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41. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5296 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Congratz! I hope it'll never let you down through many long years of traveling. :)

42. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice in this thread, it has been very helpful for me...

I spent time loading them up, and trudging around and made no promise to buy, I will probably buy one end of week.

I'm currently deciding between
Macpac Gemini - As mentioned previously, I like the luggage/pack feel and was quite comfy... £165

Macpac Glissade - Big and comfy, if basic, well made feel though. It's £180 rrp though, bit too pricey but the guy in store basically said he'd do it for £160

Berghaus - C7 1 Series, comfy but the straps dig in a bit more, slightly more bells and whistles generally. Cotsworlds salesman implied that the back system is not very simple and could potentially break? I can maybe see his point compared to a macpac but I should think this shouldn't be breaking!!

I actually tried on a Lowe Alpine Appalachian pack that was the most comfy... not sure though, its slightly smaller I think. £100

choices! hopefully due to this thread though I will pick the one for me :)

43. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just saw your post. I'm buying a backpack at the moment as well. Nomad seem to have a fairly good selection. They have shops in a few places, and their website address is

Don't know about the Millets near you, but the one near me is useless, and the sales asssistants are really unhelpful.

Hope this helps

44. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Lucy, i tried Millets too. Really poor selection of rucksacks and the staff weren't too interested either.

45. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, we're going through this at the moment ourselves, and are not sure about taking a "Travelback" eg the Berghaus Spirit ( and a "Rucksack" eg Berghaus C7 2 series( (berghaus for example...). I would love some thoughts on the below list of pros and cons of each style please.:

Pros of travelpack like the spirit:
Clips together for easy transportation
Has a cover for the back straps whilst travelling by air
Large zip for easy access
Clips onto the front of the straps when you have valuables in it for safety.

If the connection between the 2 packs breaks you'll have to carry it anyway like a daypack.
55+15 is what a regular rucksack would give you AND THEN you'd take a daypack, so you're down on space with the spirit already.
Doesn't seem to be as much compression straps/attachment points as with a regular rucksack
Load mounts further out from the back, more leverage, bad for your posture.

Pros of the Rucksack:
Compression and attachment points - can clip on a pair of fins, pockets, sleeping bag, rollmat, tent etc.
"shallower" loading so less leverage on your back.

no protection for the straps whilst in transit.
no easy access zips, have to load everything from the top.
no way of carrying the daypack easily, need to clip it on with caribeeners

Is there anything else I forgot??? any thoughts please do advise!

46. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ken,

I recently bought the Spirit - I havent actually gone travelling with it on my back yet but I will be in a few weeks time. I can probably give you a good idea of what its like then.

It looks great I have to say. I didnt realise that it could be bad for your posture. The guy who sold it to me was saying the opposite...but a lot of these shop assistants dont know what they are on about anyway. (like I say, i have trust issues )

I've packed it up with some stuff recently and I felt that I had quite easy access to clothes at the bottom of the pack. The rain-proof cover is a major benefit, and I was able to pull it over the pack pretty effortlessly in just a few seconds. Mine is a 65+15L and I feel that's a good amount of space. I wouldnt really fancy hauling around anything more on my back

I take your point that if the connection between the pack and the day pack breaks, youre screwed, but it depends on how much you value a daypack. I feel I would have to have one.

The Spirit feels very comfortable on my back compared to some other packs I tried.

If you havent already read through this thread totally, there are some really good tips in it for choosing a good pack. (look for comments from Sander and Daveh if youre scrolling through)

Anyway, good luck choosing one. ;)

47. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Samsara,
I used work in a camping shop a long time ago, so i know a bit about the packs, but not about actually doing long trips with them.
The posture thing is easily overcome by packing heavy things close to the spine, and lighter things further out. but personally i'd rather have a tall thin pack than a short thick one.
As regards the day pack accessory, i fully intend on taking one as well, but this would be in addition to the fuly loaded rucksack. i wouldn't fancy having my daypack eat into my luggage storage (i'm thinking about a 90+10 and a day pack as well) the day pack will be light and clippable to stuff.
lets know how you get on with your pack when travelling in a bit!
ps, where did you look/buy stuff??

48. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Good tip - must remember that when I'm packing!;)

I checked out packs in The Great Outdoors in Cork, River Deep Mountain High in Limerick, Millets and The Great Outdoors in Dublin, and finally Corran Toohil Sports in Killarney. Got some great advice from the guy I dealt with in Killarney, but ended up buying the pack in Millets in Dublin.

Yep, will let you know how it goes. I'm taking it to Spain in a few weeks for its maiden voyage!

Ps: LUCKY YOU! getting a 30% discount on your packs! They're not cheap are they?!

49. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I guess I came into the discussion a bit late... (As always - you guys have been around for so long!!! :() Though, I just wanted to tell you that I've got a Berghaus rucksack, ladies fit, 65 l... Probably pretty similar to what you've bought. And this fantastic rucksack has been around for seven years (!!!) and it's still just as perfect as it was when I bought it - and I've been using it a lot. That's some quality stuff!!!


50. Posted by barkelu (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Loads of really great advice so thanks for that.
Travelpacks do seem to offer the most versatility, although the daysacs always seem to be very small.
Does anyone know of a brand that does slighter bigger ones?
Basically I'm after one that I'll be able to fit my lappy in (dimensions 15' x 11 1/2' x 1 1/2' - yes I know, I could only find an old tape measure hence inches!)
Any help would be great!