I used this on my hiking trip to Norway - it was amazing!
Not really intended for carry on, it still fits the overhead compartment of most airbuses (it almost didn't fit on one small plane but I managed to do it by removing a couple of items and placing those under my seat) so it still works.
During my trip, I had to bring it with me while biking, hiking uphill, and scaling a mountain - managed it by allowing most of the weight to go my hip instead of my shoulders and back most of the time. It was great.
Great for saving on luggage fees
I borrowed this bag from a buddy for my last trip, just bought my own for this. I love it.
This is an amazing bag for travel. You can put the larger pack in overhead storage and zip off the day pack and put it under you seat.
They have the sizes all wrong. The day pack could be much bigger. It fits well within the free personal bag requirements. If they made the day pack bigger and the main pack smaller (enough to fit carry-on requirements), then you'd get close to the same volume but drastically cut down on baggage fees. Also the fact that the day pack can attach to the outside of the main pack is a total wash. I never use it. If both bags are full and you put a laptop in the day pack, it puts a good bit of weight away from your back and really puts a strain on the back. I always take the day pack and clip it to my chest. The only good features are being able to clip the day pack to your chest and being about to treat the main pack as a backpack or a regular bag.
I used the pack for a city tour to London at the beginning of the year. The space is perfect for clothes, souvenirs and important stuff, it is comfortable to wear and the hideable straps are nice in little spaces like trainstations or in the Sub. The little pack is a good companion for day trips. I would buy it again.
All Round Travel System
Bought it to support a city/beach/high altitude 6months trip across the Americas. Very spacious main travel bag that easily fits a guy’s clothes for a week plus long pants, winter jacket, thermal wear, gloves/ hat, etc. Love the day pack which fits my MacBook Pro, my passports, cash, keys, underwater housing (compact camera Canon G7x), my pro SLR (Canon 5D) and two heavy lenses fifty 1.2L and the 17-40mm f4 L. It’s a very versatile combo. Highly recommended.
I totally recommend this backpack. I used for my month trip to Japan in it works great. The perfect space, resistent, and confortable. I love you can detach the small bag for a day trip, and the the fact you can hide the straps is perfect for check in. Excellent backpack.
J'ai acheté ce sac pour partir 1 an en Nouvelle-Zélande, j'ai eu toute la place nécessaire pour y mettre mes vêtements. Le sac détachable à la journée m'a énormément servit. J'ai également utilisé le sac principal en randonnée sur plusieurs jours, très confortable et peu lourd. Je repars au vietnam dans quelques semaines et pas de doute j'utiliserais le même sac. Mon layout a été d'organiser mes vêtements et accessoires de toilette avec 3 sac étanches de la même marque (dry sack) : un de 20L pour les vêtements, un de 12L pour les sous-vêtements et un de 12L également pour tout le matériel annexe (médicaments, toilette...). Tout rentre nickel et les sacs sont vraiment résistants.
La poignée supplémentaire sur le côté du sac est vraiment bien pensée et permet d'alléger la charge sur les coutures lorsque l'on transporte le sac à la main.
Spacious and really convenient, you can put a lot of stuff inside.
The front pocket open completely.
Pratico, capiente e senza compromessi
Ho sempre preferito lo zaino anche nei miei viaggi "cittadini": con il Fairpoint 70 ho finalmente trovato lo zaino definitivo.
Curato nei dettagli, ben organizzato e con materiali di qualità, la fama di Osprey non si smentisce neanche in questo prodotto; questo modello mi piace soprattutto per l'apertura a valigia e perché non ci sono stati compromessi per rendere gli spallacci a scomparsa: lo zaino rimane comodo, bilanciato e ben sostenuto come uno zaino "tradizionale".
Avendo già borse molto capienti, mi serviva una capacità media per cui sono stato inizialmente indeciso tra la versione da 55L o questa da 70L. Alla fine guardando le misure, mi sono reso conto che i due modelli hanno un ingombro simile, differiscono in pratica solo nella profondità, per questo mi sono orientato sulla versione più capiente delle due. A zaino non completamente pieno la differenza per me non è così evidente, con il vantaggio di avere qualche litro in più quando dovesse servire. Da tenere conto poi che la capienza è quella totale tra lo zaino principale ed il daypack (altro grande vantaggio di questo modello: uno zainetto per tutti i giorni che può letteralmente scomparire e diventare un tutt'uno con lo zaino principale ed essere usato come scomparto separato).
Very flexible - great for all sorts of travel
I bought this for a trip to SE Asia last year, so it's seen planes, buses, trains & streets. The day-pack is a brilliant idea - it would help if it had another pocket though (phone, passports/docs to hand - the tiny outside pocket is just a bit limiting). I find I use the mesh pockets for sunglasses etc - but these do not feel secure enough. On the whole though, it's a brilliant idea and I used the day bag a lot. Being able to zip the straps away for putting into the hold is excellent - no worries that it's going to get shredded.
Moving on: I work away from home quite a bit, and use the pack to travel on the tube when in London. It's perfect - I use the day bag on the mainline train to have my valuables to hand (main bag in the luggage rack), then (because I'm taking less stuff than when on a major trip), the day bag can sit inside the main pack for the tube part of the journey. It's just short enough that you can stand on a crowded tube train with the pack between your legs so you're not using up loads of room.
When going to/from work during the week, the day pack is plenty to carry my laptop, phone, chargers, waterproofs etc.
Because I often throw the daypack inside the main pack (rather than zipping it on and off, which is a faff when you're just jumping off a train) it would be really useful to have at least one external pocket on the main pack to throw last minute things in (or keep waterproofs to hand etc). I think someone else mentioned this already.
Moving on again: I have also used this when staying in a couple of more upmarket places (conferences etc) - zip the straps away and you have a nice looking holdall rather than a rucksack (not that this really matters, but it's nice to be able to do this).
The fully opening top is excellent - combine this with some packing cubes (e.g. the amazon basics ones are great) and packing/unpacking/finding-stuff is a two minute job.
Overall though, it's a flexible, well-thought out system - just a couple of extra pockets would make it perfect.