I am too am not sure what size backpack to purchase. I am travelling for year starting in May 2007. Will be going to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
My friend who went travelling round the world last year took a 70 ltr one which she said was a bit too much.
Also am I better off buying a womens one? I am 5ft3in and am concious that the men's version may not sit correctly on my back.
Sorry another thing I am having difficulty deciding what to take with me. I have an extensive wardrobe and it's proving quite traumatic deciding! Sad I know! Hopefully my travels will free me from my fashion shackles!!
After long deliberations and trying on I have purchased the Karrimor Global 70-90 (my girlfriend got the 50-70).
We both think they are the most comfortable backpacks out there for us and would definately recommend them to anyone else. I went for the bigger one just incase we do any camping etc and I shouldn't (hopefully) ever need to expand it to the 90 litres. Plus i can take a lot less the 70 and just use the compression straps to make it smaller.
Hope this helps with anyone's decisions
I would say the best thing to do is go into the shop and try on the rucksack with something heavy inside (any shop that won't let you do this obviously doesn't want your money!), that way you get a good idea of what it will feel like with all of your junk inside. Have a good tug at all of the straps particularly the shoulders as I have seen some rucksacks at pretty cheap prices that come apart at the slightest pull. Wynnster make a pretty robust rucksack I got a 75 litre cobra rucksack for around £37, thats lasted me 2 years including long trips to Thailand, Indonesia and a weeks camping and trekking in the Scottish highlands carrying a 2 man tent and a stove. I'm pretty sure you can get better if you want to spend £100, but for £37 you can't complain and the remaining £63 can go a long way in South East Asia, although it'll probably be spent on the local brew!!