Looking for a backpack for 4 months travelling in asia/Nz/Au

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1. Posted by carlclaire (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Been looking for a decent bag for travelling round asia/Oz/Nz for 4 months/ Obviously it need to be big enough to fit up to 20KG's in and be practical.

Has anyone got any suggestions?

Been looking at this one on ebay but not sure if its suitable for what i need.



2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

That is way too big. You'll break your back hauling that around. Go for something much smaller, around 40 liters. 50 liters should be absolute max. And for travelling in rural Asia you want to avoid wheels.

You also should not be buying backpacks online, especially not on ebay! Backpacks are like shoes and they need to fit you perfectly to be comfortable. You must try them on in stores, preferably with weights of around 15 kgs. If you found a model that you like you can then look it up on ebay and hunt for a bargain there.

If you are a girl you might want to check out this model in a store:


It is roughly the right size and from a good brand.

This would also work:


[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jan-2011, at 19:11 by t_maia ]

3. Posted by carlclaire (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

what about this one


4. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 202 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Size-wise, that's better, but you really do need to try it on for fit/comfort. And I would be sure to get something that is of reasonably high quality - you don't want it falling apart after a month! I'm not familiar with that brand, so it might be perfectly fine, but I don't know. However, quality is something you can also check in-person.

I agree with t maia that you should not go over 50-55L. I did 3 months in Europe with an Ariel 55, and if I wasn't tenting it, I would have happily gone with only 40L or so. Keep in mind that you will also have some sort of daypack as well, and when packing take half of what you think you *need*. It's easier to cart around a lighter/smaller bag when running for a train/bus. You can always buy stuff at your destination, and send souvenirs home, as well.

Regardless, make sure to try it on for fit!!!!

5. Posted by BadlyBurnt (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I totaly agree with the previous comments. For general travelling I use a 40l pack, its more than big enough - especialy in Asia. Take anything any bigger and you just end up filling it up with stuff you don't need. Even when I'm going camping I only use a 60L and even that only comes to about 15kg !

I've not owned any North Face gear so I can't comment on the brand. I've had packs by Karrimore, Jack Wolfskin and Lowe. They're all good and each of them has done at least one one year trip. The Lowe needed the Zip replaced and a couple of patches , but it has done about 18 months of constant use and is probably the one that has seen more abuse too . And you can easily get that sort of thing done along the way anyhow.

Have a good trip

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jan-2011, at 15:39 by BadlyBurnt ]

6. Posted by carlclaire (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much for the advice i really apreciate it. I have opted for the Berghaus Jalan 60l + 15l. I took earlier advice to not buy online without trying the pack on first so i tried it on the in shop and loved it. Has some amazing features with the hide away harnes and the fact you can open it like a suitcase and has proper zips that can be locked with a padlock rather than a drawstring.

If anyone else is thinking of buying a backpack i would suggest looking at this one. Its very cheap on amazon too.


Thanks again for the help everyone.