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Old 05-10-2005, 02:58 AM   #1
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Ok, after weeks of reading every post on backpacks and being only a month and half away from leaving for Europe I have narrowed my search down to 2 backpacks. Since I am only a newbie I thought I would let the experianced backpacking veterans help me decide between the two. Here are the links.

http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/47941247...MPING_HIKING_SA


http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms/opencm...?productId=3449

To give you some more info, I am taking 26 days and m ainly sticking to the capitals or the larger cities. I am staying in hostels and plan on being a tourist and sticking mainly to the touristy areas. I will venture off the beaten path next time, but time is not on my side for this trip. Thanks for all your help.
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Personally, I prefer one with a daypack. Once you check into your hostel, you throw your big backpacker in the a locker or chain it up to your bed frame, then you head out and explore the city with your removable daypack (put a light jacket/sweater in there, water, guidebook, camera, etc...).

You'll get some serrrrrrious mileage from a daypack, let me tell you...uh huh...

Here's an affordable Columbia backpack with removable daypack

This one's pretty tight- Eagle Creek, but it's a little bit more than your choices. You'll also find that Eagle Creek has a couple of cheaper ones too.

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Will that be big enough? I didn't see a size listed but it doesn't look much bigger than a normal backpack, this of course, coming from an inexperianced backpacker. Let me know and thanks for the reply.
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You're only going for 26 days, so the size would definately be big enough. I'm going for a total of 22 days and my 50L backpack seems to me like over-kill... Then again I'm a light packer.

I got a pack with a day pack too - I agree with TP on that topic. I also like the panel loading option (it unzips 3/4 of the way down for easy access) instead of the top loading. I don't want to unload my entire pack just to get the towel from the bottom of it.
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I like the spec on the North Face bag...but honestly, think you can find better. Checkout Dana Designs (swift traveler) or Marmot. Then find the pack you want on sale
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I personally think the post important aspect of a pack is making sure that it's NOT a top loader. It's always so much more convienient to have a zipper going down the side or having a travel pack (the whole front panel zips down). I found out the hard way. It's just so frusterating accessing every thing from the top. Unless your hiking and going backcountry go for a travel pack.
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Hey thanks for all the advice. I have decided to steer clear of these two. Someone else just posted a link to an eaglecreek bag. I think I am going to go with that one. Here's the link.

http://www.ebags.com/eagle_creek/ultimate_...?modelid=18451#

Thanks again. 33 days to go!
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