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1. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

Ey everyone!

I'm going backpacking for about a year... possibly more. I was recommended a Deuter Quantum 70+10L bag for the trip. It seems like a nice one, and it comes with a detachable day pack which is excellent for me :)

Any reviews from anyone?

thanks,

Gavin

2. Posted by Mike.M89 (Budding Member 80 posts) 7y

Hi Gavin,

I know this stays from your initial question however, are you sure you require a total of 80l? I am in a similar position to you - looking for a bag and the more research ive done, the smaller i wanna go. Im aiming to fit everything in a 40l. For the many advantages of this and other packing tips, check out http://www.onebag.com/. Although if you are visiting a number of different clmates/need plenty of equipment and so a 70l is your only choice, then i have used a Deuter pack before and can assure you they are excellent - well built, sturdy and comfortable.

Best wishes
Mike

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

If you want a Deuter bag go for the ACT Lite 40+10 or ACT lite 50+10 in combination with the Nordisk Nott foldable daypack.

The Quantum is way to large, it was designed with first-time travellers in mind who have more money than sense and who (thinking of their large trip) keep reaching for larger and larger bags.

When you go backpacking for a year you pack the same stuff you'd pack for a trip that lasted 3 weeks: Enough clothes for 7-10 days and when it gets dirty you wash. You might have to trow stuff away and replace it on the road, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Just buy some souvenir t-shirts and wear them.

Also take a look at this thread:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=58982

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2009, at 00:08 by t_maia ]

4. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

I checked out the ACT bags. They seem really nice. The only disadvantage is that there is no detachable daypack. I did consider the seperate foldable daypack, but there are limitations to that... mainly being that it isn't easily accesible all the time.

If I were to get the Quantam (Deuter), they have both a 70 + 10L or a 55 + 10L. The 55 seems like something I should bank for because the 70 is a bit huge.

Any other recommendations?

Quoting t_maia

If you want a Deuter bag go for the ACT Lite 40+10 or ACT lite 50+10 in combination with the Nordisk Nott foldable daypack.

The Quantum is way to large, it was designed with first-time travellers in mind who have more money than sense and who (thinking of their large trip) keep reaching for larger and larger bags.

When you go backpacking for a year you pack the same stuff you'd pack for a trip that lasted 3 weeks: Enough clothes for 7-10 days and when it gets dirty you wash. You might have to trow stuff away and replace it on the road, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Just buy some souvenir t-shirts and wear them.

Also take a look at this thread:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=58982

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

The 55 seems like something I should bank for because the 70 is a bit huge.

The 55 is still too big because it is 55 liter plus 15 liter daypack, so it is 70 liters total. Enough for space for taking tent, sleeping bag, mattress, water filter, cooking gear and food supplies for a month-long trip through the wilderness.

As a bag for taking nothing but clothes and some gadgets it is ridiciulously large. It will weigh 25-30 kgs when full and unless you recently left the army you'll be miserable carrying it.

It is recommended that you carry no more than 20 % of the normal body weight of a person your height. So if you are 1,80 m tall you should carry up to 16 kgs. That equals a 45 liter pack.

6. Posted by jlnemenz (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Hi, first post here...great forum you have here! I am Mexican and hopefully next year I will be living in Europe and to studying a Masters degree. Due to airline restrictions, I ended up finding about the Deuter Quantum and I´m interested in it. I have to pack my whole life in two bags and a carry on. I have read about these packs (the 70+10 L) not only from Deuter, but other manufacturers as well. My intention is to have a great pack which I could to backpack on weekends and while visiting family and friends. Do you reckon such a pack is overkill? I liked it for its characteristics and mostly because it fits perfectly within airline restrictions.

Thanks all!

I´m sure I´ll learn a lot in these forums!:)

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Sep-2009, at 19:39 by jlnemenz ]

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

I have to pack my whole life in two bags and a carry on.

If you are trying to maximise the amount of stuff you can take you best bring the following

1. a backpack that is approx. 40-50 liter total;
ideally this backpack fits the rules for European carry-on size (Example: Lowe Alpine TT Carry-On 40, Osprey Porter 46)
2. one large rolling upright suitcase - as large as the airline allows
3. a smaller bag that matches the larger rolling upright suitcase and that rides on the handle of the seond bag, look here to see an example

My intention is to have a great pack which I could to backpack on weekends and while visiting family and friends.

The Deuter quantum is way too large for that. To visit family and friends I never take more than a 25 liter pack. And when you go hiking in the mountains note that it can be very difficult to get away from civilisation in Western Europe, you usually do not need to carry more than a day's ration of food and water plus a change of clothing when you go hiking on weekends. This easily fits into a 25-30 liter backpack. There is absolutely no need for a full survivor kit with 5 days worth of food, a tent, sleeping bag, mattress, waterfilter, cooking stove, etc as you take when you go backpacking in the wilderness in North America.

If you want a Deuter backpack go for the ACT lite 40+10. Or alternatively look at some packs by Osprey, like the Atmos 50 or the Porter 46.

8. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

Hey all!
I'm gald this forum struck some interest!

Well I did buy a Deuter Quantum 50L+10L and it's more then sufficient in my mind. I haven't started traveling around yet, but I'm sure that it's more then enough space. The 70L+10L was way too overkill and I'm glad I skipped out on that one.

Enjoy and feel free to give any feedback on packs!

9. Posted by jlnemenz (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Hi, I´ve been doing some more reading and as much as I loved the Deuter pack, I think for my travel I will need a suitcase or military bag or two to get my stuff over to Europe. I already have the carry on, which will be my laptop backpack. As the restrictions limit me to two 23 kg suitcases, I´ll try to find something that allows me to take as much as I can (don´t worry, I´ll try to pack smartly). When I´m already in Europe, then I might look for an internal frame pack for travelling around. My intention is not to venture into the wilderness, but more into urban trekking, a 3 day pack might be better probably...

Still, the Quantum has some very neat features...I hope yours is exactly what you need lamar...I for one would be very interested to see what you think of it now that you have it.

10. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

Quoting jlnemenz

Hi, I´ve been doing some more reading and as much as I loved the Deuter pack, I think for my travel I will need a suitcase or military bag or two to get my stuff over to Europe. I already have the carry on, which will be my laptop backpack. As the restrictions limit me to two 23 kg suitcases, I´ll try to find something that allows me to take as much as I can (don´t worry, I´ll try to pack smartly). When I´m already in Europe, then I might look for an internal frame pack for travelling around. My intention is not to venture into the wilderness, but more into urban trekking, a 3 day pack might be better probably...

Still, the Quantum has some very neat features...I hope yours is exactly what you need lamar...I for one would be very interested to see what you think of it now that you have it.

Well I haven't started traveling yet, so I can't give an opinionated answer to that. But the quality seems great! All the stiches are tripled instead of doubled (with the third stiching being inside the seam for added protection), and the quality of the material used seems extremely durable.
A suitcase or two army sacks eh? That's gonna be intense! Considered an internal frame for trekking, and a flexible day pack for laptop/carry-on stuff? You can find some pretty nice and very flexible day sacks by North Face which might do the job. A suite case might not be the greatest idea unless if you have a place to store it while trekking around. It just seems like something that would be a pain to lug around. Army bags are great, but bulky. You might have a place to store all of these bags though that I'm just not aware of, so you might jsut be making the best decision by grabbing a bag which you can fit the most in while still keeping to weight restrictions. Also pay attention to dimension restrictions! Nearly couldn't bring my carry-on onto my flight from Germany to Canada because the bag was too large.
enjoy