Patagonia Transport MLC vs. Osprey Farpoint 40L

 
 
 
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7.4pts

 

8.6pts


 

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Thought it has high quality materials throughout, the execution of the construction is not as thorough as it might be (mainly the zippers)

Build

The internal LightWire frame and solid construction have proven to hold up over time

How heavy is it? Just a little bit heavier than the average weight of those in the carry-on travel backpack category

Packability

How heavy is it? Osprey has done a great job of adding many needed features yet keeping the weight down.

Functions great in briefcase mode and comes with an included shoulder strap.

Functionality

Other than the placement of the laptop sleeve it performs incredibly well from packing to carrying

I am not really wowed by it, mainly because the zippers seem dangly and take away from the general aesthetics of the bag

Originality

This is a no nonsense backpack that gets the job done. Not as stylistic as some of the others.

Price wise it is very reasonable and right in the middle range compared to the others in the carry-on travel backpack category

Value

This was the best priced backpack in the Travel Backpack category


reasons to travel with this

  • Magazine pocket with zipper that turns into sleeve to slide onto the top of roller bags
  • One of the few bags that has a padded shoulder strap included
  • Great organizational pockets
  • Inside is intentionally a brighter color to help find items faster
  • Laptop pocket is well positioned for ideal weight balance and quick access
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
 
  • Has a great LightWire frame that adds next to no weight, yet helps maintain the structure of the bag when fully packed
  • Lockable zippers keeping your items safe
  • Great construction of bag and quality materials
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • One of the few bags that came with an included shoulder strap (for when backpack straps are stowed away)
  • Padded hip-belt helps keep some weight off shoulders
  • Best priced travel backpack out those compared

things to consider

  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • Zippers though YKK are designed poorly and are difficult to lock (laptop pocket only has one zipper making impossible to lock)
  • Hideaway clips for backpack straps are very stiff and difficult to use
  • Not as many reviews of product to fully appreciate its full functionality and quality
 
  • When it is cinched down it is difficult to open zippers
  • The laptop sleeve is not up against the travelers back which makes for awkward weight distribution
  • Front pockets could use a little more organizational pockets
  • Impossible to reach water bottle when wearing backpack

notable features and specs

  • Volume: 45L
  • Weight: 3.2lbs (1.43kg)
  • Dimensions: 21.5 x 14x x 8in
  • Materials: 900 Denier Polyester 12
  • Holds laptops up to 17" in padded sleeve
 
  • Volume: 38-40L
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs (1.32kg)
  • Dimensions: 13 x 9 x 21in / 53 x 33 x 23
  • Comes in two sizes: S/M and M/L
  • Handles on the top and side for easy carrying
  • Adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle
  • Holds up to 15 in. laptops

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Brief Thoughts

With the included shoulder strap, solid organizational pockets, and general look and feel, this reminds me of a large briefcase style bag. The many organizational pockets give this backpack an advantage over some of the others and similar to the other bags in this carry-on travel backpack category, it has stow away backpack straps that can be used in a pinch. The main frustration with the bag seems to be with the zippers that although they are high quality don’t lock and all around don’t function effectively.

 

This is a fantastic bag for a fantastic price. With many features and the ability to purchase in two sizes (S/M and M/L) this is a bag that can appeal to many different sizes of travelers. Additionally it has a padded hip belt that offers more support than other bags in this category. It is hard to find complaints from reviewers in regards to this bag except for the placement of the laptop sleeve since it is placed toward the outside and not up against the back.


in summary

The Osprey Farpoint beats out the Patagonia Transport MLC in both price and functionality. In addition to being priced lower, it includes a weight bearing hip-belt and better execution of zippers . I also liked its overall look and feel better.



PS. We did the research so you don't have to. The sources for our research used to make this resource available to you are posted at the bottom of the original product reviews for "Patagonia Transport MLC 45L" & "Osprey Farpoint 40L."


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