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PLEASE HELP! Travel Packs

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1. Posted by acerX (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I need advice on Travel Packs. I am looking for something 45-60 liters, suspension can be hidden, and legal for carry-on size.

I found this bag http://www.ospreytravelpacks.com/transporter.htm, the T46 model, for 33% off the regular price, but it is the last one in stock.

I need some other bags to compare features with. All I am coming up with is the Eagle Creek bags.

This bag will sell quickly as Osprey is dropping the line next week. And replacing it with something that is not better in my opinion.

Please offer up any and all decent Travel Packs

Thank you

Chris

2. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 10y

I have that bag and it is perfect in every way....

If they still have it then buy it. It opens like a suitcase or duffel bag so everything is right in front of you but it wears like a well designed climbing sack. I think mine cost about 265 Canadian Dollars.

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

Eagle Creek makes a number of bags that will meet your requirements including the Continental Journey and the Intercontinental Journey. The Osprey Transporter T46 is the only legal carry on size in their line. The Osprey Waypoint (which is one of the best designed travel packs I've every seen)is not carry on legal in the current model but they are releasing several new models in the next 4-6 weeks. They say some of the new line will be carry on size.

Personally I like the Eagle Creek bags better than the Transporter due to the fact that it has more structure and for comfort.

Incidentally I own both the Eagle Creek bags, and a Waypoint. My wife has the transporter.

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

Oh and REI has last year's models of many of these bags on closeout right now.

5. Posted by acerX (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I got the Transporter T46. For the price of 80.99 with shipping and tax! I couldn't pass up the price, when the Eagle Creek was selling for much more than that. I filled it with 20 lbs of junk and tried it out and it is quiet comfy.

I have 30 days to decide about the bag, but I am no going to Europe this May anyhow (as of right now). So I have time to get another bag.

For the no-go on the Europe trip read here http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=18622

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

Osprey released their new travel packs today. They have three new models, two of which are wheeled and all of which come in carry on size. The Porter looks like a top quality bag (great materials). As soon as I see them I'll give you my hands on evaluation.

7. Posted by acerX (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Quoting DocNY

Osprey released their new travel packs today. They have three new models, two of which are wheeled and all of which come in carry on size. The Porter looks like a top quality bag (great materials). As soon as I see them I'll give you my hands on evaluation.

I saw the new packs, and am honestly not very impressed. I never liked the idea of a wheeled pack. Just seems a little dumb to me. The porter looks like the best out of the bunch, but I like the compressablilty the large sidewalls on the Transporter provide. I wish the Transporter had the internal compression straps, for holding everything in place. However I can have that added later..

Question: the Transporter doesn't seem to have many options in terms of security, besides the ability to lock the zipper. What would you reccomend for securing this bag?

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

Well I think that the transporter is actually a pretty secure bag if I recall it correctly (my wife has it with her in Denver this week). One of the really nice features of all the Osprey bags is that the zippers can be totally hidden under the side wings under both a layer of material and the compression straps - making it hard to get in via the zipper even if it's not locked. It also has enough loops to secure the bag with a good bike lock or cable lock.

Essentially that means that cutting into is really the only easy way into the bag. That's something to like about Osprey bags, they don't leave exposed pockets or zippers which foils all but the most determined of theives.

The new bag they just put out, the Porter (which I have not seen yet) should be addressing this as construction is with true ballistic nylon (not the light stuff some people call ballistic nylon) which should make it very resistant to being cut open.

If you really want to ramp up the security, get yourself a couple of parachute nylon straps and buckles and thread them through the handles and lock them, or invest in a pacsafe.

Just realize that nothing really foils a determined thief except vigilance, but most theives aren't determined just oportunistic.

Hope that helps.

9. Posted by The Savage (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Pacsafe make a whole range of secure travel luggage, the most famous of which are their stainless steel mesh nets to fit over your backpack.

I also travel with a pacsafe money belt, pacsafe bumbag, and pacsafe slashproof, secure daypack. That is why I rarely need to use my backpack cover... all my valuables stay in my secure daypack! My backpack is generaly just full of smelly, dirty clothes...

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

10. Posted by Jemima (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

I am not that happy with the whole pacsafe thing - i find it a bit cumbersome. Are there any other ideas to secure your pack?