Best Airline Carry-On Travel Backpack? Osprey Farpoint 40
I have never thought of kickin-ass my travel with a brand new upgrade to a new backpack after three years of using the same backpack – my Osprey Farpoint 40. Never looked old and serves just right wherever I go. Guess it has a bit of charm on me.
It was meant for urban and casual travel backpack, and not really for hiking and outdoor use, but I somehow had it tested (purposely experimenting) while using it on trail walk and hiking on the mountain, even in winter. Well, to my surprise – it really survived.
It’s probably the best airline carry-on travel backpack you could get if you are frequent jet-setter mostly on the budget airline. The budget airline has the most strict requirement on all carry-on baggage on their flight – yeah, it kinda sucks when you need pay additional fees for an extra weight to check-in.
How Osprey Farpoint 40 Fits My Travel Style
Been using it for my all travel stint out there. An excellent bag for any travel needs. My first purchase with Osprey is Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack series, and it’s the best purchase I ever made as my travel backpack.
I have been using it for 3 years on all my travels, 10 months all over New Zealand, even hiking a volcano in the winter. Apart from getting smeared with dirt and sands, I have not encountered any major damage like broken zip or tearing from the first day of use.
Osprey Farpoint 40 came out top in my list after lots of research for the right bag that suits 2 of my top travel preferences;
- An all airline carry-on compliant with 40 Liter capacity, means it’s the right fit that I don’t ever have to check in my bag at the airport
- A side-load travel backpack which is the easiest way to organize your stuff inside
Avoid Baggage Check-in Fees at the Airport
Being a budget traveler, I save on baggage check-in fees at the airport with this carry-on compliant backpack. This 40 Liter backpack is just the right fit to hop on any airline with strict baggage guideline, I had traveled with this backpack without any issue as it’s compliant with the carry-on baggage size.
Side Load vs Top-Load
The side-load compartment is what I personally prefer on any travel backpack since it’s efficient and easier to load and unload your stuff.
For top-load backpacks, this might be a little hassle when you unload the stuff from the bag. You probably need to unload everything from the bag to reach the bottom of the compartment.
Nevertheless, top-load version has the advantage with long-distance hiking and more storage space than the side-load version.
But if compact, travel-compliant, easy-access to storage is what you prefer, Osprey Farpoint 40 fits the shoe perfectly.
Lifetime Warranty with Osprey
What I’m appalled with Osprey is their lifetime warranty on any of their products, which means if there is any quality issue for any reason, you can bring it back to them, absolutely no cost to you.
If I’m investing my money for a good quality product, it should not break in a short time. Osprey has the best answer.
They guarantee the quality of their backpacks for a lifetime, free from any defects. That’s definitely something that some other original equipment manufacturer will not offer.
Main Features of Osprey Farpoint 40
This is a 40-liter backpack, with two side-load compartments, first one comes with a padded slot for your 15″ laptop, with a velcro strap to keep your laptop in place. There are also zipped, a front meshed pocket to keep other electronics like tablets or netbook which is fairly easy to slide in.
The main compartment also comes with internal compression belt that would be an excellent option to expand the space and store more of your clothes.
Padded top and side handle gives you the flexibility to grab the bag and easily throw inside bus/train/ship luggage storage area. Additionally, there’s padded hip-belt that secure your hips and provides good weight distribution on your back.
However, note that you can’t over pack your main compartment on Farpoint 40, else it will shrink the capacity to keep your electronics gadget in the first compartment, or your office organizer section.
The bag will be curved, so there will be less space in there for you to utilize. This is probably the only downside being a side-load backpack in the 40-litre range. However, there is a 60-litre version of Farpoint series for more space but that won’t fit the option for a strict carry-on limit on most airlines.
How much Stuff Could You Really Pack In it?
Let me just be honest with you. If you use lots of garments and just can’t bring less than what usually do when you travel, this is definitely not the type of backpack you want to pick. You would rather pick something between 60 L to 70 L backpack and that would be just nice to have more space for extra items.
However, the 60 and 70 L backpack would defeat the purpose of choosing the carry-on compliant backpack which I’m suggesting here. I’m a minimalist and don’t usually bring extra items unless if it’s really needed during my travel. I prefer something that I could bring on-board rather than having them checked-in.
I have tried at most packing in a pair of jeans, 2 long pants, 2 hoodies, a winter jacket, a couple of t-shirts, 4 shorts and there is still enough room to fit sneakers by the side and toiletries on the top. The best way to pack your clothes is using cubes and that will make it easier to organize and leave room for other items.
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If you are on the verge of buying a good travel backpack, and your only concern is size and reliability on board budget airlines with their strict carry-on baggage rules, this is definitely the best bet. This backpack is universally traveling compliant regardless of any airline that you board.
Where to buy?
The Farpoint 40 isn’t widely available to purchase online as there is new range of backpacks being listed over the time. You might find these on REI with free shipping, though it is mostly out of stock all the time. Come back and check regularly their online store to see if they stock up again. Or you could order them at Amazon here.
I got mine at brick and mortar shop in Singapore, at a deal price of 109 SGD (about 80 USD $) and at that moment only two were left at the right size that fits me (M-L). The shop is known as Sports connection with many Osprey backpacks on their shelves. If you are in Singapore, it’s best to call them up before you go down to their shop to check the availability.