This is almost the ideal travel pack in so many ways:
Osprey has kept this backpack simple, while still giving you enough features to make great use of the bag.
Below are the specs, followed by more detail on each specific features...
Note: jump to each using the navigation below.
The Fairview is a combination travel/carry on bag and backpack and Osprey have done their best to mix the two to perfection (I will let you be the judge though :>)
On the Top/Front of the pack is a long pocket with:
This is one of the main areas on the Fairview where you can store things for easy access when walking, hiking or checking in/on the plane.
Osprey loves their top pocket (right where the logo is) with it's scratch-free material. They have just about put it on every pack in their range. And for good reason.
It's quite spacious for such a small pocket. You can fit in quite a few things, including sunglasses or your larger smartphone.
There is also a key hook in there, but of course you don't want to mix keys with either of those items. So, that is for people wanting to use it for something else.
This pocket is also super easy to access on the top/front so is a great place to put smaller things you don't want to lose and want to get at easily.
Note: when you have closed the compression straps on this bag, both these pockets are more or less out of reach. That is one of the big downsides of the backpack/duffel combo.
The main compartment in the Fairview is pretty darn big!
It actually takes up the full length and width, and excluding the laptop section, the depth as well. So most of the 40L size is in this area.
There are also two compression straps inside this area to help secure and compress your gear.
And, as you can see in the bottom of the image (partially) there is a full length zippered mesh pocket on the lid. Another great spot for things you want to separate or get to
Right on the front are two 1 Litre water bottle elastic mesh pockets.
These are always great for either bottles, umbrellas or even tripods (depending on the kind of traveler you are :>)
On the top and bottom corners you will also find some handy attachment points that also double as the Osprey Add-on compatible loops. This means you can add a daylite daypack (13L or 16L) from Osprey to give you more options for your gear.
The harness system on the Fairview is as epic as the one on the Farpoint.
All the materials on Osprey gear is always top quality.
The main material is 210 denier Nylon that is super durable.
The zippers are well designed with long pulls on them to help open/close them at any angle. The main zippers also have locking holes so you can secure you bag if you need to check it in or leave it somewhere.
There are two easy and comfy to grab handles for when it is in duffel mode. One on the top and one on the side. (You can see them in the green image above)
The Fairview is also nice and water resistant. So, even if you get caught in the rain without an umbrella (didn't your Mom always tell you to carry one?) your gear will stay dry. Don't try throwing it in a river though, it will get wet!
The Osprey Fairview backpack has only 2 color options: Misty Gray (which is more like Olive) and Rainforest Green. I have shown both in various views throughout this review.
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!