Hi, I am new to this whole backpacking thing so I have no idea what kind of pack to purchase. I am 5'3 120LB female and will be traveling Europe for a month from the middle of March thru the middle of April of 2008. I have found this pack and was wondering if this is a good pack or not??? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance...
Internal frame backpack made from durable diamond rip-stop polyester to prevent tear under extreme usage
Comes with tucked-away rain cover
Approximate volume: 5000 cubic inch
Hydration bag compatible
Large and durable zipper hardwares
Equipped with light-weight aluminum internal frame stays for support
Top loading with drawstring
One top pocket
Top bottom straps to carry extra gear such as sleeping bag, tent
Two side pockets with straps
Two side mesh pockets with spandex to hold water bottles
One front pocket
Adjustable padded shoulder and waist straps
Multiple compression straps through out to secure gears
Mesh padded shoulder harness with adjustable load-lifters
Mesh adjustable padded waist belt helps secure the pack
Fits torso length from 18" and above
Approximate Dimensions: 29" H x 15" W x 12" D
Weight: 4 lbs
Fits waist size from 26" to 54"
Color - Black/Grey/Yellow
It looks like a typical, decent quality pack. One of the most important things you can do before purchasing a backpack is getting fitted for one. Find a store where you can try different backpacks on. They'll most likely have bag weights that they'll place in the packs to simulate all the stuff you'll actually have in there. Every person fits differently and has their own preferences. If you buy a pack without prior fitting, you could come back with a lower spine injury of some sort! After fitting and testing, you'll probably find a pack in the store that you'll want to purchase (Outdoor stores such as EMS are good). If for some reason you don't, make sure to get all of your measurements from the store associate assisting you and keep them on hand so you can apply them to prospective backpacks you find on the internet.
Wow, 5000 cubic in is very large IMO. That is 80 l, twice the size the normal average person takes. If you are not carrying tent, sleeping bag and cooking gear please look for a backpack with 3000 cubic in and less. You don't need to take everything but the kitchen sink - take 3-4 outfits plus the one you wear and when you are on your last clean one look for a laundry shop.
With 120 lb weight you should not carry more than 24 lb on your back, including the weight of the backpack. A 5000 cubic in backpack fully loaded weighs around 100 lbs - go figure!
I have a backpack thats 35 l (2100 cubic in) and it suits me just fine. When I take the tent I take a 55 l one, that is 3350 cubic in.