Osprey Farpoint 40L – Backpack Review

Overall Score5
  • Style
  • Capacity
  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • Value
  • A stylish, comfortable, durable backpack with a bucket load of compartments all for just £80. A great investment any traveller would not regret making.

My review of the Osprey Farpoint 40 litre backpack I just bought Sarah for our trip to Thailand. Sarah has always been a suitcase girl but I think the Osprey may have just changed her mind.

Style

This bags style is overall very nice in my opinion as it keeps unnecessary designs to a minimum which is exactly what I was looking for as its best not to attract too much attention when travelling with crazy, out there designs on your backpack.

The only designs on this backpack are a couple of the Osprey logos that are eagles which actually look quite nice. As for the colour, we chose lagoon blue however there are many different colours available depending on your own style.

Osprey Farpoint 40L - Backpack Review

Capacity and Compartments

This backpack has a capacity of 40 litres which is more than enough room especially if you’re only going to travel for a short amount of time such as 2 weeks to a month. The amount of essential items and clothes you can get into the backpack is actually quite amazing especially as you can always push in a bit more and flatten it down so it still fits as your carry on flight bag.

Osprey Farpoint 40L - Backpack Review

Now as for the compartments, this bag has as many as you could possibly need, I’d even say it was verging on excessive. There are zips to compartments that open to reveal more zips to more compartments, it’s like one of those Russian dolls. However that’s exactly what an enthusiastic traveller wants and if you’re like me who wants to organize everything into a certain place then this is seriously a bag I would recommend.

Osprey Farpoint 40L - Backpack Review

Lastly I thought I would mention one of the handiest features of the backpack and that’s the fact it even has a compartment to zip away the straps on the back which can come in handy in many situations.

Comfort

The extra padded straps on this backpack will ensure that no matter how long you’re wearing it, it will remain comfortable. This is probably one of the most important parts of any travel backpack as you will be wearing this for extended periods of time with practically everything you have with you weighing on your shoulders. The general rule with comfort with backpacks is that you get what you pay for and as this is a top range backpack it will be more comfortable than a cheaper one.

Osprey Farpoint 40L - Backpack Review

Durability

This backpack must be one of the most well made and strongest I’ve come across for the price, although I can’t give a definitive answer on the durability as I have yet to test this particular backpack travelling, I can give a score on what I can see and feel.

Osprey Farpoint 40L - Backpack Review

The Osprey Farpoint 40L is made using super tough materials which you can really feel when you hold this pack, something extreme would have to happen to tear or break this apart. This is also due to the rigid back as well as the materials it is made of, the rigid back really adds support and structure to this already very well made and solid backpack.

Value For Money

Overall this backpack is perfect for anyone if they choose to go travelling, it consistently scored top scores throughout this review for a reason and that is you get what you pay for. £80 may be quite steep but once you’ve bought this backpack you’ll soon realise you’ll never need to buy another one for quite a few years (unless you lose it). So think of it as an investment for your travels, probably the best investment you’ll ever make.

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12 comments

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  2. Anne @ TheYogaNomads

    I’ve been traveling full time for 2+ years with the Osprey Farpoint 40. Couldn’t be happier with it! My only real complaint is there isn’t a great place to store your water bottle – unless you attach it externally.


    1. Author
      Jason

      Hi Anne,

      The Osprey is indeed a fantastic pack. Having no space for a water bottle is a minor inconvenience in comparison to all the other features and compartments it has.

      Love your blog, if you ever fancy writing a guest post on mine just let me know.

  3. Lisa B

    I’m deciding between the Farpoint 40 and the Porter 30…. any thoughts? I’m a petite female. Will primarily use teh pack for weekend hikes, and some trekking trips of 2-3 weeks. Any insight welcomed. Thanks!


    1. Author
      Jason

      Hey Lisa,

      Sorry I took so long to reply, your comment ended up in the SPAM bin for some reason and I had to fish it out.

      The Farpoint is a very high quality backpack and I don’t think you would have any issues being petite. The straps are also really comfortable and the waist strap really helps. The Porter looks good too, although I can’t really comment as I haven’t tried it personally.

      The Farpoint would be perfect for the 2-3 week trips though may be a little big for the weekend ones, still it is better to have too much space than too little.

  4. Nick

    Hi Jason,

    I’m looking at getting the Farpoint 40L for my travels around Europe this summer (it will be a 1 month trip). I’m sold on this bag, but I’m not certain the size to get. Is the image with Sarah wearing the backpack a S/M size or a M/L size? I’m 5ft 10in tall and leaning toward the S/M because of my small/average torso size. Thanks in Advance!

    Nick


    1. Author
      Jason

      Hey Nick, Sarah is wearing the S/M size and she is around 5ft 6in/7in I believe so you should be fine with the same size. In the first picture where she is wearing the bag it was currently empty, when it was full the bag shifted down into the correct position so it wasn’t right up behind her neck.

      This bag is awesome and 40L would be the perfect size for a 1 month trip around Europe, have a great time.

  5. Abbie

    Hi there!

    I purchased the osprey farpoint 40l for a trip to iceland. However, I can’t find a way to attach the sleeping mat to the outside of the backpack. Do you have any ideas?

    Much appreciated,

    Abbie


    1. Author
      Jason

      Hey Abbie,

      I don’t own a sleeping mat myself, so never tried to attach one directly to the backpack. You could try a bodge job and attach it with string or duct tape.


    1. Author
      Jason

      Hey Brenden, the Osprey Farpoint 40L is an amazing backpack. I am little bit jealous that my girlfriend gets to carry it around. I think I got it from Trekitt.co.uk I’m not sure where you are based but give them a try.

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