Having a good travel backpack is an essential part of traveling comfortably. My traveling habits have changed since my trip to South East Asia, where I carried a very uncomfortable backpack full of unnecessary and bulky items. When I did my research on what backpackers and digital nomads used, I came to brand Osprey. And I am glad I believed those reviews and bought one for me. Therefore, if you are searching for a good backpack, here’s Osprey Farpoint 55 review to help you decide which one to buy.
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Why Osprey Farpoint 55?
When I was traveling to South East Asia, I had a hiking backpack with me. I admit that backpack was a cheap bargain, as I whole my trip was on a very low budget, thus, I didn’t want to pay too much for a luggage. And after a while of being an “official” backpacker, I realized I made a mistake. Not only it hurt my waist and shoulders, but it started to rip and break down in some parts due to heaviness as well as an abusive treatment from bus drivers.
Moreover, I realized that the top opening backpack is so annoying in such travels as I had to unpack and repack every time I wanted to find something. So, for my trip to Croatia, I decided to buy the one that would be durable, comfortable, and with a suitcase opening. From what I have seen and read on the internet, everyone was satisfied with
Osprey backpacks come in different sizes, shapes, and colors to satisfy almost every kind of a traveler. They are lightweight, durable, and pleasant with a simple design! The Osprey Farpoint backpack has two great features – suitcase opening and a well-padded suspension system that hiking and trekking backpacks have.
Osprey Farpoint 55 review in depth
Ok, let’s dive in into more detailed review why I fell in love with this backpack.
Osprey Farpoint 55 size guide
One of the main reasons I chose Osprey Farpoint 55 is that it’s a 40L backpack with detachable daypack of 15L. This comes so handily! I don’t have to take another purse and a camera bag with me when I wander the streets of the city I am exploring. I can put every valuable thing here and not worry if someone will rob me back in a hotel or hostel.
However, if you don’t care about this feature, you can save some money by getting Farpoint 40. Both Farpoint 55 and Farpoint 40 are considered to be a carry-on size, meaning that you don’t need to check your luggage and take it on board. Farpoint 70 is much bigger and a great choice if you like having a big backpack and don’t mind checking it every time you travel.
The sizing of Osprey Farpoint 55 is a bit tricky. It comes in two sizes: S/M (60H X 33W X 30D) and M/L (63H X 33W X 30D). You can choose which one is best for your body, by measuring your body parts and corresponding the size guide at the official website of Osprey. I am 175 cm high and S/M size fits me perfectly.
Technically speaking, this bag is a bit too big to be a carry on due to the size guide of many low budget airlines, but I had no problem taking it on board of Pegasus Airline and Wizz Air.
It has a good suspension system
The great suspension system is what makes Osprey Farpoint 55 a convenient backpack to wear. As I have waist and back problems, one of the most important aspects of choosing a backpack is exactly its suspension system.
Shoulder straps are soft and well padded, so it barely hurts after a long walk with a full backpack. Moreover, they are easily adjustable to your taste. Its padded hip belt balances the weight on my whole body, which is very rare find in other travel backpacks.
Most Osprey backpacks have an additional feature, I found so helpful: both shoulder and hip straps can be safely zipped away so no one can treat it aggressively and ruin the backpack.
It opens like a suitcase
The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack opens like a suitcase. Because of such front-loading, you can easily grab something you like instead of unpacking and packing again with the backpack that has a top opening. Trust me, it’s makes everything so easy and simple. Even my husband, Oto, who was skeptical about me getting this backpack, he said that he would put his hygiene packing cube in my backpack next time we travel together.
Space is not huge, but big! I had so much stuff here, including a dress for a wedding, sandals, gifts for my friends, clothes for 23 days, a hat, and all the other essential things.
Detachable daypack is a savior!
As I said above, one of the great features of this backpack is its detachable daypack, enabling me to travel light. You might think that walking like this might endanger me to thieves, which is true at some point. BUT, the daypack has one inside pocket on a zipper, plus the straps that secure the daypack to the main backpack prevents thieves to easily open it up. Therefore, I wouldn’t worry much about it, but just in case, always be cautious.
However, if you are still not comfortable walking around like that, you can detach the daypack and attach it back from the front, so your valuables are in the vicinity and no one can grab it suddenly.
Carry like a usual bag
In addition to shoulder straps and hip belt, the Osprey Farpoint backpack has two padded carry handles — on the top and on the side. It might not seem like a huge deal, but this carry handle enables you and everyone else to easily unload or load. Besides, you can carry them as it is without putting it on your shoulders.
I don’t think I need to say something more. It’s noticeable how much I enjoyed my Osprey Farpoint 55 on my recent trip to Croatia. There are not many downsides, the only one I could think of is the inside space of the main backpack. It lacks some pockets or other organizational dividers, so having a packing cube makes everything simple.