Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack Review – 1 Year Test | Popular Travel Pack | Women’s & Men’s Perspective

Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack Review – 1 Year Test | Popular Travel Pack | Women’s & Men’s Perspective


Hey it’s Tom from Pack Hacker and in this
video we’re going to be taking a look at the Osprey Farpoint 40 – both the large
and the small versions. Here at Pack Hacker we share our travel tips and tricks, we
share guides and we do travel gear reviews just like this one. So if you’re
new here, consider subscribing. Nathan, our video editor and contributor,
and also a vlogger over at ‘Always a Friday’, has been traveling with the
Osprey Farpoint 40 along with his partner Rebecca for about the past year.
So we put our heads together and we came up with some thoughts on the Osprey
Farpoint 40. Let’s jump into the review. [upbeat music playing] If you’ve ever searched the internet for
‘best travel backpack’ or wandered around your local camping or sporting goods
store, chances are you’ve come across the Osprey Farpoint series before. It’s one
of the most popular bags for travelers due to its availability.
Now the Farpoint comes in four different sizes — a 40 litre, a 55 litre, a 70 litre and a
whopping 80 litre backpack. Now the ones we’ve been testing are the 40 litre versions. They’re the only ones that fit to carry-on specifications. And since
we’re all about traveling as lightly as possible here at Pack Hacker, these bags made the most sense. Being six foot four I went with the ML version or the
medium/large version. And Rebecca being five foot seven went with the SM version
or the small/medium version. Now they’re both exactly the same bag, but the SM
version is a tiny little bit shorter and has two litres less capacity. And I’ll be
bringing Rebecca a little bit later on in the video to come in and get her take
on the bag and just the small differences between them. Now after traveling with
both these packs for over a year we think we know them pretty well. So let’s
get into it. The Osprey Farpoint looks like a travel
backpack and that’s fine because well, that’s exactly what it is! It comes in
three different colors with the obligatory fancy names – a Volcanic Gray, a
Jasper Red and a Caribbean Blue; or in other words – grey, red and blue. This pack
comes in at 3.17 pounds or 1.44 kilograms. And at maximum
dimensions this pack is 21 inches in length, 14 inches in width and
9 inches in depth. So the main material of this bag is 210D Nylon Mini
Hex Diamond rip stop. And that basically means it’s some pretty strong
lightweight fabric. The rip stop material of this bag basically means that it’s
resistant to any tearing and rips, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Now
the ML version of the bag we had has done incredibly well without showing any
signs of wear and tear. But the SM version of the bag has got some very,
very small tears and kind of pretty much just little nicks basically. Now we’re
putting this down to the fact that we checked this bag into the hold of an
aircraft a few times and the way they kind of throw them around and they go on
the belts etc. Whereas this one we didn’t and that’s done absolutely
fine. Now obviously these bags are meant for carry-on so I wouldn’t worry about
it too much. And the good thing is, is that this rip-stop material has
basically meant that the small kind of nicks in the material have stopped and
they haven’t gotten any larger. So that’s good. Now this bag doesn’t claim to be waterproof but we found it to be very,
very water resistant. That being said however, if you’ve got laptops and
notebooks in the front of this thing you’re still going to want to pick up a
rain cover. And what this will do is go over the entirety of the front of the
pack and just save it from any potential downpour that you may find yourself in.
Now we only used this maybe once or twice in a year, but it’s great to know that
you’ve got it in your bag if you need it. Now at first glance it doesn’t look like
the Osprey Farpoint has too much fancy stuff going on, but there’s actually some
really nifty stuff here. Now one of our favorite things about this bag is that
the back, the straps harness and hip belt all zip away at the back of the bag. So
you unravel this thing here, fold it over the back and basically strap it up. And what this does, is it means that everything is hidden at the back of the bag and there’s basically no loose stuff coming
off. And this is really handy when you’re say at the airport and you’re getting onto
an aircraft, or you want to store it away. And obviously you can have the straps at
the back, but it just makes it so much easier that they are strapped away and
hidden. And we really, really like this feature. For added security the zips on
this bag are lockable, which basically means when you push them together
they’ll provide a little hole for you to pop a padlock through. Now these zips
aren’t YKK, but we found them to be really durable. As we said before we’ve
had this bag for over a year. We’ve had the bag super full and really yanking at
the zips, and we haven’t had a problem with any of them – so all good there.
Adding even more security to this pack are the compression straps on the front
of this thing. Now what happens here is when you’ve
strapped this in, what it does is it pulls a bit of material over the zip
basically. So that means when this thing is strapped in you can’t undo the zip,
which is really cool. And also they help with a little bit of sturdiness when you
pop something in the front this bag. We like to pop our tripod in the front here
and that’ll go under one of these straps and it will just secure it a little bit
more tightly. That being said with the mesh pockets on this thing, when this bag
is really full and all the room is compressed inside there’s not too much
room in here. You kind of struggle to get like a hand in. But it will work with
small bottles but anything too large, when this bag is full, you probably can’t
get it in. Now the shoulder straps on this thing are comfortable and well-
padded, and you have the hip belt and the sternum strap for added load-lifting
comfort. Now when the hip belt isn’t locked in it doesn’t flail around too
much, and also the sternum strap doesn’t dig in either –
so all solid wins in this department. Now this bag has a top handle and it also
has a side handle as well. Now they’re really nice and really well padded, but
they’re hardly ever used. And also they throw in a shoulder strap, which is this
thing here. It attaches onto these two points here but if you’ve got this bag, a
40 litre bag at full weight, you don’t really want it hanging off your shoulder.
