Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle vs. Osprey Farpoint 40L

 
 
 
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Runner-up
 
Winner
 

9pts

 

8.6pts


 

Total

 

High quality, durable material made with Timbuk2’s signature craftsmanship

Build

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

How heavy is it? Super light! This is the lightest bag 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.

This bag is very simple but gets the job done well.

Functionality

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

Looks great and has a rugged yet sleek look about it.

Originality

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

Comes at a great price. We consider it much better valued than the other travel backpacks reviewed

Value

This was the best priced backpack in the Travel Backpack category


reasons to travel with this

  • The lightest backup in our carry-on travel backpack category
  • Comes with 4 handles which allows for easy grabbing
  • One of the few backpacks that includes a well thought though shoulder strap for “briefcase” mode
  • High quality clips for the optional backpack straps.
  • Laptop sleeve close to back allowing for good weight distribution
  • 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

  • Similar to other backpacks, the straps can be uncomfortable with extended use
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • No good organization for smaller items
  • Some complaints of lack of internal frame (but this keeps the weight down)
  • Not much padding for laptop sleeve (again this keeps the weight down)
 
  • 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: 40L
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (1kg)
  • Dimensions: 15.7 x 20.9 x 7.9 in. (40 x 53 x 20cm)
  • Materials: Durable ballistic nylon and fabric reinforced tarpaulin fabric construction
  • Fits up to 17” Laptop
  • Padded pocket under the main flap for your iPad
 
  • 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

My friend and fellow TWT reviewer suggested we include the Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle because he owns it and loves it. Though it didn’t end up in the top three it was by an incredibly close margin (a $20 price difference!). This is the lightest bag in the travel backpack category. Here at TWT we love Timbuk2 for their creativity, quality, and style. This travel backpack exemplifies all of these qualities in the design and creation of this bag. A great bag at a great price!

 

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

It was SO hard to pick the winner between these two bags. It really all came down to a $20 difference with the Osprey Farpoint 40L pulling ahead. Generally, I like the look and feel of the Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle a little better, but for those looking to save some bucks for their next trip, the Osprey Farpoint 40L is you bag.



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 "Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle" & "Osprey Farpoint 40L."


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