The pack: Osprey Waypoint 65

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Dateline: Sydney Australia
Location: Pitt Street

The scene was a backpacker walking down the street with a packed out expedition pack on her back and a stuffed-to-the-seams oversized daypart across her chest struggling down the street.  This is a cry for help folks.  And by help I mean "I look like a displaced college kid from the U.S. who packed everything from my dorm room because you never know when you might find someone who wants to see your stamp collection".

No more!

I've gone through a lot of packs always with the goal of being able to carry on but still pack well.  My current setup and likely to be my mainstay for years to come, is the result of several hours of research and reviews. I give you the Osprey Waypoint 65.

Osprey Waypoint 65

Osprey is a well established pack company with an iron clad guarantee.  Called the "All Mighty Guarantee" Osprey has one of the best warranties in the business.  The Waypoint comes in a variety of sizes for men and women as well as packs sizes themselves.  I chose the 65 series over the 85 specifically for carry-on purposes.  NOTE: The Waypoint's dimensions may not specifically fit carry-on dimensions for all airlines (particularly in countries other than the U.S.) however, the size of the 65, when packed judisciously looks equal to or smaller than many roll aways rolling onto airplanes today.

The pack itself is a two in one setup.  The main pack of the Waypoint 65 is 55 liters/ 3400 cubic inches.  The setup also includes a Daypack with a 10 liters/ 600 cubic inches capacity.  The daypack zips smartly onto the main pack and when not packed out is very streamlined against the main pack.  The pack has several great features that make is idea as a carry-on travel pack.  The pack comes with a harness designed for technical packs that easily packs away behind a zippered over.  With shoulder straps stowed the pack resembles a large attache.  The pack sports very sturdy, well padded handles on the top end of the pack and one on the side.

Access into the main compartment is through the main zipper or when packed, through a side zipper.  The side zipper is straight genuis from an accessibility stand point.

The daypack easily carries my Macbook Pro and incidentals.  One detraction of the daypack is the location of the zipper to the main compartment.  You essentially have to roll back the shoulder straps to gain access. I get the idea that this provide security especially when worn but frankly it's a hassle.  This becomes especially bothersome when the daypack is zipped to the main pack.  Forget any easy access to the daypacks contents.  I ran into this issue going through security.  You have to pull out your laptop.  In order to do this you have to unstrap, unzipp, pull out shoulder straps and then unzip to get at a laptop.

Other then the access challenges of the daypack the Waypoint rocks in terms of compartment space and design.  Buying a smaller pack puts you ahead of the game by limiting the amount you can pack. 

If you're looking to pack light and look like a traveler and not a tourist on a holiday package make sure your research includes the Osprey Waypoint.
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