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

Hi all,

setting off in early october for a year RTW. After quite a bit of reading, im looking to take everything with me as carry on luggage. Have found this pack

I know its a 45+10, however ive had a play about with it in the shop and the technology on it is fantastic in terms of altering the size. So i can compact for flying then bulk it out when im carrying a bit more round the place im staying. Just wondering, from anyones experience, whether i would encounter any problems from airlines when trying to carry it on. There is the size down which is 35+10.

Any advice would be great thanks, i know there have been countless 'bag' threads - hope this is a lil more specific. Also any recommendations on a nice compactable day bag?

Countries travelled will be: China-SEA-Australia-NZ-S.America-N.America

Once again thanks for your time

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y

I've got a 35+10 (not the bag you linked, but another) and I've found it a bit tight for the stuff I carry. This can be a bit of a problem when carrying bulky winter gear. (I went to Russia in Dec/Jan with my pack and had to carry my spare sweater in my fold-away daypack.)

You did not say when you intend to go, if you are sure that the weather will be t-shirt friendly all the way go with the 35 liter pack, if not err on the side of caution and take the 45 liter pack.

BTW, since you are in the UK I would make sure the pack fits the EU regulations for carry-on luggage. The airlines in America (N. + S.) and South East Asia may have different rules, but wouldn't it be a shame to leave this very nice pack at home the next time you hop on a Ryanair flight?

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y

Daypack: the most compact and lightweight daypack is the Nordisk Nott. There are also a bunch of similar no-name bags for sale, but the Nordisk Nott should be the easiest to find.

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

Thank you very much for the info pal. Heading out in october, so weather should be fine most places i go. Think i will opt for the larger pack as it does give the option to carry more stuff around if necessary and also compresses pretty well.

Also cheers for recommending a daypack, local shops havnt been all that helpful in that department - doesnt seem many 'new' bags are designed to be compressed.

5. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

The larger pack is a tad heavy (1750gms) and it might even weigh more.
That might defeat the object. Just a thought.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Aug-2009, at 11:38 by fabyomama ]

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

Good point, i was planning on removing all excess weight from the pack, such as the loops for holding climbing equipment - although this would probably be barely noticable!

Just googled the weight of the 35+10 and according to an american site that is 1.276kg and the 45+10 is just 1.418kg
Although on the official Lowe Alpine website the figure agrees with you, the only problem is that the 35+10 is only 50 grams lighter!

The average carry on allowance seems to be coming out at around 7-8kg (ryanairs being 10) so would have to be strict with kit. The dimension limitations are 55cmx40cmx20cm.

I seem to have a bit of a dilema - think this may call for another trip to the store to try them all out again!

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y

Please let me know if you find any measurements of the Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro, I tried in vain to find out how "tall" it is.

The pack looks very interesting, if it fits the 55x40x20 cm restrictions I'll consider getting it for myself.

If it doesn't fit the restrictions: You might want to check out the Lowe Alpine TT Carry-On 40, Tatonka Flightcase or the Deuter Gröden. These packs fit the Standard European carry-on limits (=Ryanair's rules). There are also some Osprey packs that could work, but they are going to be dear.

1.5 and 1.7 kgs is a pretty good weight for a 35+10 and a 45+10 backpack with an internal frame and mesh panel. If you want lighter you'll have to resort to a backpack without internal frame such as the Go Lite Jam Pack.

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

No worries, i am heading into the store again today - tape measure in hand! Will post up as soon as i get back.

I had looked at the TT carry on and whilst it was the correct size, i was put off by the carry system - its ideal for simply carrying to the plane and off, but not for doing any kind of distance, especially in hot countries. Although the pack itself is fantastics, opens right up like a suitcase for easy access to all kit.

Very true, as i say im going to look it again today which will hopefully lead to a decision...only thing is which colour to go for? haha

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

Okay, just got back - the frame measures about 58cm long on the 45+10 and only around 2cm shorter on the 35+10.
Kinda frustrating, so close yet so far! I know some airlines have larger allowances, but how strict do they tend to be about restrictions?

10. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

It's always six of one and half a dozen of the other - and so many different styles! The very reason I haven't picked out anything myself yet. I do reckon though, that if most of these bags are not filled to the brim, they should go in easy enough. My apologies for confusing the issue Mike. Sorry. ;)