Gear profile – the new Osprey Fairview carry-on bag

Meet the adventurous traveller’s new best mate. The perfectly sized new Osprey Fairview 40 litre rucksack, £100, is roomy enough for all your kit but still small enough to sail through airport security and to work as an excellent hiking backpack.


Where’s your next far-flung adventure? Whether you’re road-tripping through Iceland or hiking in South America, a sturdy, roomy rucksack is a must. Osprey’s new female-specific Fairview joins their ever-popular male Farpoint in their travel series. This Goldilocks-like backpack is just right for weekend adventures, multi-day hikes and adventure travel, as it holds tons of kit and clothing but is also small enough to meet cabin bag restrictions.



My Fairview‘s all packed for my surf trip to Sri Lanka next week but in the meantime I’ve been testing it out on hikes and camping trips. I love the roomy compartments, padded laptop sleeve and padlock-compatible zipped pockets – having a place to safely store everything is a big help on the road. As a hiking rucksac, the Fairview ticks all my boxes – the shoulder straps are well-padded and you can tell the lumbar support has been designed with women’s bodies in mind. Want to convert to a shoulder bag? All the straps zip neatly away and there’s a carry strap – great for busy airports – as well as a top and a side handle. The bag feels light and comfortable when trekking, too – it weighs in at 1.44kg and even stuffed with gear, the well-designed straps spread the load on your back and are easy to adjust to your body. I’ve taken a one-man tent, a small sleeping bag and change of clothes on a wild camping trip in mine with no problem.

I also love the sea-green colour of the Fairview. Osprey buck the trend of choosing girly, saccharine colours for their female range, and the Fairview also comes in a smart grey. If you’re after a bigger pack 55 litre (£130) and 70 litre (£140) versions are available too. Like all the Osprey packs I’ve tested, the quality you get for the price is fantastic – absolutely worth the investment if you want just one bag for all your upcoming adventures. Buy the Fairview 40 here