, style, and budget. The search can be overwhelming to the point of frustration without even making a decision.

In my no frills Osprey Farpoint 40 review, I will unveil some of the most important features so that you can decide whether this backpack is for you without actually buying the pack (yet)!
                               

Osprey Farpoint 40 Review – Here’s The Skinny

Product DescriptionThis backpack can be whatever you need it to be. It can take you anywhere from a weekend getaway to a multi-week adventure trip. The light wire frame suspension system transfers the weight of the pack off of your tired shoulders and back onto your hips effected by the hip harness buckle. The suspension system can be fully zipped and stowed away for ease in storing the back or checking it in. Then the bag can be carried with a detachable shoulder strap.

The padded mesh back panel keeps you cool as it maintains an effective ventilation system. The same mesh padding used to cover the back panel also covers a side and top pack handle for comfort in slinging the back into a trunk or overhead bin.

The Farpoint 40 has a dual compression system (internal and external) that prevents the contents from shifting during transport and reduces the size of a fully loaded backpack.

This pack opens fully in a clam shell manner, making all contents visible and accessible. The shallow side of the pack’s interior has a large flat mesh compartment to organize smaller items within the pack.

On the opposite side of the interior mesh compartment are two padded stretch fabric compartments accessible from its own separate exterior zipper. The larger of the two compartments is secured by a velcro fastener to stow a large sized laptop. The smaller compartment is secured by a horizontal sipper and easily fits a full-sized tablet.

Also accessed from an exterior zipper is a small pocket on the upper part of the bag that contains a key hook and plenty of space for stowing a handful of small items in an easily accessible location.

Specifications

Dimensions – 27 x 17 x 5 inches

Weight – 3 pounds

Capacity

  • Small/Medium Size – 38L
  • Medium/Large Size – 40L

Guarantee

Osprey boasts an ANY reason LIFETIME Warranty

Pros

  • Price – This is a budget friendly bag from an experienced backpack manufacturer. Bottom line, Osprey makes quality bags and this one can be picked up for under $200.
  • Carry on accessibility – Almost all airlines in the world will permit you to bring this beautiful pack on the plan with you so you save on luggage fees and keep your belongings close.
  • Comfort – The mesh padding manages to accomplish a high level of comfort when carrying even the heaviest loads. You will never worry about nylon straps tearing indentations into your sides. The Farpoint 40 has your back on comfort, literally. All you have to do is your itinerary.
  • Durability – I have taken my Farpoint 40 to the Far East and on a few mountains and many places in between on trains, planes, and automobiles, and it holds up well. From the moment you open the box and slide the first zipper, you will have no doubt that the pack can handle all that life has to offer.
  • Lifetime Warranty – You do have to pay for shipping, but Osprey has a no questions asked lifetime guarantee. They will repair or replace your damaged pack.

Cons

  • The laptop and tablet compartments are on the outer part of the bag. These electronics are the heaviest single items in the luggage and would be best stored close to the back to best distribute the weight. I have found myself having to repack my bag to account for the odd weight distribution. The compression system helps, but does not solve this problem.
  • No easily accessible pockets for cash, keys, tickets, and ID on the hip pockets. My Osprey Aura 50 has hip harness pouches where I can stow these items, but I need them more for urban travel than on camping trips.

Do Not Buy The Osprey Farpoint 40 If –

        • You do not want to pack light and leave some daily conveniences at home. No worries though because the Osprey Farpoint 55, 70, and 80 still have you covered to haul more in your packs.
        • You do not want to carry your luggage on your back. Think realistically here. I know that most of you are searching for a backpack because you know that you want a backpack. However, someone you may be searching for your first backpack (and the Osprey Farpoint 40 is a great first backpack). If you are not accustomed to carrying your luggage on your back, but you want the option, remember that this pack has no wheels. You can still have a backpack and keep your wheels too, but this is just not the pack that allows it.
        • You are looking for a good camping backpack.
        • You are looking for a real gear bag for your photography and sound equipment.

