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New Rucksack - advice pls - it used to be so easy!

  • macleoda

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    With a 7 week trip coming up to India, Burma and beyond, I need to buy a new pack but I have a fundamental point I need advice on.

    (BTW - sharing cost with my dad so we can afford a decent one between us).

    Seems there is a new style of pack, designed for adventure travel, which cost about the same, hold about the same, but seem to weigh MUCH less. Examples:

    Lowe Alpine Travel Trekker II
    Deuter Traveller 70+10
    Berghaus Jalan II 60+15

    All three of these seem light, good quality and apparently designed more for travel than for trekking / hiking.

    On the other hand, there is what I think of as a more "conventional" pack, which is also front-loading but might serve me better in future occasions for more traditional camping, hiking and trekking. My favourite in this class is:

    Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre 65:85

    (but it weighs nearly 3kg!).

    The size and even the weight aren't really the issue, we're both pretty fit and strong.

    I just don't really get why such fundamental different styles, different constructions, different weights - and yet they would all seem OK for trekking & travelling, and NONE of them is a specialist pack for climbing etc.

    Thoughts welcome!



    #1 Posted: 11/5/2013 - 12:27

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  • goonistik

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    Ideally you would buy 2 different packs; one for travel and another pack for hiking/trekking/camping. Different horses for different courses.

    If you are hiking/trekking/camping on this trip than you are best off with a pack designed for that.

    Now if you had to buy just one pack, than I suggest you go with the Cero Torre since it seems to me that camping/hiking/trekking are important to you. It actually weighs less than the Deuter 70+10 (3.2 kg vs 2.72 kg)

    Travel backpacks are more convenient but you can always make do with what you have.

    #2 Posted: 11/5/2013 - 19:42

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