The Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack Reviewed
Sometimes, you just got to have it all, especially when you’re traveling.
However, it’s hard these days to have a travel bag that’s as sturdy and spacious as trekking backpacks yet as convenient as suitcases, but also allows you to take the bag with you as a carry-on. Not many travel backpacks have all these qualities, but one company tries to take on this challenge.
As the company Osprey puts it, the Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack is “Backpacking carry technology with an urban aesthetic and a zip-off daypack.”
At first glance, the Farpoint 55 looks like any other ordinary big backpack–until you take a closer look.
Features Of The Farpoint 55
The Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack can hold up to 55 Liters, or approximately 3,356 cubic inches. The backpack itself measures 25″H x 13″W x 13″D.
The Farpoint 55 has a stowaway harness and hip belt that makes the bag safe whenever it’s away from the owner. These protect the backpack from malicious, suspicious people who might take an interest in the bag.
The stowaway back panel covers the hip belt and harness system to hide them and create a slimmer profile when not on your back.
The harness and hip belts themselves are designed to wrap fully and securely around your body. The backpack also has front compression straps to secure the backpack onto the wearer in transit. These keep the gear stable and the weight as close to your body as possible.
Whenever you need to hoist your backpack, the padded top and side carry handles will provide more comfort in doing so. The pads also reinforce the actual straps, preventing them from easily tearing.
Another feature that most other wearers will notice is the zip-off daypack, which is perfect for lighter day trips. This Fairpoint Daypack also conveniently attaches to the front harness, so you can easily get your gear essentials.
Since the bag is designed to hold up to fifty pounds of weight, you can easily pack up for a long weekend or an even longer trip. The internal compression straps within the compartment secure the load even more.
Aside from the main storage compartment, the Farpoint 55 also has multiple mesh pockets within for smaller items. Everything within the bag is also safe, since the sliders that access the main bag compartments are all lockable.
With the latest update on the Osprey Farpoint 55 backpack, even the daypack are now equipped with lockable zippers for that necessary protection.
Finally, although this does not add or subtract to the functionality of the backpack, the Osprey Farpoint 55 comes in jasper red and volcanic grey. It also comes in two size points: small/medium and medium/large.
What We Liked About The Farpoint 55
The most notable feature that most owners of the Farpoint 55 liked is the detachable daypack, which in itself could contain about 15 liters and is perfect for a simple day trip. You could also bring along the daypack portion of the backpack as a carry-on, to have more expensive essentials like gadgets and money right with you during the flight.
The Osprey Farpoint 55, while not a trekking backpack itself, has a suspension system like most trekking packs. The suspension system (which includes the internal backpack frame and adjustable shoulder straps) makes it easier for you to bring along the Farpoint 55 on treacherous terrain because it supports both your load and your back.
Another convenient feature of the Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack is the way it opens. Unlike most travel backpacks, the Osprey Farpoint 55 can open up like a suitcase. This makes packing and unloading so much easier, because now, you don’t need to dig through everything just to get something. If the Farpoint 55 is accompanied by some travel cubes, then packing and unpacking would be extremely convenient for you.
The ability to zip away the main straps and stow them in the stowaway back panel is both a convenience and good security measure. Not only does it make stealing your back much, much harder, it also makes your backpack look sleeker whenever you’re not carrying it on your back.
What We Didn’t Like
The Osprey Farpoint 55 has quite enough space for a long weekend getaway, but trekkers who want a lot more space for longer travel times will find this backpack still a bit too small. Then, there’s the issue of the daypack; you might not necessarily need or want a detachable daypack. In either case, it would be better to purchase a different model to suit your needs.
The size of the backpack itself lends to its good amount of storage, but that also means that the Farpoint 55 is too large to normally have as a carry-on. This holds true even if you remove the daypack. Some airlines might give you leeway and let you hold onto it if it’s not full, but you shouldn’t count on it most of the time. If you are not satisfied with holding on to just the daypack in the plane, it would be better to purchase a smaller Osprey backpack.
While there are pockets on the interior of the backpack, there are no exterior side pockets or pockets at the hip belt. While this does make the design sleeker and more secure, it could be mildly inconvenient if you’re used to having small items readily available on the outside of your backpack.
Another thing that the Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack lacks is a rain cover. You would have to purchase this separately from Osprey, and it’s priced at $50. This extra expense for what some other brands already include in their backpacks may be quite a disadvantage.
It also protects the actual straps from baggage personnel who might carelessly throw your bag around. You don’t have to worry about being unable to carry the bag when the main straps are stowed away, though, because the padded side strap does the job.
Another great security feature is the lockable zippers on the main pack of the Osprey Farpoint 55. Not a lot of travel backpacks have this feature, so these lockable zippers are a huge advantage point for users of the Farpoint 55.
The backpack is also relatively safe from abuse because it is made of durable heavy duty 420D nylon, something that is difficult to wear out.
Should you have any unforeseen problems with the Farpoint 55, however, Osprey’s “All-Mighty Guarantee” will give you peace of mind and your money’s worth.
Finally, while not a functional feature at all, the colors and aesthetic design of the backpack are unobtrusive. They won’t ever distract or take away from the goodness that is the Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack.
While the Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack is not perfect, its drawbacks are only minor. Otherwise, it’s still a convenient and safe choice for travellers who like having the best of everything, with the suspension system of a trekking backpack and the convenience of a suitcase.
It’s also a versatile bag for those who like taking short day trips as well as long treks. Many adventurers have taken this backpack to exciting month-long journeys, and maybe you should as well.