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Old 03-03-2005, 09:33 AM   #1
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Being an Ebay whore, I went to ebay to find a backpack...also cheaper I figure. I've been reading the other posts on packs, but they all seem to be 100+, and I was hoping to score something cheaper.
Do any of these packs seem like they would do?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...me=STRK:MEWA:IT


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...me=STRK:MEWA:IT


I know they might be top loading, but I figure I can forgo the convenience for the price...thanks again all
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the backpacker is all about saving money. We eat cheap food, drink cheap beer and sometime stay in shit holes..we might even sleep in a train station. But in my experiences, the only thing a backpacker should not skimp on, is the backpack. Getting a backpack that either isn't right for you, isn't waterproof, too big, too small, or anything else, can make your entire trip(which was quite a monetary investment) a complete waste. If your pack doesn't fit right or doesn;t have sufficient padding you will end up with pains that can make your trip awful. I can't tell by the descriptions of those packs, what they might offer, but I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for. I spent about 200 on mine, and my friend spent over 300 on his, there are more expensive, and cheaper, but in the 2 months we have been doing this, no pains, no leaks, and really easy to adjust. I don't want to sound like a nag but i would highly recommend getting a bag that is fit for you and has all the features you think you might want. Just my .02 cents
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I took a look at both packs...To be honest with you its a tost up between the two...its really hard when you are buying "no name" packs because you can't research them. If you are trying to save money, I would try finding a good pack that you can make sure is what you want, research it, and then find it on sale online.

I must warn you though, my opinion is based on the fact that I am a gear nerd. I research gear like its going out of style.

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Thanks to both of you!! =) I'll check out some more of the sites that have been listed on here. I have to admit I was a little suspicious of the ebay ones after reading some of you spent around $200 on your backpacks...I had a hard time believing I'd found so many good deals on ebay...
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check out MEC.ca for killer bargins on packs that are built like a brick shithouse.trust me you won't be soory about this,they also give you tips on buying and what to look for in a good pack along with a proper fitting and size chart.
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Your pack is your life..Dont skimp.
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I have a Dana Design pack - they are awesome in my opinion, and I've used lots of different packs. I prefer the Arc Series packs, but there adventure series are more versitile...

Check out this link for Far Flung on Sale for $99!!!!

Or the Swift Traveler. It has about 1000 cu.in more of space and it has a built in duffle for when you put it under the plane. Its also listed here for under $130 (its usually around $300).

I hope you find the perfect pack!
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thanks all!! i really don't know where i'd be without you lol...kind of scary to think about it
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Ok...I'm back with two DanaDesign backpacks, which one do you think is better?
I'm 5'6'', about 112 lbs.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/product.A...=85003&dept_id=

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the far flung
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...rchant&v=glance

the first one is bigger, right?
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wait...scratch that, i'm an idiot

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