@out4fun and @Eli thanks so much, that and...
@out4fun and @Eli thanks so much, that and a review saying the material is 2flimsymakes my mind up that this isn't the bag for me. So i'm looking for a backpack for travelling n wanted an osprey or climbing backpack for comfort. I like the way this opens up all the way around- the only other i can find like this is the waypoint but the pack attached to this one is too small for my laptop-this defeats the point of a day pack for me. So without a day pack is fine- preferably zipped all the way round and durable... any ideas?
I would first check out the Osprey Ariel 65 for women.
It will hold the same amount of gear as the Fairpoint, it has a top pocket that converts to a fanny pack, the AddOn compatibility (attach a Daylite or Solo daypack using the built-in cord loops) as well as the J-panel access which is similar to what you were looking for in having a zipper all the way around.
Another option that has everything you are looking for is The North Face Backtrack 50 and 80. I've only found a couple reviews on the 80, which are promising, but I haven't found anything on comfort.
Anyone else know much about the TNF Backtrack 80?
Hey Natalie. Yes, look at the Osprey Ariel 65. You will love it. Like Eli says above, you can add a detatchable daypack called the Daylite. The other awesome thing about Osprey is the Warranty: All Mighty Guarantee. NO MATTER WHAT. They take care of you. It's not a "limited lifetime" or "manufacturers defrcts" warranty. It's anything: You're fault, Osprey's fault, the bear's fault... :-) Osprey has you covered! here's a recent pic of me with the Ariel 65 - Stairway to Heaven!