Last Updated: February 21, 2020

Best Osprey Backpacks For Travel (All The Options)

Osprey makes some of the best backpacks money can buy, and that includes their travel backpacks. They are a great alternative for a traditional suitcase, because they usually have more pockets and compartments, which allows for better organization.

So, whether you just like to travel light, or you want to go backpacking through Europe this summer, you won’t go wrong with an Osprey backpack. In this review we’ll take a look at several different travel backpacks that they offer, and help you choose the one that is perfect for your needs.

All of the backpacks below are available in several different sizes, so be sure to choose one that is most appropriate for the length of your trip. Don’t get a 70L backpack if you’re only going away for a few days! To see what else you should have in mind when choosing just the right travel backpack for you, join me in the rest of this review of the best Osprey travel backpacks!

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BEST MEN'S TRAVEL PACK

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Osprey Farpoint
  • Great price
  • Loads of packing space
  • Lots of organisation
  • Extremely flexible travel pack
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BEST WOMEN'S TRAVEL PACK

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Osprey Fairview
  • Great price
  • Loads of packing space
  • Lots of organisation
  • Extremely flexible travel pack
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BEST WHEELED BACKPACK

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Osprey Sojourn
  • Great for organization
  • Wheeled backpack combo
  • Lots of packing space
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BEST PACK & DAYPACK COMBO

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Osprey Ozone Duplex
  • Both a travel pack & daypack
  • Great for organization
  • Lots of overall capacity
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The Best Osprey Backpacks For Travel


Osprey Farpoint (For Men)

Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack

The Farpoint is a men’s backpack and it’s available in 4 different sizes. You can see some of their basic specifications in the table below:

Maximum Dimensions (cm)

54 (l) x 35 (w) x 23 (d)

65 (l) x 32 (w) x 32 (d)

65 (l) x 33 (w) x 34 (d)

74 (l) x 38 (w) x 40 (d)

 Weight

1.44 kg

1.77 kg (M/L)

1.78 kg (M/L)

1.76 kg (M/L)

Detachable Daypack

No

Yes

Yes

No

Pack Volume

40L

55L = 42L Main Pack + 13L Daypack

70L = 57L Main Pack + 13L Daypack

80L

Main Fabric

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

The smallest version of this backpack can also be a carry on, but the other 3 versions are too large, and they would have to be checked. And, as you can see from the table, the 55 and 70 Fairpoints also feature a zip-off daypack. That is actually a smaller backpack that can be detached from the body of the Fairpoint and it is much more practical for day-to-day adventures. Those are the main differences between these 4 different versions of this Osprey backpacks.

As for their other features, they are very much similar – apart from their sizes, obviously. All of them feature compression straps that will secure the load of the backpack, as well as a padded sleeve for your electronics. The 40L version has a padded tablet sleeve, whereas the larger 3 backpacks have a laptop sleeve.

Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack

The compression straps also act as an anti-theft feature because once they are buckled, the zipper of the backpack is not visible and cannot be accessed that easily – which is a big benefit!

All 4 versions of this backpack are equipped with padded, adjustable shoulder straps that will ensure your comfort throughout the day. And also, all of them have several different pockets, both inside the main compartment as well as on the exterior.

Another great thing that Osprey remembered to include into the design of all of the backpacks is the sternum strap with an emergency whistle.

If you would to like to find out more about the Fairpoint, you can check out my detailed comparison of the 40 and 55 backpacks. In addition to that, you can also check out my comparison of the Farpoint and Porter backpacks, for even more information.


Osprey Fairview (For Women)

Osprey Packs Fairview 55 Travel Backpack, Rainforest Green, X-Small/Small

The Fairview backpack is very similar to the Fairpoint; in fact it is actually the women’s version of it, and it shares most the of Fairpoint’s features. This particular women’s backpack is available in 3 variants, and here are their basic specs:

Maximum Dimensions (cm)

54 (l) x 35 (w) x 23 (d)

63 (l) x 33 (w) x 30 (d)

65 (l) x 35 (w) x 31 (d)

 Weight

1.44 kg

1.75 kg

1.76 kg

Detachable Daypack

No

Yes

Yes

Pack Volume

40L

55L = 42L Main Pack + 13L Daypack

70L = 57L Main Pack + 13L Daypack

Main Fabric

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop

The 40L version conforms to most carry on standards, and you can read in detail about it in this review. It is the only Fairview that doesn’t feature a zip-off daypack or removable sleeping bag straps. The rest of its features are very much alike to those of the larger two backpacks.