But nevertheless they’ve given it to us. We’ve never used ours but you can if you
want to. Now the main compartment in this thing is a large clamshell design. And
what that means is that it opens up all the way so you have access to everything
inside all at once. And Osprey sums this up really well on their website by
saying it’s carried like a backpack but packed like a suitcase. Now with this bag,
because it’s a clamshell design, you don’t necessarily need packing cubes but
we’d still strongly recommend them for the added organization. Now in this main
compartment you have a large mesh pocket here. And although you can’t put anything
too bulky in there we found it works really well with our Cocoon Grid-It. And
that will just slide in there and you can zip up really easily. And also inside
you’ve got some compression straps – which basically means when this bag is full you
can put them over the top of everything and just compress everything down if you
need to. Other than the main compartment, there’s also this front compartment here.
Now at first glance it looks pretty big. And when it’s empty you can probably
think you’re gonna fit a load of stuff in there. But when the main compartment is
full and you’ve got everything in there as tight as it can be, what happens is
that this front compartment gets really compressed and the same with the mesh
straps on the front – you can’t really fit that much in here. That being said
however – the laptop compartment, which will fit a 15-inch laptop really easily,
is really good. There’s a bit of padding, not a crazy amount, but ours have been
completely fine. Also there’s another mesh pocket here as well and that’s good
for say tablets or smaller notebooks, and we found it good for
notepads as well and bits of paper – it’s really handy. One of the downsides to
this pack however is that the laptop compartment is on the front. Meaning when a laptop is in here usually they’re quite heavy and it sits quite far away
from your bag when this thing is on your back. Meaning the weight distribution isn’t as good as it necessarily could be. There is
one last little pocket on this thing and this is this little one at the top front
of the bag. Just a small zip pocket. You won’t fit too much stuff inside of here,
but it’s good for kind of quick grab items like passports, maybe a hand
sanitizer, pens and stuff like that. Great for when you’re going through an airport
and you just need to chuck things in it really quickly. That little pocket
comes in super helpful. And also one last thing to know about this pack is
that the straps here, when they’re done up, you don’t actually have access to the
zips. Meaning if everything’s done up and you need to grab something out of the main compartment, you’ve got to undo these little straps here
and then get inside the bag. So again one of the main reasons this little small
pocket at the front comes in really handy. We’ve been using these Osprey 40-litre backpacks for just over a year now. We’ve had them up in the mountains of
Nepal, we’ve had them on Cambodian beaches, even on the back of a scooter in
Myanmar and we’ve trusted them the entire time. Even though we’ve only had a couple
of rips and tears just in this pack here, Osprey do offer what they call an
almighty guarantee. Now at first it sounds great and it will cover you for
the lifetime of the bag. That being said however it may not last as long as you
would think. Now Osprey determined something called a ‘reasonable lifetime’
and with these bags in particular, they say they’re used everyday which means
the reasonable lifetime may be shorter than you would think originally. Now
we’re not entirely sure how long it is with these bags, maybe a couple of years
but definitely not a lifetime. Now I’m going to pull Rebecca in who is
going to give us a quick insight into the two different bags, and also her
quick take on it all. Hello! So Nathan had the ML bag and I had
the SM. I’m around five foot seven, Nathan is around six foot four, and we found the
cutoff to be about five foot eight. So one thing that’s very important to note
is that even though it’s called the Farpoint 40, the SM is actually only 38 litres. Now in
comparison I noticed a really big difference. You wouldn’t have thought you
would, but at full capacity I found Nathan’s bag really, really too heavy for
me and the actual size a bit too big for my back as well. So if you’re five
foot eight and under, I do recommend that you get the SM size. So
what I really loved about this bag is the zips are fantastic; there was no
issues with those. And I love that you have so many pockets as well – inside,
outside, the laptop sleeve – these were as handy and I sort of hung my boots on
these as well. I mean yeah I absolutely love this bag so much. Now on to some of
the pros of this pack – we found the longevity to be really good even after
one year of pretty full-on travel they’ve held up really well. Even though
we’ve just had a couple of small tears and nicks on this one, because of that
rip-stop material they haven’t gotten any larger. The straps, harness and hip
belt on this bag all zip away which is really handy, and creating a low-profile of
carry when you’re getting onto an aircraft or you’re stowing this bag away.
This bag is also very comfortable even at full capacity, which is great because
when you’re traveling this thing’s going to be on your back nearly all the time.
Now on to some of the cons – when the main compartment is full, when you’ve got
everything crammed in there, it does limit the space in the front
compartment and the front mesh pockets. The laptop compartment is at the front
of the bag which means that when it’s on your back it’s quite far away from your
body, which isn’t ideal for weight distribution. And finally the
questionable ‘reasonable lifetime’ guarantee. We’re not entirely sure how
long Osprey will cover this bag and it just gets a bit confusing if anything
were to go wrong with it. Thanks for taking a look at our review
of the Osprey Farpoint 40. If you’re not there already
head over to packhacker.com and you can kind of check out the full review that
we’ve done in text format. We sometimes add additional detail in there, and we’ll
always keep track of everything on the usage timeline as this thing continues
to kind of hold up and we use it for longer. Also be sure to check out Nathan
and Rebecca at ‘Always a Friday’. They’re doing some really great traveling around
Japan, Malaysia and now they’re doing a lot of Europe. So be sure to follow them
for some tips and tricks and just general travel guides. Thanks for
checking this out, we’ll see you in the next video. The stunnin, stunnin. Hello!
just coming, very British hello. The longevity … longevity … [upbeat music playing]

