In the crowded marketplace for travel backpacks, the Osprey Fairview already stands out as a cut above its peers. This new adaptation, the Fairview Trek 50, is a fusion of hiking pack technology and the convenience needed for short and long-haul travel and so it will appeal as much to the intrepid wilderness adventurer as it will the savvy global traveller.
At first sight, the Fairview Trek looks like a traditional top-loader rucksack, but actually access to the main body is gained by a large U-shaped front panel, opening up like a duffel bag. This opening is almost the full length of the bag, meaning any over-sized items are easy to pack rather than having to force them through as can often be the case with bags with smaller openings. An extra-thick zipper keeps the front of the pack secure, whilst chunky and lockable “kissing” zips gives the bag further protection. Finally, two tough compression straps enable the body to be strait-jacketed and kept secure.
Another benefit of the front opening, as well as its easy access, is that it allows you to better organise your gear. With the traditional top-loader rucksacks, there was an element of cramming everything in from the top then having to later rummage around later to fish out individual items. Not so with the Fairview Trek. Its main compartment is designed you to help keep your life organised whilst on the move, giving you the space and accessibility to plan your journey so you can get on with the pleasure of enjoying it. For your larger items, two large compression wings are given to secure everything in place.
For access on the move, the Fairview Trek is littered with convenient pockets to fit all your most-used items. The largest of these pockets runs the full length of the front panel ideal for keeping larger items such as jackets and removable trousers. You’ll also find a zipped compartment at the top of the bag. Finally, there are mesh pockets at either side of the pack, easily tall enough to enough to fit litre-sized water bottles or to stow any of those quick access items such as maps, tickets or food.
FAIRVIEW TREK BACK SYSTEM
While the traditional Fairview model was renowned for its comfort and stability, the Trek takes this a step further. In order to provide a more thorough solution to the myriad of travelling conditions you may encounter, the back system is that which is found on Osprey’s dedicated hiking packs. It boasts the Airspeed floating ventilated mesh back panel, which allows air to flow around your back and shoulders, and also keeps the weight of the pack away from your body to ensure none of the contents ever obtrude. The shoulder straps are cladded with thick padding and moisture wicking fabric, and a similarly thick pre-curved padded hip-belt channels the weight from your shoulders down through the hips where it is better accommodated.
In addition to its floating structure, the back system is also made adjustable with Osprey’s 4-point ladder lock system, ensuring the pack can be tailored to your exact back length. The height of the straps can also be adjusted using the load lifters, further ensuring it can sit optimally in relation to your neck, shoulders and hips. It is worth stressing again that these are features usually confined to dedicated hiking packs, and that they are bestowed upon the Fairview Trek is further evidence of its dual existence – a stylish, all-purpose travel pack, but which is also up to the feat of multi-day, multi-terrain hiking.
The Fairview Trek offers various compatibility and expansion options. There are six tough cord loop points around the face of the bag, through which bungees can be threaded to lash the likes of sleeping bags and extra kit. Similarly, there are two compression straps at the bottom of the bag allowing that classic housing of a bed roll. And if the 50L capacity is not quite enough, the Trek is compatible with the Fairview Travel daypacks. These can either be worn “kangaroo-style” using the clips on the Trek’s shoulder straps, or attached to the front of the pack using the aforementioned cord loops.
Remarkably, for a bag bristling with features, it weighs just 1.9kg. It’s made from 420D recycled nylon with a water repellent coating. Finally, a grab handle is situated at the side of the pack, helping you to haul the Trek on and off luggage racks or airport carousels.