Backpacks - please help!!!!!

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1. Posted by claretrick (Budding Member 47 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am from the uk and am planning my ATW Trip for Sept 08, I am currently looking for a back pack, but want one that zips open like a suitcase, so I dont have to keep fumbling around to get things out. Makes sense ha, you think they would all be made like that! Can anyone help me pleeeaaasssee. I have looked on websites such as millets, blacks, berghaus and just cant seem to find any. I suppose I would be looking for a 60-65 litre.

Thankyou to anyone who can help


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 6035 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

What you want is (often) called a "travel pack", as opposed to a (top-loading) "backpack". (They have benefits when just going city-hopping, but when on a multi-day trek, backpacks are often sworn by due to the disaster that trouble with the zipper would be.)
Pretty much any backpack brand should have such packs: MacPac, North Face, etc, etc. Don't buy on brand name or features, though; buy on how it fits you, for which you'll need to go to a real world store and try them on (weighted down a bit, too).

3. Posted by sofe1978 (Full Member 126 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


I thought I wanted the same as you and looked at the Karrimor Global Rucksack, I think I looked at a 60 - 65l one in a local outdoor shop so I'm sure you'll find them. They come in mens & womens fit and different sizes too.

but.... when I tried this on it didn't suit me at all so I am going for an Osprey top loader because it just feels better.

Like Sander says make sure you try it on because the one which looks like it might be your perfect choice may not be quite so perfect when it comes to carrying it for hours on end!

Good luck.


4. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Have a look at Aztec, they do a nice range of bags that zip open on the side, I'm not sure of the capacity though. The only thing I'd say is that a lot of travellers I met who had a bag like that found it more difficult to pack than a top-loader, and a bit harder to carry since the weight didn't distribute in the same way. Having said that, I actually met people who weren't really planning to carry their bag anywhere so brought the ones with wheels on. I have to say I was very envious when hiking through towns with my heavy bag while they simply wheeled theirs along in front of us.

I ended up with a top loader from Berghaus, it's 60 (+5) litres and really comfy. It was more than I wanted to pay for a bag, but in my opinion the most important thing really is how well it fits you.

Have a great trip


5. Posted by Rubymurray (Budding Member 62 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi Claretrick

I highly reccommend NOMAD store for rucksacks and travel packs if there is one near you, I have just bought the Lowe Alpine en route 60+10 from the Bristol store after trying a load on with weights and I couldn't be happier.

6. Posted by Moony Moon (Budding Member 24 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


I would also check out the Lowe Alpine Shuttle, comes in 65 or 75Ltr............tried one yesterday fully weighted, felt really good (for me anyway).

Has all the usual travel pack things - straps zip away, opens completely like a suitcase, dirty laundry pocket and the most important thing it only weighs a bit over 2kg!