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Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack Review
The smallest backpack from Osprey’s ever-popular Farpoint series, the Osprey Farpoint 40 is the baby of the group including the 55L, 70L and the giant 80L options. However, if you’re looking for a backpacking companion for the coming months, we’d argue that the 40L is the pack to choose!
- Perfect size for carry-on backpacking
- Competitively priced
- Harness, straps and hip belt can be zipped away
- Multiple colourways
- Water bottle access somewhat restricted
- Laptop sleeve a little confusing
- Volume: 40 litre capacity
- Weight: 1.4kg
- Dimensions:(H) 54cm, (W) 35cm, (D) 23cm
- Suitable for: Travel, Trekking, Backpacking
Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack Review
The Osprey Farpoint 40 is the travel backpack, popular with backpackers, global travellers, trekkers, digital nomads and just about everybody else choosing to live out of a backpack.
The backpack, just like the sister packs of the 40, comes in two sizes with the S/M and the M/L with the former sneakily the slightly smaller volume of 38L and the latter the true 40L advertised. If you’re under around the 5’8″ mark, the smaller of the two will be the best fit with the larger option suiting those over the 5’8″ decider.
At just 1.4kg, the Osprey Farpoint 40 is one of the lightest backpacks of this size, in part thanks to the material choice of the pack, something your back will thank you for in the long run.
Outside the backpack
We’ll get things started by taking a look at the outside of the pack, namely the business end with an impressive harness situation.
There’s tonnes of support with a pair of sturdy shoulder straps, a sternum strap (complete with a jazzy whistle) and a hip belt to keep that weight cemented to your back. But it’s the bags ability to zip them all out of sight that’s the genius solution. It’s not just a fun party trick, but keeps all the strappy bits from snagging on anything and everything when in transit. This is great for storing the bag in the cargo hold on busses, under the seats on planes, but most importantly, minimised the chance of a snagged and lost bag when checking the pack into the hold of the plane.
Moving on from geeking out over the strapless scenario and on to the zippers where you’ll find some top-quality items straight out of the YKK factory. In our Farpoint testing, we’ve not had a single issue with any of the zippers and with some serious force applied with some very full bags, we’re happy to see them on all of those in the Farpoint series. But, they’re not just tough, but clever too with the option of padlocking the main compartment of the pack if desired – perfect for peace of mind when you’re separated with your belongings.
As you’d expect from a high-quality travel backpack, the Osprey Farpoint 40 comes with a pair of grab handles located on both the top and side of the bag. These can be used to carry the bag, although, with a travel backpack like this, they’re perfect for manoeuvring the pack into awkward spaces rather than transporting long distances.
Inside the backpack
Moving inside the pack and the main, large clamshell design is perfect when living out of the bag whilst on the road, a lifesaver when compared to the traditional top loaded pack.
The easy-to-open and easy-to-see design ensures that everything packed can be accessed with ease, reducing the need for packing cubes, but not totally. As with every other backpack that we’ve covered, we’d recommend a good quality set of compression packing cubes – it’ll make life so much easier. There is also a pair of compression straps found inside of the main compartment, proving incredibly useful for packing everything down nice and tight inside the pack. Finally, covering the front side of the main compartment, you’ll find a large mesh pocket, great for narrow items, laundry and raincoats etc.
Moving on to the second, smaller section of the pack, you’ll find the space drastically decrease when optimistically packing the main compartment. It’s a bit of a shame really, but some smaller or more flexible items such as jumpers can be encouraged into the section, but it will leave you a little deflated. However, it’s the laptop sleeve and separate zip pocket that’s the main event of this pocket and the padded pair make for a great addition to the pack.
Although the laptop sleeve is a good addition, it does seem like the padding would benefit from an addition laptop sleeve and the location of the PC is strange being so far away from your back. If you’ve got a bit of a heavier laptop, expect to feel the effects as your body rocks backwards. The sensible option would have been to locate the PC sleeve directly behind the harness, but with the zipper designed to hide the straps away, space is a little tight. There’s no single solution and the placement on the sleeve may be a little strange, but we think that the Osprey Farpoint 40 may have found the best solution.
We’re not quite finished with the inside of the backpack just yet thanks to the top pocket perfect for throwing need-to-reach-but-also-keep-safe items. We’re talking passports, mobile phones and wallets as the perfect candidates. This pocket is the easiest to open compartment so anything you may need to access on the go should be popped in here.
Material and durability
The standard Osprey 210d Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop is the material of choice on all Farpoint products from Osprey and is some of the toughest, lightest stuff we’ve had the pleasure of using.
Three colours are available for the Farpoint 40, two of which have fun names with Volcanic Grey, Jasper Red and plain old Black to choose from. The Volcanic Grey was our test choice for the 70L equivalent and can confirm that a number of the same were spotted on our travels – if you want to stand out and spot your pack from distance, red’s the winner for you.
Testing the backpack
Although we’ve not yet given the Osprey Farpoint 40 a good run out, we have spent the best part of 6 months with its big brother, the Farpoint 70 and we’ve learned plenty along the way.
First of all, we can guarantee that the 40L pack is the size to have and when carrying the 70L for distances long and short, I cannot emphasise enough how much I wished for the 40L. Durability-wise, the pack is incredible with a near-new feel after months of hard travel and the ripstop technology proves to be a tough and lightweight solution backpackers can really rely on.
From customer reviews, we can see that the second compartment is a little on the frustrating side and that is something that could be improved with a backpack rework.
Both looking at the facts and with near 6 months of everyday testing with the Farpoint 70, it’s clear that the Farpoint 40 is the best backpacking solution in the Farpoint lineup.
The Osprey Farpoint 40 is one of the all-time best backpacks for travellers whether they’re new to backpacking or are experienced global wanders. The 40L size has more than enough space for all travel essentials within a carry-on size for a large number of airlines.
To cut a long story short, we think that the Osprey Farpoint 40L is one of the best backpacks for travelling available to purchase today.