Skip Navigation

Have I found "The One" Rucksack!

Travel Forums Travel Gear Have I found "The One" Rucksack!

Page
  • 1
  • 2

Last Post

1. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member, 40 posts) 24 Aug '13 01:46

Hi guys,

So I'm going to NZ in October for a years WH and I've been searching for the perfect backpack/rucksack/travel pack.
Why are they called so many different things - they all seem to be the same?!

Here are my bag requirements:
- Not too large - needs to be small enough to be able to use as carry on luggage on plane, but big enough to carry my stuff for a year.
- Front opening/panel opening - for obvious reasons
- Durable, strong and trustworthy
- Suitable for a female I'm 5' 4

So I came across this, which I found on this forum that someone else was using and highly recommended it. Is it good for me?
http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/osprey-farpoint-40-rucksack-64110286?id_colour=123

And while we're at it, here's my packing list, please advise amendments and tell me if this lot is not going to fit in this bag. 40L means nothing to me.

(This list includes what I'll be wearing on the day - tshirt, jeans, underwear, shoes)
Clothing
1x t-shirts
2x 3/4 sleeved shirts
1x jumper
1x waterproof jacket with hood
2x jeans
1x shorts
1x pj's
1x swimwear
4x underwear
3x bras
3x socks
1x walking shoes
1x sandals
1x white trainer pump things (comfiest shoes in the world!)

Toiletries (all in those mini travel size bottles)
Shampoo
Conditioner
Body wash
Face wash
Tooth paste + toothbrush
Liquid foundation
Mascara
Blusher
Lipbalm
Flannel
Towel

Extras
Ipad + charger
Phone + charger
Camera + charger
Plug adapter
Purse (small one to house cards and monies
Smaller day back

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4392 posts) 24 Aug '13 02:00

Quoting ShellbyFay

So I'm going to NZ in October for a years WH and I've been searching for the perfect backpack/rucksack/travel pack.
Why are they called so many different things - they all seem to be the same?!

To me, a backpack is generally top-loading; what you'd take hiking. A travel pack also is carried on the back, but has a zipper all around, and spends much of its existence lying in luggage compartments in busses, trains and airplanes. (The risk of zipper-problems is why a travel pack isn't really suitable for multi-day hikes.)
A rucksack is German; wikipedia tells me it's a loanword carried over mostly through the US and UK armies. Might denote a special style of backpack mostly used in the army? I don't know - don't think I've ever seen it used in a store.

So I came across this, which I found on this forum that someone else was using and highly recommended it. Is it good for me?

We can't tell you. Go to a store, and try it on (weighed down). Walk around with it. Does it chafe anywhere? Are you keeping your balance well with it? Does it distribute its weight equally between your shoulders and your hips? (Adjust the straps; how about now?) Compare it to some other packs you try on in the same store.

Everyone has a different build, and so everyone will have different packs that work best for them.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Aug-2013, at 02:03 by Sander ]

3. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member, 40 posts) 10 Sep '13 08:13

Hi Sander,

I took your advice and went to the store to try on several bags. The shop is about 3 hours drive from me so I will purchase the pack online, so I can send it back if needed.

The guy at the store was very helpful, but he also left me feeling very doubtful.
I specifically asked for a bag that would be suitable for carry on luggage because at no point do I want to be separated from my backpack, Unless it is locked up in a safe in a hostel.
I also want panel opening for ease.
It also needs to be big enough to carry my stuff for a year.

When I phoned the store to confirm the bag name and type before I ordered, the guy on the phone advised me against the bag, saying it would not be big enough.

Now I'm back to square one, feeling like I had a totally wasted journey and am still no closer to getting a bag.

Some one please help me!

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1566 posts) 10 Sep '13 08:24

I travel independently for indefinite periods (several months at a time) via hotels/hostels through 3 climates with a 46 litre carry-on size backpack with LOTS of room left over - all the cinch straps are yanked to their tightest dimensions so the backpack is really only about 35 litres.

That's including a set of nice clothes to crash an Embassy party or high-end club, normal day-to-day casual and hiking wear, beach clothes, personal hygiene products and everything else you need to be safe/comfortable plus a laptop, digital still/video package and all the peripherals.

I have a separate daypack that fits inside the backpack, or stays with me with all the essentials when the backpack is in an overhead bin or out of my sight.

