I've been away before but never long term, only a 10 day or 2 week holiday so this is new to me. I'm 5 ft 10 and 200 lb.
I'm seeing people say 55l bag is enough and others that they want 80l but these numbers dont mean alot to me. I also want one with a day pack as i imagine on excursions and daily use i'll need a small bag to bring a few things each day.
Your help is much appreciated
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I have also purchased a couple of backpack/bags that fold into a small bundle - and these are very light (only a couple of hundred grams). I use them for times I want to carry items but don't want to carry my usual camera/laptop backpack with me. Reply to this
Probably better to have the space incase of purchases or the need for more space, imagine its better to have more space than to be crammed for it.
What brand of bag has lasted you 6 years, that sounds good quality? Reply to this
I agree with your reasoning re the more space vs cramming point, which is why I am thinking of buying yet another bag and upgrading (again). Reply to this
Try a lighter backpack to start with if you are unsure - a female friend of mine only travels with a 45 litre (give or take 5 litres) and that is plenty for her. I love backpacks because they allow you to move through a crowd, down escalators/stairs and along streets quicker than any other method. I'm only a slight build and my bag can look enormous on me, but it is mostly filled with lightweight clothes, so it is not as bad as it looks.
I'd avoid those hybrid packs - those that you can either carry or wheel along - the configuration and weight of the wheel mechanism and handle I reckon is too cumbersome. Reply to this
Backpack doesn't have the be full anyway.
I had a couple different companies, but my favorite is Gregory. Reply to this
I'd encourage a good day pack, a lot of the times the attached ones can be a little small for good day or two to three day hikes, and make them comfy as this will be what you carry around most of the time. Depends where your going I'd also recommend one you can put a lock through.
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If you are trekking a lot and carrying camping gear etc then the traditional top loading pack is advised. If however you are travelling from hostel to hostel and will be moving regularly then I've found the full front opening one to be best as it gives easy access to your gear...
Totally agree - this is the feature I'm looking for on my new backpack - certainly makes more sense than the normal pack that only have a top opening. Reply to this
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Hi Dan, quite a trip you've got planned there!
In my experience (as a backpacker and someone who worked for Blacks/Millets for far too long) I've always recommended a 60/65L bag; you can get away with 55 or 45L but I've never quite managed it myself and I really don't know how some people can do it! I've always felt it's better to have more space than you need than end up with a small bag with not enough space; you'll almost certainly collect stuff on your travels and you'll need somewhere for it all to go!
On the other hand with an 80 litre bag sometimes there's a tendency to forget about weight restrictions when flying (I've done this a few times with my 65), which is usually 20-23KG depending on who you fly with (although it really does depend on who you get on the desk at check-in - some people are nice and lenient letting me on with an extra kilo or so while others have forced me to repack over a gram!)
So I'd personally say 60/65 litres is about right - not too small, not too big.
As for brands - there's a huge choice so I'll list a few below with pros & cons:
Osprey - Though it is a little more expensive, Osprey is really good quality stuff - they have an "All Mighty Guarantee" so if you have any problem with it, even if it's 30 years from now, take it in to any Osprey stockist in the world and they'll have it assessed & repaired/replace.
Berghaus - Check out the C71 - it's a great pack with a BioFlex back system designed to move with you and to prevent causing back injuries. A good all round pack...
Lowe Alpine - My pack is a Lowe Alpine Tundra 65 and I'd done me really, really well over the past three years on a variety of trips. It's even survived a car crash!
MacPac is a good New Zealand brand, though like The North Face tends to be a bit more expensive than it needs to be in my opinion.
Blacks and Millets do have their own backpack range called EuroHike which is very, very cheap in comparison to the others but you do sacrifice the quality and long life from other brands.
Hope that helps - it might be worth trawling through eBay for a good deal, though do try to see the pack in the flesh first.
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Last year when I claimed my luggage in London I found out that one of the plastic ring wherein the belt is passing to support my back broke. They sold me the same plastic ring, but the one that broke was stock in the backpack and the only I could replace it was to unstitch the bag, so I been running for almost a year with a pack of lace replacing the piece.
I will go see them tomorow. Great news. Reply to this
You may want to purchase a cover for the back pack to keep it dry and it adds a layer of safety. Reply to this