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November 15, 2006 10:05 PM Subscribe
Travelers: help me choose a sturdy, small backpack for long-term traveling.
posted by soviet sleepover to Travel & Transportation (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The more I travel the easier it is for me to condense several weeks worth of gear into 25-30lbs, leaving my huge old Mountainsmith bag with lots of room at the top. So I'm looking for a backpack the size of a large daypack but with the structural features of a sturdy hiking pack: internal frame, well-padded straps & hip-belt, a chest cinch/buckle, lots of buckles & loops to strap a sleeping bag &/or tent to on the outside, and a way to adjust the height of the shoulder straps on the bag. Other bonuses (hydration-compatible, has a removable top pouch that turns into a satchel, etc) are awesome, too.
If it helps, I'm a 5'9" woman, thin, and not especially strong. Because of the way I travel (very seat-of-my-pants, rarely in hotels or even hostels), suitcase-y bags and other non-backpacker luggage is out of the question. With all this in mind, I'm having very little luck finding something small but full-featured, particularly on a limited budget. Because I'll probably be buying off ebay ultimately, please suggest anything that comes to mind--pricy is okay, but cheap is better!--and if you have any recommendations on where to get discounted backpacks/gear, please say so. Thank you!