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1. Posted by joemoran7 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I am going travelling in August/September for a month to Asia (Japan, China, Hong Kong) and am currently looking for a rucksack to buy.

I ideally want a rucksack which is;
- 65 to 75L
- detachable daysack
- at most £70
- as light as possible

I've been looking at the Gelert Elite 60+20 Litre

Is this bag any good? It's over 3kg and this seems a bit heavy, but I'm not sure as I have limited experience in the field.


2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Why so big? I did a month in SE Asia and used a 30L successfully. When I needed more space for all the great gifts I bought, I just bought a small shoulder bag.

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I agree. Why so big? I just can't imagine what you could possibly need to take with you that would require 65L. I've been traveling for years in various climates with 36L and can't recall once where I thought I could use more space. I'm not sure of your specific travel plans in these countries, but unless you are climbing Mt. Fuji or heading to Tibet, the temp will probably not dip below 25, or even 30 at that time of year so you won't be needing too many clothes. And if you are going to buy lots of souvenirs, do as Daawgon suggested and buy a cheap side bag.

4. Posted by joemoran7 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the comments so far. I am going to be climbing mount fuji, and thats one of the main reasons why I'll need a bit of a larger bag.

I've not got much experience of travelling and so I just presumed I would need a bag of this size.

What size do you suggest I get?

5. Posted by goglobalnz (Inactive 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
I climbed Mt. Fuji in august last year and it was freezing. Having said that, there's no reason to carry stacks and stacks of clothes for the whole trip. I'd go with the lightweight pack and pick up something cheap and warm when you're in Japan.
Might sound preachy but once you've travelled a while you'll soon realise that probably 60% of what you carry around you only use once, and the rest is dirty clothes :)

6. Posted by Gixer (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

This is a handy thread for me, I am doing a 2 week trek round the Yucatan in June and went to look at rucksacks...the 60L ones I thought would be a decen size for me cos even though I try to pack light, I always end up taking loads with me! We will be camping or staying in simple lodgings, it's a mix of both during the 2 weeks. I know you can get special travel towels that take up less space (pls recommend me some!) and I am in Mexico during the rainy season with 80% humidity so I doubt I'll be packing sweaters :D

However I don't know that a 30-40L would be big enough for me? I'm a total noob *blush* I'm sort of stuck in the mentality "take more than you need rather then less than you need then have to buy stuff!"

Any help would be great but I too like the Gelert Base Elle rucksacks....

7. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Depends partly on your size. However the main rule still applies, pack light, then lighter. Then lighter again. After numerous delays in baggage halls on a recent RTW trip, I think carry on is the way to go.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

40-50 liters is big enough if you do not take any camping gear. Take camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, mattress) and you'll need a 60+ liter pack.

After a quick look at the carrying system of the Gelert Rucksacks I don't recommend them. The straps look really flimsy and I cannot see any s-shaped (like the spine) carrying support at all. I suggest you spent a little more, maybe around 120 EUR for a brand-name like Deuter or Osprey instead of 70 EUR for the Gelert. Instead of looking online you should go into a good shop selling backpacks where you can try them on with weights. Backpacks are like shoes, they need to fit your back like your shoes fit your feet.