Osprey Farpoint 40 Review – The Best Carry-On Backpack for Travel

Osprey Farpoint 40 Review – The Best Carry-On Backpack for Travel

The Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack is one of the best travel backpacks out there for minimalist travelers who want a sturdy, yet comfortable, backpack.

The Osprey Farpoint 40 has been with me as I’ve experienced traveling to countries like China, Japan, Korea, England, Scotland, and Peru in the last 10 months and it truly is an incredible and versatile piece of luggage!

Note: I own the 2015 model of the Osprey Farpoint 40. Osprey has released an updated version for sale.

When it came looking for a backpack as I started my travel lifestyle, I mainly looked for the following characteristics:

  1. Compact Design – it had to be designed well enough so that it can fit a lot of things without taking much physical space.
  2. Carry On – since it had to be compact, it would have to be small enough to fit on the overhead bin of most airplanes.
  3. Comfort – it had to be fairly comfortable as I know this was going to be on my back for a good amount of time as I traveled in various countries.
  4. Style – I didn’t necessarily want something that looking like a “hiking” back and was a bit more professional looking that other options.

I’m glad to say that the Osprey Farpoint 40 meets and exceeds those characteristics!


Compact Size

The Osprey Farpoint is a 40 liter backpack, which has plenty of space to pack your essential clothing on a short or long term trip. I found that the 40 liter was the sweet spot in terms of size as it should be aligned with the carry-on size standard of many airlines. In addition, it also forces you to pack minimally and bring only the things you need on a trip – something that is essential when adapting a travel lifestyle of wandering and experiencing local culture. I’ve had no problems bringing it one board with me on any of the flights that I have been on over the last 10 months. No need to wait for baggage claim – once I land I’m ready to begin my adventure!

The Osprey Farpoint comes in two size variations – an S/M and a M/L. These have to do strictly with torso length. For reference, I’m about 5’9″ and I purchased the M/L size.

Comfort and Versatility

The Osprey Farpoint has a plethora of features that highlight it’s focus on comfort. In addition to the padded shoulder straps, there is a padded hip belt that you can use to offload some of the weight off your shoulders.  Both the shoulder straps and the hip belt are fully adjustable, so you can find the perfect fit for your body. There is a mesh layer that covers all the elements that touch your back. This adds breathability, which is helpful in countries like Peru where the weather and humidity causes tremendous amounts of sweat!

In terms of versatility, the Osprey Farpoint has multiple handles and a feature to transform it into a shoulder bag. You can also pull out a small nylon covering that encloses and secures the back straps in the event you actually need to check in your bag (like that time I purchased some fine Japanese Yamazaki whiskey).

Compartments and Space

In addition to the main compartment, the Osprey Farpoint also has a smaller pouch that can fit a 15″ laptop, as well as other accessories. I tend to call it a technology storage area as I always bring all the cables, chargers, and my mouse in that pouch. There is one zippered and two loose mesh pockets that are helpful for carrying loose change, small items, pens, water bottles, etc.

The main compartment itself is very spacious! It well designed that it allows me to pack different variations of clothing depending on the country I am visiting. I recommend rolling t-shirts to get more crammed into the bag. In my trip to Iceland, I was even able to pack an extra set of boots in there as well! Some other features of the main compartment include an inner mesh pouch, in which I store socks and underwear. There are also straps inside so that you can further secure your clothing.


At a cost of about $140 US dollars, it sits right in the middle of other backpacks of similar size and quality. It does quite sound expensive for a travel backpack, but if you want something that will last you a lifetime and will adapt to any situation that you will encounter as you travel the world, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND you pick up the Osprey Farpoint 40!

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  • Anne Betts

    December 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm Reply

    What a great review. I’m on the hunt for a convertible carry-on bag in the 35 to 40 litre range with a substantial hip belt and the Osprey Farpoint 40 seems to tick most of the boxes. I like its empty weight as well. It’s too bad it’s so much more expensive in Canada. The best I can find is $C229. Thank you for such a comprehensive report.

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