If you’re heading off on a shorter trip or want an additional piece of luggage, this carry-on backpack from Osprey is ideal! The Osprey Farpoint 40 offers a generous 40 litre capacity with two compartments and a handy electronics pocket for storing adapters, chargers and gadgets away from the rest of your luggage. The main compartment is equipped with internal webbed compression straps and a large mesh laundry pocket and the front compartment comes with a padded 15.4″ laptop pocket for all you techy travellers!
In terms of security, the Osprey Farpoint 40 includes interlocking zippers on both the main and front compartments, helping to keep people out of your backpack and prevent accidental opening in transit. When it comes to carrying the backpack, you can unzip the padded mesh back system and carry the bag on your back or zip the shoulder harness away and use the detachable shoulder strap. Choose from a S/M and M/L back length, with the S/M for shorter travellers and women, and the M/L for taller travellers and men. The dimensions of the Farpoint 40 specify a depth of 37cm, which is a maximum depth, we’ve managed to compress it down to 23cm in depth for those stricter hand luggage regulations!
NB: Always check the hand luggage size restrictions for your airline before travel.
S/M back length: 38-51cm
M/L back length: 46-60cm
Farpoint 40 FAQ’s
Q: Can you attach a daypack to the Farpoint 40?
A: No, you can’t attach a daypack to this backpack. However, the larger Farpoint 55 comes with a removable 13 litre daypack.
Q: Is the Farpoint 40 designed for men or women?
A: Osprey launched this pack, the female fit counterpart to the Farpoint 40, in Autumn 2017. Since then, Osprey have categorised this bag as a men’s travel backpack. However, it is still suitable for both men and women due to its choice of back lengths. The S/M back length is typically the most popular option with female travellers and the M/L is more popular with male travellers.
Q: Is the back system adjustable?
A: No, the back system is not adjustable. However, Osprey have given you a choice of two different back lengths with a S/M for back lengths of 38-51cm and a M/L for back lengths of 46-60cm. To measure your back length you will need to locate your C7 vertebrae (the bony bump at the base of your neck) and iliac crest (the top of the hip bones) and measure the distance between the two.
Q: Is the Farpoint 40 suitable for using as hand luggage on all airlines?
A: This is 54 x 35 x 23cm in size and is designed to conform with the EU maximum carry-on luggage size. When it isn’t packed to capacity, you can use the external compression straps to reduce its size to 54 x 35 x 20cm. While this bag is suitable for using as carry-on luggage on the majority of airlines, we would strongly recommend checking your airline’s cabin bag size and weight restrictions before buying this bag.
Q: Where do you store the back system cover when you’re using the backpack straps?
A: The cover that protects the backpack straps can be unzipped, rolled up and stored inside a small compartment at the base of the backpack when you’re carrying it on your back.
Q: What size laptop will fit inside the Farpoint 40?
A: It is designed to hold a 15.4″ laptop and comes with padding at the front and back of its laptop sleeve.
Q: Is this bag big enough to take on a 4 week trip?
A: This is largely down to how you pack, but it is suitable for anything from a weekend away to several months of backpacking. With the growing popularity of carry-on only travel, many backpackers are now opting for 40 litre backpacks and using space saving packing techniques, such as only packing the essentials and using packing cubes to maximise their packing space. If you’re travelling for 4 weeks, it would be a suitable option, as long as you’re not packing a lot of equipment in addition to your clothes and essentials. If you don’t tend to travel light, we would recommend the larger Farpoint 55 travel backpack, which also comes with a removable daypack for day trips.