I have read loads of threads on bags here & known generally what i want now i just need to find it!
I'm going down the coast Seattle - San Diego for 3 months, I wont be camping or roughing it much so dont need an all weather super tough travel bag. I'd say 45/50l should be fine, side loading sounds v helpful but other than that i dont want too many buckles and straps everywhere as they will just bug me!! I was initially planning on taking a bigger bag with attatched day pack but dont really see the point now as feel i could just use this as my one & only bag all the time. Do you think what i've set out is about right? has anyone any ideas where best to go for this kind of thing - brands etc.?
I recommend taking a 45 l bag and a small daypack anyway. Just leave the daypack empty and stuff it into your big bag. There are times when you want to take your jacket, your guidebook and a snack for a daytrip and leave your big pack at the hotel - and then you need a daypack. I use a small lightweight fold-away one that I found at the local drugstore. It weighs about 200 grams and doubles as a small fanny pack when folded up.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 5, 2007, at 1:03 PM by t_maia ]
thanks for the advice, i probably will take a day pack then. now all i got to do is go find the bag i want!
osprey porter looks good. Not a lot of extra straps to get in the way. The shoulder and hip belts zip away so it's convenient....but probably not as heavy duty as a regular trekking backpack. If you really don't have to carry it around on your back all the time then it might be fine
I have a McKinley backpack that I just love...
It does have a lot of straps, but they all have a purpose. They really haven't bugged me at all. They have a womans range that is really comfortable.. But of course, whatever you do, try it on with some weights inside in the shop before buying to know your fit..