Backpacks in Bangkok
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Oct 1, 2012 8:38 AM Last Post By: blgmgk
Sep 27, 2012 9:01 PM
Backpacks in BangkokHello folks. My old backpack just died and I need to buy a new one in Bangkok. Can anyone advise me where to look for it? I'm talking about a genuine Deuther, Jack Wolfskin, The North Face,... and NOT a cheap fake one. I need quality, I need to travel 11 more months with that bag :)
Sep 27, 2012 9:22 PM
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Sep 28, 2012 12:53 AM
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Sep 28, 2012 5:20 AM
8I've purchased fakes before from all over and they are usually only good for cramming crap in on your last day and getting it to the airport ...
They are usually battered by the time I get it home (2days max)
How long are you 'backpacking' for? Do you have a flight coming up to somewhere like the States or Oz etc? I remember checking North Face the last time I was there and the prices were crazy. North Face outlets in the states are half the price of UK gear. My bag cost me $100 over there and here in the UK it costs £150. I reckon you'd be looking at fractionally more from Bangkok
Sep 28, 2012 6:00 AM
Sep 28, 2012 6:57 AM
10having checked multiple times North Face prices in thailand and compared with USA where I go every yr on business,can tell u that prices in Bkk are at least double with regular north face stores in US and 3-4 x more than North Face outlet stores,but hey if u need it,u need it so buy it in Bkk :)
Sep 28, 2012 7:46 AM
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Sep 28, 2012 12:11 PM
13I dunno about North Face (I do have some north face shoes that are fantastic) in regards to packs, but I spent $350 on a Gregory Pallisades and freaking love it. It can take a beating, but it's also comfortable. Of course, I bought it from REI and am a member there so I can exchange it 10 years down the road for a new one for free if it gets messed up... even if it's just a zipper problem. Gotta love REI.
If you use your backpack all the time, spending a couple hundred isn't really that much.
Sep 29, 2012 7:43 AM
14some fakes are fakes, some are cheap copies made by the manufacturers as a sideline others ae company seconds or old lines - these can be a bargain.
I used to work in the rag trade and you'll find that if you educate yourself just a little on stitching and fabrics you'll be able to spot a good bag regardless of brand or price. having said that the "genuine articles" should be good, as the company won't risk its reputation on selling goods that are below standard.
A known brand is able to command a higher price, but they usually demand a higher stander from their contractors.
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