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Osprey Fairview 55
$220.00 at REI
$239.00 at Evo
$149.00 at REI
|$160 List||$229.00 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Removable day pack, durable, excellent weight-to-volume ratio||Versatile, duffel-like ease of use, simplistic features, max volume carry, upgraded harness system for comfort||Tapered for easy loading, comfortable harness system, adventure friendly, very light||Versatile, sleek, camera box, vented wet shoe compartment||Distributes weight nicely, good structure, attachment clips, daisy chain, sturdy handles, comfortable harness system, plentiful organization|
|Cons||Bulky, can be difficult to reattach day pack, lots of dangly bits||Soft body sags when not stuffed, no exterior easy-access pockets||Does not sit upright, laptop sleeve unpadded||No waist belt or sternum strap, no water bottle holder, back panel not very breathable, tall||Not great for bulky items, cumbersome security loops|
|Bottom Line||This two-in-one pack is the perfect lightweight option for the adventurer looking to be ready for anything||A well-thought-out, user-friendly, and versatile clamshell pack with high-level stuffability and a newly updated harness system for more comfort||With its tapered shape and backpacking pack structure, this is the perfect bag for the outdoor adventurist that doesn't want to spend an arm and leg||With its convertible camera cube, ventilated shoe compartment, and padded device sleeve, this pack was made for the outdoor photographer on the go||A stylish and slim 40-liter three-way travel backpack with stellar organization and a comfortable harness system, perfect for a weekend getaway|
|Rating Categories||Osprey Fairview 55||Patagonia Black Hol...||REI Co-op Ruckpack 40||Mammut Seon Cargo 35L||Topo Designs Global...|
|Packing and Accessibility (25%)|
|Volume to Weight Ratio (15%)|
|Specs||Osprey Fairview 55||Patagonia Black Hol...||REI Co-op Ruckpack 40||Mammut Seon Cargo 35L||Topo Designs Global...|
|Volume of Main Compartment||55L||45L||40L||35L||40L|
|Measured Weight||3.10 lbs||3.35 lbs||2.10 lbs||2.10 lbs||3.65 lbs|
|Volume to Weight Ratio (bigger is better)||17.74||13.43||19.05||16.67||10.96|
|Dimensions||22" x 14" x 9"||22.8" x 8.6" x 14.5"||24" x 13" x 10"||24" x 14" x 9"||22.5" x 14" x 7.5"|
|Carry-on Size Compatible? (22" x 14" x 9")||Yes||Yes, if squished||No||Yes||Yes|
|Stuffed Dimensions||25" x 8" x 14"||22" x 14" x 10"||22" x 9" x 14"||24" x 14" x 9"||22.5" x 14" x 7.9"|
|Fabrics||450D recycled twist dobby polyester||Polyester ripstop with TPU laminate||Recycled nylon ripstop and recycled polyester lining (bluesign approved)||600D waterproof polyester, 840D ballistic nylon||1000D recycled nylon, 400D recycled nylon, 210D recycled nylon, 1680D recycled ballistic nylon|
|Frame Type||Mesh-covered ridged foam AirScape||Foam backpanel||Ventilated mesh||Foam padding||Foam with nylon padded backpanel|
|Access Type||Large U-zip||Clamshell design||Top loading||Panel loading||U-Zip|
|Number of Pockets||Daypack: 2 mesh waterbottle, main zipper, laptop sleeve, easy access zipper. Main Pack: main zipper, 2 internal mesh||5 zip, 8 no zip||6 zip, 7 no zip, 2 water bottle||3 small zippered, 1 ventilated, 1 camera comparment, 1 main||External: 2 large zippered security, 2 water bottle
Internal: 1 laptop, mesh organization
|Waist Belt Type||Padded||Padded||Padded||None||Removable|
|Different Sizes Available?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Volume Options||40L, 55L, 70L||26L, 45L||18L, 28L, 40L, 65L||35L||30L, 40L|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The multifunctional and durable Fairview 55 is a great pack for anyone looking to fit adventure into their travels. It is a backpacking-style bag with a removable daypack, which lends to its multiple functions. From backpacking around Europe to road trips across the US, the comfortable and lightweight nature — plus the ability to carry quite a load — makes this a versatile bag.
The Fairview 55 does not win best for comfort, but after a bit of fiddling, adjusting, and readjusting, comfort can be improved. The shoulder straps and hip belt are sufficiently padded, and the back panel mesh is quite breathable. While this pack is technically made for women or people with a smaller frame, we were sure to place it on the back of folks of all different shapes, sizes, and genders. For very tall, narrow-hipped people, we find that the pack often sits a little too high, but if you have an average to shorter torso with larger hips or simply prefer to wear your pack high on your hips, you may find the fitting of this bag to be right up your alley.
We aren't a huge fan of the way the bag naturally distributes weight, but again, after adjusting and readjusting, you should be able to find the sweet spot. The bag sits high on the hips, and small details like putting the laptop sleeve in the removable pack force heavier items to sit further away from the body, making the pack feel a little heavier than it should. All that being said, with a few adjustments to the hip belt, shoulder straps, and most importantly, the straps which attach the top of the pack to the shoulder straps, we were able to redistribute the weight in a way that felt more comfortable. The newest iteration now allows you to slight the top of the shoulder straps up and down, adding a little more adjustability to the fit. Overall the comfort of this bag highly depends on how willing the user is to commit to trial and error.
