Why I Love My Osprey Fairview 40
I love my backpack!
Anyone who knows me is very aware of how excited I get by travel backpacks and, therefore, I did a lot of research into what backpack I wanted to come with me on my adventures.
If you are still unsure exactly how much I love this bag, I also got my boyfriend the men’s version (the Farpoint 40) for our planned backpacking trips.
I decided to get my bag in Rainforest green , which can be seen in the picture to the left.
Dimensions (CM): 54L / 35W / 23D
I chose the Osprey Fairview 40 for its relatively small size.
I am not by any means an ultralight backpacker, but I am a big supporter of hand-luggage only travel for its affordability and the sake of knowing exactly where my belongings are at any one time.
The Osprey Fairview 40 is perfect for this as it is actually within the majority of airlines hand-luggage restrictions. If it is ever slightly over, it is typically a lot cheaper to pay the airline for extra hand-luggage than it is to check a bag.
The only downside to the Fairview 40 over the other bag sizes (the Fairview also comes in 55l and 70l versions) is that it does not come with a removable daypack. This is unfortunate as it means that you need to use valuable space in the bag to bring another daypack with you.
Inside the Fairview
The main feature that drew me towards the Fairview 40 is that it opens like a suitcase.
All of the research I did into backpacking packs led me to believe that having a clamshell pack was better than one that you loaded from the top, especially when constantly taking things in and out in hostel rooms.
As well as this, the Osprey has a fair few compartments. Whilst it is not the most compartmented backpack I’ve ever seen, it doesn’t have a shoe compartment for example, it has room for most things you would need.
As well as the main compartment, upon opening the bag there is also a large mesh pocket which is can be closed by a zip. It is not very deep but it is great for storing smaller items such as books, chargers and papers. I tend to use it to store my travel documents.
The front compartment of the bag has 2 closable sections and a small bit of room at the bottom for chargers etc. This section has very little padding so it is not the best place to keep valuables.
The first closable section is a padded 15” laptop sleeve that closes with a Velcro strap. It is a unique choice having the laptop sleeve at the front of the bag due to weight distribution however, for me, this is not an issue as I use an iPad when travelling at the moment, which is quite light.
The second section in this front pocket is a mesh tablet sleeve. This is a good place to store kindles, journals or travel documents.
The final compartment in the bag is at the top and is designed for items you need quick access to such as passports, sunglasses and your purse or wallet. It can be difficult to get to when the bag is full but it is still very handy to have as it saves you having to dig through your backpack to get to the essentials.
As well as the inner compartments, the Osprey Fairview 40 also has two mesh pockets on the outside which are perfect for water bottles.
Designed for Women
As a woman myself, the fact that the Osprey Fairview 40 is designed with women in mind really helps with the levels of comfort you experience when lugging a backpack around between places.
The website states that the Fairview’s backsystem has “an ergonomically shaped hip belt, harness, yoke and backpanel.”
The most notable difference, in my opinion, is the Fairview’s narrower shoulder straps. This makes the backpack a bit more comfortable to carry as the straps curve around your shoulders as opposed to sitting straight across them. This also helps to prevent the straps from slipping off your shoulders when you’re carrying it, which is a personal pet peeve of mine.
One of the reasons I wanted to go with Osprey is their ‘All Mighty Guarantee’.
Osprey promises their users that they will repair or replace a backpack within its reasonable lifetime should it have a defect. Their FAQ states that this reasonable lifetime is assessed on a case-by-case basis:
The reasonable lifetime of a pack refers to the amount of use you can expect from it. While we assess every case on an individual basis common sense suggests that a pack used every day is going to reach the end of its reasonable lifetime quicker than a pack used once a year.ospreyeurope.com
For me, the knowledge that a company cares enough about their clients and is sure enough of their product to offer something like this is amazing and truly makes me want to support them.
As I said before, I love my backpack.
Whilst it is unlikely I will use this backpack forever, I am so glad to have it right now. It is comfortable, fits everything I need, is able to come with me on the aeroplane and is a really nice colour.
I would rate it overall an 8.7 out of 10.