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!
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 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 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)
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).
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 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).
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).
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). 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!
What about the Osprey Fairview?
A couple of years ago, Osprey launched a new backpack called the Fairview, 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.
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.
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!