When comparing Osprey Farpoint 40 vs REI Trail 40 Pack, the Slant community recommends REI Trail 40 Pack for most people. In the question“What are the best carry on backpacks for travel that hold at least 30L?” REI Trail 40 Pack is ranked 2nd while Osprey Farpoint 40 is ranked 4th. The most important reason people chose REI Trail 40 Pack is:
There is a [women-specific version](http://www.slant.co/topics/5119/viewpoints/7/~carry-on-travel-backpacks-for-women-that-hold-at-least-30l~rei-trail-40-pack-women-s) of the REI Trail 40 available, which has a slightly smaller torso fit range.
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Pro Extremely durable
Osprey is known for creating long-lasting, strong and well designed packs.
Pro Available in two torso lengths
The pack is available in two torso lengths. Small/Medium, which is more suitable for shorter women, and Medium/Large.
Pro Fits up to a 17" laptop
The separate laptop compartment fits up to a 17" laptop.
Pro Women-specific version available
There is a women-specific version of the REI Trail 40 available, which has a slightly smaller torso fit range.
Pro Pockets on the hip belt for easy access
The hip belt has two zippered pockets which lets you store things for easy access (such as papers, money or snacks).
Pro Four zipper access to easily get to your belongings
The pack is front load with four zipper access, allowing you to unzip from either the top or bottom. This is great if you want to grab something from the bottom of your pack without opening it completely.
Pro Includes raincover
The pack comes with a rain cover that stows away in it's own zip pocket.
Con Laptop compartment located at the front
Because the laptop compartment is located at the front of the pack rather than against your back, it can make the bag feel heavier.
The laptop compartment can also curve if you pack is full, which can cause the laptop screen to crack.
Con Limited number of pockets
There isn't much in the way of pockets for organization. There are small mesh pockets inside the main compartment, and one external pocket for papers and such.
Con Pocket for hydration reservoir is difficult to access
The pocket for the hydration reservoir is external, located right behind the back panel. There is very little room, making it hard to access and can only fit a small amount of water (around 1.5L).
Con Internal bungee compression system can get in the way
The internal compression straps are a bungee system, which does not unclip the way most do. When your pack is full, this can make it a very tight squeeze if you want to access something in the back.