Ask and it shall be answered! A reader reached out with a request for a review of my Osprey Farpoint 40 travel backpack and I was more than happy to oblige.
So, I’m currently using an Osprey Farpoint 40 in S/M size. Since there were not as many options for a travel backpack in Singapore, my search for my bag can be read in full here.
I’ve only had this backpack for almost a year but being a person of small stature (I’m 1.5m tall), this bag more than suits my travel needs for durability and comfort. I could adjust the shoulder strap to fit my shoulders nicely and quite easily without fumbling around with it. I was also able to utilise the hip straps to keep of the weight off my shoulders so that it wouldn’t be too tedious on me.
The bag weighs 1.19kg on its own. The heaviest that I’ve had the bag was for about 12kg for a two week holiday over two different countries. I was also lugging my laptop around for work purposes then. It made for a very heavy bag but it was still manageable for me to walk around with it
The backpack also fits my small size as any bigger ones would overwhelm me by a lot. I can safely say, people can see past my bag rather than have their view blocked by it.
I loved that the bag is a front loading bag and opens like a suitcase because it makes it easier to fully maximise its space. Just as important was the ability to lock up each compartment so that I can be reassured of its security. This was especially reassuring when I travel with a carry on only up the plane and when my hostel had no lockers for me.
For a 38L bag, it is also pretty roomy (at least for me!) as it can be expanded out and has many pockets available in the bag. Of course, if you do that it would add to the size of the bag, making it quite fat and bulky.
It’s a matter of preference but I like to pack light so the space provided is sufficient even for a two week travel period. I prefer to avoid adding bulk to the bag because I keep having this image of an overturned turtle. Since I’m small in size, I imagine the slightest push can just overbalance me anytime with a heavier backpack on me and lead to more embarrassing incidents: cue overturned turtle image. (Yes, I have a very vivid imagination.)
What irritated me the most about the bag was only 2 things.
One, putting away the cover to use the straps was a struggle. The cover had to be rolled down and into a small slip at the bottom of the bag. Since the slip was in an awkward position, I had to struggle a bit before the Velcro could catch and close. In fact, I couldn’t find it on my first few tries and in the end just haphazardly stuffed the cover under the slip just so I can keep it away.
Two, the laptop slip is located in the smaller front compartment of the bag. Call me paranoid but I kept worrying that the weight would imbalance me because of its position and I would end up on my back with my laptop bearing the brunt of the fall. (Pardon my vivid imagination again…:))
It’s worth investing in packing cubes because it was an enormous help in maximising the space within the bag. I could fit as many as 7-10 summer tops or about 3 thick winter tops in my main packing cube. With pants, leggings, skirt and underwear taking up the other packing cube, I narrow down my clothes to only 2 bags, giving me more space to add other items.
Original price for the bag was S$219 but it was reduced to S$175 during a sale and I had a further 10% discount then for Passion cardholders.
My packing cubes are from Eagle Creek and I bought them at The Planet Traveller located at Changi Airport in Singapore. The ones that I use to fit this Osprey Farpoint backpack are the Eagle Creek Pack-It “Clean/Dirty” Half Cube at S$23.90 and Eagle Creek Pack-It Tube Cube at S$19.90. These prices are a steal, considering it is not easy to find Eagle Creek products in Singapore. The outlet at Changi Airport also has quite an extensive range of the Eagle Creek’s packing products.
Hope that helps!
On the other hand, I’m also tempted to put in an order for the Tortuga Air because I have always wanted to get a Tortuga bag but was worried I could not fit the original one. My biggest problem would be the total cost for the bag + shipping. Since it does not have international shipping, I would have to get it shipped through third parties and this would mean the bag would be quite costly and non-returnable. Should I still get it? What do you think?