For our travel pack review, we picked out a range of top-of-the-line full-size, framed backpacks; compressible day packs; and carry-on backpacks. We used these packs for everyday around-town activities, adventures in the backcountry, and week-long trips. Through all this, we considered how they would hold up on the streets of London and in the jungles of Malaysia, backpacking through Europe or hitchiking through South America. After putting them to the test for three months, we’re ready to give you the low-down on which packs have the sweetest travel features, which ones are the most comfortable to carry, which ones cross over to backcountry use the best, and which ones will give you the biggest bang for your buck.
Throughout the entirety of this review, one pack stood out above the rest: the Osprey Farpoint 55. This travel pack has numerous functional features and is quite comfortable to carry. We thought that the Farpoint’s detachable day pack was extremely convenient and we liked how it strapped easily onto the back of the pack. The main pack also has buckles on its front shoulder straps that allow you to clip the day pack onto the front of the main pack and carry it kangaroo-style for added security or ease of access. On its own, we found the zip-off day pack ideal for hours of museum wandering or hours of mountainous hiking. This pack was also one of the easiest to pack and unpack with its full-length font-loading zipper. Finally, and most importantly, we loved that we could leave the day pack in the hostel locker and take off on a three-night wilderness trek. Overall, there was no question that the Osprey Farpoint would be the Editor’s Choice winner for this review.