Which Backpack?

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1. Posted by k8iejo1983 (Budding Member 49 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I am currently researching backpacks in preparation for a rtw trip starting in March '06.

There's one in particular I really like the look of. The Karrimor Wilderness 65L. This also comes with a detachable 10L daysack. The other possibility is the Karrimor Global 50-70 which again comes with a zip-off daysack but costs £30 more.

Has anybody used either of these packs and can recommend which one I should go for? It's so confusing! This pack is going to be carrying all my worldly possessions for 15 months so it's got to be able to meet the demands of the job!

Any advice is very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance, Kate ;)

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I have a Vango Planet one, similar design to the Karrimor one, with the zip edge rather than top loading, and the daypack that zips onto it. Mine is 70, plus 15 for the daypack, it cost about 100pounds. But they do them in 60 plus 15 and smaller i think.

However, I found a 15l daypack is pretty rubbish as you can fit in it a bottle of water, a book and a jumper and not much else, so I had to buy a bigger daypack. A 10l daysack would be tiny.

I rarely attached the daypack to the bag, so you might be better off getting a cheaper backpack (I'm sure Karrimor are excellent quality) and get a seperate slightly more useful sized daypack.

Happy travels

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting k8iejo1983

Has anybody used either of these packs and can recommend which one I should go for?

I have not used either of those packs, but I can most definitely recommend which one you should go for. You should go for the one which sits best on your back, which doesn't chafe, which distributes its weight evenly, and which just feels most comfortable. I'd also recommend to include a lot more backpacks than those two in doing a selection on those criteria: features and perceived quality of backpacks hardly matter out in the world - your ability to comfortably carry them matters a lot.

Also see this old thread for more information.

4. Posted by Emily_Oz (Budding Member 39 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kate, I am going to Oz In february and have been lucky enough to borrow my backpack from my brothers gf who went for a year to Oz. It is a girls Karrimore backpack and is 50 -70l when stretched out. It also has a smaller rucksack attatched. She had no troubles with it, although it does seem very heavy even without anything in it, which is a bit of a worry! However she said to me that it's barely actually on your back,apart from going to bus stops and airports, otherwise it will be in your hostel or wherever you are staying, but dont take anything too big, however tempting it is to take lots of stuf, remember you're the one who'll be lugging it about !

5. Posted by jax_07 (Full Member 76 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Kate

My friend and I are going travelling (mainly NZ and Oz) next year and I had the same dilemma with regards to a backpack.

I searched through the internet for hours and went into several shops and the brand that came out on top (more often than not) was Karrimor. I chose the Karrimor Global in the end as, even though it was the most expensive of the Karrimors I was looking at, I decided that my backpack was an area I really didn't want to skimp on. I haven't even even left yet and I love it!

It really is quite personal though, you just need to go into some shops, try some on and get a feel of what they're like.

Hope that helps!


6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I bought a karrimor global and it was good.

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8. Posted by igu01244 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

This might sound silly but I think Ive found my what backpack Im going to take on m RWT round asia etc - but does anyone have any ideas of whether colour would make any difference? The bag im considering getting seems to come in a nice bright colour, or black - someone said getting a bright colour might draw attention to me being a tourist....but then i thought it might be easier to spot on the luggage belts. Anyone have any thoughts?

9. Posted by Psyman (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I also looking at backpacks at the moment. I thought i'd solved it, A karrimor Cougar 65+15 in the sale for £80 (normally £100). I was all set to buy that when i found an old rucksack i had from when i was younger.

Now normally i'd just disregarded the old backpack, but after loading it up (70ltr) and trying it on I found it still fits quite well!

It has no frills what so ever. Just basics:
main compartment that opens top and bottom;
side pockets;
waist and chest strap.

Thats it. I need to fix a few things but it think i can manage it.

Now my dilemma.... dillema....? dilema??? problem, is that i know its no where near as good as the new karrimor will be and wont be as comfortable or easy to carry but is it really worth £80 when im so close to my buget already?
Im going to Australia for 6months to a year but as most people say, I can always leave my bag somewhere, i shouldn't be hiking for hours and hours, day after day.

So does it really matter?

Has anyone had a nightmare experience of taking an old rucksack away for a few months or has anyone got away with it fine?

10. Posted by PeteMuzz (Budding Member 51 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys

I'm going away in september but I want to get my backpack now for a trip to the South of France.

I want to get a Karrimor Global but i'm unsure whether to get the 50-70 or the 70-90 litre one. I was about to buy the 50-70 but i have been put off by people saying it is too small. I figured that if i got the 70-90 then i don't need to fill it, or ever expand it out to the 90 litres as i think 70 will be enough. it also has compression straps so none of the weight it taken by the zip so I can compress it right down when i can.

What does everyone recommend? I know smaller is better but i would like the space if i need it for extra camping things etc.