Big bags are the new small bags.
Anyone else rolling more than 100L deep?
Our big kids are now big enough to carry some of the smallest one's gear and all the rest can carry their own, so I can opt for a pack that will fit me well (not just be the biggest one available for purchase) and not be too big.
But then, apart from my clothes, sleeping bag and toiletries I don't need to carry much other than a paper notebook and pencil case (hubby carries the camera and laptop)
As you have already identified....the key is what your personal requirements are.
I have noticed in the past few years that there's definitely a trend towards bigger and bigger bags if you're in a hostel or whatever (as in my 40L+20L daypack). I'm not quite certain why this is.
I know it will be a pain here and there but there simply are things i want to take. Mostly i will be using a daybag, much smaller, when the monster is locked up or i am at a stable locale.
This is my first backpacking trip. I may end up ditching stuff along the way to lighten the load, but in my mind i am going over there with this stuff. So, big bag.
Right now i have wy to big of a wardrobe. I should downsize that to wht i can fit in that little 38 l.....less laundry!
A few years ago, I bought a 35L pack - and I am MUCH happier traveling with her (yes, my pack is a female.. I am sure of it, since we get along so well ), and the 75L pack has just been collecting dust since.
In any case, I went with a Deuter ACT-Lite 65+10 for the following reasons:
-Fantastic capacity, plus the dividable bottom compartment for sleeping bag and bed roll.
-Very light... 3lbs, 15oz
-Very comfortable for my build, and the suspension and airflow system seems very well-designed.
-Most importantly for me, and a dual point... it does not have umpteen outside straps (something I will not use, and extra stuff to break), but it *does* have a very efficient system of compacting straps so that if I want, I can easily and attractively shrink it down to take no more space than an average 35-40L pack.
Here's a link if you want to see exactly what I'm talking about:
http://www.rei.com/product/795605/deute ... 65-10-pack
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