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31. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Before ye start bludgeoning each other with walking poles or ice picks or something, am I allowed to say that this is very entertaining and has brightened up my morning at work no end?

32. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

its your post samsara so you have the pleasure to say whatever you like and im happy its made your morning so far
how is work anyway

33. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

It's torture Reece, as ever. Lugging ANY kind of backpack full of rocks around South East Asia is infintely more appealing than sitting here going through XML bugs....

34. Posted by Peter (Admin 5811 posts) 11y

Just please keep it nice people.. Everyone's entitled to an opinion and all opinions are more than welcome :)

Well, as long as we all agree the TP backpack is the best of all!! By the way, I think it is a Canadian backpacker. I traced that image off some photo on the net (I don't remember where from). Maybe we should make our own backpacks though ;)

35. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Eve im bored out of my mind so if you need a hand let me know im just sitting here hoping my mates house gets sorted next week.mind you at least im off out tonight for a few beverages.its my leaving party with a few of my mates,so they can all say goodbye and have fun you lucky bugga haha

36. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 11y

Quoting Kirk

Quoting optimuspri

I've been having a big problem deciding which backpack.

I was homing in on either a 'Deuter Aircontact 55+10' or a Macpac..I don't wnat much over 60 even though I'll be on the road for 9 months...
Has anyone found a good pack thats front loading too(with a C-shaped zip)? Money no object...

check this one out dude might like it :)http://www.macpac.co.nz/products/display/catalogue/do,displayitem-view/mid,69/miid,2485/diid,636/

optimuspri: I don't know if that recommendation is good for you (quite a bit beyond the 60 liters, though I wonder how you'll manage with so little for so long), but having that exact backpack (the MacPac Gemini), I do know that it's a really good backpack. The daypack is surprisingly crappy (do not stuff too much things in there and expect to comfortably walk around with it for a day, especially if it's nice weather), but that's the single complaint I have about it. Otherwise this backpack is a work of genius.

Of course, see my recommendation on first of all going for a pack that carries well, and for features (and (lack of) price) only second.

37. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Before ye start bludgeoning each other with walking poles or ice picks or something, am I allowed to say that this is very entertaining and has brightened up my morning at work no end?

hee hee! I was going to ask if backpacking with a plastic Wal-mart bag and my old kindergarden schoolbag with the big picture of a monkey on the back was a good idea - just to see what they'd say...

38. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Quoting samsara2

Before ye start bludgeoning each other with walking poles or ice picks or something, am I allowed to say that this is very entertaining and has brightened up my morning at work no end?

hee hee! I was going to ask if backpacking with a plastic Wal-mart bag and my old kindergarden schoolbag with the big picture of a monkey on the back was a good idea - just to see what they'd say...

hahahahahah nice one tway.even though im male im a bloody shopaholic so im used to carrying 8+ plastic bags every time i go out.i end up going in the same shop 3 times before i buy anything.god help me when i get to west edmonton mall

39. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 11y

Plastic bags are probably the most essential item to bring when going backpacking; you have no idea how many uses they can be put to in a pinch. Non-crinkly white plastic bags without any prints or colors that can come off over time, that is.

  • has a now white plastic bag that was once completely dark blue to prove the point*
40. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Success!

Sander, I took your advice and tried on as many packs as I could. Went to a different (better) store this time to shop. The guy I spoke to was really helpful. As it turned out, they had the Berghaus model I was looking for. And it fits like a glove!

It's the Berghaus Spirit 65+15. I'm extreeeeemly happy with it. Here's a few points about it in case anyone is interested.....

1) It has a Biofit backsystem which is really comfortable. It's designed so that the main body of the pack is away from your back. Allows a lot of air between you and the pack. The hip straps seem to take a lot of the weight as well(so far...admittedly, I'm basing this on walking around the sitting room with some stuff in it...but I suspect that I wont have any complaints)

2) It comes with its own waterproof cover. This attaches with a velcro strip and a zip and completely covers the pack.

3) It has a zip-over cover for the back straps for when you're not carrying it on your back.

4) It has a side handle and also a detachable shoulder strap

5)It has a 15L day pack which has two compartments and a side pocket for a water-bottle or whatever

6)It has a bottom compartment for shoes/smelly clothes/etc

7) It has zips which open down the sides for easy access to your clothes.

8) There is a medium-sized mesh compartment inside the pack and one or two small pockets as well.

9) It has a strap at the top of the pack which can hold a sleeping bag/mat/etc

10) It also has this i-trak thing (which it a total gimmick although might come in handy). Basically, you register your details and the pack number online and this will enable Berghaus to track your pack anywhere in the world if it gets lost.

It cost me 220 euro and I think its going to be worth every penny.

The best thing about the Berghaus Spirit: It's very very very comfortable.

E;)