In today’s blog post I am going to be reviewing my travel backpack which I have had by my side since I left the UK back in early 2016. The backpack I’m referring to is the Osprey Farpoint 55.
I was initially hesitant to buy this backpack because it costs around $150.00 online and this seemed like quite a bit of money to pay for a backpack. However, there had not been a single day that I’ve regretted my choice to purchase this backpack. My Osprey has been reliable and convenient to use in every situation I have found myself in, from air travel, to overnight bus travel, to hosteling and even my everyday living here in Taiwan. A few months ago, I moved apartments and used this backpack to transport everything I owned to the new apartment. It was no problem at all.
Here are five reasons why you should consider the Osprey Fair point 55 if you are planning to travel abroad.
1) Extremely Durable
This backpack has been through some rough times with me – from the sandy shores of the Koh Rong Islands to the hectic streets of Vietnam – and there has not been a single tear or break in the pack (as of the time of writing). The zips are top quality and the straps are secure.
The durability of a travel backpack is important as it literally contains everything you own while travelling. If you buy a low-quality product, then you run the risk of it breaking halfway through your trip which would be a nightmare. You won’t have that problem with the Osprey Farpoint 55.
2) Detachable 15L backpack
The 55L backpack can be split up into two separate backpacks – the 40L and the 15L – this is one of my favorite things about the Osprey and was the initial reason I was drawn to it.
What I personally did (and what I would recommend to you) was use the 40L part of the backpack to store the bulk of my stuff such as clothing and toiletries, while I used the detectable 15L backpack to store my valuables, money, passport, laptop, phone etc. By separating the two I could keep the small backpack on me at all times which gave me the peace of mind of knowing that my valuable items were safe and secure. I could leave the bigger bag unchecked without having to worry as there were no valuable items inside. Some of the situations where this strategy came in useful included long bus rides where I could store the big backpack under the bus while keeping the smaller one on me and times where I wanted to explore an area on foot without having to carry a load of weight around.
3) Opens like a suitcase
Another amazing thing about the Osprey Farpoint is that it opens from the front in the same way you would open a suitcase. This is dissimilar to traditional backpacks which mostly open from the top.
The advantage this gives you is the ability to see and access everything contained in your backpack at once rather than having to dig to the bottom to find the one item you need. This design feature really was invaluable for organisation, smart packing and quick item retrieval.
4) Conveniently designed interior
Both the 40L and 15L sections of the backpack have great interior designs.
The 40L has a large section for bigger items such as clothing and then two zipped off smaller sections that can be used to store smaller items.
The detachable 15L section also has a bigger main section, a small zipped section, a laptop pocket, an exterior zipped front pocket and a back pocket.
The Osprey Farpoint also comes in 40L and 70L sizes but for me the 55L backpack was the perfect size. It is big enough to fit everything you would need for your travels with relative ease but small enough to avoid overpacking and becoming bogged down.
Both the 40L and 15L sections are also equipped with adjustable straps and waist belts that help keep the pressure off your back if you find yourself having to walk long distances with a fully loaded pack.
As someone who has relied on this backpack for quite a while, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for durability and convenience! It is most certainly worth the investment if you are planning to travel with just a backpack for an extended period. I personally used it in Asia but I’m going to travel Europe at the end of the year and will be using it there also.
You can check out the price and buy the Osprey Farpoint here.