I am headed (from USA) to Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos for a month and am looking to get a bag that I can carry-on the aircraft. I am going super-light. I have looked at Eagle Creek Boundary and Explorere packs. They look/feel good. However, wanted to see if anyone had any other ideas? Thanks. Happy travels!!
Dont know about those bags in particular, but be careful with what you take as a carry on lugagge, restrictions are a pain in the ass these days (at least in europe), so you might want to check with your airline first, before you get to the airport and the make you check your bag in!
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Deuter AC light and Futura series, maybe the new ACT trail series too. The ACT light packs will likely be too large for you (35+10l or 40+10l respectively.)
Personally I did not like the Futura, because
- the mesh net put the weight too far away from my body
- even the largest (at the time the 42 AC) were too short for my back, so the hip pads could not carry any weight
- the straps could not be adjusted
- due to the non-functional hip pads and the weight being away from my body my shoulders had to carry the whole weight - something I have learned the hard way to avoid at all cost for me. (I have a weak, slightly bend upper spine which affects the strenght of my shoulders.)
In the end I got the ACT light 35+10 SL.
The big advantage of the Futura series however is their net mesh - very comfortable in hot weather and thus highly recommended.
[ Edit: Edited on May 31, 2007, at 2:48 PM by t_maia ]
I just ordered two "e-bag Weekend Travelers" they will arrive tomorrow and I'll let you know how those are. I'm taking a one month trip as well and was looking for a carry-on bag. The one I purchased had decent reviews and only cost $50us (I'm only using it for the trip so I didn't want to spend too much)
As for me, I will highly discourage Deuter. Most of the experienced travelers I came across are anti-deuter due to its heavy and uncomfy packs. deuter is the last brand i will ever use in my life. i have used it before, it hurts like crazy.
some of the moderate range will be osprey and macpac. I have received good feedbacks from people using these 2 brands so yeah.
However, be sure to get one pack, that suits your back, and not your back to suit the pack.