Last Updated: March 5, 2021

Osprey Fairview 40 Review

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Osprey Fairview 40

The Osprey Farview is a dedicated women's version of the popular Farpoint pack. It is a great option for travelers, but is it perfect for you? View Latest Deal

One of Osprey’s most popular travel backpacks is The Farpoint. And if you have seen it before, you will definitely know why it’s a crowd favorite.

However, it is also available in a specific women’s fit called the Osprey Fairview. That means it’s far more comfortable for a woman to wear, and easier to carry.

The Farview is almost the ideal travel pack in so many ways:

  • It’s really roomy on the inside (so you can bring lots of stuff)
  • Compression straps so you can reduce/secure your load
  • It comes with a stowaway harness (so it doubles as a backpack and duffel)
  • Dedicated padded laptop sleeve and tablet pocket
  • Lots of handles to carry as a duffel
  • Complies EU carry on standards (most airlines will accept as hand luggage)
  • Osprey has kept this backpack simple, while still giving you enough features to make great use of the bag.

Pros

  • Women's fit harness for more comfortable carry
  • Dedicated laptop & tablet padded pocket
  • Can easily fit a 15.6" laptop & easy to access
  • Scratch-proof pocket on top
  • Roomy inside compartment with compression straps
  • Well made with solid materials that will last

Cons

  • Lack of organization pocket
  • Compression straps make it difficult to access pockets
  • May not fit larger laptops (17" or more)
  • Only comes in two colors

Product Information

  • Bag Dimensions: 21 X 14 X 9 inches
  • Weight: 3.17 lbs (1.44kg)
  • Material: 210D Nylon Oxford
  • 2 Colors: Misty Gray (more like olive), Rainforest Green (brighter green)
DimensionsWeight
Fairview 40 21 X 14 X 9 inches3.17 lbs (1.44kg)
Fairview 5525 x 13 x 12 inches3.76 lbs (1.7kg)
Fairview 7025 X 13.8 X 12.2 inches 3.9lbs (1.76kg)

Features

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 :>)

Laptop Sleeve

Osprey Fairview 40 Laptop Pocket

On the Top/Front of the pack is a long pocket with:

  • Dedicated padded laptop sleeve (for 15.5″ laptop)
  • Padded zippered pocket (for tablet, camera, etc)
  • Further space below those for more gear

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.

Top Pocket (Scratch Free)

Osprey Farview 40 Scratch Free Top Pocket

Scratch Free Top Pocket

Osprey loves their top pocket (right where the logo is) with its 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.

Harness Straps & Padding (For Women)

Osprey Farview 40 Harness

Osprey Fairview 40 Harness

The harness system on the Fairview is as epic as the one on the Farpoint.

  • Sized for women specifically
  • The shoulder straps and back area are very well padded (and lined with sweat-wicking material)
  • The hip strap is a super comfy and hiking grade (solid, load holding)
  • There is a decent sternum strap to align the straps
  • The whole thing tucks away inside the back zippered panel turning this into a duffel (the panel tucks away under the bottom when not in use)

Compartments

Main Compartment

Main Compartment

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 at 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.

Water Bottle Pockets

Front Water Bottle Pockets

Front Water Bottle Pockets

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 :>)

Attachment Points & Loops

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.

A Few More Things

Osprey Fairview 40 Women's Travel Backpack

All the materials on Osprey gear are 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 to lock holes so you can secure your 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.

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