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12month RTW trip - 40L or 60L backpack??!

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1. Posted by roxy85 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Hey, just wondering what the general opinion is on backpack size?

Im going on a RTW trip for 12 months and i was hoping to take a 40L size backpack but is this really unrealistic??!

I went window shopping for one on saturday and a few guys in the shop told me this would be way too small and I should go for a 60L???

I was hoping to be one of those light travellers who are the envy of many with their reasonably small backpacks, but knowing what im like (a bit of a hoarder but i was aiming to go minimalistic!!) maybe a 60L one is best after all?

Id love to hear what you all think.

Thanks

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Which climates are you hitting? If it is mostly warm places you'll manage with a 40 l one. If it is mixed (warm and cold or warm and cool) or if you have problems finding clothes (big boy or big girl) and thus need to carry them you might be grateful for the larger one.

That said, I would look at a compromise: Take a 40-50 liter one and a small and cheap 15 liter daypack that easily folds away. In a pinch you can fill the smaller one too and carry it in front of you (with the larger one on the back).

On the risk of repeating myself, I can recommend the Deuter ACT lite 45+10 SL. The size is perfect for what you want and the pack is relatively light for the volume it carries.

3. Posted by roxy85 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Thanks for your reply t_maia.
I'll be going to South East Asia the end of next March until around June or July, when I'll be heading to Australia. It'll be their winter there then but the plan at the moment is to head up north where its warmer anyway, and then work our way down the east coast as the weather gets better. The we are going to Hong Kong for a few nights on the way home after spending about 9 months in Aus. So we will be mainly in warm climates.

Have you used the Deuter ACT lite 45+10 SL yourself? Is it good value for money?

Out of curiosity, what size backpack do you usually take yourself?

The 60L backpack the guy tried to sell me in the shop was Osprey which I hear is a pretty good make? Im just worried that if i buy a 60L backpack i will fill it full of crap that i really dont need, thus making it heavier and more uncomfortable to walk around with!

This all seems so confusing at the moment, but im sure it'll all fit into place at some point!! :)

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Have you used the Deuter ACT lite 45+10 SL yourself? Is it good value for money?

I have the smaller ACT lite 35+10 SL and I am very happy with it. I regularly use it on my trips, but I have found that it can be a bit small for my needs. For an RTW trip I would thus definitely use the ACT lite 45+10. As a matter of fact, I have been thinking of getting the ACT lite 45+10 SL in addition to my 35+10.

I believe the Deuter packs are good value for money. Quality-wise they are some of the best of the market. What sold me on the ACT lite series was that they are incredibly light - at 1.5 kgs my 35+10 is only half the weight of most backpacks in the 40-60 l range yet the pack is sufficiently durable and sturdy for carrying around 10-20 kgs of luggage over longer periods of time.

If you were a guy I would recommend the ACT lite 40+10, but since you are a girl you might be better off with the 45+10 SL (SL= women's fit) version.

The 60L backpack the guy tried to sell me in the shop was Osprey which I hear is a pretty good make?

Osprey is a good brand, they pretty much dominate the US-market and they have been trying to gain a hold on the European market by undercutting the prices of the estabilished European brands (like Deuter). So you cannot go too wrong with an Osprey pack. The only problem I have with Osprey is that people from North America have the habit of taking everything but the kitchen sink, thus packs from Osprey are usually designed a little bit too large. Some of the Osprey packs in the 40-50 liter range are meant to be for day trips, giving them some unusual quirks.

So we will be mainly in warm climates.

Somebody else already recommended using a ventilated back for going around SE Asia. I second that. And AFAIK the best companies that make decent rucksacks with ventilated backs are Deuter and Osprey.

From Deuter the Futura Vario 40+10 comes to my mind. (In addition to the ACT lite series - the ACT lite might not have an "AirComfort" mesh frame , but the "AirContact" system is also not too bad with ventilation. )

I think that among the Osprey packs the Aura 50 is worth a second look, but maybe you like a different pack?

Best compare the different features of the packs yourself, go to www.deuter.com and www.ospreypacks.com and see. When you have 2-3 candidates go to a shop that has one or two of them and try them on with 15 kgs of weight.

Im just worried that if i buy a 60L backpack i will fill it full of crap that i really dont need, thus making it heavier and more uncomfortable to walk around with!

I know exactly what you mean! I have a larger 55+10 OCK backpack, I bought it in a fit of insanity and then went to Egypt with it - fully packed to the brim with stuff I might need of course. It weighed over 20 kgs and was very uncomfortable to carry the whole 3 weeks I was in Egypt. I haven't used this pack ever since, it is simply too large for my usual needs. I might break it out again if I ever need to carry camping gear (tent, matress, sleeping bag) on top of my regular stuff, but so far it has been gathering dust on top of my wardrobe.

So go with the 40 liter one!

5. Posted by roxy85 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Thank you so much for your help!
I'll definately look into the Deuter backpack, and will definately NOT be taking a 60L backpack with me!!
I dont want to be one of those travellers who struggles with their backpacks and regrets bringing those extra items that never get used!!!!
Thanks again, no doubt i will have quite a few more queries before my date of travel arrives!