Hey y’all – checking in from the US today!
We’re well under way with our trip, we’re a week in today and have had an amazing time so far. Starting out in London, we’ve made it to the United States and are now on our road trip down south.
So I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you about some really cool travel gear that the nice folks at Osprey Europe were kind enough to send over for me to try.
Earlier this summer, Osprey launched a new range of travel backpacks, an addition to their popular Fairpoint line. The Fairview pack is specifically designed for women to ensure the most comfortable fit. It is lightweight and practical, and it has a detachable daypack for additional storage or to use as a carry-on item. Here’s a short intro video about the backpack:
So when Osprey asked if I’d be interested in trying out the new Fairview pack, of course I was game!
I chose the 55L pack, as I thought it would have enough room for me to pack for a 3.5 week trip without being too huge to handle, and it was the perfect choice. I fit all my clothes in there (traveling to warmer weather helps, of course). Full disclosure: I did put some shoes in my boyfriend’s larger suitcase, but that was mainly for convenience reasons – I’m actually quite sure I could’ve squeezed them into the backpack as well!
The backpack is smartly designed, with interior straps to keep items in place and a separate compartment, for dirty laundry, for example. It’s comfortable to wear (even if you, like me, aren’t used to traveling with backpacks), due to the hip harness and straps across the chest to help distribute the weight evenly. These can be stowed away under a foldable cover for easier handling, e.g. when you’re checking in your luggage for a flight.
The detachable day pack is super practical as well. I used it as my carry-on, and it easily fit my laptop – safely stored in the back compartment – as well as my camera, lenses, all sorts of cables and chargers, headphones, and entertainment for the flight in the form of crossword and Sudoku booklets. When you reclaim your luggage, the smaller backpack easily zips onto the big pack.
I’m really happy with my Fairview pack, so if you’re in the market for some new luggage, I’d definitely recommend this one. For the guys, the Fairpoint is the equivalent pack that also comes in a variety of sizes and colors.
What’s your preferred piece of luggage? Are you a suitcase person or a backpacker? Let me know in the comments!
The backpack was kindly provided for the purpose of this review by Osprey Europe. As always, all opinions are my own.