Hi peeps, sorry about this but ive searched the forums but cant find a concise answer to my questions. Im planning to do my first ever backpacking trip this year (Europe) and need some help with my 2 questions:
1) What is the smallest size backpack i could get away with?
(Im female and only 5"1 and I dont want a massive or heavy load, quite happy to travel with the absolute minimum)
2) Boots or trainers?
(Im not a hiker/ walker and am much more comfortable in trainers, but I have the idea that i should be wearing boots? Are boots the way forward?)
hello again monkee-i am smaller than you and i have just bought the perfect backpack for my size-hang on i'll just go and check what it is....
ok so mine is a berghaus one v.360l, it is soooo comfy-it's a womens one by the way! Has a back frame as well-a bonus!
If you feel more comfortable in trainers, go with trainers. If your not climbing mountains you won't need great big walking boots.
thanks lil j, what capacity is it?
erm...well...i'm bad at things like this...i believe it's a 60 but don't hold me to it-i just went into a camping shop and was trying on a few then the bloke cam over and suggested a few-it does no harm and i ended walking out with this beauty!
It'll be big enough for a big trip!
People laugh at the thought of lil old me and a huge backpack-but it suits my size and frame!
Good luck with it! x
oooh and the boots thing-i am comfy in trainers but i am going to invest in a pair of walking boots-not going to spend too much on them though!! I am not a pro walker or anything, but i am sure they will come in handy, i'm not planning any big walks in oz but who knows what will happen when i get there!
On the topic of packs for female.....does anyone have experience of the Eagle Creek continental journey women's fit? This was the pack i was thinking of getting but some websites say it is 62L and some say 69L i wish they would make up their mind! I am concerned about size as I am tallish but quite a slim build. The dimensions are 16x22x10 inches - is this about average size for a pack?! Sorry to hijack the thread monkee but i didn't want to make another post with practically the same topic. Thanks x