I live in the UK and I'm looking for a 55 litre-ish backpack. Preferably the sort suited to smaller women. It seems to me that there is a vast variation in prices.
Obviously I don't mind paying extra for a good quality pack- its got to last all next year - I'd rather not pay more than about £120-130. But if I could save money without compromising quality I would like to.
Does anyone have any experience of the smaller names? For example- When I was a kid I used to have Eurohike daypaks from Millets. Yes I got the piss ripped out of me but they lasted years and years. Has anyone tried their bigger backpacks for proper travelling? Is this a completely stupid idea?
Also, the bloke in Decathlon was recommending me their Quecha range- he said they're popular in France and Germany- is this so? I wasn't too convinced. Has anyone tried these?
Otherwise i'll stick to the well known brands- but it gets my goat a bit when you know a big chunk of the price is for the label.
I reconmend that you look around as i have been looking for a backpack for next year and there all £100+. I went shopping the other day and come across a shop where the bags are cheaper, altho i dont remember the name but ive got to go back there so ill get the name of the shop for you if you'd like.
Have enjoyable trevels
I was really lucky with my backpack. I'd been looking for ages and like you wasn't sure which one was best . I decided to go for a travelpack and managed to get a shortlist of 3 but still couldn't make a decision. Then I was in Blacks Outdoor shop one day and I managed to get a Berghaus travelpack (which had been on my shortlist) in their sale for £50!!!!! Couldn't believe I was getting it for that price (RRP £120/150) so I snapped it up and threw away my list - decision made lol. I wish you luck in finding the right pack for you, at the right price.
I'll happily s.e.l.l you a 80litre vango backpack. I bought 2 last year,for me and my daughter, but found in the ended they were far to heavy for me to travel around with, as i had them heavy ladened.
I have a red and blue one.
Anyone can buy these if they like,
As this year i landed lucky in Millets they had a trolley type back pack reduced from 90 to 30 pound, i snapped it up, and found another one with lots of side pockects etc, in my local shopping centre's inshops, where they sell handbags and luggage, so i would suggest everyone who is looking for a cheap deal go there, that one cost me 20 pound and it is super,as 8 side pockets.
The main thing with travelling and luggage is weight, the airlines dont consider you are travelling for months and maybe a year.
The most generous airline for luggage wieght, is United Airlines.
And beware you may leave the uk with a littel extra wieght, but try leaving Australia, is a different story, Those girls at BA,Qantas checkin are very strict, as i found out to my cost when my daughter went home.I ended up sending extra wieght home frieght.And that was not cheap either. I have seen people come with luggage and go back with exactly the same and get charge in Australia before leaving.