The Osprey Farpoint has been a firm favourite on the backpacker circuit for years but is there a new king in town?
When Osprey contacted us asking if we would like to review the newest addition to their Farpoint/Fairview range, we were stoked. The Osprey Farpoint is considered one of the best travel backpacks money can buy and it has long been THE backpacker favourite. Can the Farpoint Trek 75 uphold the glowing reputation of the Farpoint range?
In this dedicated Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the changes and improvements Osprey have made to their flagship travel backpack.
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A Hybrid Backpack: Perfect for Travel & Hiking
Osprey have gone a bit left-field with their Farpoint Trek series. Instead of just improving on an already great travel backpack, they have chosen to go in a different direction with the Trek.
Taking inspiration from their extensive range of hiking packs while still keeping the DNA of a travel bag, the Osprey Farpoint Trek is a true hybrid. It’s designed to be easy to handle in airports, buses and train stations while simultaneously being able to handle all the rigours of the trail.
Disclaimer: Osprey sent us the Farpoint Trek free of charge for this review. We wrote the review after months spent testing and evaluating The Backpacker. It was not sent to Osprey prior to being published. None of our reviews are ever edited to keep a brand happy!
Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 At A Glance:
- Dimensions (CM): 77x42x36
- Capacity: 75-litres
- Weight: 2.1kg
- Straps: Padded shoulder straps and hip belt. The sternum strap is webbing.
- Guarantee: Osprey offer their All Mighty Guarantee with this pack.
- Pockets: One massive main pocket, three decent-sized quick access pockets and many smaller pockets, both internal and external.
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Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 Size and Weight
At 2.1kg the Osprey Farpoint Trek is not the lightest backpack on the market but it was never designed to be. The fact that it only weighs 2.1kg is impressive when you consider the durability of the 420HD Packcloth Nylon used in the bag’s construction, as well as the frame and other additions that make this pack so user-friendly.
The capacity of a pack is make or break. You don’t want to be travelling the world, or on a multi-day hiking trip with too little stuff but likewise, you don’t want to be lugging a gargantuan bag around with you all day.
At 75-litres, the Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 is a large bag for your average backpacker. Realistically, unless you are on an epic round the world tour, where you’ll be travelling through varying climates, you won’t need a travel bag of this size. Likewise, unless you are hiking and camping in cold conditions or high altitudes, like those found in many of South America’s best treks, you won’t need a pack this size. Thankfully, Osprey also produce the Farpoint Trek 55, which is a smaller 55-litre version. In my opinion, this is arguably more suitable for your average traveller.
The good news for travellers who know they need a large capacity bag is that the Farpoint Trek 75 is incredibly roomy, even for a 75-litre pack!
Dimensions: 77cm x 42cm x 36cm
It should go without saying that a 75-litre pack will not be carry on compliant. At 77cm x 42cm x 36cm, the Farpoint Trek 75 is way over carry on limits so you’ll need to be prepared to check this bag on all flights.
Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 Size and Weight – Pros & Cons:
- The weight distribution across the pack is great and thanks to its overall height and width, the Trek doesn’t feel unwieldy, even when full.
- The material used to make the pack is heavy but with that weight comes an incredible level of durability. I would expect the bag to last years of near-constant use before it showed any signs of damage that would impact its usability.
- The fact it’s not small enough to fit as hand luggage is a bummer but a lot of that is personal preference. I hate checking a bag as it’s just extra hassle but in the grand scheme of backpacking, you’re likely to spend more time on buses than planes anyway.
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Osprey Farpoint Trek Usability
The Osprey Farpoint Trek has a multitude of pockets and entry points. Starting from the top and working our way down, we have the very top pocket which holds the AirCover (Osprey’s flight and rain cover combination) but also has room for a couple of smaller items. Below that is the main top pocket. This is easily big enough for waterproofs and valuables and also has a clip for keys.
Both of the top pockets look and act like the brain or lid of a normal top-loading pack but as this pack is not top-loading, they don’t need to be flipped out of the way, meaning you can cram in more gear than usual!
The main pocket is where the bulk of your gear will go. It’s massive and you really shouldn’t struggle to get everything you need in here. Much like the Osprey Farpoint, the Farpoint Trek features suitcase-style loading.
It doesn’t quite open up as far as the original Farpoint but the U-Zip opening is easily large enough to make packing and unpacking this bag simple. Inside the main compartment, there are a few sneakily placed pockets that are perfect for storing small, important items like your passport, money, electronics or copies of your important paperwork.
You’ll also find the water reservoir storage inside the main pocket which is compatible with any standard Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir.
