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Osprey Farpoint 55 Review

This is a great travel backpack with a lean toward outdoor-centered international trips.
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Price:  $180 List | $152.97 at Amazon
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Pros:  Easy to pack, comfortable, high capacity, detachable day pack
Cons:  Frame makes main pack too big for a carry-on
Manufacturer:   Osprey
By Lyra Pierotti ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 17, 2016
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  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Features - 25% 6
  • Packing & Accessibility - 20% 6
  • Durability - 15% 7
  • Weight Per Volume - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Osprey Farpoint 55 looks like a backpacking pack, and does very well outdoors. The suspension is rugged and very comfortable, and stows easily behind a durable zippered flap for transport with the airlines, making it an obvious choice for international backpacking trips. It's a great travel option for trips that will include a lot of walking, maybe some backpacking, and even some rock climbing or other outdoor adventures. It has a detachable day pack which is also very comfortable, and further makes this pack your all-in-one luggage piece. The larger pack, when disconnected from the day pack, is too large to be a carry on; this would have been an excellent feature. But on long international flights with multiple connections, it can be nice to be light on your feet through foreign airports.

Minor Cosmetic Changes Since Testing
Osprey changed the logo design since we tested this bag.


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Pros Easy to pack, comfortable, high capacity, detachable day packGood suspension, lightweight, affordable, gobbles gearVersatile, duffel-like ease of use, just the right balance of travel featuresVersatile, durable, comfortable, intuitiveLightweight, durable, affordable, highly versatile, can become a daily use duffel
Cons Frame makes main pack too big for a carry-onSquare design protrudes from back, too big for some airlines checked baggageBackpack straps not comfortable for long distances, gear sags in soft structure when not fullSmall hip belt, not best for long distances with heavy loadsLess organization features, not set up for traveling with electronics
Bottom Line This is a great travel backpack with a lean toward outdoor-centered international trips.The Porter 46 is a durable, easy to pack travel backpack, but may be bulky for some airlines or uses.Another stellar product from Patagonia; thoughtfully designed, rugged, easy to use, and fortified by the Ironclad guarantee and cutting edge company ethics.The Overhaul is an excellent, versatile, and intuitive travel backpack with well balanced features.A great small duffel with shoulder straps for a variety of travel purposes.
Rating Categories Osprey Farpoint 55 Osprey Porter 46 Patagonia Black Hole MLC The North Face Overhaul 40 Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler 45L
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Specs Osprey Farpoint 55 Osprey Porter 46 Patagonia Black... The North Face... Eagle Creek Cargo...
Volume of Main Pack 40 L 46 L 45 L 41 L 45 L
Measured Weight 4.02 lbs 3.23 lbs 3.35 lbs 3.78 lbs 1.61 lbs
Dimensions (Inches) 25 x 13 x 12 (M/L) 21 x 14 x 12 22.8 x 8.6 x 14.5 21 x 12 x 7 22.75 x 8.75 x 12.5
Carry-on Size? 22 x 14 x 9 in No Must be cinched down Yes, if squished Yes, if not stuffed Yes, if squished
Volume of Daypack 15L N/a N/a N/a N/a
Measured when stuffed (inches) 24x15x12 22x14x12 22x14x10 21x13x10 22x13x9
Fabrics 210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop, 600D Packcloth 420D Nylon Hex Diamond Ripstop, 420HD Nylon Packcloth Polyester ripstop with TPU laminate 420-denier ripstop nylon Bi-Tech Armor Lite
Frame Type Peripheral LightWire alloy frame Stiff foam Foam backpanel Molded padding None
Access Type Panel loading, zips all the way open Panel loading, zips all the way open Clamshell design Panel loading Top and panel loading
# of Pockets 4 external 3 zippered 5
Laptop sleeve Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Waist Belt Type Padded Padded None Unpadded strap N/a
Sternum Strap Yes, whistle Yes, whistle Yes Yes No
Different sizes? S/M, M/L No No No Yes
Volume Options 40L, 55L, 70L, 80L 30L, 46L, 65L N/a N/a 60L, 90L, 120L

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Farpoint 55 was a solid performer in this travel pack review. It scored well across the board, but nearly topped the charts in our top three categories: comfort, features, and packing & accessibility.

