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11. Posted by askgudmundsen (Respected Member, 56 posts) 8 Mar '13 12:04

Just to extent on Terry's recommendation on not buying top-loaders, which I agree with:

1) Loading from the top, means unpacking and repacking every time you need something from the middle to bottom parts of the backpack - you don't wanna do that every day for 18 months.
Solution: Find a panel-loading backpack, where the entire front (or most of) can be zipped open.

2) Many top-loaders are closed with drawstring or buckles that you can't lock. Candy for thieves, for whom it's no problem to locate you fancy new backpack on top of (even) a moving bus.
Solution: Get a backpack locked with zippers, and buy a combination- or pad lock.

You choice of size seems good!

And as Terry also says, try it on.. I always buy my backpacks (the three I've had so far) in person... But at least make sure you can return it easily if it's not a fit :)

12. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member, 23 posts) 13 Mar '13 09:09

Quoting askgudmundsen

Just to extent on Terry's recommendation on not buying top-loaders, which I agree with:

1) Loading from the top, means unpacking and repacking every time you need something from the middle to bottom parts of the backpack - you don't wanna do that every day for 18 months.
Solution: Find a panel-loading backpack, where the entire front (or most of) can be zipped open.

2) Many top-loaders are closed with drawstring or buckles that you can't lock. Candy for thieves, for whom it's no problem to locate you fancy new backpack on top of (even) a moving bus.
Solution: Get a backpack locked with zippers, and buy a combination- or pad lock.

You choice of size seems good!

And as Terry also says, try it on.. I always buy my backpacks (the three I've had so far) in person... But at least make sure you can return it easily if it's not a fit :)

Very useful advise, thank you so much :-)

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