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The right backpack for both tropical and alpine conditions!

  • sag14

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    Hi there.

    I am planning my medical elective and getting quite confused on what kind of backpack I should get.

    My trip requires me to pack for sun/rain/humidity in Borneo (4 weeks) and also camping in alpine conditions in the himalayas (4 weeks).

    I do not have to carry camping gear (cooking equipment, tent..ect) just my sleeping bag, clothes and personal things.

    Any advise on size and brands would be great!

    Thanks,
    Signy

    #1 Posted: 29/5/2012 - 15:11

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  • busylizzy

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    Will you be flying in/out of the same place in both Borneo and Himalayas? If so, you may want to consider leaving some stuff behind at a guesthouse or similar for the 4 weeks that you won't need it rather than lug alpine gear around Borneo. You could maybe use a spare daypack for this?

    #2 Posted: 29/5/2012 - 19:33

  • goonistik

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    Dear Signy

    I wich I could be more specific but there are many variables that need to be considered such as:
    Weather (winter weather means more clothes)
    Terrain (will you be hiking over roads/paths or trekking across jungle/unmarked trails/rough terrain)
    Torso length

    Here is a guide that will you help you.
    http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpack.html

    Just be aware that the capacity recommended there includes space for camping gear. So you can get by with a smaller pack than usual.

    If I had to recommend a brand it would be Deuter but recently I've found myself interested in the backpacks of MacPac. There are many excellent choices, it all boils down to what is available in your country.
    http://www.deuter.com/en_DE/index.php
    http://www.macpac.co.nz/

    Ideally you should go to an outdoor store (with well-informed salespeople) and try a few packs on for size (loaded and weighted so you can see how the backpacks feel)

    #3 Posted: 29/5/2012 - 21:25

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