Today, we’ll be reviewing the Osprey Farpoint 36, the smallest of the Osprey Farpoint Range.
It’s a wheelie suitcase that’s also designed to work as a backpack and it’s small size means that it fits most airline carry on or hand luggage specifications.
That most isn’t to be taken lightly, though! Please, please do check the details of the airline you plan to fly with. The specifications change all the time and airlines are increasingly strict about sticking to them.
The Osprey Farpoint 36 and 65 are new additions to the popular Farpoint range. Before now, the Farpoint 40 was the smallest and most blogged about travel backpack in town. But now, with the 36, carry on luggage has changed once again.
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Osprey are a great adventurous, outdoor brand. But their bags also work very well for certain city slickers and people travelling with young children.
My backpacking years are well and truly behind me but this harness system is useful for a number of reasons.
The fabric (210D High Tenacity Nylon) is resistant but not that tough. If you’re travelling anywhere known to be a target for thieves, then a different suitcase may be for you.
If you plan to be out in nature to the extent that you’ll get soaked (or visiting Britain with any significant period of time spent outdoors) then either use a waterproof bag on the inside or opt for a different suitcase altogether.
Ooh, it’s padded and comfy! It has well padded hip belt, a chest strap which really helps protect against backache and four separate points to adjust the Osprey Farpoint to fit you.
This is the man’s version – the female range has the shoulder straps closer together. I have quite broad shoulders so it was fine for me.
The main pack is largely unstructured. There are two compression straps to keep everything held snugly in place and a mesh inner pocket for keys and the like.
The backpack harness and wheelie handle take up a fair bit of space in the interior, so this suitcase is really best for variable objects like clothes rather than someone travelling with lots of precious hats, shoes, padded bras or toiletries.
The Osprey Daylite System
Osprey also sell small day backpacks that clip onto the front of their bigger suitcases. That way, you have the option of a smaller backpack while in your destination, but only the one pack to wheel about when on the move.
What do you need in a carry on, anyway?
Before you get to buying the right carry on bag, let's stop and think about what you should be packing in it. From the essentials to the fluff, check out our carry on packing guide here.
Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more. Find out more.
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