this will be my first trip, and ive been looking and looking for the 'right' bag. Usuprisingly, all the shops i've gone into have backed their brands and slated all the rest, i was wondering what other people thought about these 2...
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thankyou very much!
I can't help you with those two brands as I've never used them but I've always used Berghaus and haven't had any problems. One of my friends borrowed one of them to travel for 3 years extensively and it was returned in one piece !!!
There is no "right bag" for everybody. The right one is the one that works best for you, and everyone is different. Both of those brands and Berghaus you sshouldn't have a problem with in terms of quality and it falling apart, but the best one depends on how/what you pack, your physical build and shape of back, and how you use a bag rather than anything else (sorry if that doesn't make sense! Let me know if not, and i'll try and elaborate!)
A backpack is both tricky and easy to purchase. You really need to get one that's comfortable and most brands offer at least 4-5 different types, not to mention male-female differences. Like gelli I recommend going for what suits you (are you going to be trekking, or just use it occasionally). Don't get one that's way too big if you doubt you are going to be able to lug 20 kilos on your back (believe me, that gets very heavy, very quick!).
I recommend going into a quality store that you know will sell good things and then trying several of the different ones they have. Ask them if you can fill the bottom section with a sleeping bag and stuff the top bit with some books to get an idea for how it will lie on your back.
These days, if you go into a good store, the brand won't matter so much (chances are they are all built in the same factory anyway ) so just make sure it's comfortable and falls inside your budget (or not too far outside...)
thank you for the replys, unfortunately most of the shops in cambridge dont have weights that you can put in the bags, so im gonna have to temporarily buy a couple and test them at home...
how important are the 'extra' features? (eg an attatched tote coverall bag and shoulder strap)
and how important is it whether zips are included in the guarantee?
oh yeah, as im only trekking for 4 days in 5 months, i was gonna get a travel pack, but how easy is it to rent a 35l hiking bag in chiang mai?
- really random, i know...*