Osprey Farpoint 40 vs 55 vs 70 vs 80: Which Is Right For You?


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When it comes to choosing the best backpack to take on your next trip, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide between all the options on the market. However, even once you’ve decided on which backpack to buy, you are still left with sometimes the even harder decision of deciding which model to purchase. We wholeheartedly recommend the Osprey Farpoint as the best backpack for any backpacking trip. However, the decision of choosing between the various models and sizes can be a difficult one.

Are you wondering how the Osprey Farpoint 55 vs 70 compare? Are you struggling to decide between the smaller sizes of the Farpoint 40 vs 55? Or are you debating whether to purchase a larger backpack? This guide will breakdown the pros and cons of each Osprey Farpoint backpack and help you decide which to purchase for your upcoming adventure!

Osprey Farpoint Comparison

BackpackDescriptionPrices
Osprey Farpoint 40L
Weight: 1.44kg
Dimensions: 54 x 35 x 23 cm (M/L)
Detachable Daypack: No
Carry-On Suitable: Yes
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Osprey Farpoint 55L
Weight: 1.77kg
Dimensions: 63 x 33 x 30 cm (M/L)
Detachable Daypack: Yes
Carry-On Suitable: Sometimes
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Osprey Farpoint 70L
Weight: 1.78kg
Dimensions: 66 x 35 x 33 cm (M/L)
Detachable Daypack: Yes
Carry-On Suitable: No
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Osprey Farpoint 80L
Weight: 1.76kg
Dimensions:74 x 38 x 40 cm (M/L)
Detachable Daypack: No
Carry-On Suitable: No
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Why purchase an Osprey Farpoint backpack?

Before delving into the advantages of the different models of the Osprey Farpoint, it’s worth understanding why we think the Osprey Farpoint is one of the best backpacks to buy.

All of the Farpoint backpacks are extremely lightweight due to their LightWire Frame Suspension, have a fully adjustable harness, a lockable main compartment and are really comfortable to walk around in. Having owned a number of backpacks over the years (including backpacks designed for treks!) I definitely find that the Osprey Farpoint backpack is the most pleasant to walk long distances in.

The Farpoint, like other Osprey products, also comes with a lifetime guarantee and, despite the backpack having gone on a number of trips and not necessarily been treated with the best of care, it has easily stood the test of the time!

The only drawback that I find of the Farpoint series is that most versions only have one main compartment in the main backpack and doesn’t have a lot of smaller pockets that can be handy for organising your items. Nevertheless, this is easily solved by purchasing some packing cubes that make organising and compressing your clothes an absolute breeze!

Osprey Farpoint 55 vs 70
Osprey Farpoint 55 & 70L Versions

Osprey Farpoint 40 vs 55 Comparison

Despite being marketed in the same series of backpacks, there are actually a number of differences when comparing the Osprey Farpoint 40 vs 55.

The Osprey Farpoint 40 has dimensions of 22-inch x 14-inch x 9-inch meaning that it easily passes even the most stringent of airline carry on requirements.

The Farpoint 55 is actually a 40L main pack with a detachable 15L daypack, however, the dimensions of the main pack are different to the Osprey Farpoint 40 meaning that technically it is too big to bring as carry on onto flights.

However, if you remove detachable daypack, don’t fill it full to the brims and avoid flying airlines who are notorious for measuring each bag, then you can potentially get away with taking the Farpoint 55 as carry on luggage.

Speaking of detachable daypacks, one of the main advantages when comparing the Farpoint 55 vs Farpoint 40 is that the 55 version comes with one! A detachable daypack is extremely convenient to have on longer backpacking trips so you have a smaller bag to take with you when you’re out exploring for the day or going for a hike.

A lot of daypacks that you buy as a standalone product can be quite expensive, so if you’re on a budget and going for a longer trip, then the detachable daypack of the Osprey Farpoint 55 can be a swaying factor when choosing between the Farpoint 40 vs 55.

Another advantage of the Farpoint 55 is that it comes with removable sleeping pad straps which are missing from the Osprey Farpoint 40. I personally love having these straps, particularly if you plan on using this backpack for camping, as it makes it easy to attach larger items like sleeping pads or even smelly or dirty items like hiking shoes to the outside of your bag so you can keep your other items clean!

