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1. Posted by Craig73 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Hi guys,

I just joined the forum & I'm looking for some good Rucksack advice.

I'm heading out to America in 6 weeks by myself for 3 months, my first ever trip... so I want to be well prepared & was wondering if you guys can give me some advice on what make & size of Rucksack I should buy that is most suited for my trip & myself.

My first stop is in Texas to see some friends, & then my final stop is NY... Now in between TX & NY I will be stopping off in different States along the way... I.E. Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania ETC (I will mostly be staying in Hostels)

I'm just basically looking for a Rucksack that I can use for travelling from State to State as opposed to trekking & hiking.

Something that's comfortable, light weight, not to bulky for getting on & off public transport (Bus, Train & Plane).... but still big enough for my stuff for 3 months away.

I dont need one that comes with a day-pack or a top loader (so no one can get easy access to my stuff) I was thinking something with zippers down the side or front as I'm going to be living out on the bag, which will be easier for myself to gain access.

Also one that's well secure with a locking facility for when checking into Airports & staying in Hostels.

Below is a list of Rucksacks that people working in the shops told me I need, but I'm not to sure if they're just after my money lol. I was thinking that most of these are to big?

I must admit I Know NOTHING about Rucksacks, so any help would be most appreciated.

Berghaus C7 Pro Series 70 + 10L
Berghaus C7 1 Series 65 + 10L
Regatta Survivor Endure 85L
Regatta X-Et Tech 85L
Lowe Alpine Tex Wilderness
Karrimor Global 70L
Vango Pumori 70 + 10L

2. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 8y

well it all depends on how much stuff you plan to take? If you are staying with friends, then you probably wont need a sleeping bag, same goes for if linin is provided in hostels/hotels/whatever accomodation you intend to stay in, but if you plan on camping anywhere or staying somewhere that doesnt include linin, then you will need something. My sleeping bag is the thing that takes up most of the space in my backpack(but i can also strap it to the front if I end up buying too much stuff whilst away). Also, how often do you intend to wash your clothes? If it is not very often, then you will need to take more and hence need a bigger bag.
My first bag had a zip all the way around the side, so it packed like a suitcase and was handy for easy access to stuff, but i found it slightly annoying because every time I unzipped it fully, my stuff decided to explode everywhere, so i had to repack it everytime.
Whatever backpack you end up getting, make sure it fits ok and is comfortable (try it on in the shop (with some weight in it) and ask if the staff can adjust it to fit you)
Hope some of this helps.

3. Posted by Craig73 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Quoting aimsuk

well it all depends on how much stuff you plan to take? If you are staying with friends, then you probably wont need a sleeping bag, same goes for if linin is provided in hostels/hotels/whatever accomodation you intend to stay in, but if you plan on camping anywhere or staying somewhere that doesnt include linin, then you will need something. My sleeping bag is the thing that takes up most of the space in my backpack(but i can also strap it to the front if I end up buying too much stuff whilst away). Also, how often do you intend to wash your clothes? If it is not very often, then you will need to take more and hence need a bigger bag.
My first bag had a zip all the way around the side, so it packed like a suitcase and was handy for easy access to stuff, but i found it slightly annoying because every time I unzipped it fully, my stuff decided to explode everywhere, so i had to repack it everytime.
Whatever backpack you end up getting, make sure it fits ok and is comfortable (try it on in the shop (with some weight in it) and ask if the staff can adjust it to fit you)
Hope some of this helps.

I'm not sure how much stuff I'm taking with me, trying to work that out as we speak.

I wont need a sleeping bag or linin, as I'm not camping... mainly staying in Hostels & Motels.

I'll prob just wash my clothes when they need done, basically just whenever I think I need to wash them.

I've just been told that what I need is more of Travel-Pack as opposed to a Rucksack, its mainly for City hopping, going from State to State (no hiking, trekking or camping)

Theres are the 3 that I have been looking at, but I cant find any local shops that sell them.

Jalan Berghaus Travel-Pack 70 + 10L, weight 4.2KG (seems a bit heavy)

Lowe Alpine Shuttle 75L, weight 2.2KG

Vango Globe Trotte 80 + 10L, weght 2.75KG

4. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

Heya Craig. Well, I am not really experienced yet, but I just purchased the Osprey Talon 33. I was shooting for the 44 L, but I got this one for $50 and I am only going for two weeks, so I am not worried. I haven't actually used it yet, but I know it will be great.

