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21. Posted by Christoph5 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Can anyone recommend a good day pack? About 25L I guess?

I have found these two so far but not sure how good they are.



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22. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Jeep laptop one is 25l waterproof 15 pockets, ace used it in Hawaii, Spain, Turkey, Sweden, Denmark, Italy etc

23. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y

Karrimore usually has decent bags, so out of the two I would pick the Karrimore one.

But the best daypack I ever owned is my Deuter Crossair. Very sturdy and comfortable to carry, no matter how heavy it is or how long I have been walking around. I use it daily at home, so I know what I am talking about. The best feature of it is is the mesh panel in the back because it keeps me from getting sweaty even when I cycle. The only downside of the pack is that thanks to the metal frame of the mesh panel it is sort of bulky and heavy. It weighs over 1 kg when empty, almost as much as a much larger bag. I cannot fold it up to stuff into a bigger bag either. I have therefore used it mainly for short trips and in combination with a small rolling upright.

Another daypack I really like is the Nordisk Nott - it is everything the Deuter Crossair is not. It is very lightweight and easily folds away into a bigger bag, so I have been using a similar model (which used to be sold in a drugstore chain in Germany) for the times the Deuter was not practical.

24. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

I have just posted the below in another discussion, and thought it might be useful to people reading this topic.....

Quoting itchefeet

The best one I've seen so far is from Blacks and its a Berghaus Women's Jalan 55 litre with a 15 litre day pack for those day to day essentials.

I think this one in Blacks was £99.99 which they say is about right for a decent pack.

Hi Itchefeet,

I strongly advise you dont buy the above rucksack, correct me if i am wrong but is that the rucksack that has wheels? My girlfriend bought it last summer for our RTW travels, and straight away had problems with it and was the cause of many 'domestics' we had! I will list some of the problems for you....

a) The base where the wheels are located adds alot more weight to the rucksack (I think it is an additional 2.2KG)
b) The handle to pull the bag is too short, and means you are regularly bent over to pull it.
c) If you chose to carry it on your back, it is so 'wide' and bulky especially if you add the extra 15 litre day bag, that it pulls you back and puts alot of strain on your back muscle

We girlfriend is 5'8" so is reasonably tall and it caused her alot of pain and frustration. We also met lots of girls along our travels who had the same problems, and recently we have just sold it on ebay and replaced it with a standard 'top-loader' bag.

In my opinion (and experts from camping/travel shops) these rucksacks shouldn't be aloud to be sold. The appealing wheel-base, does more harm than it does good. And most of the time it is easier to put it on your back rather than pull (especially if you are somewhere like San Fran where the 'gentle hills' make walking to the hostel one of the most stressful trips of your life :O) it along the floor, especially if you are spending large amounts of time on beach terrain.

Obviously this is just my opinion, but thought i would give you a heads-up.


25. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I found the best deals for packpacks is Famous Army Stores. At the end of any particular season - they sell off stuff that's faded in the shop window, really cheap. I got a 50 litre Wynnster rucksack (RRP £50) for a tenner. Only fault with it (if you can call it a fault) is it's a bit lighter on the back than front. Who cares??

26. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Mine is 30 years old and has always had a rip for the wait belt (hugh rip) barely held on, but it is and works! Trying to get my bro to use itbefore his travels in a month.

I have been to 14 countires with my 55l backpack, I have been to more to more with my 20l daysack (thats all take with me).

27. Posted by jessyt81 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

This may be a dumb question, but what's the difference between a backpack and a rucksack?

28. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting Christoph5

Can anyone recommend a good day pack? About 25L I guess?

I have found these two so far but not sure how good they are.



I have a Karrimor 'skye' 25 litre that I'm very happy with. I only got it as I needed something for everyday use and it was a good brand at half price (£14.99). It's a tough little bag with good zips/stitching and takes being thrown around, or me overloading it with shopping as I do, so I imagine the 'Zodiak' will be very similar. So far mine's been all round Europe and Morocco. :)

29. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting jessyt81

This may be a dumb question, but what's the difference between a backpack and a rucksack?

I checked on Wiki and they reckon they're the same thing.

Funny you asked as I've always wondered about it too.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jun-2009, at 18:08 by fabyomama ]

30. Posted by Jillaroo (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

looking for a cheap but hard wearing backpack as ill be going to oz for a year this year.
have been looking at millets "eurohike" rucksack for women 50 litre anyone got any tips or know of this one???