The Farpoint Comes in a Variety of Sizes
If you love the features on Osprey's Farpoint 55 Pack, be sure to check out their different sizing options to choose size that's right for you. Their sizing includes the Osprey Farpoint 40 all the way to the Osprey Farpoint 80. Whichever capacity pack you choose, we think you will enjoy all the features the Osprey Faipoint has to offer.

Performance Comparison


The Osprey Farpoint 55.
The Osprey Farpoint 55.

Comfort


Osprey's Farpoint 55 travel backpack earns top marks for comfort. The Farpoint looks more like a traditional backpacking pack, while other travel backpacks look more like a soft suitcase. Though this makes the Farpoint stand out a bit more in airports, it is at home in more rugged, rural, and backcountry travel settings, and a great option for those on international backpacking adventures, who often stay in hostels.


The Farpoint is most comfortable around 35 pounds, having one of the highest comfort ranges in the review. You can take the daypack off and have a supremely comfortable fast-and-light pack option as well, for toting around town, or to take on a short bike tour or day hike--this pack covers comfort at both ends of the pack weight spectrum. The day pack, we found, was comfortable up to about 15 pounds, but lays flat against your back with lighter loads.

The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack. Daypack zipped on pack  top; zipped off  bottom right.
The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack. Daypack zipped on pack, top; zipped off, bottom right.

The LightWire Frame suspension of the main pack is as comfortable as many of Osprey's backpacking and climbing packs. The day pack does not have a hip belt, but it is small, so it really doesn't need one (it probably won't carry enough weight to irritate your shoulders).

We especially liked the clever buckles that hang the day pack comfortably in front of your body when carrying both the main and day packs at the same time. This feature means you don't have to the shoulder straps of the day pack behind your shoulders, which then pulls your shoulders in opposing directions.

The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack's daypack is great to use by itself  but it also clips easily and ergonomically to the front shoulder straps of the larger pack.
The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack's daypack is great to use by itself, but it also clips easily and ergonomically to the front shoulder straps of the larger pack.

Features


Our favorite feature on the Osprey Farpoint 55 is the detachable day pack. This is an immensely useful design for travel. When you arrive at your destination, throw down the pack, unzip the day pack, and you're light and free to travel around town.


The features within that day pack are also excellent: there are several small, useful pockets, a padded sleeve to protect your laptop, and a zippered pocket that will keep smaller electronics, like a tablet, secure and padded as well. The outer mesh water bottle holders are also big enough to hold your 1 liter Nalgene water bottle.

The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack has plenty of room for lots of gear  and compression straps in the big pack to help it all fit. These straps help make it easier to pack your gear in the floppy sided main compartment.
The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack has plenty of room for lots of gear, and compression straps in the big pack to help it all fit. These straps help make it easier to pack your gear in the floppy sided main compartment.

One disagreement arose among our testers: when you detach the day pack, the main pack is not carry on size. For some, it would have made much more sense to have a modular pack which could separate into one carry on and one personal item, thus meaning no checked bags at all! That would be awesome.

However, some of our testers preferred to be light on their feet in the airport, as it can be fatiguing and irritating to wait in long security lines with all of your luggage on your back, and sometimes it is just easier to throw your toiletries and any sharp items into a checked bag rather than measuring out your shampoo and combing through your bag for anything which might alert the X-Ray guards at TSA. Depending on where you stand, the fact that you cannot check the main pack may be frustrating, or it may be a non issue.

Osprey addressed this exact issue with the Ozone Duplex 60 which has a carry-on sized "duffel" that attaches to the smaller day pack. Separate the two and you have your carry on and your personal item! Putting the larger compartment on the outside may seem nonsensical, but we found that this part was best for clothing and puffier, lighter weight items, so it didn't make the bag feel too unwieldy or unbalanced. Clever!

If airport travel is irrelevant, the Kelty Redwing 44 has similar features, and is very comfortable, but is a little smaller and simpler.

The Osprey Farpoint 55's lockable zippers.
The Osprey Farpoint 55's lockable zippers.

The Farpoint has lockable zippers on both the main and day packs. It has very useful buckles on the shoulder straps of both bags which allow you to carry the big one on your back and the day pack in front (as mentioned in the Comfort section above). It has very handy handles on both the main and day packs which lend confidence when grabbing the pack from any side or angle, with or without the day pack attached, off a baggage carousel or anywhere else you might be grabbing and tossing it.

