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1. Posted by toothache (Full Member 82 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone.

I'm getting a backpack for travelling. I want to use it in 2 ways. For those one week trips and the other for a 3 months getaway.

My idea is to grab hold of Vaude's 50 lit. for about SG$130(that's $75 US dollars).... was what I get after bargaining from SG$150..
Its features are an opening for drinking systems, and a compartment at the top. And can't recall what else...
Compared to other designs, its padding for the back and hips is suitable for a woman.

Friends, I'm still not sure.
What are the tips I should look out for when it comes to buying a backpack?

Thank you.:)

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey toothache

are you going to be hopping on and off a lot of planes with your pack or doing prolonged hiking with your pack?

if your going through airport a lot there are packs that you can get with a cover that you can pull over the straps and zip which means that you dont have to go tying up all those annoying bitty straps every time you're checking in. They also have handles on the side so that you can carry them by hand. Lowe Alpine have pack like this (cant remember the model, sorry) but the big disadvatange with it is that it doesnt have a great back system. If you're hiking with the pack your back could get pretty hot and uncomfortable.

I looked at a pretty impressive 70litre Lowe Alpine pack recently - it had side entry zips so that you could access the stuff mid-way down your pack. This means that you dont have to take everything out from the top if you want to get something at the bottom of the pack. It also had a sealed off compartment at the bottom for smelly shoes, dirty clothes, etc. It had lots of little compartments and pockets and by pulling a couple of cords in the right places you could turn the pack into a much smaller one.

Berghaus do some pretty good packs with zip-on day packs - obvious advtanges to those.

I have the models and names at home (at work at the moment) but I'll post some more specific info for you tomorrow.

Hope that helps,

3. Posted by toothache (Full Member 82 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'll be going on and off the plane and maybe running after trains.. eheh..

anyway, thank you very much. i appreciate your help.

I'll check out more on this. :)

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The main feature I look for in a bag I am going to be living out of is a zipper down one of the sides. Trying to get to things from the top only is a pain in the you know what.

Being able to zip the side open and get to things at any level is great! and a must have!

5. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Have u been to Campers'Corner at Stamford Road? They have knowledgeable staff there, but can't say the same for their pricing.Anyhow still a good place to check out camping stuff. Vaude for that amount looks a worthy purchase.

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