BACKPACKS! What are the best kind?

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1. Posted by lindseyyyy (Inactive 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I'm just looking for some backpack advice. Going to Australia for a long haul and wanted to know if there were any particular backpacks that are amazingly better than others, or any sort of backpack info, as I know nothing!

I'm a 120 lb female so I'm not a giant or particularly strong, if that makes a different to kinds of backpacks.

Thanks a lot for any help :)


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The key thing is to try it on and see how it feels. If you go down to an Mountain Equipment Co-op or similar type store, you will be able to try it on and load it down with weights to walk around with it. You need to find something comfortable for you.

3. Posted by barrito (Full Member 44 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Lindsey, you say your only 120lb & you are probably like me will not turn comfort down.

I bought a Karrimor "Airport" model rucksac ( bought from YHA shop). If I remember rightly its 75 litre ( could be more?) Like so many models it has a day bag that zips on and off.

The bonuses for me are:
It has wheels. I was advised against it. My friend said " They are great for the smooth floors of airports/hotels/ city pavements but no good where the grounds uneven". This is true but then I carry it. With wheels when its OK I can have a rest from carrying weight. It has a fold down handle. When you don't need the wheels they can be covered by a flap that zips up so they are out of the way. The same flap covers up the should straps when you wheel it.

In all other respects it has the same straps, pockets, hooks as an ordinary rucksac. I took it to Argentina last year. It certainly saved me a lot of humping.
Worth a look?

4. Posted by moutallica (Full Member 122 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I agree with GregW. Somebody may tell you that their backpack is the best, but if it doesnt fit your body, then its no good. Go try some on (dont forget to put weights in it). I seem to recall you saying that you're from vancouver (correct me if i'm wrong). If thats the case, go down to broadway (around main) and check out all the outdoor stores around there, including mountain equipment co-op. I'm sure you'll find at least one that suits your needs.