The Osprey Farpoint 55 with the larger  or "main" bag's straps all zipped up  stowed  and ready to be checked at the airport.
The Osprey Farpoint 55 with the larger, or "main" bag's straps all zipped up, stowed, and ready to be checked at the airport.

The suspension system can be protected if you're checking this bag by zipping a protective flap over the shoulder and hip belts. On the other side of the pack, the outer compression straps clean up the bag, making it more sleek and compact for travel on the baggage carousel, but also compressing it into a tighter, more maneuverable load when on your back.

There is no rain cover on this pack, which sometimes comes built in on backpacking packs, so if you need one, be sure to find one that fits, or just carry some heavy duty trash compactor bags which you can pack your luggage into (as a liner inside the backpack, or even over the top of the pack, in a pinch).

Packing & Accessibility


The Farpoint is the largest travel backpack in this review. As such, this is the bag to take on extended international trips, including those in which you might be doing some backpacking.


The daypack has padded laptop and tablet sleeves, so if you use the daypack as your carry on, it is very easy to pull out your electronics at the security checkpoint.

The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack daypack easily carries a laptop AND a tablet  with nice padding to keep them safe  as well as comfortable on your back.
The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack daypack easily carries a laptop AND a tablet, with nice padding to keep them safe, as well as comfortable on your back.

For some, it might make more sense to have a backpack that separates into a main and day pack, like the Farpoint, but which becomes carry on size with the day pack as your small "personal item". With this system, you don't have to check any bags but get to maximize your carry on luggage with only one travel pack. Osprey has addressed this niche with the Osprey Porter 46, also one of our award winners, by advising consumers that you can attach one of their day packs to the outside using the sewn gear loops. Kind of a stopgap, we think, but maybe that works for you. For now, we are relatively happy with one checked bag and the small day pack.

The capacity of the Osprey Farpoint 55  travel backpack: all in! Easy to fit in this one as it is our largest bag in this review. (The standard set of gear  top  was packed into each bag to compare capacities with an actual load rather than relying on the company's reported volume numbers.)
The capacity of the Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack: all in! Easy to fit in this one as it is our largest bag in this review. (The standard set of gear, top, was packed into each bag to compare capacities with an actual load rather than relying on the company's reported volume numbers.)

The Farpoint was not the easiest to pack due to the floppy sides of the main compartment. This is in contrast with the more rigid foam side panels of the Osprey Porter 46, which made packing a breeze. However, you can pack this bag as a top loader by simply unzipping the top and stuffing things inside, similar to how you would pack a backpacking or technical climbing backpack.

Also, the Farpoint has a more substantial backpanel than the Osprey Porter 46, so we didn't have to pay as much attention to what we packed against our backs to ensure awkwardly shaped, hard objects didn't end up protruding into our backs.

If you prefer the free-form organization of a duffel, check out the Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler which is so light and compressible that it stuffs into its own side pocket.

Durability


The Farpoint 55 was above average for durability among packs in this review. It was not made of the toughest fabrics, but they were more than adequate for travel and backpacking use, while remaining lightweight and supple for extended carrying times and odd shaped loads (like what you might take for a few days of backpacking). Of the two backpacks most appropriate for backpacking in this review, the Farpoint and the Kelty Redwing 44, the Farpoint is the more durable option.


The workmanship of the bag was definitely up to Osprey standards: great zippers, strong sewn seams, durable buckles and straps. No issues to report!

Weight & Capacity


The Farpoint 55 was the heaviest travel pack in our review, but it also has the highest capacity, and it is technically two packs. As such, it didn't get the highest rating for weight/capacity, due to some tough competition, but we thought it did quite well in this category. The Kelty Redwing 44 nudged slightly ahead of the Farpoint in this category.


Value


This is among the pricier travel packs in this review at $180, but given all of the features, the durability, the excellent comfort, and the fact that it really is two packs in one, we felt it was well worth the cost. Even if you don't use the big bag all that often, we found ourselves toting the day pack around often in everyday life at home.

The Osprey Farpoint 55 out for a day of rock climbing.
The Osprey Farpoint 55 out for a day of rock climbing.

Conclusion


Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack performs well in rugged terrain.
Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack performs well in rugged terrain.

Another excellent travel product from Osprey. This is one of the most versatile travel backpacks in the review, though it does have an obvious lean toward outdoor trips where you'll be hitting the trail rather than hanging out in urban venues or traveling for business. This pack was an obvious award winner in our trials, tests, and travels.


Lyra Pierotti