When I went backpacking for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what backpack I had to get. After looking at a ton of different brands and different kind of backpacks, visiting multiple stores and watching almost every YouTube video about backpacks out there, I bought the 40L Farpoint Osprey backpack in the size S/M. Today I thought I’d share my thoughts on the little thing.
Because, yes it’s small – very small. Which means that you can take this bag as carry-on luggage (perfect for budget airlines!), but that you won’t be able to take those extra pair of fancy shoes. For the particular trip I was on and my travelling style, the size was perfect. 40L gave me enough space to take all the travel/backpacking basics with me and forced me to not overpack – although it actually might surprise you how much you can fit in it. I was travelling to hot countries and thus did not need a lot of space for bulky winter clothes and shoes. If I were to travel to somewhere where it’s cold for a longer period of time, I think I’d personally need a bit more space. But this really depends on how much stuff you want to take with you and on the kind of trip you’re going on.
This backpack surely has been through a looooot – rain, dirty floors, airports, salt water, and boat/bus staff that just threw the thing like it was nothing. But surprisingly, the backpack still looks like it is brand new. The material can simply withstand a lot and the ripstop makes it resistant to tearing and rips. They don’t offer an “all mighty guarantee” for nothing. Even though Osprey doesn’t claim the backpack is waterproof, I did find that it handles the typical tropical rain storm perfectly!
I packed this backpack to the max and it was very heavy (for me at least) and was a bit scared that the bag wouldn’t be comfortable. However, the mesh ventilated backpanel and harness made it perfect to carry it around. You almost can’t feel the weight – okay you can, but it’s a lot less worse than you would expect. What I love most about the backpack that the whole harness and hip-belt can be zipped away. This makes it perfect to stow the bag in the cabin of the aircraft and make it a lot easier to put the bag in lockers in hostels.
The bag consists of one big main compartment, a small top stash pocket, two dual mesh front pockets and a front pocket that includes a padded laptop sleeve. Both the front compartment, as the main compartment can be locked with a separate lock. All the compartments made it very easy to organise my stuff, however, for the big main compartment packing cubes were necessary, since it doesn’t include any dividers (except for a zip-up mesh part that I didn’t use at all). The compression straps make it very easy to keep all your stuff together and, yes, compress everything nice and tight. If you’d like to use the mesh pockets in the front for a water bottle, you should keep in mind that when the backpack is fully packed, it’s almost impossible to put anything in these pockets.
All in all, I think that the Osprey Farpoint 40L is the perfect traveller backpack for people who like to travel lightweight and want to take their backpack as a carry on! I absolutely loved using this backpack and it was perfect for the particular trip. I was mostly very happy that I didn’t have to struggle carrying this thing around and could move myself around comfortably, because it’s super small (but can still fit a lot)!
If you’re interested, you can get the Osprey Farpoint 40 here. Also, last year Osprey introduced the Osprey Packs Fairview 40 which is made to fit a female frame and thus (probably) would have had a better fit. However, even though the Farpoint is a male backpack, this didn’t bother me at all.