The Osprey backpack Farpoint trek was designed for trekking and travel. The two uses do not necessarily meet the same expectations, I was quite curious to test this bag Osprey on a two-week trip to Iceland including a few days of trekking. Verdict.
● weight: 2.1 kg
● dimensions: 77 cm long x 42 x 36 cm
● volume: 75 liters (also available in 55 L + female Farview Trek model)
● cut : M or L (to be defined with lOsprey app)
75L is big, huge, gigantic! And therefore ideal for traveling around the world. Admittedly, my use has been much more modest, but, unless you are a fashionista and want to take five pairs of shoes, you will be able to put a package of useful things (or less useful) in this Osprey Farpoint Trek 75L bag.
For example, I was able to slip into the bag, with nothing hanging on each side, things for 15 days (including clothes warm enough and therefore more bulky than a swimsuit? But also a swimsuit !), a two-person tent, my sleeping bag and my air mattress (all in ultra-light and compact… but all the same), two telescopic walking sticks, my photo stand (not ultra-light nor ultra compact! ), a stove, sachets of food freeze-dried in 01. Life-size test (Icelandic)
mess, a pair of water shoes for crossing rivers, etc. There was even a little bit of room left, compacting well.
For the “trek” part of my trip, I was obviously able to remove things to leave the mind and especially the lighter bag, with the disadvantage of having a fairly heavy vacuum bag while a 40L would have largely enough. Nevertheless, tightening straps can reduce the size of the bag and keep things inside.
As you can see, the Farpoint Trek 75 is made to carry your house on your back. The weight is therefore quite substantial when empty (2.1 kg), although for such liters, it is average. Needless to say, too, if you need such space, you may have a good six pounds on your back. Comfort is therefore essential.
The abdominal belt is very wide and is ideally placed on the hips, supporting a good part of the weight. Two pockets located on each side of the belt allow to slide cereal bars, very practical so as not to have to remove and then put the bag back at each ‘energy’ break. The chest strap, adjustable in height thanks to three anchor points, allows you to adjust its positioning while being very solid.
The straps are also quite wide and provide good support. They are also adjustable in height thanks to three loops according to your size (like the Rook model). The rear panel is made of Airspeed ventilated trampoline meshes. No foam straps soaking up perspiration. That said, even if there has been progress in this area, I do not think that a brand will one day manage to do something really effective … or else I will sweat too much when hiking, which is strong likely. In short, after a few tens of minutes of effort, my back was soaked. The bag, despite the weight, turns out to be comfortable. However, it would have taken me a while to find the right setting. Belt too tight, straps too loose, point in the upper back inconvenient (before adjusting the panel in height), I fear the worst before optimizing the position! Try and adjust the bag (loaded!) Before setting off on an adventure. Basic advice that I didn’t apply to myself. No worries therefore on the comfort side. A positive point if you plan to go several months on a mop by hill and dale.
the hooks allow you to adjust the bag to your body type
A very practical Aircover zipped cover, allowing you to store the straps and straps to put the bag in the hold when you are flying. No risk therefore of seeing a strap torn off when you collect your luggage on the carousel. It will also serve as a (perfectly) waterproof cover in case of rain, you can leave your bag outside the tent without fear of having your things soaked. The cover has a handy side handle for carrying “in suitcase mode”.
A very large central zipped opening along the back of the bag allows access to the main pocket and another zipper gives access to the bottom compartment. A canvas allows to separate (or not) the two parts of the bag. When flat, the Farpoint Trek opens more like a suitcase or a travel bag than a real backpack. Convenient to find what you want but also for optimal storage. Inside, two tightening straps optimize storage. Finally, two small zipped pockets are hidden inside the bag, ideal for placing your papers or money, while a key clip located in the cap allows you not to lose your keychain.
Two handles, at the top and on the side of the bag, allow its transport when it is not carried on the back, especially at the airport. Note also the very sturdy zippers called “security”, over which we can pass a small padlock, a great classic of tour-du-mondistes bags.
A third pocket very accessible and practical on the front of the bag, but which can clutter the central pocket. Ideal for flat objects, such as cards. Add to that two pockets located in the hood, both relatively large, but which “overlap” with one another. However, the cap is not removable. There is therefore no access to the main compartment of the Farpoint Trek 75L from above the bag, which can be useful when you place your burden for two minutes to retrieve a fleece or windbreaker. We will therefore take care to store the things we want to keep handy in the hood.
Two external nets, on the sides of the bag, complete the storage possibilities of the Farpoint Trek 75L. They are quite deep but the elastic on the top of the nets is relatively tight. Card, cereal bars, gourd or, in my case, water shoes (essential to cross the iced Icelandic rivers), a lot of “odds and ends” can be stored in its accessible spaces. I admit that I was a little disappointed with the resistance of the nets, which relaxed in the space of two weeks, one of which even tore a little. It is therefore advisable not to put too heavy or too bulky elements in these locations.
Finally, a water pocket, or rather a compartment for a water pocket (max 2L), is placed at the bottom of the main pocket and held by a small clip. When I say at the bottom, I mean against the back. You will tell me that it is rather logical; first for weight distribution, second for running the hose up the bag to bring it down along the strap. The problem is that the pocket can be found under all your t-shirts, shorts, underpants and other toothbrushes… in short under 10. The cover and a jacket fit easily in the hood11. One of the nets tore slightly12. The zippers are sturdy all your stuff. Really impractical when you want to refuel during the day. Especially since it is difficult to replace the pocket without removing the said items. And if it rains, it’s a catamaran!
Finally, two straps located on the lower pocket of the bag make it possible to fix a ground mattress or even a small tent … if sometimes the interior 75L was not enough.
● carrying comfort
● the Aircover cover
● the robustness of the fabrics and zippers!
● the accessories of a real backpacking bag
● removable hood / opening from the top of the bag
● accessibility of the water pocket compartment
● more resistant external nets
More backpacking than trekking. The Farpoint Trek 75L is a hybrid bag, sold as a trekking and travel bag. Its very large capacity, its Aircover cover, its robust zippers or its ‘secret’ pockets make it an ideal bag for traveling in backpacking mode, with in addition undeniable and appreciable carrying comfort. I will be a little less enthusiastic for the side trekking. A bit big for weekly treks, less comfortable than a backpack exclusively for hiking and a little less practical to use. Its 55L version is perhaps more suitable for this use. I therefore recommend this Osprey Farpoint Trek 75L for backpackers wishing to tread a few days from time to time wherever they are on the planet.
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