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Backpack for women. Please help!

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1. Posted by lovebug21 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y


Im heading to Thailand in January for 6 weeks and then on to OZ and NZ for the rest of the year. Spent the weekend shopping for backpacks and was shocked to find i only have two choices :(
Dunno if its becuase im being too picky or what.. Don't know much about them but i was told to make sure to get one that zips open like a suitcase to save me rummaging for things at the bottom.

My two choices were a low alpine 80L for €159 (seems a bit big tho) and a berghaue (sor bout the spelling) womens one 70L for €160. My problem is that neither of them fitted me correctly even after they had been adjusted. They were v high off my shoulders. Just wondering if anyone has any advice or suggestions????

Sorry about the long post. Please help!!

Thanks a mil

A ;)

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

I would say that 80 litres is far too big. I would say a 65 to a 70 litre would be fine.
Mine is a 55W McKinley Polar and it is great. I never travel without it. It might be a bit small for your trip but the smaller the bag the less weight you will have to carry.
My backpack doesn't have a zip like suitcase. It's just a top loaded one but it has zips on the sides for easy access to your stuff.. If your organized about packing the bag it's always easy to find what your looking for.

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 10y

I am a hiker/backpacker and being a male I dont have a lot of issues trying to find the right fit. What I would recomend is trying on every pack in your price range regardless if it is for men or women. If you have the cash one suggestion is a company called Dana Designs. The packs are pricey but they will last you forever and are incredibly comfortable. The west belt is designed more for women because it hugs the hips instead of sitting directly on top, making it more comfortable when carrying heavy loads. Hope this helps.

4. Posted by lovebug21 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Thats great thanks guys ill look into to. Know I only need one for 6 weeks but ive got a bit of a dodgy back (im a granny i know!) so I wanna make sure I pick the right one.

Thanks for the advice

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

Just a quick tip. If you pack all the heaviest stuff at the top, your pack will feel lighter.. And remember to roll your clothes, they will take half the space and won't wrinkle as much.

6. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 10y

Osprey Packs makes a separate line of packs for women (wider hip-belt). Ospreys are expensive but very well built. My GF has a Luna for backpacking purpose and Departure (now Waypoint) for travel/hike trips. /

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 28, 2006, at 12:41 PM by Dezafinado ]

7. Posted by lovebug21 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Went in on Sat to buy the Berghaus Womens backpack (€160 is that expensive? ) only to have the sales guy try to convince me that it doesn't exist and that the mens one would do me fine! When I told him that it def did becuase that was the only one that fit me (shoulders are too high on all the rest)he then admitted that they prob did have it and and that yes it is a much better fit (totally the opposite of what he said earlier)ahhhh! im now back to square one. Im wary of buying one off the net as I've tried on 7/8 of them and none of them sit correctly on me. Guess I don't rly have a choice now. :( Ill just have to hope for the best! thanks guys

8. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 10y

Fit and how the pack rides on your hips are very important. If the only way for you to buy it is online, then I'd make sure that the retailer has a good return policy. Mine didn't allow actual testing on a real hike 'cause sweat would stain it, so I just load it up and tested it around the block, walked up-n-down the stairs.