All 3 Fairviews have a padded laptop and tablet sleeve, as well as a scratch free zippered pocket for your phone or sunglasses. Additionally, all of them have a zip-away mesh back panel, which allows you to open up the bag like a suitcase.

 All in all, the Fairview is an excellent choice for women, particularly because of its ergonomically design. But, it is not the only choice – in the rest of the review we’ll take a look at some Osprey Unisex travel backpacks, so stay tuned for more.
Osprey Packs Fairview 55 Travel Backpack, Rainforest Green, X-Small/Small

The back system of the Fairview was designed specifically to better fit the shape of the female body, with the ergonomically shaped hipbelt, yoke, harness and back panel. In addition to that, the shoulder straps are adjustable and padded – all of these features were put in place to ensure that you stay comfortable while carrying this bag. Well, as comfortable as you can be with 40+ pounds on your shoulders.

The zipper pullers on the Fairview are all padlock compatible. However, if you want to utilize this added security feature, you will have to porches a padlock separately. The larger two backpacks also allow for ‘kangaroo style’ attachment of the daypack, for when you want to have all your smaller valuables handy.


Osprey Unisex Travel Backpacks

In the rest of the review, we’ll take a look at 3 great unisex backpacks. All of them are available in a few different sizes and colors, and all of them have something in common – they feature wheels. So if you prefer to have to option of wheeling your backpack around once you get tired of carrying it, one of these might be just perfect for you!

Osprey Sojourn

Osprey Sojourn Wheeled Luggage (22-Inch/45-Liter)

The Sojourn is a convertible piece of luggage is available in 3 different sizes. The smallest one (45 L) conforms to most carry on standards, whereas the larger two would have to checked, if you were to take them on a flight. You can see some of their basic specifications below:

Maximum Dimensions

22"x14”x9"

25"x14”x14"

25"x14”x14"

 Weight

7.93 lbs

8.53 lbs

8.53 lbs

Volume

2746 Cubic Inches

3661 Cubic Inches

3661 Cubic Inches

Main Material

1680 Ballistics

1680 Ballistics

1680 Ballistics

Accent Material

420D Nylon Dobby

420D Nylon Dobby

420D Nylon Dobby

Bottom Material

900D Super Oxford

900D Super Oxford

900D Super Oxford

Detachable Daypack

No

Yes

Yes

When it comes to the Sojourn backpacks, the 3 versions have all the exact same features; they only differ in their respective sizes. That is what I particularly like about this model – you don’t have to sacrifice any good features if you opt for the smallest version of it.

The back panel is easily convertible, and you can see that in the following video:

What I like the most about it is that there is not much fuss when switching the Sojourn from shoulder straps to wheels. The process is quick, easy, and very neat. Additionally, the telescopic wheel handle is made of aluminum, and can be secured into the extended position with the push of a button.

The Sojourn backpacks feature compression straps both inside and outside, and you can rest assured your stuff will stay in the exact same place you packed it in. In addition to that, there is also an adjustable harness, as well as a hipbelt. So, when you are actually carrying the bag on your shoulders, you will be able to secure it tightly, and distribute its load among your entire torso.

Osprey Packs Sojourn Wheeled Luggage, Hoodoo Red, 45 L/22'

The organizational freak in you will love the Sojourn because it has a lot of different pockets, both inside and outside the backpacks. However, there is no dedicated laptop pocket, which is something you should be aware of. But, there is plenty of room in the main compartment for your laptop, so if you don’t mind tucking it in between a few t-shirts, you’ll be good to go with the Sojourn.


