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1. Posted by Beeg (Full Member 16 posts) 9y

I am about to buy a backpack. I think i need a huge one.
Karramor and berghaus seem to be the best.
But is there a good value rucksack i could buy?
Or is it worth paying the extra for the karamor global 70-90 litre pack? I think the cheapest i saw it was £145.

what do you guys think?

Ben

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5336 posts) 9y

Hi Ben,

You might find this thread helpful....

Best backpacks

;)
Ev

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5336 posts) 9y

Also, this one

4. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 9y

The best backpack is the one that fits your body the best.
Thats all there is to it. There is no One-Size-Fits-All solution I'm afraid. It might be the most expensive in the shop, it might not be. Build quality increases with price as a rule however, so if you find two bags that are equally comfortable, and if one is rediculously cheap, I'd tend to go with the more expensive bag. The more reliable and robust brands would Berghaus, Deuter, Karrimor, Lowe Alpine... those sort of names. I have no experience with MacPac yet, but I think they're quite good.
I'd tend to stay from no-namers such as EuroHike (millets own label)and the like, simply cos if you're in the middle of the jungle or on a 4 day hike you don't really want to be discovering that your £50 bag is starting to fall apart on you.
Different ppl will have different preferences for brand though - personally I love Lowe Alpine. Don't know why, it's nothing tangible, but I've had lots of their stuff and they've all lasted a hell of a long time. As a result I tend to stick with it.
Go out and try on as many different makes and models as you can find. Get them weighted in the shop with something so you can feel where the straps catch/pinch/hurt.Get one with an adjustable back system and get the shop assistent to adjust it to your back length. Walk around the shop for as long as you can.

5. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 9y

Quoting Beeg

I think i need a huge one.

No you don't. You're going to have to carry it. And you're going to fill it with stuff. If there's a bit more space in it you'll end up taking this, that or the other "just in case I'll need it". The less room you have the less things you'll be able to take "just in case".
I have a 65 litre bag. It's taking me around the world next year.

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting kenmc

Quoting Beeg

I think i need a huge one.

No you don't. You're going to have to carry it. And you're going to fill it with stuff. If there's a bit more space in it you'll end up taking this, that or the other "just in case I'll need it". The less room you have the less things you'll be able to take "just in case".
I have a 65 litre bag. It's taking me around the world next year.

I have a 55 litre Nomad bag (30 euro (60% discount)).....I travelled six months trough several countries quite extensively. At the start you bring too much. After a few days you give the heavy stuff away because its too heavy and not comfortable walking with.

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

This comes up quite often, so trying a search on the pages may well bring up reams of answers and advice from people in the past and their experiences.

No you don't. You're going to have to carry it. And you're going to fill it with stuff. If there's a bit more space in it you'll end up taking this, that or the other "just in case I'll need it". The less room you have the less things you'll be able to take "just in case".
I have a 65 litre bag. It's taking me around the world next year.

Thats one of the best pieces of advice your likely to get about your entire trip.

Go with as small as possible. If you do want to take a big bag, make sure that the very first thing that you pack is something like an empty (or full of sand - 2 schools of thinking here) large ice cream tub, which you can then discard on the road to empty some space. Regardless of how big a bag you take, you will fill it before leaving, so having something easily disposable then gives t¥you wiggle room and room for souvenirs/food etc that you can pick up on route.

Unless you will be camping extensively, you dont need camping gear or sleeping bag, and unless you are heading to northern canada/us, siberia or scandinavia you probably dont need much really warm weather stuff.

The first time you travel, you WILL take too much stuff. Eveybody does, no bother.

I started with a stuffed full 65l plus a daypack, but now rarely travel with more than a 35, and then only in scandinavia winter (i live in sweden) when i need really warm stuff as well, or when i also need to carry a laptop/lots of work stuff when i carry a second similar size bag. On my current trip (about 5mths into an 18+ mth trip RTW), i took a 35l bag which included a sleeping bag, bought as a cheap last minute desperation measure - as my long term bag got destroyed and became unusable, the story is on TP somewhere - which then had broken zip, replaced by a 40l toploader (horrible, but only bag i could get in Lithuania, and i needed a replacement before i hit Russia.

I`ve now passed the places which i needed a sleeping bag for, and hating the 40l, have which i`ve recently finally replaced with a 26l North Face in Japan (at huge cost, but it will last and finally replace my old bag) and which has everything i need in it, plus some free space. You really don`t need that much stuff, and the absolute max i would recomend is 60l, and then only if you have to carry a tent and sleeping bag inside the bag as well. Bags get heavy and awkward on a trip, and the entire focus of a RTW can turn into a fight between man and backpack if you didnt take enough time etc to begin with to get a good one for you.

In about 12 years of almost constant travel, i`ve only met ONE person who wished he had brought more stuff. I`ve lost count of the number of people who say they wished they had brought less.

The best backpack is the one that fits your body the best.
Thats all there is to it. There is no One-Size-Fits-All solution I'm afraid. It might be the most expensive in the shop, it might not be.

Spot on.

Also, bear in mind what works for YOU. Some people like toploaders, i hate them and always try and get zip around versions as i prefer them (although this can very occassionally lead to zip failure, as happened to my cheap measure). Lots of pockets might be good, but only if the things that you want to put in them will fit. Having too many pockets can be fiddly. Having straps/bungeys you can tie things onto is important to me, but other people hate them or dislike tying things onto it. Big large top pockets can be good, but i dislike them as the things i want to put in them are too heavy and make the balance odd.

The best backpack is the one that is most comfortable to you (foremost) and fulfills most of your needs (second). And providing it is a recognized outdoor brand, which you pick doesnt really matter.

good luck!

8. Posted by Beeg (Full Member 16 posts) 9y

Thanks guys,

I ended up buying the massive karrimour global 70-90, but i promise you all i wont fill it!!!It was the most comfortable and best value for money. (not at all cheap though)

Thanks for all the tips,

Ben

9. Posted by shaila (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

I too have been looking for a new backpack (about 35L) all your advice has been useful, but has anyone had any experience with arc'teryx bora 35? I'm leaning towards that one,but also about five others, i just can't decide....anyone please help me?

10. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 9y

Quoting Beeg

I ended up buying the massive karrimour global 70-90, but i promise you all i wont fill it!!!

I bet you will :)
But it sounds a bit like that was the one you set your heart on and you convinced yourself it was the most comfortable one there though :)