You can partition off the bottom section of the main pocket to create a space for storing items you want to keep separate. If you are hiking, this is a great place to store your sleeping bag or tent and if you are travelling, you can use this section to store shoes, dirty clothes or anything else you desire.
The bottom area can be accessed by a smaller zip towards the bottom of the pack so you don’t need to worry about things being hard to access. It is worth noting that this bottom zip pocket is only available on the Farpoint Trek 75 and the Fairview Trek 70 and not on the smaller versions.
There is a large outer pocket on the exterior of the U-Zip opening. This pocket is easily big enough to hold a coat or jumper, waterproofs, paperwork or a myriad of bits and bobs.
The padded hip belt features a pocket on each side, which in my opinion is a must-have for any large pack and something that the original Farpoint was sorely missing.
Finally, the Farpoint Trek features a deep water bottle pocket on each side. These dual entry pockets are a vast improvement to the very poorly placed mesh pockets on the original Farpoint and will comfortably hold a two-litre bottle on each side!
As the Osprey Farpoint Trek is a hybrid bag, it comes with all of the internal compression straps you’d expect from a travel backpack as well as external straps used to cinch the pack tight.
The internal straps have “wings” attached to them to help keep all your gear in place, which is a big benefit of a bag this size. These wings also have small zip pockets on them so you can store little items safely.
To be honest, I’m not a lover of internal compression straps and will often remove them or just leave them tucked away. However, the main pocket of the Farpoint Trek 75 is so large that they do serve to stop all your gear mixing together. On big trips where you’ll be packing for many different climates, you can use these straps to secure gear you’re not going to need imminently and pack everything else on top.
The external compression straps can be used to keep the pack tight and comfortable. When trekking along thin trails, this is a godsend because it stops the bag snagging on trees or rocks! The straight jacket style compression straps on the front of the pack also keep the bag tight and hide the zips, making it much harder for would-be thieves to get to your belongings!
The outside of the Farpoint Trek 75 is covered in various attachment points for extra gear. From the daisy chain style loops to the mount points for the rain cover, Osprey have covered all their bases here.
The Farpoint Trek series is compatible with Osprey’s Daylite series. There are clips and mount points to attach a day bag to either the front (kangaroo style) or the back of the Trek, ensuring your belongings are safe.
You’ll also notice the extra straps towards the bottom of the bag. These can be used to attach a tent, sleeping pad or other large items to the outside of the pack. They can be removed if you don’t need them or just used to tighten up the bottom of the bag should it not be full!
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Osprey have really gone all out with the Trek. Rather than having a protective flight cover, to keep your bag safe when throwing it on a plane as checked luggage AND having a rain cover to keep your gear dry when caught in an inevitable rain shower, they have combined the two.
Initially, I was very sceptical about this combination but by testing this product I have had my mind well and truly changed.
As a flight cover, the AirCover feels a little baggy. Unless your bag is crammed to capacity, the AirCover will sag and not look great but the protection it offers is certainly worth the downgrade in appearance. As a rain shield, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it fit.
There are a few attachment points around the bottom of the pack and near the hip belt, which keep the rain cover securely in place. After hiking through a storm, I was impressed to find that almost no water had managed to penetrate my stuff!
Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 Usability – Pros and Cons:
- Having so much storage space in the Osprey Farpoint Trek is great as you can comfortably fit everything you’d need for an around the world trip or an extended backpacking experience.
- The multitude of pockets and entry points makes organising and finding your stuff really easy.
- The large external pocket is great for storing items that you could need in a hurry. However, if you fill it to capacity it becomes a chore to fold out of the way when attempting to get into the main compartment. It’s not impossible, just more of a hassle than I’d expect.
- Likewise, having the U-Zip opening is amazing for when you are packing or unpacking with plenty of dry space, but if you are trying to grab items quickly, especially when hiking in bad weather, having to lay the entire pack down is a chore.
- When you have the rain cover on, it becomes even more difficult to get into as unlike top-loading packs, you can’t just fold the top down slightly to get at the opening. Instead, you must unclip the toggles, pull the cover almost completely off, lay the pack down, root around and once you’ve found what you need, repeat the process in reverse. It’s fine in a hostel dorm, providing you have the floor space but not good in the rain or howling wind. The size of the pack also makes it a challenge to manoeuvre in a tent!
- The hip belt pockets really aren’t big enough to serve much of a purpose. You might be able to fit some snacks and loose change in there but good luck getting much else in. You certainly won’t be able to fit a smartphone or large wallet in there. While I love having hip belt pockets, these would be much better if they were around 50% larger!
