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1. Posted by Phobos (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

I'm looking to buy a good travel backpack. Do you have any recomendations on what site, brand, or what to look for in a backpack when buying one. I was looking at this backpack http://www.eaglecreek.com/10042.html what do you think? Thanks

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

It looks like a very good pack, but I would say that it is way too big for only a months travelling. My backpack for a month was 55 litres and it was of a very good size. It is a McKinley Polar 55W.

I don't recommend buying a backpack online because you really have to try it on to see if it fits you right..

3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

I agree with angela, you do need to try it for size and comfort.

I would suggest going to your local camping shops,this is where i got my berghaus one from. I went for 3 weeks and took a 60 or it could have been a 65l, it was a good size for that amount if time.

I am going for a year or two and taking a large pully holdall this time.

4. Posted by gezred (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

I have been advised to go for a 75L one for a year's travelling, no idea how big this is.

Like Angela said probably best to go and try them on, think this is what I'll do (and put some heavy things in it at the shop!)

Lynz x

5. Posted by Phobos (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

Alright, I will definately go try them on before I buy one. I know the trip I'm planning is relatively short, but I don't want to buy a smaller backpack then a year or two down the road go for an extended amount of time and have to buy a larger backpack. But thank you for your comments!

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

This comes up very frequently, so search the forums for other responses and advice.

I agree with angela, you do need to try it for size and comfort.

Absolutely 100%. You MUST do this, or your life could well be hell... I've also given tips on how to do this several times before including once recently on here which a search should pull up.

I have been advised to go for a 75L one for a year's travelling, no idea how big this is.

That's Big! I know that some people do suggest that, but i personaly think it's obscene. The largest i would ever suggest would be 60, unless you are doing some serious (i mean 2-3 week with limited supply stops and no shelter) trekking where you need tent, sleeping bag and lots of supplies. And ideally, that should include your daypack (in tems of overall literage).

I know that i travel light, but i use a 26l which is about right for me, and if i need a big one, would take a 35.

7. Posted by James1976 (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

Hi,

I have been looking into backpacks too, and tried some for size. There doesnt seem to be a massive difference in size (or at least how much they seem to hold) say between 50 and 70 litre. Though the 70 litre is obviously bigger on the outside

One thing though, i've been advised to buy a backpack with a zipped (suitcase) style rather than a top-loader. Otherwise you'll find that you get fed up trying to get stuff from the bottom of your bag and keep dragging everything out.

The zipped-style ones seem much better to access the contents.

Hope it helps :)

James

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Quoting James1976

The zipped-style ones seem much better to access the contents.

The problem they have is that if you go on a multi-day hike, and the zipper breaks, you have really big issues, while that scenario is impossible with toploaders.
Of course most people here just travel from hostel to hostel, and yeah, travelpacks (rather than backpacks) are pretty much perfect for that.

9. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Actually most of the side opening packs have double zippers, so unless the lining actually holding the zipper tears loose - reclosing the bag shouldn't be an issue.

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