Osprey Meridian

Osprey Packs Meridian 75L/28 Wheeled Luggage, Metal Grey

The Meridian is actually quite similar to the Sojourn – it is also a convertible piece of luggage that can be both carried like a true backpack, but also wheeled around like a suitcase. The main difference is that the Meridian backpacks both feature a zip-off 16L daypack in the front – something that the Sojourn lacks. This Osprey backpack is available in 2 sizes, and you can some basic information about them below:

Maximum Dimensions 

22"x14”x9"

28"x14”x13"

 Weight

8.37lbs

9.26lbs

Detachable Daypack

Yes

Yes

Pack Volume

3661 cubic inches

4576 Cubic Inches

Main Fabric

1680D Ballistic Nylon

1680D Ballistic Nylon

There’s another big difference between these two product lines; the Meridian doesn’t come in a smaller, carry-on version. Both of the backpacks are large and fall under the category of checked luggage. And, let me just tell you one more thing where it surpasses the Sojourn – it has a padded laptop sleeve.

Once you open up the Meridian’s main compartment, it is virtually the same as the Sojourn. It’s roomy and it has compression straps, as well as several different pockets that allow you to stay organized in your travels. The laptop sleeve I mentioned earlier is actually in the daypack, which accounts for the very similar interiors of the backpacks’ main compartments.

Osprey Packs Meridian 75L/28 Wheeled Luggage, Metal Grey

The ErgoGrip wheel handle is retractable and it can be locked into position once it’s extended. The Meridian also features grab handles, and its shoulder straps are highly adjustable. They can also be hidden in the back panel when you are not using them, which gives the backpack a much more cleaner look.

In addition to all of that, this Osprey backpack also has a sternum strap with an emergency whistle, for you maximum carrying comfort. In terms of other features on its exterior, there is a scratch-free zippered pocket on its front, as well as a few side water-bottle pockets. 

Overall, the Meridian is a highly practical piece of luggage, and great for anyone looking to switch out their softshell suitcase for a more exciting alternative. And the fact that you get two products for the price of one just makes it that much more attractive!


Osprey Ozone Duplex

Osprey Ozone Duplex 60l Women's Travel Backpack, Buoyant Blue, One Size

The Ozone Osprey Duplex is another great backpack for travel. It comes the convertible aspects of the Farpoint, but also includes a detachable daypack. Which as we all know, a day pack is a must for travel.

 Dimensions 

24 x 16 x 5 inches

26 x 17 x 14 inches

 Weight

4.46 pounds

5.14 pounds

Pack Volume

65L

60L

Main Fabric

210D Nylon 

210D Nylon 

On the inside, the Ozone Convertible doesn’t differ much from the previous two backpacks. It also has interior compression straps, but it has an internal organisation pocket as well as an internal security pocket.

The padded laptop sleeve is also hidden away in the daypack, and not in the main compartment of the backpack. I particularly like this feature, because it means that when you want to take just the daypack along with you, you will still have a designated compartment for your electronics.

Osprey Ozone Duplex 60l Women's Travel Backpack, Buoyant Blue, One Size

The Ozone Duplex has various padded handles for whem you are carrying this as "luggage. But also packable straps that can be hidden on the back panel like with the Farpoint/Fairview series. It also has a handy shoulder strap should you just want to get somewhere fast and not unpack all the straps.

All in all, this is a smart combination of a large travel pack and a daypack with all the great features Osprey normally puts into just one of these pack types. It's just that in this case, you get them all!

Osprey Ozone Duplex 60l Women's Travel Backpack, Buoyant Blue, One Size

Which Osprey Travel Backpack Is The Best Choice For You?

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these backpacks. First of all you should decide on whether you want to get a backpack that you can also wheel around when your shoulders get tired, or you just want a regular one. If you don’t think you will need the option of wheels, then get either the Farpoint or the Fairview – depending on your gender obviously. Additionally, these two backpacks are much better options for shorter trips, due to their light weight and design.

The Osprey Farpoint is an excellent men’s backpack, if a backpack is all you are looking for. It comes in several different sizes, which makes it easy to pick one perfect for your specific needs. For a shorter trip, I’d say the 55 is the ideal one. Even though it’s not really meant to be a carry on, you might just be able to sneak it inside the cabin – if you don’t fully pack it that is. I say that because the daypack can be detached from the main body of the Farpoint, which will in turn make it smaller and lighter.

