Whether you commute by bike or on foot or just enjoy long treks, Osprey’s full-featured Radial 26 Daypack has you covered. Remedying the biggest gripe we have with backpacks in general, an AirSpeed suspension backpanel coupled to ventilated straps keeps your back cool and dry through longer trips. Fortunately, this doesn’t compromise the bag’s capacity, which includes a padded 15″ laptop compartment, a tablet sleeve, a large main compartment with three mesh organizers, dual water bottle slots, plus two smaller quick-access pockets on its front. Moreover, the Radial also packs numerous niceties, including a deployable high-visibility rain cover, a Lid Lock to secure your helmet to the bag, an external compartment for a U-lock, plus built-in reflectors, should you not make use of the blinker light attachment tab.
On a recent expedition to Southeast Asia, we had the pleasure of lugging around our gear in one of Osprey’s many Travel Trek Backpacks: The Farpoint 55. And lucky for that, because our plan B was a not-quite-ergonomic big garbage bag. As its name suggests, this pack can be crammed with about 55L of goods of which 15L are conveniently detachable through the zip-away removable daypack, lined with a zippered front slash pocket perfect for quick-access items. With heavily padded top and side carry handles, a peripheral LightWire™ alloy frame suspension, and compression straps inside and out, this pack can be comfortably carried through first class airport lounges or zip-lined across the typical jungle creek.
Of note, every Farpoint zips open wide like a carry-on, meaning it’s a cinch to get at your stuff inside without much digging. And like a carry-on, we were able to sneak it onto every flight cabin by popping off the day pack, both cutting down wait time and the risk of lost baggage en route to every destination even though it doesn’t technically meet the TSA’s size requirements. But should you decide to check it instead, a zip-up cover protects its straps from conveyors and careless baggage handlers. Else, its resilient 210D double ripstrop nylon construction, 3.7 pound weight, and forty pound capacity just add to its versatility as an ideal backpacking adventure companion. So spin the globe to a far point and see where the wind (and a lot of jet fuel) takes you.