I am planning a RTW trip and am trying to decide which travel pack to buy. I will not be doing any serious hiking etc so i won't need camping gear etc. I have been looking at the MacPac Orient Express 70L and was wondering if anyone has used this. Are they hard wearing, water resistant and just generally how are they to use. I know its best to go to a store and try them 1st (which i will do) but you can't always trust marketing hype or the stores to give you the best info. Also any suggestions on other good backpacks would be most appreciated, thanks.
I use a Lowe Alpine Walkabout 45 for all my travelling, regardless of the length of time I am away for. I just cannot bare carrying the world on my shoulders and I find that everything I need can fit in a 45L bag. Yes I do have to wash things every couple of days but it's a small price to pay for being about to pack and unpack in 2 minutes flat, and not break your back every time you need to run for a bus or walk five yards in a hot climate.
Couldn't recommend it highly enough. After lugging 60L - 90L bags around with me, I can safely say that after using the Walkabout 45 I will never, ever be going back to a bigger pack.
I have the MacPac Gemini, which is almost identical to the Orient Express. Awesome pack - easily lasted me through my travels (2+ years), and still coming along on all the big trips. Didn't walk through that many rainstorms, but the material could easily resist those that I did walk through.
My main complaint is with the detachable daypack - it's just not the same quality, caused a really sweaty back, and was just a tad too small for what I wanted to carry along separately. (And I didn't even try keeping it attached to the main pack - that's plain useless. Carrying the daypack in front is the way to go (much better balance and accessibility), so if I had to do it all over again, I'd leave the daypack off at home, and buy a better equivalent, making certain it'd still fit the dimensions for carry-on luggage.)
But as you say, go to a store and try them out, weighted down as much as possible to give you a feel for how they'll sit on your back, because that should be the real determining factor.
Thanks very much for your help guys. I will go into town and try it on for size. i'll also have a look at the smaller packs. When it says 70l capacity i assume that incudes the 25l daypack? I kind of assumed it would be a 45l backpack with 25l daypack. Also i hope i won't be carrying the whole thing around all the time. Do you really just carry the whole thing during transit?
When it says 70l capacity i assume that incudes the 25l daypack? I kind of assumed it would be a 45l backpack with 25l daypack.
Your assumption is probably correct. If the daypack volume is listed separately, total volume is 95L... this is expedition size.