Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack
- Large, lockable U-zip duffel-style access to main compartment - 55L total volume
- Detachable daypack with designated laptop and tablet sleeve and scratch-free stash pocket
- Stowaway backpanel, shoulder straps and hipbelt with zippered rear flap for protection when checking
- Lockable zipper access to padded laptop & tablet sleeve (fits up to most 15" laptops)
- Lockable sliders on main compartment zipper
- Scratch-free pocket for sunglasses or devices
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Since Osprey’s founding in 1974, every single product design bearing the Osprey name has passed through the hands of owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer, undergoing relentless scrutiny. From stitching the first lines of custom-fitted packs, to meticulously designing innovative products with intuitive features, to forging personal relationships with the sewing operators who construct the packs, Mike has been the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a top company.
Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack
Backpacking carry technology with an urban aesthetic and a zip-off daypack.
Osprey’s Farpoint 55 is the perfect companion for a long weekend. Feel free to add an extra sweater and a pair of waterproof boots; this pack is designed to handle loads up to 50 pounds.
The LightWire frame suspension transfers the load from harness to hipbelt. A mesh backpanel improves ventilation and the mesh on the harness and hipbelt reduces chafing under load.
Large panel zip access to main compartment with lockable sliders provides accessibility and security to main contents.
Fixed, unisex backpanel, hipbelt and harness system can easily be stowed and zipped away for a slimmer profile when traveling. The creates a slimmer profile for the bag, making it a better checked bag.
Front Compression Straps
Dual front compression straps keep gear stable while wearing the pack.
Top and side padded carry handles are helpful when you need to hoist the pack.
This daypack is designed to attach to Farpoint 70 and 55. The comfortable reverse spacer mesh harness stows away when not in use. The main compartment has designated laptop and tablet sleeves and a scratch-free stash pocket to protect eyewear. Zipper pulls on the main compartment are lockable to secure your gear.
Large Internal Storage
Farpoint Daypack Carry
|Farpoint 40||Farpoint 55||Farpoint 70||Farpoint 80|
|Volume||40L (M/L) 2,441 cu/in||55L (M/L) 3,356 cu/in||70L (M/L) 4,272 cu/in||80L (M/L) 4,882 cu/in|
|Dimensions||22"H x 14"W x 9"D (M/L)||25"H x 13"W x 13"D (M/L)||26"H x 13"W x 13"D (M/L)||29"H x 15"W x 16"D (M/L)|
|Lockable Main Compartment||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Removable Sleeping Pad Straps||✓||✓|
|Zippered Lower Compartment||✓|
|Top Zippered Liquids Pocket||✓|
Osprey’s Farpoint 55 is the perfect companion for a long weekend. Feel free to add an extra sweater and a pair of waterproof boots; this pack is designed to handle loads up to 50 pounds. The LightWire frame suspension transfers the load from harness to hipbelt. A mesh backpanel improves ventilation and the mesh on the harness and hipbelt reduces chafing under load. The entire suspension stows away under a zippered panel creating a sleek silhouette for transport. Inside there’s a mesh pocket for small items. Dual compression straps keep cargo from shifting during transit. Outside you’ll find a zippered front panel slash pocket to keep you organized and sewn attachment points to lash on extra gear. The main Farpoint 55 pack comes with a detachable Farpoint daypack to carry the essential for a hike in the hills or an excursion downtown. No matter where you go, the Farpoint is backed by Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee.
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If you are like I was before purchasing this bag, you weren't sure how to settle the debate in these reviews about whether the bag fits in the overhead bin on an airline. Most reviews say that it will fit, but some say that it won't. To complicate matters, the bag comes in two sizes, and the S/M is one inch shorter than the M/L. Does the S/M fit and the M/L not fit?
I own the larger size, labeled "M/L."
I can say definitively that the M/L size DOES fit in the overhead bins on both Southwest and Alaska. It fits perfectly, with no need to mash or mangle it. The attached picture is from an Alaska Airlines flight. My bag is the one on the far left. To be clear, I removed the front day pack before placing the bag into the bin. I think that you would need to if your bag is full. You could get away with having it attached if not.
