Osprey Farpoint Backpack review
This is a unique travel pack with a detachable day pack, the Osprey Farpoint has a taller yet slimmer design that is actually a lot easier to carry than the normal travel packs that tend to be quite bulky. The whole frame for this travel pack will successfully transfer the weight to an extra soft padded hip belt, which makes it easier to carry when the 55 liter backpack is filled to the hilt. It is great because it can go from being a great travel pack, to an every day bag that has multiple uses when you are traveling.
There are plenty of convenient features that can help with making your travels so much easier. Even though, there are no external pockets, the detachable day pack can either clip to the front shoulder straps, or zip it to the back of the travel pack. This happens to be one of the best features of the whole thing. When you are traveling and you don’t want to constantly carry around a bulky backpack, you can take the smaller one with you. Although, if you plan to fly, it doesn’t actually work as a carry on and it has to be checked.
What I found to be another awesome feature, instead of being ramrod straight against my back, is that it actually mimics the shape of your back. If you tend to travel a lot, no one wants to have that stiff turtle shell. The fact that it allowed me to have complete movement while I had it on was great. It was all around comfortable.
The awesome zip up flap makes it easy to conceal the shoulder and hip straps to protect them when not in use. The other cool thing is that it has lockable zippers. The hip belt has an ergo pull buckle that allows you to tighten it by pulling towards your belly button instead of towards your hips. That makes it a lot easier to tighten or loosen when compared to other travel packs.
When you are front loading, the panel almost unzips all the way down making it easy to grab what you need, or to pack everything away. The built in compression packs also help to keep everything in place when you don’t need it and the cinch straps on the bottom help to keep it in place as well. Now lets get on to the Pro’s and Con’s.
- Great durability
- Easy to pack and unpack
- Detachable day pack
- Comfortable straps
- A bit big to be considered a carry on for flights
- Stands over a foot out when fully packed from you back
The truth is, this backpack is great for those who need something for backpacking trips, to overnight stays. It will keep everything where it needs to be, as well as being completely adjustable. Although there aren’t any external pockets, you can pack everything you need and then some. I would highly recommend this backpack to anyone who needs a durable, yet comfortable travel backpack.