Osprey Farpoint 55 Review: Rugged and Comfortable for Traveling

The Osprey Farpoint 55 is an excellent pack for travel, whether worldwide or just to another country. It has a detachable daypack which makes it versatile and easy to use in many situations.

The suspension is rugged and comfortable even when worn for long periods, so you can be sure that your back will thank you come vacation time! If you’re looking for an all-in-one pack, this one should be at the top of your list.

Who This Product Isn't For

This bag is not for a specific-purpose tourist. Suppose you’re going on a hiking trip or taking in the sights of a major metropolis. In that case, I’d recommend packing luggage that’s suited to the circumstances.

The Osprey Farpoint 55 Review In-depth

Okay, let’s not waste any more of our time. The Osprey Farpoint is evaluated in full below — both positive and negative aspects.

Size

The Farpoint 55 is a 40L hauling bag with a 15L detachable daypack. If you don’t want the detachable daypack, the Farpoint 40 is available for $30 less than the Farpoint 55 (which includes both).

Alternatively, the Farpoint 70 (55L backpack + 15L detachable daypack) is an attractive option if you need a giant bag and don’t mind exceeding the carry-on limit.

The dimensions

25 x 13 x 12 inches (height by width by depth)

Cm: 64 x 34 x 30 cm

Item Weight: 3.9 pounds

Comfort

The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack is one of the most comfortable backpacks on the market. The shoulder straps are wide and heavily padded, which makes them easier to carry on your shoulders.

The Farpoint 55 has a removable waist belt that reduces the weight on your back when carrying heavy loads for long periods. You can remove this if you don’t need it or want to save some weight (weight is always a consideration for backpacking!).

The hip belt is also adjustable, which means you can fit it to your waist size. The waist straps are load-lifter straps, too — they allow the shoulder strap to sit on top of them instead of directly onto your shoulders (which reduces pain). They’re very comfortable and don’t dig into my hips or shoulders at all, even when carrying a heavy load.

The shoulder straps are also adjustable in length, which helps you get the best fit possible for your height and torso size (taller people have longer torsos too). It is lovely because it means I can use this bag as long as I’m able to! It fits my petite sister well too, which is excellent for traveling together.

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack has a detachable daypack (15L) that you can use on its own or attach to the main bag when needed. The straps are adjustable and comfortable to wear — even with light loads in my experience. It also fits nicely behind the zippered flap on the main bag when not in use.

The daypack is handy for short trips to hold your valuables and a change of clothes or two while staying hands-free. There’s also an Osprey rain cover. You can pull over both bags if it starts raining (a definite possibility when backpacking, ha!).

Features

The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack has many great features, so let’s go through them one by one.

Detachable Daypack

I’ve already mentioned this above, but it makes the bag versatile and easy to carry around in many different situations. It also detaches if you don’t need or want to use it.

Waterproof Back Panel & Zippered Pockets

There’s a waterproof back panel on the main bag, which is excellent for full-day hikes when it starts to rain unexpectedly. You can open it up so air flows through without precipitation (it helps prevent your clothes from getting wet). The zippered pockets are also great for keeping your valuables safe in different compartments.

Carry-On Size & Durability

The Osprey Farpoint 55 is carry-on size, so you don’t need to pay extra fees at the airport, making it very convenient (you can avoid long queues and check-in times). It’s also very durable and can hold up to severe abuse (I’m sure I’ll find out first-hand, ha!).

Hip Belt Pockets & Removable Sternum Strap

There are two pockets on the hip belt — one small pocket that’s perfect for a smartphone or camera and another larger pocket that is big enough for snacks. There’s also a removable sternum strap which is great for holding the shoulder straps together and reducing bouncing when you walk or run.

Shoulder Strap Pockets & Side Compression Straps

There are two side compression straps on each side of the bag that allow you to compress it down if needed (valid for plane travel). There’s also one pocket on each shoulder strap so you can keep your valuables handy.

Compression Straps & Laundry Bag

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack has two compression straps on the side of each bag which are great for compressing clothes when packing or holding items in place during transit (like a tripod). The laundry bag is also handy.

Packing & Accessibility

I’ve already mentioned the detachable daypack, so I’ll move on to general packing. The main bag has a large zippered opening. It is easy to pack — you can easily fit clothes, shoes and other items in it without making a huge mess (which is sometimes my problem, ha!).

