I’m a firm advocate of those who need to figure out their own travel gear and how they can make the act of moving from one place to the next easier. Travel can be extremely uncomfortable sometimes, so finding some gear that makes it simpler and less of a hassle can end up making a big difference while you’re on the road.
One thing I do believe in is having a solid backpack and making sure it suits your needs and purposes. Not all backpacks are created equal, and everyone has a different shape and reason that they might need a backpack in the first place. For me, it’s a bit more complicated than picking out one randomly. I love to hike and I need something that is portable and light, but that I can still carry a few days’ worth of clothing when I travel.
I looked into the Osprey Farpoint at 55 liters. For me, it was important to have a backpack that I could carry on flights, but that was still substantial enough that I could take it up a mountain with me if I needed to. The 55 was a good size for that and although I’ve gotten some raised eyebrows from airline attendants on whether it would fit or not, I tend to have no problem with it. I also love how Osprey is tough enough that I can transport gear in it, as well.
It was the perfect option for hiking volcanoes in Guatemala. I was able to carry my food, tent poles and flaps, camera gear, and some extras with me, and easily pack it the next day to move hotels. The fact that it is such a versatile bag is one of the reasons I love it—along with its best feature, the removable daypack.
When the backpack first arrived, I didn’t think I would be much impressed by the small daypack that “came attached.” I was more interested in the large pack and how much I could hold overall inside. With a single zip, I found I could remove the daypack with no problem, that it was exactly what I needed for day hikes or toting my computer down to a coffee shop. I was not expecting the cushioned back and laptop pocket—which has made it so much better than hauling around a computer bag or trying figuring out another option for my electronics.
There are a few things I would change about the bag, or bags, but nothing major. The hip belt on the larger bag supports the weight a little, but if you are carrying anything over 35 pounds or so, it can start to fit weirdly on your hips. Part of this might be because I am so short and it’s hard to find a hip belt that isn’t too high or low. Also, don’t expect to fit as much in the day pack as you might want. This can actually be a good thing because it deters you from trying to stuff too much in there, but if you are planning on bringing more than a few items, you might have a harder time getting everything you need in there.
Other than these minor details, I’m really pleased with this backpack and how it can serve so many purposes for travelers. No matter what you decide to do with it, Osprey has consistently good products—even though they might seem expensive at the initial purchase. This has become my go-to pack for any trip less than 10 days, and they have a great refund policy in case something isn’t up to snuff.
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You can buy the Osprey Farpoint Backpack at 55 liters here.