As far as features go, the claim to fame of the Fairview is the removable daypack. This pack easily zips on and off of the main body and allows the user to venture out of their home away from home, without having to empty out their belongings and then carry an overly large bag with them just to bring some snacks and a towel to the beach.
The daypack itself features two mesh water bottle pockets and an easy access zipper pocket on the outside. The main large zippered compartment of the daypack features a padded laptop sleeve and a smaller zipper pocket for additional organization. The inside of the large pack has one long mesh zipper compartment which spans the entire opening flap, and the rest is just one large bucket with compression straps. As far as organization goes, we could have used a few more small pockets for travel knick-knacks. The outside of the pack is littered with compression straps and handles, which we greatly appreciated during our travels because the Fairview tends to feel a little bulky.
The easy access pocket, which sits on the face of the small pack furthest from your body, is great for things you'll need on the go like a wallet, but only if you are in a place which you feel secure, as the pocket is an easy spot for thieves to get into without you noticing. We absolutely love mesh water bottle pockets because what is more important than hydration when you're traveling? This pack offers two deep pockets, deeper than the previous version, so they can both accommodate a 36-ounce hydroflask. And, while we love compression straps, we found that they dangled with no place to go when tightened to the max — something that could easily be improved upon. There are also small gear loops scattered around the exterior of the bag, but considering how dangly it is already, we don't feel like we want to add to that, so they tend to go unused. However, the detail is nice in the event that they are needed.
Packing and Accessibility
Having a designated spot for all your travel essentials is very important. There's nothing worse than digging around after 15 hours of travel looking for your glasses or headphones. Overall, the front-loading Fairview 55 does a good job of creating separate spaces for belongings, but it could use another small pocket or two.
The daypack acts as the laptop sleeve and small trinket organizer, while the main compartment is more of a bucket-style catch-all compartment for your clothing, shoes, toiletries, etc. Place your toiletries in a packing cube or toiletry bag to keep them separate from the bulk of your belongings — just in case that pesky shampoo bottle decides to burst mid-flight.
There is no secure place for on-the-go items like passports or wallets. There are, however, two intuitive spots for them. The first of which is the outermost easy-access pocket, but security is low here. The other option is to put them in the smaller zipper pocket within the daypack's main compartment. This puts multiple zippers between a pickpocket and your goods, which helps offer a little more security. The main compartment is quite large, so we were able to pack a significant amount of stuff in there, and it comes complete with compression straps to ensure everything is kept in place. In the larger compartment, there is one mesh zipper pocket that spans the entirety of the opening flap. We used this area for undergarments, swimwear, and socks.
Due to its backpacking pack shape, plus the removable daypack, the Fairview has a tendency to be quite bulky no matter how you fill it. It also has one of the largest volumes of all the bags we tested. There are many compression straps scattered around the outside of the bag, which do a wonderful job of minimizing the overall volume; however, this pack pushes the limits as far as a carry-on goes. If you are hoping to hop on a plane with no grief from TSA agents, this might not be the pack for you.
Volume to Weight Ratio
This is where the Fairview 55 excels. The bag weighs just over 3.1 pounds, which isn't the lightest in our test suite, but it holds 55 liters! That is almost the largest carrying capacity in our test suite and the combo of that and its relatively low weight give it the best volume to weight ratio in our review.
The 55 liters of this pack refers to what can be held in the main compartment and the removable day pack combined. The fact that you can separate the overall bag into two bags gives you tons of versatility in regards to what you can carry and how you can manage your gear once you arrive at your final destination.
The 210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop fabric of the Fairview is advertised as weather resistant. We did notice beads of water rolling off the pack, but it wasn't long until small puddles began to penetrate it, so we highly recommend a rainfly if you are planning to travel anywhere that is particularly wet. This pack does not come with a rain cover, but Osprey does make one you can purchase separately, which, from our research, seems to fit quite nicely. Overall, the zippers are thick and robust and refrained from snagging during our time with this pack, and we were pleasantly surprised by how easily the daypack zipped on and off.
Should You Buy the Osprey Fairview 55
The dual function of the Fairview makes it a very intriguing value case, as you are essentially getting a day pack and a travel pack for the price of one. This bag falls into the middle of the road as far as cost goes, and, in many respects, so do its features. We absolutely adore the idea of the removable daypack, but Osprey's execution could use a little work. The features and organization could be improved upon, but if you are looking for something that will be comfortable to backpack around Europe with that won't totally break the bank, this is a really great option.
What Other Travel Backpacks Should You Consider?
If a backpacking pack is what you're looking for and the Fairview 55 is a smidge out of your price range, the next obvious option is the REI Ruckpack. This bag is best for outdoor gear but works just fine as a normal travel pack too. For ultimate comfort, the Tortuga Outbreaker 45L is about as close to perfect as you can get, however it is bulky and heavy. If a budget-friendly, personal item is more what you're looking for, the Mammut Seon Cargo has some unique features like a convertible electronics pocket and a ventilated compartment.
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