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1. Posted by citysurfer (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just wondering do you get what you pay for with back packs?

because there is such a massive price range i am tempted to go for a more expensive one just because i think you are paying for the quality, any advice on this?


2. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

That's bullsht.The price does not guarantee the quality.The best backpacks are more expensive than the others most of time,but some backpacks are very expensive and are worth nothing,Just try the backpack before to buy it,check if its correctly made,missing nothing you need,all that.but never buy a pack only because it is expensive.Some are just because they are new,or inovating new systems,not always to be success.

But of course,as I said,the good ones are rarely the cheap ones... hehe

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

What is most important is that it feels comfortable on your back and it has good stitching. Don't get a pack that is too big, you'll just end up filling it with unnecessary stuff...

4. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Buying expensive is no garantee, neither is the cheapest.
Check out the quality of the fabric, stitching, padding, zips. Is the bag comfortable, how long do you intend on using it for.
Sometimes, if this is your first pack and you are just going for a short trip it's better buying a cheap one.
That way you can get a feel for what you want out of a pack, and what to look for.
Everyone takes different stuff as they have different priorities, so a wider pack may suit you, but then again a narrow toploader might also.
I made the mistake of buying an expensive pack first time out, don't get me wrong it's a great pack but nowdays I try and travel as light as I can. So i'm using a relativly cheap 30l pack for longer trips and just a day pack for short trips.

5. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well in reality it's both of the above. More expensive bags are usually more expensive because of the materials used and the manufacturer who stands behind it. In the USA Eagle Creek and Osprey are the leaders in travel packs (different from technical packs which are what most people mean when they say backpack). Typically you are paying for more durable materials which are harder to cut or tear, as well as for security features but even the best packs have weak points - especially in the clips and fasteners which can break due to impact or just poor care.

Throwing your bag into a cheap oversized duffle or wrapping it with a Pacsafe tends to protect the straps and prevent them from getting caught in conveyor belts or being used as handles by the baggage handlers and reduces some of the risk, but it's extra weight and a pain in the rear sometimes.

Buying a pack which can be carry on is a wonderful thing.