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack also has compression straps on the lid of the main bag that is great for compressing it down when needed and side compression straps to help secure bulky items. There’s also a clip that you can use if you pack things on top of the daypack (like flip-flops).

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack is very easy to access, too — unzip the flap and unclasp the clips on each side of it. There’s also a mesh pocket inside, which is great for smaller items like keys, wallets, and other essentials.

Durability

The Osprey Farpoint 55 resembles a backpacking pack and does well when used outside. The suspension is robust and very comfortable. The lightweight, compressible design makes it ideal for backpacking. 

It neatly fits behind a rigid zippered flap for international travel. It’s an excellent option for trips that will include a lot of walking, maybe some backpacking, and even some rock climbing or other outdoor activities. It also has a detachable day pack that is extremely pleasant, making this bag your ultimate multi-purpose item.

There are two pockets on the hip belt, one small one ideal for a phone or camera and another giant bag holding food.

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack has two compression straps on the side of each bag which are great for compressing it down if needed (extra valid for plane travel). There’s also one pocket on each shoulder strap so you can keep your valuables handy.

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack is very easy to access, too — unzip the flap and unclasp the clips on each side of it. There’s also a mesh pocket inside, which is great for smaller items like keys, wallets, and other essentials.

Lockable Zippers And Durable Fabric

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack has two zippered pockets on its front (one with a mesh divider), which are great for storing valuables like wallets, keys, and phones.

There’s also a detachable day pack which is very comfortable, making this bag your all-in-one option.

Detachable Daypack

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack has a detachable day pack that is very comfortable, further making this bag your all-in-one.

Padded Shoulder Straps

There are two pockets on the hip belt — one small pocket that’s perfect for a smartphone or camera and another larger pocket that is big enough for snacks.

Padded Carry Handles

The Farpoint 55 travel backpack has padded carry handles on the front and side for easy pickup. There are two compression straps on each side of the bag that allow you to secure it quickly, and there’s also a clip for attaching your keys, etc.

Price & Availability

The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack costs around $200, but you can find it cheaper on Black Friday, Cyber Monday.

Drawbacks of Osprey Farpoint 55 

  • It’s not as water-resistant as some other options.
  • The Farpoint 55 is also bulkier than some of the more technical backpacking packs out there (like Osprey Kyte 46, for example). Still, it makes up for that with its exceptional comfort and ease of access.
  • No dividers inside the main pack

Osprey Backpacks: What You Need to Know

Since its inception in 1974, Osprey had maintained the same unyielding ambition for innovation and quality—values established by founder Mike Pfotenhauer when he was 16 years old. He had little idea that he would one day be instrumental in establishing Osprey’s well-deserved reputation for meticulous craftsmanship.

Mike has been the unbreakable thread that has made Osprey a unique business opportunity.

Final Verdict

The Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack is very comfortable to wear and easy to access, making it a great all-around option for traveling. It’s not as water-resistant or lightweight as some other options, but its ruggedness makes up for that in the long run.

FAQs

Is the Osprey Farpoint 55 suitable for hiking?

Yes, it is a great all-around option for backpackers and hikers.

Is the Osprey Farpoint 55 suitable for travel to cold places?

Yes, it’s got plenty of storage options, making packing easy no matter where you’re going!

Can the Osprey Farpoint 55 be used as a carry-on?

Yes, it has a detachable day pack which is very comfortable and can store your laptop.

Is the Osprey Farpoint 55 suitable for travel to hot places?

No, because of its lack of water resistance. It could be bad news if you’re going somewhere that tends to get steamy!

Is there room in the day pack for a laptop?

Yes, it does. It has a cushioned sleeve that can fit most laptops.

Are there various sizes available?

Yes. The 40L, 50L, 70L, and 80L bags are available (the price of the bag rises with the size)

Is the Farpoint 55L waterproof?

The Farpoint 55L is resistant to water, but it’s not entirely waterproof. If you’re traveling in a region with a lot of rain, the Osprey Ultralight Raincover is a good idea.

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Z Hashan

Z Hashan

I’m Z Hashan, an entrepreneur, but more importantly (well, to me at least), a traveler.

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