I know that hybrid packs have to compromise on some features but I am a firm believer that a travel pack should give you some way of storing a laptop safely. I have seen that some people suggest using the water bladder pocket in the back of the main compartment to store your laptop but I would strongly advise against this!
The water bladder pocket is designed for just that, a flexible reservoir full of liquid, not for a hard, expensive laptop made of metal and plastic. Part of the backpack’s frame runs right across the back of this area so it will be pressing against your expensive computer, especially if it’s close to full!
Some users have complained that there is nowhere to attach hiking poles to the Farpoint Trek 75 but I found that the water bottle pockets, combined with the compression straps on the side can comfortably hold your poles without them getting in the way.
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Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 Comfort
Thick padded shoulder straps, an excellent padded hip belt and a well-placed sternum strap make this bag one of the most secure I have ever carried. Even with a heavy load, the thick straps take the weight without causing unexpected pain on the shoulders or hips.
The Adjustable Airspeed Ventilated Trampoline Suspended Mesh Back System, while being a mouthful to say, is truly fantastic. No matter how much you carry in the Farpoint Trek, the suspension keeps the bag away from your back and really is a pleasure to use. It can be adjusted to four different height settings, depending on the size of your torso.
Not having a heavy pack rubbing on your back has two main advantages. Firstly, it gives your back a chance to breathe and stops sweat building up! It also means that no matter how you’ve packed your items inside, there will be nothing hard or sharp digging into your spine!
The frame in the Trek 75 is much like that of the original Farpoint. It is very unobtrusive yet still works incredibly well and makes carrying heavy loads a doddle.
Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 Comfort – Pros and Cons:
- I can honestly say that this is one of the most comfortable packs I have ever used. Even when carrying loads of 30+ kilograms, which is way more than an average backpacker will need, the combination of frame, suspension and thick padded straps make carrying the Osprey Farpoint Trek a doddle.
- It can take a little time to get used to all the straps and buckles. Knowing how much to tighten each strap takes some getting used to but after a couple of days using the pack, you’ll have it dialled in like a pro!
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Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 Security
The zips on the U-Zip entry to the main pocket are set up to accommodate a padlock, which provides peace of mind for travellers even if it is not necessary for hikers.
While compression straps are not a security feature in their own right, they do serve to make the bag more secure than your average backpack. When done up, the straight jacket style compression straps at the front of the pack almost completely cover the main entry point for the bag. Likewise, the compression straps also cover a large portion of the zip for the front pocket. Sure, this wouldn’t deter a thief who had plenty of time on their hands but it will help to stop opportunistic thieves from snatching stuff from your bag while you’re wearing it!
The top pocket, below the AirCover pocket, is in a really nice position to be able to store valuable items while you’re on the move. When wearing the bag, the only way to access this pocket is right behind your head. Even highly skilled pickpockets would struggle to get past your actual face without you noticing!
Inside the Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 there are a few small, stealthy pockets. The internal compression straps have small pockets built in that are roomy enough for money, small electronics, passports or photocopies of important paperwork. The partition between the sleeping bag entry point and the rest of the main compartment also has some smaller stash pockets for similar-sized items.
While we have already touched on the AirCover, it is worth noting again for the extra layer of security it adds to your gear. When loading your bag under buses, it is worth throwing the AirCover on first. This can reduce the temptation for any would-be thieves to root through your stuff while your snore away on the long journey!
Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 Security – Pros and Cons:
- Overall when it comes to security, the Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 is not designed to be a theft-proof backpack but it is perfectly adequate for normal backpacking.
- The lockable zips give extra peace of mind to travellers but a major design flaw is that the bottom entry point of the Farpoint Trek 75 and Fairview Trek 70 are not lockable!
- Even if you attached the partition in place, it is only a couple of loops and toggles so will not hold up to much rummaging. While I wouldn’t usually suggest storing valuables in your main pack anyway, I’d definitely recommend avoiding this with the Osprey Farpoint Trek 75.
- The small pockets dotted about make for good places to store paperwork and maybe even a sneaky stash of money. However, you wouldn’t want to use them for anything much larger for fear of it becoming obvious.
- If you are sensible and combine the AirCover, compression straps, stealthy pockets and a dash of common sense, you should have no issues when it comes to security with this pack.
- Even though an Osprey comes with a decent price tag, this pack is understated enough that it won’t stand out. Of course, if you are walking down some dodgy backstreet, it is fair to assume that any 75 litre pack will stand out. Stick with other backpackers and you’ll blend right in!
