Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack | Our Favorite Pack When Traveling Off the Beaten Path

Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack | Our Favorite Pack When Traveling Off the Beaten Path


Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, we’re doing a gear review of the Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack,
and why it’s one of my favorite packs for adventure travel. (light chiming music) I have to admit
that I still use a rolling suitcase for most of my travels, especially when
traveling for business and within the US. However, when I’ve traveled to developing
countries, I found that rolling suitcases are often problematic. Dirt roads,
cobblestone pavement, and non-existent elevators, can make lugging a suitcase
pretty cumbersome. Enter the travel backpack. Now there are a ton of
different backpacks on the market today, and depending on your travel type or
needs, there are endless options and features available. Some are going to be
geared for hikers who want more support and will be carrying their pack for hours on
the trail, while others are geared for travelers. There’s no one perfect bag, but
for me, one has come closer than any other. And that’s the Osprey Farpoint 55
travel backpack. The Osprey Farpoint 55 comes in two sizes: a small/medium model
and a medium/large model. The pack I use is the small/medium model, which has a
capacity of 52 liters instead of the 55 found on the large size. This is the
maximum capacity with a detachable daypack. Yeah, it actually includes a
separate pack that you can use as your daily backpack. The reason I opted for
the small/medium model is that seems to fit the overhead bin for most airlines,
so I don’t have to check in the bag. It doesn’t technically meet the dimensions
of a carry-on bag, but I’ve never had an airline forced me to check it in due to
it’s size. Plus, it easily slides into the overhead bin without any problems. Keep
in mind though that you will need to detach the day pack in order for it to fit.
Here are the top ten features that make this bag so awesome. Number one: Great
suspension and compression. The pack has a light wire frame, great hip belt, and
compression straps in the front. The weight seems to be centered well and
distributed through the hip. Number two: Detachable daypack. As I mentioned
earlier, the pack includes a detachable daypack.
I have to admit that I barely ever keep the daypack attached to the larger bag,
but it’s nice having the option. When I’ve traveled with the bag, I usually end
up putting the smaller pack on the front of my body,
kangaroo style. The daypack has become my go-to bag for day trips and hikes. It
not only has a sternum strap, but also small touches like a built in whistle.
Like other Osprey packs that I own, it looks great and is very functional.
Number three: Lightweight and durable. The fabric is very lightweight and extremely
durable. My bag survived many scrapes along the way, as well as being tossed
from the top of buses. None of the seams or fabric ever tore. Also, the bag got
soaked several times during trips, but it dried quickly. Number four: Mesh back. One
of the worst parts of wearing a backpack is having a sweaty back. That’s still an
issue with this pack, but I love that this backpack has a mesh back. It really
helps with air flow and contact on my back.
Number five: Stowaway back panel. The backpack straps can be tucked and zipped
away in case you need to check in your bag. This not only makes it look and feel
like a duffel bag, but it keeps your straps from getting accidentally tangled
onto objects or compartments. Number six: Padded handles. Another small touch, but
highly useful and comfortable, especially when having to load your bag onto a
plane and overhead compartments. Number seven: Expandability. The bottom of the
bag has straps in case you need to carry a sleeping bag. While I haven’t needed
this feature, it’s nice that it’s included. Number eight: Large zipper
opening. Most backpacks have a more traditional top opening which forces you
to pack from the bottom of the bag to the top. This backpack has more of a
suitcase style opening, which gives you plenty of room to pack and fit
items. I find this to be very helpful in getting items in and out of the bag.
Number 9: Lockable zippers. The main compartment zipper is also designed to
be locked, which is perfect if you plan to check in your bag or store any
valuables when left in your hotel or hostel room. Number 10: Great warranty and
customer service. During my last trip with my backpack, I ended up breaking one
of the ties attached to the zipper. I emailed Osprey and asked if I could get
a replacement for the tie, and they promptly sent me two replacement ties. It
was really nice to know that the company stands by their products and customers. I
highly recommend using packing cubes with the suitcase. It really helps with
maximizing the space in the pack. In terms of negatives, I do wish the bag
would meet the exact carry-on specs so I wouldn’t have to worry about it being
measured or questioned at the airport. Also, I would prefer a little more depth
on the elastic pockets on the side of the daypack. It’s not horrible, but some
extra depth would better secure water bottles and other items. Overall, this is
definitely a great pack for travelers looking for an adventure trip backpack. I
actually contemplated getting this backpack or getting one with wheels
built-in, such as the Osprey ozone series. While having a convertible pack has its
merits, I was really happy with my choice of the Farpoint backpack. For me, having a
traditional rolling suitcase and a backpack seems to meet my travel needs
and requirements. And that’s our gear review. Do you use an Osprey Farpoint or
have a backpack that you recommend? If so, please let us know in the comments
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25 thoughts on “Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack | Our Favorite Pack When Traveling Off the Beaten Path