Osprey Farpoint 40

Osprey Farpoint 40 vs 55: The Verdict

If you’re travelling to warmer destinations where you don’t need to pack a lot of larger items, already own a daypack, want to avoid checked baggage fees on airlines or simply like to be a minimalist when travelling then I recommend you purchase the Osprey Farpoint 40 (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here)

However, if you are travelling to places where you need to pack bulkier items or extra gear, want the bonus of a detachable daypack and aren’t planning to take a lot of flights on budget airlines then I recommend you purchase the Osprey Farpoint 55 (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here).

Osprey Farpoint 55 vs 70 Comparison

Comparing the Osprey Farpoint 55 vs 70 is a lot easier compared to the differences that exist between the Farpoint 40 vs 55. Unlike the Osprey Farpoint 40, both the 55 and 70-litre versions come with a detachable daypack and sleeping pad straps meaning that they don’t have the perceived disadvantages of the 40-litre backpack.

In fact, when you compare Osprey Farpoint 55 vs 70, you’ll see that they are in fact essentially the same backpack in all aspects apart from their actual sizes. The Farpoint 55 which is made up of a 40L main pack and 15L daypack, has the advantage of allowing you to possibly sneak the 40L main pack into an airline’s carry on. This is unlikely to be possible with the Farpoint 70 as the bag is an inch taller than the Farpoint 55.

Osprey Farpoint 55

Osprey Farpoint 55 vs 70: The Verdict

Apart from the slight differences in height, the Farpoint 55 and 70 are essentially the same backpack. If you want the advantage of possibly being able to sneak this backpack into carry on and prefer the smaller size than I recommend you purchase the Osprey Farpoint 55 (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here).

If you plan on travelling with larger gear and can avoid the temptation of over-packing in a larger bag, then I recommend you purchase the Osprey Farpoint 70 (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here).

Osprey Farpoint 70 vs 80 Comparison

If you are in the market for a larger backpack then you might be debating the advantages of purchasing the Osprey Farpoint 70 vs 80. Comparing these two backpacks is somewhat similar to the Osprey Farpoint 40 vs 55.

The advantage of the Osprey Farpoint 70 over the 80-litre version is that it comes with a detachable daypack and the removable sleeping pad straps. This backpack is also a few inches smaller than the 80-litre version meaning it is likely to be significantly more comfortable to walk around with.

One advantage of the Osprey Farpoint 80 that makes up for the lack of sleeping pad straps is the fact that it has a zippered lower compartment. This is a fantastic feature as it allows you to pack your heavier (and likely dirty!) shoes separately from the rest of your gear. The 80-litre backpack also has a zippered compartment at the top of the backpack that is designed for smaller items such as toiletries.

Osprey Farpoint 70 vs 80: The Verdict

If you’re after a larger backpack but still going on a conventional trip where they want the convenience of having a detachable daypack and don’t need to take a huge amount of gear then I recommend you purchase the Osprey Farpoint 70 (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here).

If you are tackling a long overland hike or camping trip and need to carry a large amount of gear, then I recommend you purchase the Osprey Farpoint 80 (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here). It’s great for those type of trips but I wouldn’t recommend it for a conventional backpacking trip where you will be staying in hostels.

Should you buy the S/M or M/L version?

This guide has focused on understanding the differences between the sizes of the Osprey Farpoint series. However, once you’ve decided on whether the Farpoint 40, 55, 70 or 80 is right for you, you are still left in one decision: should you buy the Farpoint S/M or M/L version?

Luckily, this decision is a lot easier than deciding which size to buy as it’s based on the length of your torso.

According to Osprey, if the length of your torso (measured from the bottom of your vertebrae to the bottom of your back) is less than 17 inches/43 cm, then you should buy the S/M version. If the length of your torso is greater than 20 inches/51 cm then you should buy the M/L version. If you are in between the two sizes, then you can pick whichever you want!

Throughout this guide, I have compared the M/L versions of the various Farpoint backpacks. The S/M version is slightly smaller than the M/L version so if your torso length suits either version and you are debating between the Farpoint 40 vs 55, then buying the S/M version of the 55L backpack will increase the chances of being able to use the backpack as a carry on!

Osprey Farpoint vs Fairview

A couple of years ago, Osprey launched a new backpack called the Fairview (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here) which has led to travellers comparing the Osprey Farpoint 40 vs Fairview 40 as well as the 55L versions. The Fairview is being marketed as a women’s version of the Farpoint with the Farpoint slowly starting to be labelled as a men’s backpack.