100 thoughts on “Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack Review – 1 Year Test | Popular Travel Pack | Women’s & Men’s Perspective

  1. this is one high quality review! Thanks you for that. I've been using the farpoint myself for quite some time. And I totally agree. Even tough I do think that it could be a tiny bit more comfortable around the shoulder straps.

  2. Nice review just bought one myself off seeing this. I have a question. What packing cubes do you use and what size?
    Cheers

  3. Thanks for the great review and info! We ended up opting for the Porter 30L instead of the Farpoint 40L. We purchased both, packed/unpacked each and found that we could "just about" fit as much in the Porter. We think it's partially because of the laptop placement. The Porter puts the placement along your back, versus the Farpoint which has it in the flap part. Once the laptop was in the flap, we felt that it limited how much could fit due to the more dome shape of the Farpoint…versus the rectangular shape of the Porter.

  4. I’m thinking about bagpacking and I’m a pretty small person 5’3 and 107lbs and I’m thinking about getting this bag on a summer trip to Southern Europe . Would the S/M of this be a good choice or would there be another bag good for smaller individuals?

  5. Great video! I love this bag. I bicycle commute and I use this bag everyday. I find I can easily carry tools, extra clothes, food, water, sunscreen and then I still have plenty of room for anything else my day calls for. It’s very comfortable even when fully packed. I also recommend the packing cubes as it just makes finding things easier.