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Osprey Farpoint Trek FAQs
Osprey Farpoint VS Osprey Farpoint Trek – Which Should I Choose?
Both bags perform very well and neither would be a bad choice.
If you are spending a summer city hopping around Europe or Southeast Asia the standard Farpoint will suit you perfectly. On the other hand, if you are heading to South America and planning a few hiking trips, the Farpoint Trek will be much better suited to the task!
For those of you packing light and not walking long distances carrying your pack, the Farpoint 40 is an ideal travel bag. However, when it comes to carrying bigger loads or walking a long way carrying your gear, the Osprey Farpoint Trek is a much more versatile choice.
As far as a direct choice between the 55-litre options, unless you find the detachable daypack on the 55-litre Farpoint particularly attractive, you’ll find the 55-litre Farpoint Trek to be an all-round better option!
Can I Machine Wash My Osprey?
- No! It is not recommended to machine wash any Osprey product. Instead, hand wash your pack with warm soapy water.
Can I Use The Osprey Farpoint Trek For Hiking?
- Yes! The Osprey Farpoint Trek is designed as a hybrid pack and is as at home on the trail as in cities. You’ll find it comfortable and easy to handle while hiking!
Is The Osprey Farpoint Trek Waterproof?
- While the Farpoint Trek is not fully waterproof on its own, it has been treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) coating which stops water penetrating the pack should you get caught in a shower. To make sure your stuff stays dry in the pack, attach the AirCover into its rain cover position and for extra peace of mind, consider getting some small dry bags to keep important items in!
Can I Take The Osprey Farpoint Trek As Hand Luggage?
- No. The Farpoint Trek is too big to take on as hand luggage. You may be able to sneak the smaller 55-litre version on as hand luggage but officially, it’s too large.
What Is The Osprey Farpoint Trek Made From?
- 420HD Nylon Packcloth with some 500HD Nylon Packcloth in some areas that receive more wear and tear!
Is The Farpoint Trek Unisex?
- No. The Farpoint Trek is the men’s version of the bag. The women’s version is known as the Fairview Trek and comes in two sizes, 50-litres and 70-litres.
How Much Does The Osprey Farpoint Trek Cost?
- The Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 is £180 in the UK and around $230 in the USA. The 55-litre version retails at £170 in the UK and around $220 in the USA.
Final Thoughts On The Osprey Farpoint Trek 75
My very first thoughts when unpacking the Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 were; “Jeez, this is a big pack! I’m not sure I’m going to enjoy testing this one.” I almost never travel with anything over 40-litres so I didn’t even know where to begin with a bag so massive!
However, it didn’t take long for the build quality, comfort and overall usability of the pack to shine through. Even when full to capacity, the Trek is super comfortable. The way the hip belt, internal frame and suspension system spread the bag’s weight across your body is phenomenal. I couldn’t help but be impressed that not only could I actually walk around comfortably with 30kg on my back but I could also walk long distances like this.
The main pocket of the Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 is massive and it is easy for stuff to shift around when in transit, especially as you will probably not be able to take the pack as carry-on. For this reason, I suggest grabbing yourself some packing cubes to help keep everything organised and easy to find!
As a hybrid pack, the Farpoint Trek does a lot of things very well but it also leaves a little to be desired. Hikers may want fewer internal compression straps and a better waterproofing system, while travellers might need a laptop sleeve and a less bulky pack that can always be taken as hand luggage!
It’s a bummer that, if you want to use them, you’ll need to buy Osprey’s water reservoir and Daylite day packs separately. The Trek is already a pricey bag and adding more costs does begin to make it prohibitively expensive.
For those of you interested in Osprey’s products but unable or unwilling to pay full price for them, check out the Osprey Second Life Scheme for a chance to grab a great bargain!
Overall I think Osprey may have created one of the best all-around backpacks for adventurous travellers who don’t want to worry about carrying two different packs. While there are still a few bits that could be improved, in the grand scheme of things, the Osprey Farpoint Trek will take everything that long term travel or long-distance hiking can throw at it!
You can purchase the Osprey Farpoint and Fairview Trek from the following places:
|Osprey Farpoint Trek 75||REI||Osprey||Amazon|
|Osprey Farpoint Trek 55||REI||Osprey||Amazon|
|Osprey Fairview Trek 70 (Female)||REI||Osprey||Amazon|
|Osprey Fairview Trek 50 (Female)||REI||Osprey||Amazon|
And if you’re looking for a smaller bag, definitely check out our review of the Osprey Farpoint/Fairview 40 Backpacks!
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