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11. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

REI is good stuff, but difficult to find outside North America.

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

My problem with the Lookout pack is that air ventilation on the back is non-existent and that it is non-entendable. As a first timer you'll likely make the mistake of taking too much, so a non-extendable pack will leave you no leeway for hauling back souveniers. And a backpack with no ventilation in India - yuck.

I strongly recommend that you check out the nearest REI store or other outdoor gear store. Each person's back is different, trying on backpacks is like trying on shoes. It is best to try it on in a store with weights. You also should not order a backpack online unless you can ship it back free of charge. This also means having enough time to exchange it for another one before you leave if it doesn't fit.

BTW, I took a quick look around, the Deuter ACT lite 40+10 seems to sell for around 140 USD plus shipping on US websites.

And this website sells the Futura Vario 40 +10 for 100 USD plus shipping.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-May-2009, at 10:51 by t_maia ]

13. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

A cheap bag or just borrow one. Someone will have one stashed away in a garage or attic. By the time you get back, you'll know exactly what you want for the next trip without first paying out loads for the privilege.

Have you thought of a water filter? I've got a squeezy 'sports bottle' type filter as there's no pipes or pumps to mess around with and it fits in a pocket. Good for hotel/hostel taps, fountains, ground taps, rivers and stuff - brilliant if you run out, or just don't trust, the bottled stuff in the places you go. Anyway, check the link

Just my thoughts.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-May-2009, at 13:31 by fabyomama ]

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