  6. To improve the water resistance of mine M/L size I use Nikwax Solar Waterproof spray on it, which makes it waterproof, hopefully. – I also have what is called a small rain cover (I think it is called), which is large enough to place the M/L into, and other things into the rain cover bag. Do not buy the medium/large rain cover because the strap will probably be too long. I'm about 6' tall. Best to test before buying. Once purchase the correct size the next thing to do is master adjusting; shoulder, chest and waist straps to balance the load perfectly to weigh less.

  7. Great review! I wasn't aware that there was an S/M size of this bag when I bought mine. I'm 5foot2 and the M/L bag definitely is not the right size for me.

  8. Hi! Great review. I'm going to Japan for 3 weeks and in some cases I will be without my suitcase periods of 4-5 days, so I'm looking to carry this bag. I'm 1,80m tall, should I get the S/M or the M/L version? Thank you!

  9. The red Jasper that u have is d newer version..the other is older version. They also have s/m size for the new version. Fyi.

  10. Not sure if it has been commented yet, but the new models of Farpoints and Porters moved the laptop to the back of the bag, which is lockable, now the bag is more balanced and the risk of breaking the lap top is reduced. the only down side is that the front pocket is not longer lockable, so if you have to say check in the bag, you can't put anything in that pocket as it can be open easily. The main pocket still lockable.

  11. Fantastic review, very thorough.
    One question, can you recommend a similar sized bag but with the laptop sleeve next to your back?
    Thanks

  12. i m sold going to buy this bag. i want small portable. going to carry only sportswear coz its light and dries quickly. looking for some waterproof shoes. i guess merell hiking would do but if u have some nice suggestion plz tell me. shoes or sandals or both and if both which ones specially for beaches. flip flops would do ???? tnx

  13. I think a lot of people don't understand the purpose of a travel backpack. I brought my Farpoint 40 through SEA and hoped from hostel to hostel. My friends just brought hiking backpacks. When moving between hostels, my friends would have to unload everything to find what they needed while I just had to open my pack and just pick out what I needed and close it up. It was so easy for me because I didn't have to unload everything. I also flew a couple of times during my trip and am glad that I don't have to be concerned about checking in my bag. I really don't want to push the limit and have my pack go through check-in. I worked for the airline before and I know how workers move your bag without regard to breaking the contents inside the luggage.

    I got the S/M size. It feels like I have a 35L rather than a 38L or a 40L. 35L was just enough and I had room to spare throughout my trip. I didn't carry anything valuable (ie laptop) and I didn't buy any souvenirs. If I did find something worth buying and it didn't fit in my bag, then I would ship it home. Yes its pricey, but I am not going to lug anything around throughout my trip because it can become troublesome/annoying real quick.

    Sometime within the next year I will try to take my Farpoint 40L hiking and overnight camp. I will have to buy lightweight gear. If it works out, then I'll try 3-4 day treks. The front two pouches can be used for hiking sticks or tent stakes. I don't think my 40L is big enough for long treks, but I'll try to make it work.

  14. hmm I dont understand why anyone would go backpacking with this. its a suitcase with crappy shoulder straps, no real suspension system, no hipbelt. why would anyone take it hiking over something like an aether or an atmos? using as a duffle is one thing, walking around with it and boots hanging off etc, you need a real backpack not a glorified one.

  15. I thought Osprey's guarantee was for the lifetime of the customer, not the bag. Their website says they'll replace anything they can't repair, even if you bought it in the 1970s.

  16. What a great, unbiased review! So refreshing. I'm glad to see there is a resource like this for us travelers where we don't have to listen to some corporate shill being fed lines by Northface or Nike or whoever. Thanks for doing this Tom!

  17. Pick up the Farpoint 40 here: https://packha.kr/8wzu Check out our full review here: https://packhacker.com/travel-gear/osprey/farpoint-40/

  18. Love your stuff. What holds more stuff farpoint 40 or the minaal carry on 2.0? thoughts between the two?

  19. Great review! I’m looking to get this bag before I begin my backpacking journey in thailand. Definitely made my choice a lot easier 😊

  20. I have the Osprey Fairview 40, and I absolutly LOVE it! 😍 So mutch that I bought this Farpoint for my husband, for our trip to Mexico!