Buy The Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack Right Now If –

        • You seek to travel the world light with only the essentials. Make no mistake, you can still bring a lot of essentials in this bag.
        • Airline carry on capabilities are a must on your list. But be careful not to pack the bag too full to capacity on this one. It’ll fit, but may need some extra glide to slide in smooth. Personally, I do not like being that passenger on the plane that takes more than 5 seconds to stow my backpack in the overhead bin before taking my seat to allow others to pass, but that’s just me.
        • Your travel tech needs involve your always-on-hand laptop, tablet, or both.

    . . . if you fit into this category, click here.

18 Comments

  1. Backpacking is a passion of mine and a high-quality backpack is a “must” for me. Your review is very detailed and thorough, I feel I’m actually seeing the bag!! And ever since my North Face backpack “passed” I was looking for a new one to replace it.

      1. I can do nothing to save my NFB’s life. Someone wanted to rob me and slashed it while I was carrying it, somewhere in Fez, Morocco. He managed to take nothing; I noticed that something was going wrong at once and he ran away, but he did huge damage! R.I.P. NFB!
        How about writing an article on safety tips when backpacking? It would be of great help!

        1. Okay, so that bag is gone. So such a horrible thing to happen, but better to sacrifice the NFB than you! Backpacking safety tips is a must have on this blog. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I really like that this backpack has a big enough compartment for my ginormous laptop. And the fact that it opens up like a suitcase is really cool so that I can arrange all of my clothing in it like a suitcase. Thanks for listing all the dimensions as well. It’s great to know that this will fit in the overhead compartment of a plane when I’m traveling. Great review. I’m sold!

  3. This looks like a wonderful backpack! I have not been using my backpack lately because it stresses my neck and shoulder too much. I love that this one unzips in such a way that I will be able to see all of my stuff. The lifetime guarantee is amazing. I have known people to take advantage of similar warranties with other companies after owning a product for many years. Thanks for the great information!

    1. The hip belt feature takes the brunt of the weight off of your neck and shoulders, but I also recommend packing heavy items at the bottom of the bag to reduce neck stress. The alternative is a convertible backpack with wheels. Osprey makes one of those as well, but I have not tried it myself yet.

  4. Hi Rachael,
    You are definitely a lady on the move. Thank you for sharing about the places you have been in your “About Me” section. It is nice to get to know you a little.
    I think this is a very well done review of the “Osprey Farpoint 40”. The suspension system is a great feature to help ease pressure off one’s shoulder.
    Also, having things not shifting around is a great bonus of the backpack.
    I really like the “To buy or not to buy” section. You weren’t just trying to sell a product. You’re helping consumers make an informed decision on a product.
    The “Osprey Farpoint 40” looks a very good product at a decent price.
    Just curious, what are some other places you plan to visit in the future?
    Also, I bet you have some interesting stories to go with the places you have been. Will you be sharing some of your stories in the future? I would love to hear some of them.
    Good job, Rachael.
    Thank you,
    johnny, the Grey wolf.

    1. Hey Johnny! I have stories for days and will certainly be sharing some of them as I post more here. To answer your question, there are still many places that I plan to go, but my next long journey will hopefully take me to the Middle East (methinks UAE first – majestic, I hear).

  5. Dear Rachael
    Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is amazing that you show people where to start and what steps to make towards their dream-like travel. I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey

  6. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about light packer backpack and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for light packer backpack and I think I’m going to get osprey farpoint for me next trip! )
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)

    Thanks!

  7. Having lived through a broken backpack strap experience on a recent trip, I can’t stress the importance of having a good bag. It was such a hassle trying to lug a broken bag around with all of my worldly possessions. Thanks for the review, will check out the Osprey collection.

  8. Thanks Rachael for laying out the details that need to be considered in buying a backpack. Plus, letting us know if Osprey Farpoint 40 will be a great fit for us or not.

    I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard of the brand. But with it’s size, weight, and price I would say that Osprey Farpoint 40 is a perfect for light packers like me. Although it’s a shame that you still have to carry another bag or a belt bag for example to put your cash, tickets etc.

    But, I’m still willing to check it out.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Mina. The way I get around not having the hipbelt pockets is to wear pants with pockets. Otherwise, I use the small zip pocket on the top of the bag and have to retrieve my items by taking the bag off.

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