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1. Posted by tywy (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Hey I know you are probably going to be irritated by another new post about this. I read the other posts before I went into town today and now have a few questions on specific packs....I'm looking for a "travelpack" so it has to have lockable zips. I don't want a toploader. There was a very limited selection in Dublin today.

I looked at 3 different bags. The first one was the Berghaus Jalan 55+15 costing €160, the second one was a Lowe Alpine Travel Trekker ND60 for €179 and lastly a Highland 60L one for €80. which I'm not sure of the name of.

I'm going to Canada for 3 months. I'm planning to work for 2 months and then travel the states by Amtrack for the last month. I am unsure of which one to buy. Is it necessary to get it fitted? Or can you buy off the internet and fit them yourself. Bare in mind I tried them on in the different shops today.

Thanks a mil! Any help you could give me I would really appreciate. Sorry again for annoying you with another Newbie post!

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

Take the berghaus,without any hesitating,the two others are shit.
I especially hate the low alpine,and I warn you,so will you if you try it!!!And the berghaus is really good stuff,very strong,and much more convinient in the end.(yes,i know it's expensive,but it's worth it)

3. Posted by tywy (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

from what I'm hearing the Lowe Alpine back system is better. They actually fit it for your back. I don't know whether Berghaus do that. They are both now the same price so I'm going on recommendations here.

You said Lowe Alpine are shit? Why are they shit? Because I say Ipods are shite but that's because they are incompatiable and Mac. But they are actually good.

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

I've just checked that you are a girl
In that case Low Alpine is more acceptable,but I would still go for the Berghaus.The back system of low alpine is really not that good,tough a bit better in the female version as I told you,but definitely this is not a comfortable pack at all,it will cause pain on shoulders and hip,and make you SWEAT a lot.While the berghaus is fantastic comfort and breathes,and if you don't over charge the back is allright.
I hope it helps... enjoy!;)

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Quoting tywy

Because I say Ipods are shite but that's because they are incompatiable and Mac. But they are actually good.

psst. Why do you say they are incompatible? With what? iTunes exists for PC and Macs. And iPods aren't actually Macs, they're Apple products, but not Macs. Mac is the name of Apple's computer operating system.

Sorry, back to the topic at hand. I couldn't resist

6. Posted by tywy (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

because ipods are completely compatible you don't get as fast transfer rates. I love my iRiver, no need for resource sapping software like iTunes. I just drag and drop! *hugs iRiver*

Anyway back to the conversation....the thing about the Lowe Alpine is, I've been told they would fit it with weights in the bag and make sure it's right, whereas the shop that sells the berghaus mentioned nothing of fitting it for me and when I asked they just said "Oh it's only the case of adjusting a few straps" but when you are clueless, you could adjust them wrong and then be uncomfortable AND have paid out a ridiculous amount of money!

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

Ok,choose the one you prefer,but you won't say you are cluelesss:here is THE clue with backpacks...

First put every strap to its maximum size,then put the backpack on,and adjust first the shoulders,then the belt,then the others...It must be tied but not pulling you back at all..then you see when you use it what you find more comfortable...

8. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Quoting tywy

because ipods are completely compatible you don't get as fast transfer rates. I love my iRiver, no need for resource sapping software like iTunes. I just drag and drop! *hugs iRiver*

Anyway back to the conversation....the thing about the Lowe Alpine is, I've been told they would fit it with weights in the bag and make sure it's right, whereas the shop that sells the berghaus mentioned nothing of fitting it for me and when I asked they just said "Oh it's only the case of adjusting a few straps" but when you are clueless, you could adjust them wrong and then be uncomfortable AND have paid out a ridiculous amount of money!

To be honest, if you're spending £50+ on a rucksack, you want good service! If a shop just said to you "it's only the case of adjusting a few straps" then I would take my custom elsewhere. In fact what i would do is go in and request to try it on with weights. If they say no weights then ask for some goods to put inside it instead, to test it. It's in THEIR interests to provide this service so you buy the product! If you like the rucksack, buy it online and not from them. It'll probably be cheaper too.

P.S. I love my iRiver too!

9. Posted by tywy (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Ended up getting the Lowe Alpine Travel Trekker ND60 today. Tried on the Berghaus and is just wasn't comfortable also tried out an osprey bag that was similar and in the end I had to choose the Lowe Alpine...it's the most comfortable by far!

Thanks for the advice tho!

10. Posted by rrach (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Ive been trying various packs in Dublin shops over the past few weeks and ended up buying the Lowe Alpine Travel Trekker ND60 too.
It was just the most comfortable i tried by far.
Fingers crossed we've made the right choice!;)