Backpacking Gear First Impressions Review: Osprey Farpoint 55

If you’ve followed me anywhere on social media the last few weeks, you’ll know that I’ve got me a new backpack for my upcoming adventures. While my old one, a Jack Wolfskin Agadir 65 Women, was still in perfect condition, it wasn’t a backpack that suits my needs.
Here a short summary why I was unhappy with my old pack: It is top loading, 65 liter are way too much. It has too many different compartments, and even more straps.

So when I was looking for a new backpack, I wanted one that didn’t had all those things and after several weeks of research I found me a perfect backpack: The Osprey Farpoint 55 in size S/M!

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The Osprey Farpoint 55 in S/M – First Impressions

After a short delay, the Farpoint 55 arrived in the mail and I felt as if it were Christmas and my birthday at the same time! Before I’ll show you the Farpoint 55 from all angles, here a side-by-side comparison with my Agadir 65.

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They are size-wise relatively similar. However, there are several things that set them apart already. As mentioned earlier, the Agardir 65 is covered in straps while the Farpoint 55 is not. In the past, those countless straps on my Agadir 65 were such an annoyance on the road so I’m very happy to not going to have this issue anymore. Also, while the Agadir 65 can be open at the front, it can only done so to a certain degree. In other words, you’ll only see a certain amount of your stuff. The Farpoint 55, by contrast opens up all the way and allows for more packing comfort.

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Inside, you have two compression straps and a mesh-pocket

One additional feature of the Farpoint 55 that I love, and that sets it apart from the Agardir 65, is the fact that you can hide the shoulder- and hip belt when you don’t need them. This is extra useful for when you check-in you backpack at the airport. Once you don’t need it, you can tuck the flap away.

Now, one thing you need to know about the Farpoint 55 is that it is actually two separate, detachable backpacks. At the front, a small 13L daypack is attached to the main-pack with a zipper and two compression straps. Thus, the main-pack on S/M has roughly 40L.

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The day-pack itself has two compartments. One small pocket and a bigger, main compartment. The small pocket is roughly A6 sized (an A5 sized notebook doesn’t fit). The main compartment has two pockets, with the bigger one, being A4 sized and padded, meant to carry a small laptop or tablet.

You have two different options to carry your day-pack. You can either leave it sipped to the main-pack, or you can carry in kangaroo-style in front of you. In order to do that, you just attach the day-pack to the hidden clasps on the shoulder straps.

I’ve done some mock-packing and I’m positively surprised how much actually fits. There are still a few thing I need to get before my trip to New Zealand in October, so I will write ‘what’s in my backpack for long-term travel in New Zealand’ later this year.

Final Thoughts

As a one-handed person, practicality is of even greater importance than to the average able-bodied traveler and everything about the Farpoint 55 can be done one-handed. For example, you can adjust the hip-belt with two different straps and both are designed in a way that I can adjust them with ease one-handed while wearing the backpack. This was not the case with my Agardir 65. I’ve always had huge issues to adjust the right hip-belt all by myself (I don’t have a right hand). In the case of the Osprey Farpoint 555, I’ve test-packed it and played around with the different carry options of the day-pack and everything went smooth and easy.

Funny side note: I’ve asked people on social media for name suggestions and picked “Sam”, a reference to a film and TV show I love, as the name for my Farpoint 55. Not only is it a reference to LOTR , it is also a reference to Stargate.

I really can’t wait to use it and see how the Farpoint 55 will hold up in day-to-day usage. At the end of the year, I will give a real review of the Farpoint 55 once I’ve used it regularly. Until then, I’ll keep staring at it in anticipation!

Happy travels, everyone!

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