I've decided to backpack through SEAsia for 3 months but I've never backpacked and thus do not have one.
I'm currently in South Korea. I went backpack shopping but it proved difficult to find anything for a guy with a 52 cm torso length.
I did find ONE backpack, a North Face Primero 60, but I couldn't find a good duffle bag or a rain cover. I got the pack since it felt OK, but being unable to compare it to any other packs to compare it too, and being a newbie to begin with, I'm uncertain it was worth the money.
My question is, should I take back the pack, land in Beijing (where I'm starting) with a simple bag with all my things and find an outdoor store there and get everything? I'm afraid I'll be in the same position as in South Korea: a giant in a land of merchandise for smaller folk.
#1 dnoriega has been a member since 10/5/2009. Posts: 2
Oh, and I have read all the articles on backpacks on travelfish. I know it warns against buying a pack in Asia, but I feel as long as I can find a nice bag to last me 3 months, I'll be ok.
#2 dnoriega has been a member since 10/5/2009. Posts: 2
If, by any chance, you're still in Korea... check out the back alleys of Jongno 5-Ga in Seoul (near Dongdaemun). There are more than a dozen small hiking shops, with quite a few gear brand names to choose from (Karrimor, Arc'Teryx, Northface, Osprey, Gregory, Deuter, etc).
Most of the stuff is geared toward hikers, but if you dedicate half a day to looking, you should be able to find about all you need. All of the shops are closed on Sunday.
#3 pamjane has been a member since 5/6/2009. Posts: 16
dnoriega - where are you in Korea? I am also here.
I would strongly suggest that you buy one in Korea. Koreans love their gear and you can find some good quality packs here. If you are in a large city there will definately be some travel stores for you to shop around in.
I have made the mistake of buying backpacks in Thailand and Malaysia. Just something to carry around the extra stuff that I managed to collect while there. Unless you buy a name-brand one in a legitimate shopping center, they are always garbage, trust me. Usually the zippers go first and it's an awful situation.
I bought a high quality LL Bean bag three years ago and has been a great investment.
I know it's hard in Korea but some Koreans are big. Do you have some Korean friends that can help you shop on the internet? GMarket is a good place to look.
Try this link