I am looking for 'the one' the pack to end all packs, problem is a have a few criteria that I can't seem to check off all in one pack.
- I would like a wheeled travel bag but only because I split my coccyx on my last trip to Europe and don't want to spoil this one with painkiller overload.
- Needs to be panel loading, I have no intention of pulling everything out to get to my jeans at the bottom
- I would like a detachable day pack
- I would like it to have proper back support and hip support obviously
The high sierra one I like is great, until you get to the back straps and they look like my 5th grade backpack. No cushion support, no hip support, but it has the wheels. The rest have everything else but not the wheels. I was wondering a few things. Could I modify the High sierra at7 to have good straps and hip? cushions?
Does anyone have any ideas?
This trip is 3 weeks but i need my tent and stuff for a festival, the rest is a few weeks around the USA, nothing off the beaten track this time. But I am planning a big one for 2015/2016 so I would like to find a pack for both. my limit unfortunately sits around 200 AUD but it would have to be the be all and end all of packs. Also. what size? obviously being bigger means my clothes take up more space. this isn't aided by the fact I tend to overpack a bit.
Hi Arty - not sure where you're from (Aus?) so this one might be a bit difficult but New Zealanders swear by Macpac packs. I know these are available in the UK because we had a friend bring one over for us (they're cheaper in the UK than they are in NZ!) . My wife and I both have an Orient Express. These are 65L packs (too heavy if you really fill then up) but they have a detachable daypack, a detachable shoulder strap with money belt and they zip all the way around so they open like a suitcase. But no wheels! You can get them in different sizes and they have differing harnesses depending on your build. I have a male size 3 harness, my wife has a female size 2 harness. You can get these at the moment in NZ for NZD239 which is just about your budget (but about GBP90 in UK).
If you want a wheely one, have a look on the Macpac website http://www.macpac.co.nz/packs/all-packs - the koru has wheels (but no daypack). And it's free shipping to Aus on orders more than NZD100.
I think you might be right - proper harness, wheels, full opening, day-pack - you may not find one that ticks all the boxes. Good luck!
Unfortunately I think you'll have a tough time finding something absolutely top drawer in your price range. That said, have a look here and here.
There are several options there that would work for you.
Lastly, it's all a moot point if you don't pack light. Your coccyx issue is a big one. Consider not getting a detachable backpack and simply get a small/light one that fits inside the main compartment. There are lots of people who backpack indefinitely via hotel/hostel through 3 climates with 40 litres.
Good luck and have fun shopping.