Osprey Farpoint 40 Review:
The Hiking Backpack That Doesn’t Look Like One
Do you wish to go on a trip without carrying an attention-grabbing yet a must-have hiking backpack? If yes, Osprey Farpoint 40 might be the answer.
A bag can spell the difference between a rewarding and a troublesome hiking trip. These days, you can choose from various hiking backpacks that are well-suited to your traveling needs. Hence, you have no excuse to grab an inappropriate pack for your outdoor adventures.
For the past few years, tall and bulky hiking backpacks have been the norm. Osprey shakes things up by designing compact traveling bags. One of those is Farpoint 40.
What’s so striking about this backpack is that it looks a whole lot different from others of its kind. Does it seem like the perfect match for you? Read more to find out if it truly is.
Farpoint 40 Product Details
- Available Colors: Caribbean Blue, Jasper Red, Volcanic Grey
- Available Sizes: 2 (S/M and M/L)
20H X 14W X 8D inches (S/M),
21H X 14W X 9D inches (M/L)
- Weight: 3.11 pounds (S/M), 3.17 pounds (M/L)
- Capacity: 38 liters (S/M), 40 liters (M/L)
If you are 5’6’’ tall or below, the S/M size will fit you nicely. If you are taller than 5’6’’, you can go for the slightly bigger M/L size. You can refer to Osprey’s website in case you want a more detailed chart regarding the sizes.
The majority of the backpack is made from 210D nylon while its bottom and accent is from 600D packcloth. Both materials are tough, water-resistant and easy to clean.
There is also mesh at the front, at the back panel and inside the main compartment of the backpack. The mesh at the back helps improve ventilation as you carry the bag.
This bag lets you roam around the city and go on a mountain trek without looking like a typical backpacker, all thanks to its minimalistic design. It also doesn’t matter what your height or gender is. There is a suitable Farpoint 40 backpack for you.
At 3 pounds, this backpack is certainly one of the most lightweight out there. Other backpacks tend to be heavier than that, which add up to your total load.
- 1 Main Compartment
- 1 Laptop Compartment
- 1 Exterior Pocket
- Attachment Points
- Padded Hipbelt and Shoulder Straps
- Lockable Zippers
- Two Front Compression Straps
- Front Loading Style
- Padded Top and Side Handles
- Back Panel Flap
Farpoint 40’s main compartment is relatively spacious when you compare it to other backpacks of similar size. There is a mesh pocket inside where you can keep undergarments. You can also place your travel documents or personal care products therein. Just make sure you pack such items in water-proof pouches.
There are also a handful of straps inside which will keep your packing cubes in place while in transit.
The second compartment has a sleeve where you can fit in a 15’ inch or a smaller laptop. You can also pack your gadget accessories herein. But to be organized, you have to put them in a pouch before you place them on this compartment.
The bag’s exterior mesh pocket is located at the front. You can put your water bottles, snacks or map herein.
If you have used clothes, shoes or other items you can’t (or don’t want) to pack inside your bag, you can hang them at Farpoint 40’s attachment points instead. Doing so spares you from the burden of carrying those items by hand.
Padded Hipbelt and Shoulder Straps
Farpoint 40 has shoulder straps, chest straps and hipbelt. The backpack’s LightWire frame suspension allows the transfer of the weight from the shoulder straps to the hipbelt. The hipbelt and shoulder straps are both padded to ensure optimal comfort. The chest straps aren’t padded and are pretty much optional. If you have large chest, the chest straps will just cause you discomfort.
There are dual lockable zippers for each compartment. These zippers are hidden under a hood for a neat look. Such design also makes it a little bit tougher for pickpockets to steal something from your bag.
Two Front Compression Straps
The dual compression straps are located at the front of Farpoint 40’s mesh pocket. These straps help ensure your bag remains compact. They also keep your bag’s contents in place as you carry it or as you let it sit on the overhead compartment of a moving train, bus or plane.
Front Loading Style
The bag’s front loading style allows convenient packing and unpacking. If you need to unpack an item placed at the bottom of the bag, you can simply put the bag down and fully open it. You don’t have to mess up the other contents in process like you would do with a top loading styled backpack.
Padded Top and Side Handles
The backpack also has two handles; one at the top and one at the side. You can use these handles if you don’t feel like carrying the bag in your back. These features (along with its relatively small size) also make the backpack a carry-on compliant. That means you can bring it to the airport without checking it in just like you would do for other backpacks or suitcases.
Back Panel Flap
Farpoint 40 comes with a back panel flap that is intended to cover the straps at the back. This feature is advantageous when you use the backpack like a duffel bag or a carry-on bag.
Not-so-Good Points about Farpoint 40
Osprey’s Farpoint 40 is a great backpack but it still has some not-so-good points. For instance, it lacks a side pocket where you can put a water bottle. You have no better option than to keep your water bottle at the front pocket. However, you have to put the bag down or ask your companion to get it for you.
If you fully pack the two compartments, the front pocket will also become pretty much useless. The space will become much limited. Perhaps, the only items you can place are maps, bus tickets and other small items.
The bag has limited interior pockets, too. Additional interior pockets could help spare you from using more packing cubes.
Though it is a handy backpack for your weekend getaways or overseas trekking trips, the bag’s 38- or 40-liter capacity makes it a not so ideal option for multi-day trips. But then again, Osprey has larger backpacks which are more suitable for such kinds of trips.
- Minimalistic and unisex design
- Compact look
- Ease of packing and unpacking
- Comfortable to wear
- Carry-on compliant
- No side pocket
- Too few interior pockets
- Not suitable for multi-day trips
All in all, Osprey Backpack Farpoint 40 is a great bag for both men and women travellers.
It also looks good regardless of your size. You can wear it comfortably whether you are walking around the city or trekking in mountainous regions. It may have downsides but those will not matter if you pack right.