Backpack - best brand quality wise
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 8, 2013 11:20 PM Last Post By: Petrus
May 3, 2013 7:26 AM
Backpack - best brand quality wiseHi
I have narrowed my search of backpack down to 3 brands: BERGHAUS, CARIBEE and KARRIMOR.
I hope you can advise me of which brand is the best quality from your own experience and if you would suggest another?
I'm looking into buying their 60 or 70 litre backpack with detachable day bag.
May 5, 2013 5:51 AM
1Usually,you get what you pay for.
I have a Berghaus bag at the moment and i'm happy with it...had it about 8 years and it is still fully functional.
BTW where are you going? Unless you are doing special extreme sports etc,no need to carry a bag that big....if you pack properly you can do a year or two with a 40l bag,no problem.
May 5, 2013 11:34 AM
Karrimor used to be a great, innovative brand but the company was bought by a pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap outfit. It used to be the case that anything on the Karrimor website was still reasonable quality but stuff sold through Sports Direct and elsewhere could be any old tat with a Karrimor badge. I'm not sure this is the case still and even though there a couple of packs that fit your description on Karrimor's website, I would buy with caution.
I have a couple of smaller Berghaus packs that are going strong after many years - the Jalan range is popular with good reviews. I don't know about Caribee.
May 7, 2013 3:42 PM
May 8, 2013 11:41 AM
4Many great packs out there, but of the ones you have listed I would go with Berghaus, but fit is very important so make sure you try it on before buying. I hope you will reconsider the size of the pack, a 60-70L bag is huge and way bigger than what most regular backpackers need. I would advice you to have a look at pack in the 35-40L range, they pack more than you think. Regarding the daypack then consider getting one that pack´s really small and stuff it in your pack when you travel from place to place.
There are many many threads on this branch about packsizes and what to pack. Have a look and read some of the very often excellent advice, you don´t need to go back many pages.
May 8, 2013 11:17 PM
5I would drop Karrimor (was great 20 years ago) and Caribee from the list, and look at Osprey, Arc'teryx, Kelty, Gregory for starters.
Detachable daypack is a compromise in design and adds weight. I have never felt a need to integrate them.
From the daypack point I also guess you getting this for traveling, not camping. Seriously consider something much smaller, around 40 liters, as that is enough for all conditions except the arctics in winter. Warmer climates can be traveled with a 25-30 liter pack. I have used 24 and 32 liter Ospery Stratos packs, even when on 2-3 week photo assignments (everything stuffed inside, also cameras).
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