Travel Pack Review: Osprey Farpoint 55L

I have been traveling with the Osprey Farpoint 55L travel pack for over 2 months now, and I thought it was time I did a review of it. Previously, I had been traveling with the Osprey Porter 46L, which I wrote about here (Best Backpack for Traveling Europe). I bought the Osprey Porter 46L pack in 2012 for my first trip to Europe and used it for all my travels up until 2 months ago. However, it was missing a few key things that the Osprey Farpoint 55L has, which is why the Farpoint is now my favorite travel pack.

Farpoint 55 Litre Travel Pack:

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Why I Love the Farpoint 55 Litre Travel Pack:

1. It has a main compartment zipper access – A must!

You want to find a travel pack that opens like a suitcase. If you get one that only opens from the top, you will (most likely) hate your life. Whatever you need to get out will always be at the bottom of your pack, so you’ll have to take everything out and re-pack all of it every time. It’s Murphy’s law.

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2. It has a laptop sleeve compartment.

This is only important if you plan on taking a laptop, of course. The laptop sleeve in the Osprey Farpoint 55L is excellent. My laptop is an ASUS 13.3 inch and it fits perfectly in the day pack laptop compartment sleeve, with a little room to spare.

3. It has a hip belt and good padding.

The hip belt is very helpful when walking long distances because it allows you to transfer the weight of your pack from your shoulders to your hips, where you really don’t feel the weight as much. It makes carrying your pack 10x easier, and your shoulders will greatly appreciate it. I love this feature! This pack also has pretty decent padding on the straps and for your back, which is great.

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4. The straps and hip belt can be zipped up and hidden.

This is great for carrying the pack like a duffel bag, storing it on buses/trains/hostels, and checking it on planes. The zippers are so easy to use and they tuck the straps away in seconds.

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5. It has a detachable day pack.

This is something I wasn’t initially looking for, but it’s such a nice bonus! I definitely recommend getting a pack that has a day pack, if size isn’t an issue for you. A day pack is great for carrying things that you access frequently when traveling. Such as a book, a magazine, an inflatable travel pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, adapters, chargers, etc. It’s also nice to use when doing active things, such as hiking, or going to a very touristy sight. It those situations it’s better than carrying a purse, and it’s nice to have more space to carry water and snacks. (If I’m in the city I try to blend in by taking a purse, though. Nothing screams tourist like a bright blue backpack!)

 6. It’s a 55L pack which is a good size for traveling long term.

Okay… so I’m contradicting what I originally said in a previous post (read: Best Backpack for Traveling Europe). I had said that you really shouldn’t use a travel pack that is more than 46L because it’s unnecessary. Well, it honestly is unnecessary. I could have made due with my 46L pack, but truth be told, I wanted more space. I wanted to have a bit more room to take more clothes and to bring back trinkets I accumulate along the way. The type of trip you’re taking will help determine which size travel pack is right for you.

Are you backpacking short-term? Do you want a carry on size? If so, then I recommend getting a 46L travel pack or smaller, such as the Osprey Porter 46Ltravel pack. If you go any bigger, you’ll have trouble taking it as a carry on.

If you are traveling longer, want a bit more space, can avoid taking planes, or don’t mind paying to check your pack, then getting a slightly bigger pack is the way to go. Notice I said “slightly”. Don’t go off and buy an 70L+ travel pack if you’re planning on just backpacking Europe, for example, and staying in hostels. That’s way too big, and you’ll most likely regret your decision. (If you’re actually planning on backpacking/hiking/camping out in the wild that’s a completely different story.)

Info about the Osprey FarPoint 55L:

It actually comes in two sizes: S/M (52L) and M/L (55L).

I wasn’t sure which size to get, but I decided to go with the smaller one since I just wanted a slighter larger pack. I’m 5’9 ft (1.75 m) and it suits me perfectly fine. So technically my pack is really only a 52L. The M/L would have worked for me too. Also, in case you’re wondering, I’ve heard of other travelers who are 5’2 ft and the S/M also fits them too!

Important tip: Invest in some packing cubes and your life will be much easier. Check out the ones I got from Amazon (there are a bunch of different colors): eBags Packing Cubes

Backpacking Europe: How Packing Cubes Saved My Life

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Negatives about the pack:

I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with any negatives about the pack, but no luck. I honestly can’t think of any besides the fact that it’s too big to take as a carry on (if you include the detachable day pack). Besides that, it really is the ideal backpacking travel pack. I’ll be using this pack for long time!

More Photos of the Osprey FarPoint 55L Travel Pack:

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Great interior straps and pockets.

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All packed up and ready to go!

Check out the Osprey Farpoint 55L on Amazon here.

Are you also trying to decide what to pack? I know the struggle! Read: Female Backpacking Europe Packing List – What’s In My Travel Pack?

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About Devon Nicole

Hey! My name is Devon. I'm a 20-something girl from the sunny state of Florida, USA. In 2012, I made the scary decision to backpack Europe SOLO. Now it's 3 years later and I've traveled to over 30 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia! I created this blog to inspire other young women to travel abroad solo too. There's a whole world out there just waiting to be explored!

