Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack Review

  • October 7, 2020
  • / By Keith Terrell
Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack

Traveling light is something that many of us wish we could do at all times, but there are some occasions when it just isn’t that simple. Some trips or destinations require us to bring more than we’d like to, which can often end up in logistical issues - not to mention added costs. For one, waiting at a baggage claim can easily take up as much as 30 minutes of your travel time. 

Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack

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It also requires a lot of physical work to carry several bags. Another issue with bringing a lot of luggage is that it’ll cost you extra money in baggage fees for checked-in baggage; money which you could otherwise use for more reasonable expenses during your trip.

A bag that makes traveling light a breeze is a dream come true - especially if you’re a frequent traveler, or a digital nomad who tends to carry a lot of gear. Even better if it’s a backpack, because it keeps your hands free. Backpacks make it so much simpler to take your things around when you’re running around in the airport or trying to catch your train, because you’ll need your hands to show your ticket, boarding pass, and passport.   

Osprey has created a backpack that’s perfect for individuals who prioritize traveling light. Stress-free travel is made easy with the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack. Its spacious 40-pound capacity means that you can say goodbye to lugging around more than one bag at a time no matter where you’re going. Plus, it also has a dedicated laptop and tablet sleeve for keeping your valuable electronics safely. 

Osprey is a brand of world-class travel bags that are known for withstanding the test of time. They are designed to be used in the most rugged of outdoor conditions, used by travelers and adventurers all over the world. 

Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack Back View

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The Osprey Farpoint comes in four sizes: 40L, 55L, 70L and 80L. To break it down further, the 40L comes in two sizes: S/M and M/L models. They also came up with a female-specific version, the Osprey Fairview. In this review, we will take a closer look at the Osprey Farpoint 40L.

The Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack was clearly intended for travelers who need a backpack that enables you travel light, all while being stress-free because you’ve got everything you need in it. Its useful slim stowaway back panel makes airplane travel super easy. The bag comes with a built-in LightWire frame suspension that transfers the load from harness to hip belt, easing the burden on your body even if you’ve packed the bag to the brim.

Packing your things in this bag is pretty straightforward: it doesn’t have more pockets than you need, which can sometimes make things more complicated, and it also increases the incidence of breaking zippers. You can use packing cubes or other organization tools as you please to pack it your way. Getting on and off different modes of transportation are made simpler thanks to its padded top and side carry handles, so you can hoist it or place it on your back when the situation calls for it. 

The Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack is an incredibly practical choice for a travel rucksack. It comes in a simple yet elegant design that won’t compromise professionalism if you take it along during meetings, but it can also withstand rugged use when backpacking or hiking. It’s super compact, too – allowing you to carry a lot of gear comfortably and hassle-free. Aside from its extremely generous space, just the right amount of extra features makes this bag a superior choice for travelers who carry tons of gear.

If you’re looking for a virtually indestructible travel backpack that’s huge on capacity, the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack is the bag for you. Additionally, its size makes this the perfect carry-on no matter what airline you’re traveling. This greatly reduces the time and effort needed to otherwise carefully plan your travels, saving you valuable minutes or even hours in your day. 


This travel backpack comes with so many great features:

  • Spacious internal storage good for 40 pounds
  • Internal compression straps keep your belongings secure
  • Stowaway back panel for easy carry-on or check-in use
  • Internal LightWire frame suspension system efficiently transfers load from harness to hip belt
  • Two dual front compression straps keep your gear stable and secure even during transit
  • Padded top and side handles
  • Weighs 3 pounds; measures 27 x 17 x 5 inches

Notable Features

Here are some of the backpack's features that we really love and think you might too. 

Clam-shell Opening - unlike the typical top-loading backpacks, the Osprey Farpoint 40 opens like a suitcase. Gone are the days of rummaging from the top of your bag looking for something only to find it at the bottom of your bag, or worse, not finding it at all and creating a mess instead. With its clam-shell opening, simply lay your backpack on a flat surface and open the zippers all the way through in order to see the contents. 

Compression Straps - If you don't fill the backpack to its capacity, simply tighten the compression straps outside. Not only do you keep your bag nice and tight on the outside, you also stop the contents from moving around so much on the inside. 

Osprey All Mighty Guarantee - to quote the brand directly, "Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it. We proudly stand behind this guarantee, so much so that it bears the signature of company founder and head designer, Mike Pfotenhauer."

However, Osprey Packs warranties differ depending on your location. It is best to contact the nearest International Distributor for further information regarding possible options in your country.

Insider Thoughts

We’re living at a time when travel is more affordable than ever. However, taking advantage of the ease of travel these days simply isn’t possible if your luggage poses a logistical nightmare. But worry no more: the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack makes sure that you can travel light without hassle.

Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack Closed Bag

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Customer reviews indicate that people who have bought this bag are pleasantly surprised by the amount of belongings the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack can hold. Just as important is the bag’s ability to feel light even when packed fully, due to the strategically-placed chest and waist straps. Customers have used this bag to go on backpacking trips lasting two to three weeks, yet this backpack stood up to its test in terms of use and capacity, allowing travelers to pack light and still have enough gear.

Some customers disagree with the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack’s strongest suit: space. It seems that if you pack the essentials and do laundry to reuse your clothes for two or up to three weeks of travel, this bag works just fine. However, if you intend to bring a month’s worth of clothing with not much intention of doing laundry, it might not work, as some customers have noted.

At the end of the day, it seems that the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack performs above-average in terms of space and durability based on reviews. As long as you’re creative and practical with the way you pack, this is the only travel backpack that you’ll ever need.


  • Backpack is very durable
  • Material is water-resistant
  • Conveniently opens like a suitcase
  • Acceptable as carry-on in most airlines


  • Laptop compartment is not close to the body
  • Mesh pockets are not so good
  • No internal organization

Who's This For?

Osprey Farpoint 40 was definitely made for travelers. Great for weekends, short-term travel, or if you are someone who has mastered the art of light packing, then this backpack is definitely for you. Because of its compact size, shape and the materials used, you can even take it for a quick hike.

If you are going for a much longer travel and often travel with a wheeled luggage but would like to have a carry-on, then you might find this backpack useful too. At 40L, it meets the carry-on requirements for most airlines. Just remember not to over-pack your carry-on and you should be more than fine. 

Where To Buy

We recommend checking Amazon to find a great deal on the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack. Amazon’s known for good prices plus efficient delivery, so we think you can’t go wrong by starting off your search there.

The Verdict

Your future travels are now simpler than ever, thanks to the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack. It saves you money in check-in baggage fees, eliminates the need to wait around in the carousel, and enables you to travel light. As a bonus, because it’s so durable, it will also save you money in the long run because it’ll last you a lifetime!

If you are looking for a backpack with a larger capacity, do check out the bigger versions of the Osprey Farpoint, which comes with a detachable daypack. For women with shorter torsos and who prefer a female-specific fit, check out the Osprey Fairview. Finally, note that the Osprey Farpoint 40 comes in two sizes: S/M and M/L models. Try it on and see what works best for you. 

Our Rating