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1. Posted by helly20 (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Ok, I've got my year off work, have my route planned (hostel stylee, not camping), pretty much have my ticket sorted, but what the heck am I gonna live out of?!!

Any advice is gratefully accepted! - I'm thinking front-loading with a detachable day sack, am I mistaken?! and how much should I aim to spend - after all I'll be living out of it for a year

thank you muchly

2. Posted by christ69 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Hi Helly20,
My wife and I are off in June and have just brought 2 Macpac travelpacks, a gemini for me (£164) and an orient express (£134) for her.

Back systems fold away for airports and the entire front un zips like a suit case, both also have day packs.

We had every intention of buying a Karrimor before we saw these but our mind soon changed when we tried them on, very confortable.

But the key is to try as many on as you can to find a good fit. Also think how you will be traveling, we chose these as most the time the only time they will be on our backs will be to and from the airports and hostels, ie not 4 day treking.

Have a great trip!

Chris

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

But the key is to try as many on as you can to find a good fit. Also think how you will be traveling, we chose these as most the time the only time they will be on our backs will be to and from the airports and hostels, ie not 4 day treking.

The best advice there is. The packl has to be right for YOU, and the contours of your body etc. What works for one, might cripple another. There's quite a few threads on here about just this subject so try some searches for it (sorry no time now to give the full spulrb. If you can't find mnore on here, let me know and i'll put some bits up in a few days when got some time)

One thing i will say, is bear in mind that your main sack is basically for storage and transporting from hostel to station etc, so you only use it really an hour or 2 at a time. Your daysack however, you'll probably use 5-15 hours virtually everyday.

To my mind, most detachale daysacks aren't really that great and the back systems not very good (admittedly they are getting allot better now, but even so), so i tend to recommend buying a seperate dedicated daysack. Even if this means you have to carry 2 bags when going to/from stations etc, i think that the benefits you get on normal days over a long trip will far outweight the inconvenience.

Also, don't go for the biggest possible. You'll end up regretting it very quickly and coming up with new swear words everytime you use it!!

4. Posted by fox1977 (Full Member 54 posts) 11y

I got a regatta 65l one of the net for about 35 quid and havent regretted it yet. Best 35 ive ever spent. Everyone else paid about 100 quid and all they have done is moan about how expensive they are.

I then got a great karrimor day sack for about 25 quid.

Cannot beat them both