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1. Posted by milagu (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi Everyone!

First post! I'm a frequent traveler and looking to buy my first real travel bag. I'm over the rolling bags. I've pretty well looked at all the brands and I keep coming back to Caribee. It is extremely hard to find much in the way of reviews for their bags though. Does anyone have any experience with them? Please let me know. The one I'm primarily looking into is the Tomahawk.

Cheers!

Michael

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

Are you taking camping gear?

If not the Tomahawk is way to large. I mean, it is 85 liter! That is going to weigh a ton when full!

FYI, most people here travel with 35-45 liters, usually with bags that are carry-on size. And those that take camping gear have packs that are 55-65 liters.

3. Posted by milagu (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi, thanks for the quick response! Well, I definitely agree the 85 liter bag is far too large. I was looking at the 65 liter version of it.

I'm not taking any camping gear, just clothes, etc. My girlfriend and I frequently travel around the world for 2 weeks to a month and maybe longer in the future. This time to Spain and Morocco. I was mainly thinking of getting the backpack to avoid having wheeled luggage.

I likely won't be wearing it for extended periods. I'm a big guy too - over 2 meters, so carrying 20-25kg for a while in a suspension pack shouldn't be a big deal I don't think? Mostly just want to be able to throw it on and be more maneuverable than walking with a pull-behind.

Think 65L would be ok? Is Caribee stuff well made or should I spent more and get something like Karrimor? I notice Caribee only offers a 1 year warranty while Karrimor, Deuter, Kelty, etc offer Lifetime warranties.

Cheers!

Michael

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

I'm not taking any camping gear, just clothes, etc. My girlfriend and I frequently travel around the world for 2 weeks to a month and maybe longer in the future.

Then get a 45 liter backpack.

I'm a big guy too - over 2 meters, so carrying 20-25kg for a while in a suspension pack shouldn't be a big deal I don't think?

I am a big girl too and I hated carrying my 65 liter pack with a passion. I used it for one trip and then exchanged it for a 35 liter pack.

You'll be much happier and far more maneuvreable using a smaller bag and carrying 15 kilograms.

If you want the big pack because you are supposed to carry the stuff of your girlfriend - tell her "WTF, NO!". Have her get her own 35-45 liter pack.

Carry-on size is more than enough. If you go for a 3 week trip you pack enough clothes for 7-10 days and wash 1-2 times. If you go on a trip around the world you still pack enough clothes for 7-10 days - you only wash a few more times.

I notice Caribee only offers a 1 year warranty while Karrimor, Deuter, Kelty, etc offer Lifetime warranties.

I think that is a very good indication of the quality of the Caribee packs. (Before you posted here I never heard of them before, but I knew Deuter, Karrimor, Kelty, Osprey, etc. - go figure. )

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jul-2009, at 05:14 by t_maia ]

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

You also might want to read this thread:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=62641

And just so that you can see it is not only me who recommends packs that are around 40 liters:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=53631

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jul-2009, at 05:26 by t_maia ]