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Old 01-25-2006, 09:29 PM   #1
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Hey I've been lurking the site for over a month now! I love this place I've probally got 75% of all my information from the forums.

Well my brother and I are headed over to Europe from May 22 thru June 27 (5 weeks). I've been looking at all sorts of packs from Dana Design, Eagle Creek, and some REI stuff.

I've found an awsome deal on the Eagle Creek Continental Journey pack and was wondering if it would be big enough for 5 weeks of travel. It says its total capacity of 4200 cu. in. with the day pack included which means the main pack is only 3000 cu. inches. Is that big enought for the bulk of my clothes/shoes?

Has anyone else used this pack for an extended amount of time? It sorta looks to small but I rather have something small than being forced to drag 50 pounds of crap all around Europe!

Any information would be awsome. Thanks again!
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Old 01-25-2006, 09:55 PM   #2
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Whether or not the pack is big enough for your trip depends entirely on how much stuff you want to put inside of it. 4200 c.u. seems like it should be plenty though. My backpack is about 3000 c.u. and I could easily do 5 weeks with it... but I bring ONE pair of shoes and keep the rest of my crap to a minimum. Except socks and undies. Don't skimp on those.

I'm more of a fan of mountaineering-type backpacks rather than the packs specifically geared towards the travel industry (like Eagle Creek's stuff). But that's also because I like my equipment to be multi-use, and I'm a big fan of camping & hiking.

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I'm a backpacker without a "pack." I have a messenger bag, a smallish backpack, and a little rolling bag. I take them all carry on. Never had a proper "pack."
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I'm a backpacker without a "pack."* I have a messenger bag, a smallish backpack, and a little rolling bag.* I take them all carry on.* Never had a proper "pack."
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That's only becaue you're weird, Steph! :D

I have the slightly larger pack, the Transcontinental Journey. I've said before in my reviews of it that overall the continental line is a good value, but the detachable day packs are shit. Best to leave that at home and take a good backpack from North Face or something else. http://www.travelpunk.com/boards/ind...showtopic=9386

Anyway, YMMV, and depending on how much you absolutely have to bring with you, the Continental may be enough. I liked the added security of the steel cable wound through the bag on mine...
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I'm a backpacker without a "pack."* I have a messenger bag, a smallish backpack, and a little rolling bag.* I take them all carry on.* Never had a proper "pack."
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Seriously, I would look into Marmot - especially the Eiger series packs. Just a suggestion.
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I had the eagle creek ultimate explorer and it was way to big, I'm 6'2" and it made me look like a child being eatin by an aligator. Man I clocked some amount of little Spainish people with that thing.
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I got the Eagle Creek Transcontinental Journey. I felt it was too big for me as I'm only 5'6 I went ahead and ordered the Continental Journey (4200cu in). Its at home right now waiting for me to check it out lol. But I wont be home for another 2 weeks soooo...
That reminds me, I gotta return my Transcontinental Journey to Ebags lol. Since they no longer sell that particular model, I wonder what they'll do with mine
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