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1. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member, 110 posts) 22 Jul '08 01:13

Hi there

Can anyone recommend a god rucksack for women which has an attachable daypack?

Also what size is good for a 10 week trip?

Any other tips would be welcome

Many thanks

Mimi :)

2. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 22 Jul '08 14:58

Lenght of trip doesn't influence the size of your pack unless you intend to hike in regions where there is no food and no water and need to take everything with you.

For a typical trip with staying in hostels and taking public transport look for a pack that is around 40 l. I can recommend the Deuter ACT lite 45+10 SL or the 35+10 SL to you. (no daypack though) Look on ebay.

Unfortunately is very very difficult to find packs with an attachable daypack in this size, since these are usually much larger (60 or 80 l). FYI, IIRC Globetrotter ( had a 55 l one in their last catalogue (40 +15 l daypack) and it was sold out almost immediately. The problem is that some large daypacks used for hiking easily reach the 35 l range (Deuter Gröden for example), so it is very much possible to travel with 2 daypacks.

I simply take a cheap daypack with me that I can simply stuff into the big bag when I don't need it. If you want something similar look at Globetrotter's "Meru Light Pack" or use a jansport bag.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 22, 2008, at 3:21 PM by t_maia ]

3. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member, 110 posts) 23 Jul '08 01:37

Thanks for the tip. I already have a Deuter 45+10 rucksack which I use for hiking but having read other posts was undecided about whether I should get a new travelpack with the detachable day pack and whether or not to get one of those that opens on the side. But if this is good enough then great :-)

4. Posted by writergrrl (Budding Member, 7 posts) 24 Jul '08 07:50

I have an Osprey Ariel 65 with the detachable daypack. I biggish pack but cinches down small, is of lightweight but durable material and not heavy as long as you don't aspire to the 'I must fill the pack to capacity no matter the size' group. Plus, I love the padding for shoulders and hips--very comfy.

5. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member, 1732 posts) 24 Jul '08 17:40

Mine is a McKinley 65 litre. It goes everywhere with me and I think it's amazing. It is a bit big for most trips, but it can be strapped down to any size, really...
P.s. Be sure that it says W on it, for women's pack..

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 24, 2008, at 5:44 PM by angela_ ]

6. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member, 110 posts) 25 Jul '08 01:36

Thanks for all your suggestions

7. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member, 385 posts) 10 Aug '08 11:54

i have an older osprey pack that i love...the advent. but osprey is one of the few companies that make packs to fit a woman's body and come in different sizes. one of the great things about their packs, is that the top pocket comes off and turns into a hip pack for day use. so two in one!

8. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 11 Aug '08 21:26

FYI, IIRC Globetrotter ( had a 55 l one in their last catalogue (40 +15 l daypack) and it was sold out almost immediately.

For everybody else reading this, I found the one I was talking about. It is the The North Face Backtrack 50. It is 50 liters in volume total, including a 13 l Daypack, so the actual size is 37 l +13 l .