15 Comments

  1. Hello,
    Nice post! I keep hearing great things about Osprey packs. This one has a lot of really useful features too. I was wondering if there was a way to take it carry-on. Say if you filled it a bit less? (I know it would be hard to pass up space like that.) Would that work or does the ability to carry-on a pack depend on its dimensions?
    Thanks!
    Fahimah

    • Yeah the Osprey packs really are great! You can use this one as a carry on, as long as you don’t attach/bring the daypack. With the daypack attached, the dimensions are too big, so even if you filled it less it still wouldn’t work. Hope that helps!

      • Absolutely wonderful review. I just bought the farpoint 55, yesterday and after reading all these reviews im worried it may be too much. I’ve read in some that if you use the main pack as a duffle (straps zipped and tucked away), and detach the daypack as a “purse” on your body, that is can be carry on. Did you try this at all? If so, did it work?

        • Thanks! It really depends which airline you plan on taking this pack on. If you’re planning on taking it on RyainAir or EasyJet in Europe, or other budget airlines, it won’t fit their strict dimensions or weight limit (you MIGHT be able to get away with it on EasyJet, but more than likely not on RyanAir). If you want to take it on standard airlines, it shouldn’t be a problem.

          • Thanks for the reply! I ended up switching to the porter 46, just because i had a couple flights very close together, and if i needed to check my bag and something were to happen, it would be a mess. Hopefully I’ll be able to upgrade to this one further down the line :)

          • That was probably a smart move then! Also, just to clarify what I said earlier about bringing the 55L pack as a carry on, you wouldn’t ever be able to take the day pack along with the travel pack on flights like RyanAir and EasyJet. That’s because on those flights you’re only allowed ONE carry on. If you unzipped the day pack so that the pack will fit the dimensions, then you’ll have TWO carry ons. So you’d basically have to have an empty day pack that you could fit into the main pack in order to make it work!

  2. Hi,
    Great an useful review…thanks for that! I have been searching everywhere for the dimensions of ths osprey Farpoint 55, but can only find them for the larger size. Is there anyway you could let me know the dimensions of the smaller one you have…this is more likely to be allowed as cabin bagage. (the larger one in cms is 64 H, 24 W, 30D.
    Really appreciate you help. Hope all is good in sunny Florida!
    Best,
    Timbo

  3. Hi,

    As someone who has used both the Farpoint and the Porter, your advice would be great!!
    I just bought the Porter 46 and I really like the sturdy design and the way it fully opens, but the hip belt and shoulder strap system don’t seem ideal. I can also fit all the stuff I need in it, but it would be great to have a little more space.

    Does the Farpoint 55 give you significantly more space than the Porter? Is it significantly more comfortable? I don’t think I will be utilizing the detachable backpack all that often, I’m usually more comfortable with a giant cross-body style day bag, but I like the idea of extra space in the backpack!

    Thanks!

    • Hey Stacy,
      Yeah, I felt the same way about the Porter 46 hip belt and straps. After using it on a 2 month backpacking trip, I decided I wanted to try a pack that has a hip belt, which is why I got the Farpoint 55. The Farpoint 55 is a lot more comfortable. However, I was surprised that the main pack seemed smaller than the Porter 46 pack. And then I found out it actually is. The Farpoint 55 day pack is 15L, which is included in the 55L. So without the day pack, the pack is really only 40L (37L if you get the s/m size, which is what I got). So to answer your question, it only gives you more space if you use the day pack with the main pack. So maybe that isn’t ideal for you…
      Hope that helps some!
      -Devon

  4. Greetings From Malaysia

    We used the same bag pack, Osprey Fatpoint is the best and I love it.

    the detachable daypack is awesome feature and the bagpack also is badass too.I used travel eastern europe without any problem & confortable.

    Hope you can Visit my country & review it…

    Let me know when you around

  5. Hey Devon,

    What did you do with your laptop while sightseeing? Did you carry it in your daypack or leave it in the hostels? Did you feel comfortable having it with you in the hostels? Do you still recommend bringing one oppose to a tablet? I want to backpack through Europe for 2 months this summer. Also, how do you feel about mixture of Airbnb and Hostels? I was planning on using Airbnb in the cities I plan to stay at the longest (5 days) and hostels in cities with a shorter stay.

    • Hey Janine, I kept my laptop locked in the lockers at the hostels, or locked in my pack if there were no loggers. Yeah, I felt totally fine having it actually. It’s become more common for backpackers to have a laptop, although if I didn’t use it for work or blogging I probably wouldn’t take it. My iPhone can do everything I need, except for typing quickly. Also, almost all hostels have computers/laptops you can use. If you don’t need a real keyboard, then a tablet/smart phone is probably the best way to go. Do you plan to stay at Airbnbs with friends or solo? I had the most fun staying at hostels when I stayed there for longer than just a couple days because you actually start to make good friends. It depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re already with friends or prefer to do your own thing then staying at Airbnbs makes sense. If you’re looking to meet other backpackers, then I’d say stay at hostels. Good luck! – Devon

  6. Hello!
    Does the backpack fit into the main pack? I wanna buy this backpack but i live in Europe and i’m afraid that i won’t be able to use it when travelling on low cost line. By the way you said that without the day pack it will always be considered a carry on, so i was wondering if it is possible to put the (empty)day pack inside the main pack and how much space (approximately) it takes. Thank you for all the info.

    Have a nice day

    • The main pack will fit as carry-on on low cost airlines, but not including the small backpack. If you keep it empty you could fold it up and pack it along with the rest of your stuff in the main pack. The smaller backpack would probably take up the space of a toiletry kit if folded up so it’s doable. You’d just have to pack less!

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