Ok, let’s get down and dirty with the Osprey Farpoint 55 review.
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Osprey Farpoint 55 Review: What I Love
I’m going to keep this super simple. There are some aspects of this bag that I absolutely love…
It opens sideways like a suitcase. This makes it much easier to pack and unpack than one that just has a small opening on the top.
It comes with a zip on daypack. I use this daypack constantly for hiking and weekend trips and as my carry-on for budget flights (when I have to check the main bag). I do wish it was a little bigger and that the water bottle holders were on the sides rather than the front. However, it does the job. The daypack also has a padded part for my laptop and a small pocket on the front where I keep passports and money for easy access.
The bag fits the size requirements for carryon bags on most major airlines, which recently saved me money on my trip to Portland. However, I usually fly budget and in that case it must be checked.
It comes with a lifetime warranty. That’s pretty much unheard of with most companies these days. This perk makes pulling the trigger on a high priced item easier, because you know you’ll never have to buy another backpack again.
The padding is comfortable. I carried it stuffed full of all my gear on the four day Santa Cruz Trek in the Cordillera Blancas of Peru and the padding and clips helped ease the burden a lot. Plus, the extra clips on the front and bottom meant I could strap a sleeping bag and a tent to the outside which was great when my bag was full.
Finally, I love the Ospry Farpoint 55 because it’s easy to clip everything up nice and cozy. I’m not always wearing it and sometimes I have to check the bag or carry it by hand. A cloth covers all the straps and the side handle makes carrying it as a suitcase easy if the need ever arises.
Osprey Farpoint 55 Review: What I Dislike
Honestly, this bag is not as sturdy as I expected. I had a small box in the bag when I checked it and the corner of the box punctured a hole in my bag when it was thrown around by the airline. It’s small enough that I haven’t felt the need to get it patched up yet, but hopefully with the lifetime warranty the process will be easy and free.
Daniel and I also both had a buckle ripped off the bottom of our bags by airlines, which is partially our fault for not clipping it up better, but I still expected them to be a little sturdier.
Another negative point in my Osprey Farpoint 55 review is the lack of water bottle holders on the large bag. The small daypack has two but the large bag has none. This was annoying on our two day trek up Misti Volcano and the Santa Cruz Trek because whenever I wanted water I had to stop, open my bag, and unpack the bottle rather than just quickly grabbing it from an outer pocket.
Finally, I wish the bag had small pockets inside. It has netting along the front that I can use to separate some stuff, but I wish there were more small compartments to make organizing easier.
Osprey Farpoint 55 Review: My Experience
So, I literally live out of this bag.
The Osprey Farpoint 55 and the daypack that comes with it are all I pack up and bring with me on our five or seven or even ten month trips around the world.
I travel long term and this bag is just the right size to accommodate everything I need. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s big enough for you, check out my exact packing list here that all fits inside it.
At this point, I honestly consider my Osprey bag as part of my little family. Whenever we’re packing up for our next destination I always comment to Daniel about how much I love the bag because it makes moving a breeze!
This concludes my Osprey Farpoint 55 review and I guess it wasn’t too technical. Instead, I wanted to just write a quick article about my personal experience for people who may be wondering if it’s right for them.
I love this bag and recommend it for any travelers, long term or vacationers alike. Yes, the price is high but it comes with a lifetime warranty an in my opinion, it’s definitely worth the investment.
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