It's easily doable and you'll see LOTS of experienced backpackers doing the same - or even lighter. Seeing other travellers - especially smaller women - struggle with 60 - 70+ litre backpacks (sometimes with extra daypacks!) is insane.

Going light makes sense to me because it allows me to keep my backpack with me (almost) all the time - it's carry-on size for aircraft, it doesn't need to be checked into the baggage space under the bus where it's out of my sight and out of my control - and it's obviously way easier/faster to navigate a crowded train aisle, keep with me inside the taxi, stow in a small boat, fit into a tuk-tuk, onto the back of a motorcycle and a million other situations.

Good luck with your research and have fun shopping.

Cheers
Terry

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1566 posts) 10 Sep '13 08:32

Lastly, the important of fit is waaaay overrated in my opinion IF you're not planning on doing any hiking/trekking with your backpack. There's a huge difference between a hiking backpack that lives on your back and a travel backpack that you never carry for more than a kilometre walk to your beach hostel.

If you're only travelling from bus/train/taxi/etc. to your hotel/hostel then who cares... with a carry-on sized backpack for short distances fit/comfort becomes immaterial and function trumps everything.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

6. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member, 40 posts) 10 Sep '13 09:06

Hi Terry,

It was actually your recommendation that my original post is based on.
I realise that comfort and fit is not a huuuge deal when travelling from place to place by bus/train etc, although it is always nice to have a proper fitting bag; it's more practicality that I'm looking for and I'm really struggling to find a bag that suits my needs.

It needs to be panel opening, small enough for carry-on luggage on all the popular airlines, but big enough for a 20 year old woman for a year!
Baring in mind I'm not taking a hairdryer or straighteners. I have no fancy camera gear, just a little hand held camera. I'm taking my iPad though. And I'm aware that I can get rid of/buy anything I need while I'm there.

Cotswold Outdoor (the shop I went into) recommended that I don't buy a bag with a "frame" as it will not squish down to meet airline size requirements.
They recommended these two:
http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/osprey-talon-22-rucksack-62110541?id_colour=107
http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/osprey-talon-ii-33-rucksack-62110542?id_colour=133

The 22 was suggested by the second guy as too small, so he recommended the 33 - but that is top loading..

7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1566 posts) 10 Sep '13 09:22

"... It needs to be panel opening, small enough for carry-on luggage on all the popular airlines, but big enough for a 20 year old woman for a year!..."

The bag I linked to matches that criteria perfectly.

The Talon 22 is too small. The Talon 33 isn't a travel backpack.

Sorry I can't be more help.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

8. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member, 40 posts) 10 Sep '13 09:28

Indeed it does, thank you for your help Terry.
I'm going to order it right now - because knowing my luck it'll be out of stock within the next hour!!

You do realise, however, if it is not right it's you I'm going to come after.
And if it is perfect I will hunt you down and give you the biggest high five ever!
This bag situation is exhausting!!

9. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1566 posts) 10 Sep '13 10:41

I hear your pain Shellby, but keep remembering the most important points... as mentioned throughout the thread you're, 1.) Travelling very, very light and 2.) You're not doing any hiking, only short walks between accommodation and transport.

It's maximum carry-on size for most airlines. It has no extra bells and whistles, no extra outside pockets or any other useless crap on it. The shoulder strap and the waist/hip belt both tuck away inside their own zippered compartment. It's a simple, straightforward design that's absolutely bombproof and backed by an excellent lifetime warranty.

If you ever get to Canada or Cuba you can give me the high-five there, or even better buy the first round.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

10. Posted by bluetemplediver (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 10 Sep '13 13:43

I am not sure about a load of other backpacks (i use this term because i was labelled a 'backpacker'...i guess) but when I headed around S.E. Asia this past few months I had what i could consider a perfact pack. It was an Osprey Farpoint 55 and I fell in love with it.

Front loading for ease of access, lockable zips, mesh pockets in the front, framed with well padded back and a daypack attached. I couldn't have asked for more. Now, I am not sure whether this particular bag could be used as carry on with every airline, though I did see a few packs bigger than mine as hand luggage, but a smaller version is available I am sure and would suit your needs perfectly.

Obviously, not had experiene with any other packs, so can't really compare it. for me it was perfect and the wife was incredibly jealous (which led to me carrying most of the heavy stuff!!!)

Worth checking it out if you haven't already decided on one.

Hope you have fun, sounds like you have an awesome adventure ahead of you! make sure you blog along the way for us poor suckers who have got another 6 months to wait before we get out again.