On to my actual advice. Have you tried them on yet? Do so. I tried on a few and found the Talons to be incredibly comfortable. They are considered a daypack for weekend trips and such, but use it how you wish I say. It is a top loader, so that is a negative for you, but I think everything else would be great. Try out the Osprey Talon 44 if you can. I don't think you want to go much higher than a 50 though. From everything I have heard, you always end up taking too much. The 33 is going to be able to carry at least a week's worth of clothes for me, so another 10 liters in the 44 should get you to around 2 I bet. One pair of shoes is really enough for you here. Anyway, the Talon 33 is about the size of a backpack that you would see someone taking to school, well maybe a bit larger, but not much. The 44 wouldn't put you too out of place and is easy to lug about.

Moving on, I have been all over the USA. From Alaska to California, to New York, to Florida. When it comes to clothes, laundry mats are usually very easy to find, especially in major cities. They are pretty cheap as well and sell individual clothes cleaning supplies. So you dont have to lug around jugs of detergent. It will be more expensive, but probably worth it. Add to that, you can purchase clothes here for a ridiculous amount if you are savvy. There are thrift shops all over that you can buy shirts for as little as $0.50 and pants for not much more. If your clothes start getting a bit worn out, you can always buy new ones for next to nothing. Because of that, you really don't need to bring a lot. That is why I think that a smaller pack than you are looking at will work.

I hope this helps you out a bit. I know I recommended only one pack to you, but I hope the rest helps in your decision. Having lived all over the states, I am positive you could make it with a 45-50 Liter pack for that amount of time. Assuming you aren't trying to carry too much anyway.

Ask if you need anything else.

Daniel

The Osprey Talon 44 is about $150 USD from REI. Don't know what you could find it at in the UK.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 23, 2008, at 1:45 AM by Danielsw25 ]

5. Posted by Craig73 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Quoting Danielsw25

Heya Craig. Well, I am not really experienced yet, but I just purchased the Osprey Talon 33. I was shooting for the 44 L, but I got this one for $50 and I am only going for two weeks, so I am not worried. I haven't actually used it yet, but I know it will be great.

On to my actual advice. Have you tried them on yet? Do so. I tried on a few and found the Talons to be incredibly comfortable. They are considered a daypack for weekend trips and such, but use it how you wish I say. It is a top loader, so that is a negative for you, but I think everything else would be great. Try out the Osprey Talon 44 if you can. I don't think you want to go much higher than a 50 though. From everything I have heard, you always end up taking too much. The 33 is going to be able to carry at least a week's worth of clothes for me, so another 10 liters in the 44 should get you to around 2 I bet. One pair of shoes is really enough for you here. Anyway, the Talon 33 is about the size of a backpack that you would see someone taking to school, well maybe a bit larger, but not much. The 44 wouldn't put you too out of place and is easy to lug about.

Moving on, I have been all over the USA. From Alaska to California, to New York, to Florida. When it comes to clothes, laundry mats are usually very easy to find, especially in major cities. They are pretty cheap as well and sell individual clothes cleaning supplies. So you dont have to lug around jugs of detergent. It will be more expensive, but probably worth it. Add to that, you can purchase clothes here for a ridiculous amount if you are savvy. There are thrift shops all over that you can buy shirts for as little as $0.50 and pants for not much more. If your clothes start getting a bit worn out, you can always buy new ones for next to nothing. Because of that, you really don't need to bring a lot. That is why I think that a smaller pack than you are looking at will work.

I hope this helps you out a bit. I know I recommended only one pack to you, but I hope the rest helps in your decision. Having lived all over the states, I am positive you could make it with a 45-50 Liter pack for that amount of time. Assuming you aren't trying to carry too much anyway.

Ask if you need anything else.

Daniel

The Osprey Talon 44 is about $150 USD from REI. Don't know what you could find it at in the UK.

Hey thanks Daniel,

Today I just bought the Jalan Berghaus Travel-Pack 70 + 10L, I can leave the 10L daypack & just use the 70L pack itself.

I know some people think its to big, but its actually not that big. I'm still not packing alot of stuff, just taking a-few things & not carry a-lot of stuff with me (at least with the 70L JB my clothes wont all be squashed together)

The main reason I went for this Travel-Pack... because there isnt to many outdoor stores near where I live to choose from & trying to find different packs was a nightmare (I didnt want to buy one online without seeing it & trying it on first)

Thanks for the info on the laundry mats, since I'm not taking a-lot of clothes with me, then the laundry mats will come in very handy... Still not sure if I should take a travel iron for my stuff.

Thanks once again.