Review: Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack for travelling light

I ditched my heavy DSLR back in 2012 and turned to iPhone photography because I was tired. Tired of traveling like a pack mule. But not only did I ditch my DSLR but I also changed my entire life and got rid of many things that didn’t serve a specific purpose and I changed the way how I traveled. 

I hate checking in luggage. From now on, I plan to travel only using carry on luggage. So I did some research to find a versatile bag or backpack that would meet the carry on luggage requirements and allow me to carry stuff for at least a week.

What I found was the Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack and it’s truly what I’ve been looking for.


Osprey Farpoint 40 features

There are different options how I can carry the Osprey backpack. I can carry it as a backpack, as a sling bag and even like a sports bag. Aside form the two padded shoulder straps, it has a hip belt and it comes with a long and padded should strap. Before I enter the plane, I usually stow away all the straps inside the backpanel  and carry it by hand on one of the two padded handles.

The cover of the main compartment fully opens for easy access to everything inside. I really like the two compression straps inside the main compartment to secure e.g. my t-shirts and keep them neat and tidy. If I pack it to the limit, which happens occasionally, I can use the two front compression straps to force the backpack back to carry on luggage size.

The front compartment has room for a large notebook or tablet inside a padded sleeve and enough room to carry all the other small gear I need during while on the road (or in the plane).

Need to carry a bottle of water or two? No problem with the two front mesh pockets.


The Osprey Farpoint is THE backpack I’ve always been looking for. It conforms to the EU carry-on luggage size and the different ways I can carry it is ideal for traveling. 

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