Osprey Fairview

Women can undoubtedly continue to buy the Osprey Farpoint however the Fairview essentially has the same features as the Farpoint but is designed with women’s bodies in mind. This has resulted in the shoulder straps and belt, in particular, being designed to be more comfortable to wear for women.

All other features when comparing both the Osprey Fairview 40 vs 55 are the same as when comparing the Farpoint 40 vs 55. The Fairview is also available in a 70-litre size but doesn’t come in an 80-litre version.

Osprey Farpoint vs Farpoint Trek

In 2019, Osprey launched the Farpoint Trek (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here) which is essentially a halfway point between the standard Farpoint series and other backpacks designed specifically for trekking. It comes in two sizes: 55L & 75L and has a number of nice features that aren’t available in the Farpoint series such as a rain cover and a larger number of pockets. Unlike the standard Osprey Farpoint 55 or 70L, it doesn’t come with a detachable backpack.

The Osprey Farpoint Trek is ideal for travellers going on a long backpacking trip who plan to do some multi-day trekking. The Osprey Farpoint Trek is being marketed as the men’s version with Osprey also releasing the Osprey Fairview Trek 50 and 70L version for women (also available on REI here or directly from Osprey here).

Osprey Farpoint Trek

The Osprey Farpoint continues to undoubtedly be one of the best backpacks to buy in the market and the wide range of sizes available means that it is easy to find a version of this backpack that will be suitable for your upcoming trip!

Do you own an Osprey Farpoint or are you planning on buying one? Do you prefer the Farpoint 40 vs 55 vs 70 vs 80? Let us know in the comments below!

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Michael is a co-founder and writer for The World Was Here First. When not obsessively searching for flight deals, Michael likes being ultra-competitive at table tennis, gazing at street art, and contemplating life while sipping a dram of fine single malt whisky.

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    • Hi Vedana, you won’t be able to take the majority of bags into Ryanair anymore. However, the Osprey Farpoint 40 will still be a good option as it fits into their dimensions for the smaller checked bag option.

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  1. I would respectfully modify some of your points (and I speak as someone who owns 5 Osprey packs including 3 Farpoints). The first point is that Osprey quote the pack size including the daypack if present, and for the M/L version. Many other manufacturers quote the size of the main pack on its own, which suits me because I rarely use the supplied daypack since I usually find it inadequate (everybody’s, not just Osprey’s). So for example my Osprey Farpoint 70 is a S/M, not a M/L, so it’s only 67 or 68 litres, minus a 15-litre daypack, so the real size of the main pack is only 52 or 53 litres.
    Secondly, Osprey seem to have a house style of making the packs not too wide, perhaps because of their trekking heritage. Many people like this, and I do in a hiking pack, but not in a travel pack. In a hiking pack the lesser width is usually made up for by greater height; in a travel pack it is usually by greater depth. This puts your load farther out from your back, and I find that uncomfortable. The Farpoint 80 is particularly deep and for that reason I could not recommend it for a long hike.
    Exception: the Farpoint 40, which since it was designed to airline standards, is not very deep and is therefore relatively very wide. IMHO this is a masterpiece of a pack, in its specific field. But be careful: if you stuff it, it will bulge and no longer be strictly carry-on; if you don’t stuff it, it won’t be a full 40 litres. Take your choice. (BTW this is not just Osprey, it is a characteristic of how all manufacturers measure volume).

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    • Hi Edward
      I am just about to purchase an Osprey bag for a 2 week multi activity break! I was wondering whether you thought the Farpoint 80 is ok for a 5’4 female?
      I was looking at the Fairview 70 but was disappointed with the space in the main pack.
      Many thanks in advance.

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    • This is an excellent point. I’ve taken two nearly year long world trips with the Farpoint 40 but find when it’s stuffed it’s actually too deep and holds the weight too far back from center. I also seemed to never be able to get comfortable with it. My back length is 20″ and I bought the larger version, I doubt I could go smaller. I’m wondering what I can move to that will be taller and stick out less…. also I hate top-loading packs. The suitcase style opening is great for me. Doesn’t make choosing much easier unfortunately!

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  2. Osprey has some new Farpoint packs out, since this post is relatively current do you have any plans to add those to the comparison? That would be excellent if so!

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