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Backpack and Daypack in one

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1. Posted by dchung3 (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

When I went to Europe last summer I met a guy from Canada who had a backpack and a daypack that he could just zip off. I've been looking everywhere and can't find anything like it.

Is there anyone out there who knows of the brand? Or other some companies who make packs like this? I dont' want to have to bring to bags like I did last year. The backpack should be around 1500-2000 cu. in.

Thanks in advance!

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

Perhaps it's a cultural thing,but in Europe (and i've seen enough Canadians with them to assume it's the same there) there are loads available - nearly as many different makes & models as standard 60/70 l rucksacks. Virtually all the major manufacturers produce them as well The trick is to look for travelpacks etc instead of backpacks.

The only think i would say, is that whilst the idea is brilliant, and they can be very good, on some (especailly older/lower end ones) the daysack isn't that well designed, so it's either the wrong shape, or more relevantly, the back/strap system is very basic. If you think about it, on a normal trip, you don't carry your main sack that often or that long, yet you will carry your daysack for several hours everyday, so in my eyes it's at least as important to have a daysack with a good back system as the main sack. Make sure when you try one out that you unzip the day pack and examine the straps there as well as on the main pack before buying

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Yes, I bought one of those in London. It's very handy.

I'll have a look at it tonight and note the brand for you, but as Gelli said, there's heaps of them in Europe.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I bought mine at Eastern Mountain Sports in California, so I know that they exist in the USA. You might want to check out EMS website to see what they have on line, or find a store near to you.


5. Posted by hendrix147 (Full Member 44 posts) 11y

Im off on a rtw trip in may and just bought a crackin 2 in 1 travel pack with a really good day pack zipped on, it is a berghaus spirit 70+15 itrak. hope this helps.:)

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 11y

Quoting Gelli

The only think i would say, is that whilst the idea is brilliant, and they can be very good, on some (especailly older/lower end ones) the daysack isn't that well designed

It's not just the low end models either. I have a MacPac Gemini, arguably somewhere near the top of the line (though I bought it for the simple fact of being the first pack that sat well on my back), and the one and single complaint I have about it is the daypack. Just walking around with it on a hot day, you're sweating like crazy, and it has hardly any volume.

That said, I wouldn't trade the combination in for anything else, and the basic concept is indeed absolutely marvelous. :)

7. Posted by dchung3 (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

Thanks for the replies! Anyone out there with any other brands?

8. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Karrimor do quite a nice one although the shape of the whole thing is quite bulky there are a few other plusses in that it zips open all the way round.nice.

9. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

sorry mim, I have to disagree to the Karrimor suggestion; I had one a few years ago, and it was beyond uncomfortable--it was painful. the catches on the straps would slip as I walked, so that nomatter how I adjusted it to fit me, after about 30 mins walking or 3rd time picking it up (say at an airport) the straps would slip again. hopefully mine was just a lemon, and it sounds like you are happier with yours, but I also found the daypack too small for much versatility.
I now have an Eagle Creek (I bought it in the US at REI) and am much happier with it. the day bag is huge; I can use it for a quick trip, but it has strong straps and a supportive waist buckle. it also converts to a hip bag (I throw it over one shoulder) when I just want quick stuff; a book, a bottle of water; for a trip into town or a quick hike. Almost all of the eagle creek bags open all the way, and have handy pockets all over.
DChung3--what I found was that in america your choices are confined to a sport store where you have that companies' brand or ECreek; or a travel store with only ECreek and rollies. where are you starting your next trip? if you're starting off heading eastward, honestly what I did one time was put my things in a duffle and when I got to London had more choices of brands. Germany or Holland would also be good places to look. (unfortunately, thanks to our great prez, the dollar is weak, so the bag will be more expensive there). if you're heading
westward, the dollar is stronger in NZ and OZ and the bags are very good...

10. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I feel I should defend my Karrimor!
your'e right though the day pack was quite small but I'm a BIG believer in travelling light
My straps were comfy and I also had a wide supportive waist strap and a boob strap (which admittedly i never used....)