Osprey Farpoint 40L vs. Tortuga Travel Backpack

 
 
 
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Runner-up
 
Winner
 

8.6pts

 

9.4pts


 

Total

 

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

Build

Solid construction and high quality materials. Has proven to hold up over time

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

Packability

How heavy is it? Slightly heavier than other bags due to padded hip-belt (worth the extra weight)

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

Functionality

Designed for traveler, by travelers this bag includes many features that just make sense

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

Originality

All around this bag has been well thought through and is hard to compete with

This was the best priced backpack in the Travel Backpack category

Value

This bag is not the cheapest, but also not the most expensive. It is a great price for what it delivers


reasons to travel with this

  • 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
 
  • The heavily padded hip-belt transfers 80% of the weight off your shoulders
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • Lockable YKK zippers keeping your items safe
  • Laptop sleeve close to back allowing for good weight distribution
  • Two internal mesh pockets double as compression straps (in addition to external compression straps)
  • Quick access pockets (laptop, documents, drink holder, and more)

things to consider

  • 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
 
  • Does not have a shoulder strap specifically for “briefcase mode"
  • Looks a little “clunkier” than some of the other options
  • External compression straps provide stability but don’t really help to compress the backpack further
  • A little heavier than the other backpacks in this category (mainly due to padded hip-belt)
  • Not recommended for smaller frames (if under 5’3 consider Osprey Farpoint)

notable features and specs

  • 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
 
  • Volume: 44L (2,685 cu. in.)
  • Weight: 3.65lbs (1.66kg)
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9" (56 x 36 x 23 cm)
  • Materials: Body: 1680D ballistic nylon; Lining: 70D ripstop polyester
  • Holds laptops up to 17"
  • YKK zippers
  • Duraflex buckles

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Brief Thoughts

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.

 

The Tortuga backpack was created by two travelers who couldn’t find the perfect backpack, so they made it. One of the biggest selling features is the padded hip-belt which beats the competing bags hands down. Though it does add some additional weight to the bag and make it look a little clunkier, it is essential for comfort because any backpack large enough to handle more than a weeks worth of travel can get heavy and exhaust your shoulders. Because this backpack was made “for travel, by travelers" it contains many well thought out features that many other competing travel backpacks missed. From laptop sleeve to quick access pockets (along with reasonable price tag) this travel backpack takes the lead.


in summary

Though both of these come with a load bearing hip belt, the Tortuga’s is much more functional due to the extra padding. The Tortuga also includes four reachable pockets so that you can access essential documents or water bottle without having to remove the 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 "Osprey Farpoint 40L" & "Tortuga Travel Backpack."


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