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Backpack and other travel gear: buy it when I land?

  • dnoriega

    Joined Travelfish
    10th May, 2009
    Posts: 2

    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 Posted: 10/5/2009 - 19:13

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  • dnoriega

    Joined Travelfish
    10th May, 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 Posted: 10/5/2009 - 19:16

  • pamjane

    Joined Travelfish
    5th June, 2009
    Posts: 16

    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 Posted: 20/9/2009 - 04:38

  • mattocmd

    Joined Travelfish
    13th June, 2007
    Location United States
    Posts: 365

    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

    #4 Posted: 20/9/2009 - 11:06

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