Choosing a Rucksack!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 22, 2013 4:10 AM Last Post By: innowaybored
Jun 17, 2013 6:13 AM
Jun 17, 2013 9:51 PM
Jun 18, 2013 3:17 AM
Jun 18, 2013 4:53 AM
Jun 18, 2013 7:47 AM
4A 35L bag is big enough for 2 years, just as easily as 2 weeks. There is no difference in what you need to pack.
What I would suggest is you look at what KIND of pack you need. A wilderness backpack is for wilderness travel. A travel pack is a better idea for an interrail trip.
Example here: http://www.rei.com/product/837010/osprey-farpoint-40-travel-pack
The term rucksack is pretty dated and is not synonymous with 'backpack'. Here is what a rucksack looks like:
I don't think that is what you want to buy.
Jun 18, 2013 12:11 PM
5Doing a two week road trip in Portugal in September with self and GF looking to travel hand luggage only. Dry run with kit whilst on holiday with the car here in the UK ten days ago proved it's workable.
Choice of clothing is wash/wear stuff along with travel towels, wet wipe, sandals and chargers for phones and cameras. Shower gel etc will be bought locally when we get there and we'll have Platypus folding bottles or Flexi Flasks to take care of water carrying. Shirts etc dry in 2-3 hours in the UK so they should be ready in less time given anticipated temps in September.
Tech stuff is being kept to a minimum - no smart phone, tablets or laptops. Phone will be my old pay as you go text and call Nokia and reading matter etc will be on fully charged Kindles. Info will be photocopied and any local maps or info posted home if we're finished with them.
The bag I'll take will be a toss-up between an OMM lightweight 35 litre climbing pack or my workhorse Berghaus 24/7 25 litre pack.
Jun 18, 2013 2:03 PM
6Thanks so much for all the replies, definitely going for a smaller bag!
Been looking at this bag: http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/berghaus-capacitor-35-womens-p213191
Does anyone have any experience with this bag, brand or top loading bags in general?
From reading around the top loading backpacks, they seem to be safer and more waterproof, however the packing & unpacking could prove a problem!
Jun 18, 2013 2:31 PM
7The brand is fine. Top loading as you say has less chance of leaking in rain than a pack with a zipper running around 3 sides (travel packs). The drawback is also as you say, packing of one vs. the other. The Travel pack also has no shoulder straps/hip belt to catch in carousels or train luggage racks etc. That's why the harness zips away.
For carrying on your back for extended periods of time the backpack such as the one you are looking at is superior to a travel pack. For other use a travel pack is superior. It's really about how you will use it most of the time and personal preference.
Jun 18, 2013 7:51 PM
8Top loading or panel loading? Pretty subjective, actually.
When hiking for days out in the wilds, I much prefer a top loader. If there is any chance of rain -- or stream crossing -- I line my pack with a gigantic, heavy duty trash bag and close up the top -- waterproof protection against both rain and river-crossing mishap. I pack only stuff that I need -- so at the end of the day, I am pretty much emptying out all the contents anyway. So no issues with 'organization or convenience'.
But when traveling (hosteling), I much prefer panel loading plus a few different compartments with zipper closures. I don't unpack everything at the end of each day, and I hate looking for things in a "one big hole" kind of a backpack.
As for size -- if you are not carrying camping or sporting equipment -- and if you are going to relatively temperate places (0C and up) -- 35L is more than enough space. My own pack is around 30L and my longest trip is a seven-month RTW trip. And I wear clean clothes everyday.
But what about souvenirs and such? This is subjective too. How much of a shopper are you? I am not a shopper, and whatever things I buy, I accumulate over a few weeks (or even a month) and just ship them back home from time to time -- surface mail. But if you are an avid shopper, that could get expensive. OTOH, a big pack is not really the ideal answer either -- because you are then turning yourself into a pack mule. And who wants that?
Jun 21, 2013 11:35 AM
9I just bought an Osprey Talon 33 for next trip and it seems really comfortable when I was trying it out in shop. The guy weighted it and was really comfortable once hed adjusted straps etc. Apart from being top loading which I'd prefer not to have it has load of space for two weeks. I bought it especially to be carry on so am purposely travelling as light as possible, something I'm not naturally that great at!
Jul 22, 2013 4:10 AM
10We opted for 32 ltr packs for our trips. I use about 20ltrs for clothes and the rest for camera/tech. Nota problem at all for 2 weeks or 2 years. Our only regreat is not having enough space for many souveneers but hey.....
We chose the north face casimir 32ltr (comes in a womans version as well) and it has been great. Very light and can be taken on board the flight as cabin baggage
For our next trip (where it could be raining) we're going to get a raincover and drysacs and see what works best.
All the best
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