Kathmandu Interloper gridTECH
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 25, 2012 3:36 AM Last Post By: shnozzle
Nov 15, 2012 3:20 AM
Kathmandu Interloper gridTECHHi there,
I'm currently in Australia, about to embark on a three month trip to South America in January, and I'm in the market for a pack. I've been looking at the Kathmandu Interloper 70L, which has been reduced to $250. I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with this pack, especially slim blokes around 196cm. Have you found it comfortable? Can you recommend any other manufacturer that is available in Australia that will be of similar or better quality, at a better price?
Thanks very much for everyone's help!
Nov 15, 2012 3:42 AM
1Or perhaps a MacPac:
I should also say that we plan to spend about a month in Brazil, then head over to Peru and hike around, making our way down to Argentina through Bolivia and Chile. I expect that our longest hikes will be 4 or 5 days, so the pack will mainly be used for travelling, rather than hiking.
Nov 20, 2012 4:02 PM
2Hey man, just saw this and thought i would drop a late response. I have recently purchased an interloper so cant speak from experience....but my girlfriend has had hers for about 6 years I think and it is still going strong. Its a pretty big pack, but is perfect for longer trips, especially if you want to pick up some souvenirs!
I did a lot of research before buying mine and decided it was the best option for my needs (looking at a year trip into SA myself in the near future).
Nov 25, 2012 3:29 AM
3Hi Shnozzle - sorry have not tried the Kathmandu pack, and I realise that you are trying to save a few dollars by buying during the sales. But Kathmandu is not always the best option - even if they are the lowest priced. If you are in Sydney - go to Kent St in the city (the block behind the Town Hall) - you will find a full range of shops to discuss your problem with. The good ones (Paddy Pallin or Trek & Travel) will offer good advice (on sizes, bag types etc) and will still be smiling if you leave without buying. (They are professionals who do a look of backpacking). If you are in Melbourne - or near it - then the city area you need is Bourke Street near Elizabeth street. Again the full range of providers and the same good advice. There is a similar area in Canberra - civic - one street east of Northborne Ave - a block north of the Canberra Centre. Brisbane and Adelaide are likely to have similar areas. Good luck.
Nov 25, 2012 3:36 AM
4Thank you both for your excellent advice. After much deliberation, I decided to go for the Osprey Waypoint 70+15L. I know it's big, but I'm a tall guy, so hopefully will be able to handle it. I bought it from Bivouac, a very good price at AU$180 with free delivery to Australia. They had great customer service too.
I'm taking a risk buying online, but I couldn't go past it for the price. However, I think your advice Mike on shopping in store is invaluable, and I would have done the same if I didn't find the Osprey.
Thanks again to both of you.
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