  21. I cant seem to find this pack in the color black. I can only find it in volcanic grey. Anyone know where I can get it in black?

  22. Everyone seems to love Osprey and it seems to be a good backpack but I'll never understand why the Osprey backpacks are designed with a laptop bag in the front instead of the back. That doesn't make any sense and it's a complete no-go for me. So I'm looking into an Eagle Creek. REI Rucksack looks great too but they're only being sold in the US.

  23. i still prefer my rush 72. I just got back from a month trip and it held all my clothes and stuff that i brought

  24. Have you tried the Farpoint 55? It has a 40L main pack to use as a carry-on and 15L zip-off daypack. I recently bought one and will be using it to travel to Rome from the US in a week. I liked that I would be able stow away the main pack in the overhead compartment while keeping the daypack with me with my tablet and anything else I might need mid flight.

  25. Great review. I would point out that having the laptop on the outside (front) part of the backpack can be better for the laptop than if it is in a sleeve directly between your back and the fully loaded/weighted backpack. If your pack is fully loaded, any time you are leaning even slightly forward, some of that weight is pressing forward against the laptop. The larger the laptop (such as a 15" vs a 12 or 13", the more flex the case and screen will have. At minimum, you'll end up with key cap oil (from fingers) leaving squares on your screen; at worst, you can bend the laptop itself. So I prefer the less than ideal weight distribution of having the laptop on an outside sleeve.

  26. Got another question; the new 2019 model according to osprey they say, the laptop compartment was moved to the back of the bag like the porter series, is this true?

  27. Thanks you guys for a clear easy to understand and thorough review. Love the British accents ! And really appreciate the male and female take on this product, especially regarding size – thats soooo necessary and thoughtful.

  28. Strap cover is great, no need for a backpack duffel when I checked it (bought port wine once). My absolute fave feature is the compression straps. I sit on my bag to tighten the strap to shrink the profile by half to be more carryon friendly when the gate agents eye my bag. Other than it not being able to stand up when put down on the floor, I have no complaint after using it for long travel in the last 3 years.

  29. Really am thinking to buy this bag! But I want to take my camera with Lenses with me. And need a bag for transporting it when hiking. Hmmmmmm

  30. Can u review eagle Creek Utility 40l national geographic. https://www.eaglecreek.com/shop/national-geographic-guide-series/utility-backpack-40l-ec0a3sbg?variationId=010#hero=0

  31. Just a tip, be sure to measure your torso. I almost bought a S/M because it mentioned that’s what the 5’7” person had in this video (I’m also 5’7”). But I measured my torso and I’m well into the M/L. Look up the Osprey bag size chart and instructions on how to measure your torso.

  32. Great review guys, thanks. Can you confirm which rain cover you use for this? The link in the full review is to one that says it's 15-30l? Cheers!

  33. Great review!
    Regarding all these lifetime guarantee etc it might work if you live in certain parts of the world etc.

    If I buy a pack and I'm currently living in Thailand but travel a lot in my work- and it breaks I will probably need to send it away.

    One of my bags broke on a job in the US, I can't send it away I need a bag so I had to buy a new one.

    Also I not only probably have to pay for the postage and packing but I can't use the bag for some time. So will this be cheap at the end -probably not. So all these guarantees (no matter what brand) doesn't mean too much unfortunately, at least that's what I think.

  34. are you able to stack packing cubes in this bag (say the small and medium sizes) or is there only enough room in the main compartment for a single layer of cubes?

  35. Thanks Nathan and Rebecca for a fantastic review! Very helpful info about this bag in particular that its dimensions are within limits for carry-on bags.

  36. This looks like a great pack. I’m using an osprey kestrel 48L backpack, it’s top loading. It’s a bit bothersome having to dig through my stuff and clothes even with packing cubes. I kinda like how you can open the zippers in the Farpoint and have access right away to your clothes she stuff. In the future I will definitely look into the Farpoint or porter series. But maybe more towards the Farpoint coz I want something I can trek with to Nepal

  37. Seems almost perfect, except for the water bottle pocket placement which I feel like could be a deal breaker for me… I really need access on the go. Was this an issue for you guys?

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