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Old 07-13-2006, 05:34 PM   #1
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Hi,i just bought a Eagle Creek Switchback® Max ES 25 and im wondering if i made a mistake.In my excitement and haste i wasnt really thinking and now im wondering if this pack is just to big to backpack with.It weighs 11 pounds without anything in it,the dimensions are 15 x 25 x 10 in / 38 x 64 x 25 cm (main bag) and now im wondering if it will even be able to fit in the lockers of any Hostel or train station.

Will i be okay with the pack or should i find something not a big? I will be backpacking for 3 months and it does have alot of room,but its like a suitcase with straps.

Any help would be much appreciated,thank you.
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:24 PM   #2
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Well I have never traveled with something so big and I'm doubting it would fit any locker, I do have the tendecy of carring a more sleek, small backpack just not to call the attention. but dude I have no clue let me get the dimensions of a regular locker for ya. Yeah from what I gotn it seems a bit big, dude what are you mainly gonna do thou???? camp out or be in hostels?
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I will be spending about a quarter of my time camping and the rest staying in hostels.
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Hey!! Welcome to the boards!!

Unfortunately our Tpunk Gear Guru, KingCrazyLegs is travelling somewhere on this planet, and won't be back in a week or so, but I found you a really useful guide he made for when you're choosing your pack: How to choose a pack!!.

Can you return the one you already bought and exchange it for one that suits you best? I think you could do that, figure out the pack that you really need from that guide and go again to the shop u bought yours from. If it's impossible to exchange it (like get another salesman and explain how your mum tried to surprise you but got you the wrong pack...) then you could sell it off at Ebay.

I hope this helps!! Anymore doubts just ask away and we'll try to give you more precise help!!
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Welcome to the boards!

The pack you described is pretty big, but not the biggest pack, so you shoulding have much trouble. In fact, my Eagle Creek, the Transcontinental Journey is substantially larger, and I didn't have much issue with lockers (though it was a tight squeeze.)

For what its worth, you may want to pick up a good cable lock (like for a bicycle) just in case you do run across a locker that doesn't hold it. That way you can secure it to a fixed object (like a bunk bed) and still be able to sleep at night.

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O.k, I want to clear something out. I think I did my calc's a bit wrong but for me it still seems big, and I was trying to help that's the reason I asked sometimes taking too much stuff becomes a pain in the back (hehehe yeah I'm still drunk and it went awsome tonight!)
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Thank you for all the help,Im going to go back and see if i can return my pack tommorow.If i can then i will pick one more to my size and if not then from what Joker said i think i should be okay.I guess im just trying to make sure i dont mess anything up,i leave July 30 and im getting really excited and just counting down the days till i leave.

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Hey!! that's in 15 days!!! Where are ya going??
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Hey!! that's in 15 days!!!* Where are ya going??
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Well,i dont really have anything planned except my first 4 nights in Rome.After that im just gonna go wherever and whenever.I dont really know how well thats gonna work out but it should all be fun.Im do plan on seeing as much of Europe as possible though,in the meantime im just counting down the days till im gone.
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