Best backpack 40L or under?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Apr 18, 2013 11:31 AM Last Post By: travelinstyle46
Apr 5, 2013 10:37 PM
Apr 6, 2013 12:48 PM
1Here's one of many options:
No bells and whistles, but it's a simple, bombproof design that's easily big enough for indefinite hotel/hostel travel through warmish countries with everything that you would possibly require with LOTS of room left over - and it's carry-on size on most airlines. (Weight is another issue entirely...)
Here's another choice:
I'm sure you'll get other suggestions as well.
Have fun with your shopping.
Apr 6, 2013 2:38 PM
Apr 6, 2013 7:50 PM
3I have a Vaude 30L Gallery Air and have had no problems taking it on planes. It (mostly) fits under the seat, too, and is comfortable with room for all my gear. I always recommend traveling smaller and lighter; easier to keep your stuff close and safe, less weight to get bogged down by, and you don't need to bring nearly as much as you think you do. Do a search and you'll find Travelinstyle46's very useful pack post. Fit is very important too.
Other bags I've heard good things on are Deuter and Osprey.
Apr 7, 2013 8:13 AM
4The best bag for you is the one that fits you the best. Go to a store and try some different ones on with added weight. Eve better if you can purchase, use at home indoors and be allowed to return the bag to the store if it doesn´t fit well enough.
Osprey, Deuter, Gregory all make very good bags that are all very durable.
I have a Gregory Jade 60L I have used for various trips round the world and it´s basically looking as new. (it´s a 60L cause I carry my 8 year old daughers stuff in the bag together with mine)
I use a Osprey Talon 22 as my main daypack when I cycle to/from work. Everyday in every condition. It still looks great, just get dirty now and then, but nothing my washing machine can´t handle ;-)
Another thing it´s great you from the outset considers a smaller bag - 40L will be more than enough. You´ll love it when you are on the road and you see other bakpackers around you with huge packs they can hardly lift.
Have a great trip
Edited by: pia2am To clarify
Apr 8, 2013 12:35 PM
Apr 11, 2013 2:50 PM
6"Is a 40L backpack enough? What is the best 40L or under backpack?"
Enough for what? Define 'best'.
It is impossible to answer your questions as asked without a lot more information Narcisse. Being a narcissist you may believe everyone knows about you but that isn't so.
I have no idea what you want to pack in your bag so how could I possibly know if 40L is 'enough.' Nor do I know what you expect to do with your backpack so how could I possibly suggest which is best for your needs.
The only part of your post that can be answered is the part regarding carry-on. Carry-on has to meet TH?REE criteria. Size, weight and contents. Size varies by airline and so you must look up the dimensions allowed for each airline you plan to fly and see if your pack meets those dimensions.
Weight varies by airline and can be as low as 5kg/11 lbs. So again, you must check for the airlines you plan to use.
Contents allowed will also vary. Often for example you are restricted to containers of liquids and gels of not mor than 100ml/3 oz. That eliminates an ordinary tube of toothpaste or bottle of shampoo.
Apr 14, 2013 8:43 PM
7Small packs---things to look for are extra straps or tie down points. It will be COLD in both Peru & Ecuador and it is nice to tie a blanket to the outside of your pack on the top and a windbreaker with a down vest tied to bottom. And you don't need a bag with waist straps.
Good idea to have a small bag for buses in Ecuador--I put my bag into the baggage compartment on a bus in Ecuador and it disappeared at one of our many stops.
If you do want a bigger bag once you get to Peru, you can pick up full size North Face Backpacks for $50 in Lima and Cusco.
And my daughter is still carrying her small KMart pack after 12 years while most of my expensive bags have fell apart.
Apr 16, 2013 6:44 AM
8Xinloi, a backpack does not have a 'waist strap'. That you call it that would indicate that you do not understand the purpose of a HIP belt.
A daypack is intended to carry a light load and all the weight is carried on your shoulders. A backpack is intended to carry a heavier (more than 5-10lbs) load and you no longer will be happy carrying all that weight on your shoulders. So you use a hip belt to transfer the majority of the weight off your shoulders and onto your hips.
NO backpacker who knows anything about carrying a pack would make the statement, 'you don't need a bag with waist straps. Have a look at this video to see how you put on a pack properly.
Or are you calling a daypack a backpack? Some people do call any pack a backpack which can confuse the issue.
Also, re the NF packs for $50 in Lima and Cusco. Why would they be cheaper there? They are not manufactured there as a look at this map will show you.
Most NF packs are currently manufactured in China. I know of no reason why prices would be much lower in Lima or Cusco. However, I am reminded of 2 young guys who came into the bar I owned on a Greek island. They were all enthusiastic about the great deals they had got on Lacoste shirts and Levi jeans. Prices that were a fifth of what they would pay at home.
I tried to explain to them what a 'rip-off copy' was but they insisted I was wrong. Given that I was well aware of fake clothing, Rolex watches, etc. being sold, I was not wrong. But people never seem to learn. Women today keep buying Louis Vitton handbags online for 'incredible' low prices, only to find out when they are delivered that they are just rip-off copies.
I very seriously doubt that say any of the packs on this page: http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/equipment-technical-packs#1366120657016 Can be bought for $50.
Apr 16, 2013 8:18 AM
9Fake NF packs and clothing is manufactured in Bolivia and sold in South America. Have had no problems with the stuff we bought.
I agree that a person who is actually going to hump a ruck for miles should have a hip/waist strap--but how many such people are on this Forum? Questions usually come from people who are just going to throw their pack on a bus or plane or truck.
The vast majority of backpackers I meet in Central and South America have no intention of ever walking more than one kilometer carrying a pack. And the majority of those I meet who are actually going to hike with a pack are only doing the 4 day Inca Trail where porters carry their pack and the rest of their trip is not walking.
Apr 18, 2013 11:31 AM
10Umm, so you are now saying you know the packs for $50 are NOT NF packs but rip-off copies? Are you then suggesting that buying a rip-off copy is a good idea? So your statement, "you can pick up full size North Face Backpacks for $50 in Lima and Cusco." is in fact a statement you made knowing it was not true?
First, there is the question of what you get for your money. There is no question it will be an inferior product. Second, there is the question of supporting the illegal rip-off of the company's name and the potential damage to their reputation that can result from someone thinking it is the real thing when in fact it is not.
I'm not talking about the morality of buying rip-off copies of anything, but the real issues of quality.
Secondly, yes, most don't walk far, nevertheless, you cannot make the statement, "And you don't need a bag with waist straps." unless YOU KNOW what the person reading this thread intends to do. I don't have a crystal ball, do you? Therefore it is important for the reader to KNOW what a hip belt is for and they can then make an educated decision as to how important it is to them rather than you or I ASSUMING how important it might be.
Who you met and what they were doing is irrelevant. You will meet people doing what you do. Guess what, I will meet people doing what I do. If I want a backpack that will let me do 'urban travel' (basically what it sounds like you do) but also let me walk for days on the Camino de Santiago, then I will need a real backpack or travelpack with a hipbelt.
Do not ASSUME everyone's needs are the same as your own.
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