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Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack
  • Large, lockable U-zip duffel-style access to main compartment - 55L total volume
  • Detachable daypack with designated laptop and tablet sleeve and scratch-free stash pocket
  • Stowaway backpanel, shoulder straps and hipbelt with zippered rear flap for protection when checking
  • Lockable zipper access to padded laptop & tablet sleeve (fits up to most 15" laptops)
  • Lockable sliders on main compartment zipper

For women, the ergonomical design of the Osprey Fairview will keep you comfortable every step of the way.  In addition to that, the sternum straps and the hipbelt will just enhance the feeling of comfort, and the backpack won’t feel as such a big burden. You’ll also love the ability of the larger two versions to utilize just the daypack when you’re on the go. Honestly, in my opinion, regardless of the length of your trip, choose an Osprey backpack that has a detachable backpack. You will definitely use it much more than you need to, and trust me, you do not want to have to carry all of your items with you all the time.

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Osprey Packs Fairview 70 Women's Travel Backpack, Misty Grey, X-Small/Small
  • Large, lockable U-zip duffel-style access to main compartment
  • Detachable daypack with designated laptop and tablet sleeve and scratch-free stash pocket
  • Stowaway backpanel, shoulder straps and hipbelt with zippered rear flap for protection when checking
  • Lockable zipper access to padded laptop and tablet sleeve (fits up to most 15" laptops)
  • Lockable sliders on main compartment zipper

If you would prefer to have the option of switching to wheels when you get tired of carrying the backpack on your shoulders, then I would have to recommend the Osprey Ozone Convertible. I’d go for the Ozone solely because it seems to offer a fuller package than the other two – it is lighter, it has a larger daypack and it comes in a carry on size. And in addition to all of that, it is the cheapest out of the bunch. I don’t know about you, but saving $50 is always a big plus in my book!

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage, Black
  • Easy access zippered top liquids pocket allows quick access to your toiletry kit or other small items
  • With low profile handles on three sides of the Ozone it is easy to grab, pull and carry in any situation
  • The convertible harness, hipbelt and suspension of the main luggage piece can be deployed to carry the Ozone Convertible where wheels can't go
  • For quick escapes and adventures, the detachable daypack can be removed and filled with gear needs for the day
  • High Road Chassis features a lightweight aluminum frame, large wheels with sealed bearings, and a high-clearance curved molded base

All of the Osprey backpacks we looked at today are high quality gear, and they would all make excellent travel companions. Choose one that you like most, and then head over to Amazon – but only if you want to get a really good deal. :>


Things You Should Consider When Choosing An Osprey Travel Backpack

Carry On Versions

If you are going to be spending a lot of time in airplanes, you should definitely get a carry on version. That way you will save a lot of money on baggage fees, which in my opinion, makes these backpacks even more valuable.

The backpacks that have a capacity of up to 50L usually conform to most airlines’ standards for a carry on. However, that can depend on how much stuff you pack inside them. If you over pack your luggage, it will weigh more and you might not be able to bring it inside the cabin. Therefore, pack wisely.

So, look out for the number that’s in the name of the backpack. Anything up to 50L (and maybe 55 if you’re really lucky) should be just the right size for a carry on.

Detachable Daypack

Even if you think you don’t really need a detachable daypack, consider getting one; trust me you’ll love it. I’m telling you this from personal experience; a friend talked me into getting a travel backpack with a detachable daypack, and I’ve been forever grateful to him ever since.

With a detachable daypack, you won’t have to carry all of your items wherever you go. This means that there will be much less strain on you shoulders and back, and you won’t get tired so easily. Additionally, all Osprey daypacks have padded laptop sleeves and several different pockets that will keep all your necessities perfectly safe. 

This information will be listed in the tables that are at the beginning of each section. Additionally, it is also quite easy to tell from the pictures if an Osprey travel backpack features a smaller, detachable daypack – if it looks like it’s pregnant, than it most certainly does.

Wheels And A Wheel Handle

In this review we will take a detailed look at several backpacks that have the option of being wheeled around. This is particularly beneficial for everyone who is considering getting a big piece of luggage.

With a big backpack, you will have a lot of weight on your shoulders. Naturally, you will get tired more easily, and in those moments, having the option of wheeling it around like a suitcase will really come in handy.

If you are specifically looking for this type of backpack, then immediately hop over to the latter part of the review. All of them are unisex and highly adjustable, so they will fit everyone perfectly.

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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