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1. Posted by ian_w (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Hi guys. I am trying to decide between 2 travel bags. Karrimor 50-70 and Air, Land, Sea 'Santiago'. The problem I have is the the Karrimor is a more comfortable bag (£120 from £150) but it has so many straps and clips that it is almost annoying and I can see them getting caught on stuff a lot. The ALS bag isnt quite as comfortable and has a detachable 'bum' bag as well as a paypack and doesnt have half as many straps etc

I know all the straps and things are made so that you can make the bag fit exactly and distribute the weight properly but how often and how long do you actually wear the bag? I am staying in hostels and hopefully booking at least the first couple of days on the internet prior to arriving in each place. I know this wont always be possible, but I cant see I will have it on allday all the time. Has anyone been travelling for a year and found that they wear there bag all the time? do I go for comfort or practicality?

As you can tell from the long thread I am bored at work so any answers are recieved gratefully.

Thanks in advance


PS I am possibly going treking in Nepal, can you leave your travel bag in lockers or something and take a smaller bag or do you have to take them with you?

2. Posted by jaconn (Full Member 20 posts) 10y

hi ian,
i'm setting off on my rtw travel in under 2 weeks and was in exactly the same predicament. I think comfort is practicality, the last thing in the world you want to happen is to regret buying the cheaper option if you do end up having to carry it for hrs on end. so I eventually decided to spend the extra bit of dosh on the karrimor(same as the one your thinking about).i think when people like us spend a fortune going on our travels then an extra £50 isnt really gonna make that much difference is it.

also, the pack really takes a beating when you go round the world and karrimor will be able to handle it a lot more. If you look at the spec of the material those bags are made out of, the karrimor is KS-1000e. that means that you can apply a force of 1000 Newtons to each side of the material (trying to stretch it) before it breaks. That is very strong so can really take a pummeling. I very much doubt the ALS bag is anywhere near that and is a lot more likely to fall apart.

dont know about the nepal trekking but if you cant leave your bag behind then its definately worth spending the extra bit.

at the end of the day i think its always better to be safe than sorry.And the karrimor should last years so you can keep using for your holidays. (god, i dont think i've written so much since school!!)

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

Comfort always should win. You might carry that bag for days and on all sorts of transport. If you are worried about the straps tape them (or even trim them) or wrap them. A half shell (rainfly) which covers the rear of the bag but leaves the suspension open might also solve your problems as well.

But nothing sucks worse than a bag which is uncomfortable, and discomfort often becomes pain.

best of luck

4. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 10y

COMFORT!!!Definitely!I've been holding my backpack everyday,the whole day,for now eight months,and did it first one year with anotherone,which was not comfortable...NO WAY!!!Comfort,cause you can get used to the little penalties of your comfortable backpack,but you can't get used to the uncomfortable one,it hurts every day,and your pain increases with time.Don't play with your back!
Have a good one!

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

You never know when you're going to have to wander around for hours on end searching for a) your hostel, b) your travel buddy c) that bus d) your sanity

short trips you needn't use all the straps but you will really appreciate them should you get into this situation, also when hiking/trekking comfort is totally neccessary and hey, it never hurts to plan for the unexpected!


6. Posted by ian_w (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Thank for the help everyone

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

Comfort, every time. You don't always actually wear your backpack that much, but when you do you are often in crowds/running like a headless chicken etc and you really notice the difference if you have a comfortable (and well packed) bag

8. Posted by Kayla1 (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

I'd go for comfort. I tried the Karrimor today and it seems like a good option. Its £119 in the sale at Blacks if your from the UK. Also, with regards to Nepal if your doing an organised tour you usually have porters.