  1. Thanks for this, I really liked this bag. I think I could use it for short trips (like weekend getaways). I will definitely consider buying it!

  2. I have the Osprey Porter 46 backpack. I've been using it for YEARS both domestically and internationally. Even for cheap airlines it flies as a personal item and not a carry-on. I love how the bag u have has a day pack that comes with it. Nice!!

  3. Nice review.

    I'm also contemplating the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 to go on my back and for wheeled luggage The North Face Rolling Thunder 22".

    Would appreciate it if you could review these too!

  4. The Farpoint makes a 40 L one if you are worried about airline carry-on. I just purchased the 55 today on sale at REI for $130 and look forward to taking on a week euro trip next week 🙂

  5. I'm 5'11" and also use the Farpoint 55 in size SM because it's about 2" shorter than the ML size. I agree with everything you said apart from the Daypack which is really shit, I use a Osprey Daylite 13 instead, it can be equally mounted on the front side due to the two straps.

  6. As a follow up, I own both the Farpoint 55SM and Farpoint 40ML and consider the 55SM to be the overall better pack for carry-on purposes. Whereas the 55 is longer (but not too long to fit in the plane) the 40 is deeper which makes it impossible to fit the bag in slimmer overhead compartments in smaller planes and buses! I had many cases where the 55 would still fit when turned 90° but the 40 wouldn't! That's because the daypack is "integrated" and thus cannot be removed which further necessitates to buy a seperate daypack. Interestingly length of the backplate / back harness is nearly the same on both models, so unless you're way above 6' the small medium size of the Farpoint 55 shouldn't be a problem. Just wanted to point this out since everyone is so focused on the Farpoint 40 on youtube

  7. Kelty owns them when it comes to back support and padding and their pockets don’t go into other pockets like Osprey where you loose space.

  8. Question: Since most airlines allow a passenger two carry-ons (a piece of luggage and a personal item), if an agent said the bag was too big, couldn't you just remove the daypack and be compliant?

  9. I made the mistake of buying the 40l model (doesn't come with a removable daypack), now I'm always troubled by what or how to carry a daypack. I'm thinking of buying a lowepro backpack as a daypack along with it, but I'm worried it'll be too cumbersome to care it along with the osprey. What do you think?

  10. Like the review, i am a fan of backpacks, but i use it not only for developing countrys, but also places like Viena ,backpacks are better than rolling suitcases, New Zealand, even London or New York … wrong way to start a video.

  11. Just came back from the Philippines, after traveling several months with the 40L farpoint I admit defeat, I just bought the 55L farpoint. There is no better option for a backpack with a removable daypack. I tried EVERYTHING combined with my farpoint 40 and nothing worked. This is it.

  12. I got the Farpoint 40 and I love it! I am forced to be more minimal with only 40 litres total. Osprey is an excellent company. The Farpoint 40 does meet the airline specs so I have no issues there

  13. What size would you suggest? I'm 6'0. S/M or M/L? I have some concerns to use the backpack as carry on, did you have some issues so far?

  14. In a product review, I would like to see a lot of the product, do not care so much about the speaker. Nothing personal, just product review specific.

  15. This is the best review of the Farpoint 55 I have seen yet. I found it to be honest and informative. I know I've seen people with the same size of bigger packs get on the plane with no problem at all. I am looking to up size from a 25l pack to the 52l s/m
    Thank you.

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