– Awesome hip belt and harness takes weight off back. – The XS/S size works well for petites. – Carry-on friendly – Trustred durability
– No included daypack like larger versions. – Awkward water bottle pocket and color choices
When my best friend and I decided to go urban backpacking the summer after my first year of college, I spent a big piece of my limited budget on an Osprey pack. I’ve never regretted it.
However, budget airlines have changed travel drastically, and while planning my backpacking honeymoon, I realized the time had come to downsize. That’s how I found the Osprey Women’s Fairview 40L.
A quality frame and harness system: At 4’11” most clothing stores consider me a twelve year old boy, on top of which I have narrow shoulders, so finding a harness that fits and distributes weight evenly is both vital and challenging.
Suitcase style/front loading: When I’m city hopping (and sometimes hostel hopping within a city) being able to pack up/unpack quickly and efficiently means more time to see and do, and I find this style helps me stay organized.