Carly and I both invested in new backpacks before we set off on our most recent adventure.After hours of researching, trawling through YouTube and reviews online we settled on Osprey Farpoint/Fairview 40L backpacks.
The Fairview is the new female variant of the tried and tested Farpoint, featuring a slightly smaller size and slimmer straps for smaller shoulders.
The Farpoint/Fairview come in many different sizes, but as we were planning to travel with hand luggage only the 40L pack was perfect for us. The 40L is specifically designed at the maximum carry on size for most airlines.
Although it may sound small at 40L, you’d be surprised at how much you can squeeze into it. The way I see it, a smaller pack is better, if you have a bigger bag we all know you’re only going to fill it.
Carly and I are travelling for a minimum of 8 months, living out of these packs and we have everything we need and a little room to spare (me more so, you know, girls and packing)
If you really want to maximise your space I strongly recommend PACKING CUBES!
I don’t know when and where these came from, and how long I have been without them, but they are literally the best invention ever!
The packs have a big spacious main compartment that opens up all the way around like a suitcase. Top loading backpacks are a pain! But with the Osprey you can get to everything with ease without having to unpack your bag to get to that important item you packed at the bottom for safe keeping!
The main compartment also has internal compression straps to keep the pack looking small and keep things secure as well as a mesh pocket on the top side.
If you’re travelling with a laptop, like we are, the Farpoint is perfect!
The top pocket opens half was around the pack and has a padded laptop and tablet sleeve. The padding is actually really good and being at the front makes it very handy to get to when going through customs (especially carry-on only) as they ask to remove any laptops or electronics.
I don’t travel with a tablet but as you may see the sleeve fits my travel documents wallet and GoPro perfectly.
The zips on all the compartments are really heavy-duty and have good quality padlock loops.
Probably my favourite feature on the backpack is the way you can zip away the shoulder and hip straps. This makes the bag look tiny, and very handy for storage and putting into the over head lockers on planes.
The straps themselves are padded and very comfortable, probably the best I’ve had on any backpack!
With the many ways to adjust the fitting, after a while playing around you can get it to fit so well if feels like you’re carrying no weight at all.
We can’t recommend the Osprey Farpoint and Fairvew 40L backpack enough!
It’s a very popular back and for very good reason. From long-term backpacking to hiking day trips it is literally perfect.
So if you’re in the market for a new backpack don’t look past the Osprey. It’s very high quality and durable, and also comes with a lifetime guarantee (depending on the country you bought it).
I hope this post helps.
If you have one of these packs, or anything similar you’d like to recommend, please let us know in the comments!