Your mileage may vary with other airlines.
I have also flown internationally with this bag (the M/L) as a carryon, in China Eastern’s and Delta’s widebody 767. In both cases the bag would not fit (barely!) put into the bin perpendicular, like in my attached picture. But it did fit sideways into the drop-down bin above the center seats. The flight attendants did not care in either case, but I can see how they might.
For this reason I have now purchased the S/M size. It’s the black one in the other picture and will unequivocally fit in every bin. I think it’s 1-2 inches shorter, and the front daypack seems the same size. By selecting the smaller size, you lose 180 cubic inches of space. That sounds like a lot but it is the equivalent of a cube with sides that are about 5 and a half inches long. That’s about three pairs of socks, which to me is worth giving up to make sure that I can always carry the bag on.
Technically, the main pack doesn't meet the maximum size requirements for most airlines. In practice though, the pack fits every overhead bin that I've tested it in, and it looks 'squishy' enough that the airline staff have never challenged me on it. I've taken it succesfully as a carryon on American Airlines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.
Our 2014 trip was 4 weeks long total, and these two packs were all the luggage that we took. The main packs were large enough for our luggage, and the detachable daypacks were the perfect size for everything we needed to keep with us each day (camera, jacket, passports, wallet, etc).
I was initially surprised at how lightweight the nylon fabric feels, but they have held up amazingly well. The fabric doesn't scuff or show marks, and it isn't snag-prone. It's certainly not waterproof, but we found it to be water-resistant enough to handle a light rain shower just fine. One of the seams on my wife's daypack shoulder strap did eventually let go, but we contacted Osprey and they repaired it for free with no hassle. They definitely stand behind their product!
I have three small frustrations with the pack--
--The water bottle pockets on the daypack exterior are not nearly large or stretchy enough. They work, but good luck getting a bottle in there if the pack is stuffed full.
--The zip-away strap cover panel on the main pack is difficult to stow away when you want to use the main pack should/waist straps. You have to roll it down to the bottom, and then stuff it into a little velcro area. It never fits quite right, and always feels like it might come popping back out. It never has actually popped out, but I wish they would redesign the closer on this.
--The frame is just about an inch too large to 'officially' qualify as a carryon. Come on, guys! Just shrink the frame by an inch, and everything would be kosher! I called Osprey on the phone, and one of their product designers said they're working on a similar concept--hopefully they get this sorted out. We've never had an issue, but why not just shrink the frame a little to be safe?
Conclusion: Buy it, you certainly won't regret it. The quality you will receive is well worth the price tag.
Another thing I wanted to touch on was the ability to use this pack as a carry on while flying. I have seen a lot of debate about the issue and while I cannot speak for all airlines, the two Asian companies I flew with never even gave my pack a 2nd look! I flew with EVA Air and Air Asia and the M/L pack fit just fine in each compartment. I did keep the day pack on me as my hand luggage. (see picture)
Hope this helps!
Top international reviews
Reasons I won't give it 5*
- No exit holes for charging cables or water tubes
- I would like to see more than 1 internal separated department and maybe a couple externally. You essentially have 1 big open backpack and 1 zip mesh compartment under the opening flap. I think this would help distribute the weight within the backpack when upright, preventing everything in the bottom being crushed.
The only downside were that the front backpack is now quite difficult to start the zip. This may be dirt but the other zips work well. I would have also appreciated a couple more inner pockets but other than that this bag is incredible.
Ive taken it around asia for 3 months where its been chucked about, abused, strapped to the back of a motorbike for several days across harsh Nepalise roads and its come back 100% intact. I kept both bags at brimming maximum capacity for 99% of all my trips.
Love this and will keep it for all future trips.
The detachable back pack has plenty of compartments to keep documents safe and your day pack nice and organised.
The only thing that it doesn't have is a waterproof cover and you could easily buy one of those separately.
This back pack is perfect and worth the investment.