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backpacks - May 11th 2010, 09:56 AM

Right. So i'm backpacking for just over 6 weeks in thailand.
I havent a clue what size bag to bring. I'll be packing as minimally as possible... And have to carry my bag with me on most my day trips. So the smaller the better.

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Re: backpacks - May 11th 2010, 08:23 PM

I think you may find this useful. It's a short guide that may help you consider other things.

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Re: backpacks - May 11th 2010, 08:31 PM

I like the onces that are light and big like this one http://www.ebags.com/product/kelty/r...ud-6650/123892
you can look around that site and find one you like.

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Re: backpacks - May 12th 2010, 05:50 AM

I'm assuming you're not talking 6 weeks with no stops, resupplies, etc. If you are, go for something like the Gregory Whitney 95, or any other ~100 liter pack.

For weekend-weeklong trips, I'd suggest the Gregory Z65 (my pack) or Baltoro 70, the Osprey Aether 70 or Atmos 65, Rei Ridgeline 65, or Deuter Aircontact series. The Aether is probably the most versatile of these, it can carry up to 55-60lbs, is relatively lightweight, and has an adjustable back panel and interchangeable hip belts. I ended up buying the Gregory because I found one on sale for a great price and because it's over a pound lighter than the Osprey.

Day trips and overnights: Probably the Osprey Kestrel series, great 30-50L packs. Also the Osprey Exos 46, which is an ultralight pack designed for 25-30lbs. I tried the Exos 58 on a weekend trip last month and loved the design, but the suspension just can't hold up to heavy loads and the hip belt is trash.

Cheap packs: The best cheap packs are probably the North Face Terra series, Deuter Aircontact, and Rei Flash. As for Kelty, they make awesome sleeping bags, but I'd stay away from their tents and backpacks.

Let me know what all you're packing and I can probably help you figure out which of these you need.

EDIT: Oops, these are all the men's/unisex versions. You may be able to wear a men's pack (I almost bought a women-specific pack), but if you're looking for a women's pack, Osprey Aether=Ariel, Atmos=Aura. Gregory Z-packs=Jade, Baltoro=Deva.

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