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1. Posted by USAASIA (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

This is a dumb question and I'm prepared to take a hit. So, if you intend to travel light for 3 weeks (little or no shopping) throughout Southeast Asia, which of the types of backpack below would you choose and why?

(1) http://www.ebags.com/the_north_face/jester_special_buy/product_detail/index.cfm?ModelID=121350
(photo of top left)

(2) http://www.ebags.com/the_north_face/solaris_35/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=100150&rlid=detail&rcode=551368739247028
(photo on top left)

(3) One that you see Khao San Road addicts carry, which is twice as wide and twice as tall.

My only concern is wether the first two backpacks are too small or look funny relative to the one that most short term travelers use. So, if you are a backpack traveler, which type of backpack are you using and how long are you traveling?

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 2, 2008, at 7:34 PM by USAASIA ]

2. Posted by USAASIA (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Duh I didn't know urls are not allowed. Just copy and paste the urls to the browser address bar.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 2, 2008, at 7:29 PM by USAASIA ]

3. Posted by bradshaw (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Quoting USAASIA

This is a dumb question and I'm prepared to take a hit. So, if you intend to travel light for 3 weeks (little or no shopping) throughout Southeast Asia, which of the types of backpack below would you choose and why?

(1) North Face Jester

(2) North Face Solaris 35

(3) One that you see Khao San Road addicts carry, which is twice as wide and twice as tall.

My only concern is wether the first two backpacks are too small or look funny relative to the one that most short term travelers use. So, if you are a backpack traveler, which type of backpack are you using and how long are you traveling?

I don't think it's a dumb question at all. Keep in mind, that there are no right or wrong packs to take. It just comes down to preference.

First off, if you really are traveling light, you can cross #3 off the list right away. I don't think #1 or #2 would look "funny" at all. Mind you, I don't prefer TNF producst so would never take one. The Solaris would likely carry better (more of a technical pack than a book bag) and it has slightly more capacity than the Jester - but you would still be able to take either as carry-on and keep it with you on buses, etc. On my last trip to SEA, I took a 1500 c.i. (25 litre) pack - that was it. My trips are usually only 2 weeks long.

For my next trip, I've "upgraded" to a 35L - we now have a wee one traveling with us, so we need to carry his stuff has well.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

I have done 3 weeks out of a 35 litre pack before (that's the 2nd one, the first one is a 30 litre pack) or two weeks out of my 20" roller bag, with a capacity of around 30 litres. As long as you aren't bringing any special equipment like scuba gear or climbing stuff, then 35 L should be fine for what you need in a warm climate.

In general, I think the more one travels, the more one gravitates to a smaller pack. You soon learn that half of what you pack you end up not using. Even in a small pack, for a 2 week trip I still manage to come home with 2 shirts and 1 pair of shorts that I never got around to wearing.

Greg

5. Posted by abbywong (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

This question comes up regularly.

I have a 3000 cu in. jansport backpack and it suits me fine for a week long trip. But for WINTER trip, I always take a much bigger one because of the extra gear, such as big parkas, big sleeping bags, extra clothes, etc.

If you don't have got your pack yet, I would focus on buying lightweight pack and trimming down everything you plan to take, so that you don't need a monster pack.

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