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Difference between mens and womens backpacks?

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1. Posted by laguna1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

hey, im travelling rtw in january and need some advice on the type of backpack to take..

I will be staying in thailand, australia, new zealand, fiji, chile, argentina, brazil and will mainly be staying in hostels but also plan to get a campervan for Oz and camp at other places.

I have been researching backpacks and there are very few for ladies that I like so I was wondering if there really is much of a difference between the two? I would prefer the backpack to be between 60+70L as I don't think I could carry much more and for it to come with a day pack so I have narrowed my search down to:

1. Gelert Elite 60+20L detachable day sack, £55
2. Highlander 70+20L detachable day sack, £45
3. Eurohike Colossus 65+15L detachable day sack, £50

Has anyone used any of these or have any opinions or other suggestions?

Many thanks!

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

there are very few for ladies that I like so I was wondering if there really is much of a difference between the two?

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=48043

I would prefer the backpack to be between 60+70L as I don't think I could carry much more

How about carrying less, say 15 kgs instead of 25 kgs and buying a backpack that is 40-50 liters of volume? That is more than enough space if you do not take a tent.

so I have narrowed my search down to

From my experience you have to shell out a bit more if you want a high-quality backpack that is comfortable to carry and will last you many years. 80 pounds plus.

I know Gelert as a company that had a good name once but has offered quite a lot of low quality gear in recent years. The sort of stuff that you buy as a first-timer and then replace on your next trip because it broke or because you realise it is not good enough for your needs.

You are going on a RTW you say, you'll spent quite a lot of money on it - don't save at the wrong end and ruin it. Your backpack is your most important piece of gear, you deserve nothing but the best.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Aug-2009, at 10:59 by t_maia ]

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

On a similar trip I carried a Berghaus freeflow 35+8 bought for £25 in a sale.

It came with raincover and proved to be the best pack I have ever travelled with, the freeflow system is great for backpacking in hot countries such as you will be visiting.

I am wondering why you are looking at such large packs?

An added bonus, on the inca trail I emptied my pack and left items in Cusco (like everyone) and took my pack on the trail to carry sleeping bag and toothbrush etc. It was sooooooooooo comfy and I was feeling very smug when saw most others struggling with overladen day packs that frankly just didn't have the support and comfort of a proper pack over the 4 day hike.

Finally, if not full, my pack can be taken as carry on.

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

Finally, if not full, my pack can be taken as carry on.

Fussy, I looked on the net and found the following measurements for the current Berghaus Freeflow 35+8: 63 x 34 x 27 cm.

So it is not always carry-on size because the EU regulations for carry-on are 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm and all European airlines use this rule on their intercontinental flights too. If you managed to take your Berghaus pack as carry-on you were either flying with an airline that had different rules or you slipped through.

Or does the Berghaus collapse in height? The height of 60+ cm is AFAIK the biggest carry-on killer in backpacks. The internal frame usually prevents any collapsing. Is your pack any different?

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

Laguna1, here is one more reason why you should buy a decent backpack:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=61186

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

a man's backpack is never pink.