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Paying extra for famous brand names?

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

I live in the UK and I'm looking for a 55 litre-ish backpack. Preferably the sort suited to smaller women. It seems to me that there is a vast variation in prices.

Obviously I don't mind paying extra for a good quality pack- its got to last all next year - I'd rather not pay more than about £120-130. But if I could save money without compromising quality I would like to.

Does anyone have any experience of the smaller names? For example- When I was a kid I used to have Eurohike daypaks from Millets. Yes I got the piss ripped out of me but they lasted years and years. Has anyone tried their bigger backpacks for proper travelling? Is this a completely stupid idea?

Also, the bloke in Decathlon was recommending me their Quecha range- he said they're popular in France and Germany- is this so? I wasn't too convinced. Has anyone tried these?

Otherwise i'll stick to the well known brands- but it gets my goat a bit when you know a big chunk of the price is for the label.

2. Posted by viper2uk (Budding Member 11 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I reconmend that you look around as i have been looking for a backpack for next year and there all £100+. I went shopping the other day and come across a shop where the bags are cheaper, altho i dont remember the name but ive got to go back there so ill get the name of the shop for you if you'd like.

Have enjoyable trevels


3. Posted by gizmo008 (Full Member 32 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I was really lucky with my backpack. I'd been looking for ages and like you wasn't sure which one was best . I decided to go for a travelpack and managed to get a shortlist of 3 but still couldn't make a decision. Then I was in Blacks Outdoor shop one day and I managed to get a Berghaus travelpack (which had been on my shortlist) in their sale for £50!!!!! Couldn't believe I was getting it for that price (RRP £120/150) so I snapped it up and threw away my list - decision made lol. I wish you luck in finding the right pack for you, at the right price.


4. Posted by babe967 (Full Member 98 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Lil Liz

I'll happily s.e.l.l you a 80litre vango backpack. I bought 2 last year,for me and my daughter, but found in the ended they were far to heavy for me to travel around with, as i had them heavy ladened.
I have a red and blue one.
Anyone can buy these if they like,
As this year i landed lucky in Millets they had a trolley type back pack reduced from 90 to 30 pound, i snapped it up, and found another one with lots of side pockects etc, in my local shopping centre's inshops, where they sell handbags and luggage, so i would suggest everyone who is looking for a cheap deal go there, that one cost me 20 pound and it is super,as 8 side pockets.


5. Posted by babe967 (Full Member 98 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The main thing with travelling and luggage is weight, the airlines dont consider you are travelling for months and maybe a year.
The most generous airline for luggage wieght, is United Airlines.
And beware you may leave the uk with a littel extra wieght, but try leaving Australia, is a different story, Those girls at BA,Qantas checkin are very strict, as i found out to my cost when my daughter went home.I ended up sending extra wieght home frieght.And that was not cheap either. I have seen people come with luggage and go back with exactly the same and get charge in Australia before leaving.