I've been looking for backpacks for the past month or two, and even bothering the people at REI to the point where they recognize me now and laugh when they see me back.
I've been looking at the Kestrel 48 (top/bottom load), Gregory Savant 58 (full front load), and the Osprey Farpoint 40.
I would prefer to have my bags carry on, which I believe I've read the Kestrel and Farpoint can be. Not sure about the Savant.
I read the Savant used to have a 48L but I'm not sure why they don't anymore [img]smileys/frown.gif[/img]
I don't want anything less than 40L. I'm carrying camera equipment as well, and I'm not a super packing pro yet.
I'd like to add that I will be doing treks (jungles, and Everest Base camp in Nepal) and walking often. Which is one thing that turns me away from the Farpoint. It's not the most comfortable for hiking/trekking.
#1 mthawkins has been a member since 18/3/2014. Posts: 7
Carry on bags need to be small. Just buy any decent brand. Same same.
#2 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
I won't be carrying much heavy professional camera gear. Just my DSLR and lens or two. Maybe a messenger bag that can hold my camera and iPad
#4 mthawkins has been a member since 18/3/2014. Posts: 7
Its just a bag dude. Any decent brand will last 8 years or more. My backpack is 10 years old - caribee.
Just pick one. Unless your climbing to the top of mt everest i wouldnt stress over it.
#5 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148