How many cubic inches/liters is your pack?
--how many cubic inches or liters was the back you travelled with
--how long was your trip that you used it for
--where did you go with it (i.e. what climate? did you need to take warm clothes, sleeping bag, sleep pad, etc.)
The pack I used on a 5 month trip was, I believe, around 4500ci (75 liters?). I'm trying to decide if I can make myself bring a smaller bag on my next big (5 month) journey.
My last trip was for 7 weeks in South America, climate ranging anywhere from the rain forest, beach, mountains, and high plains...coldest weather I've ever experienced! Warm clothes and a sleeping bag were necessary in this case!
I could have packed lighter and taken a smaller pack, but that's the one that I had and I was too cheap to buy a new one!
i did laundry once, and i fit my sleeping bag inside. i packed for both hot & cool temperatures, and managed room to bring along 2 "nice" outfits.
not that pack lists haven't been killed to death, but for what it's worth i found one helpful as a reference.
I have a question kinda relevant so I'm adding to this post. How big would you guys reccommend for a Round the World one year trip? And does the favct that packs are made for ladies result in space being lost?
My piece of advice, and I think most folks on this board would agree, is to stay away from toploaders and go with one that has a panel style opening. (the type made by Eagle Creek for example).
I'm apparently not a very light packer (what can I say? I like variety) as you may notice from looking at the thread above. My leaning is toward 75 liters(rough equivalent is 4600 cubic inches -- I don't know the exact math).
Bottom line: You bring, you gotta carry it.
Everyone has their own threshold as to how much they are willing to lug around the world.
It's also a top loader, and I've had no problems with it. But i was a Scout back in the day and always used toploaders then, so I guess I'm used to it by now. If you're not used to toploaders I'd recommend the ones that zip all the way around as well.
I have no experience with this pack but so far it seems like just what I needed.
When the son of the diposed King of Nigeria emails you DIRECTLY asking for help, you help.
I don't have strong opinions about the size of pack you should get; you are getting a lot good advice BUT I do have strong advice about how to wear your pack.
I see a lot of people talking about packing heavy stuff on top and light stuff on the bottom to avoid the dreaded back killing forward lean. Packing correctly certainly helps with the lean but it is not the real culprit most of the time.
I backpack frequently and always see people with their hip belts either very loose or not secured at all and they are bitching about how their back hurts like hell. Almost all of the weight of the pack is on their shoulders!
I know some people are going to call BS on this but just try it before you say anything. They key to carrying a backpack is to put it on an inch or two high, with the shoulder straps snug and tighten the hell out of the hip belt until the whole pack is resting on your hips. Then slowly loosen the shoulder straps until the pack settles onto your hips fully. The shoulders should caryy almost little no weight and their primary function is to simply keep the pack from "tipping" off your back.
You will be standing completely upright and will have no back pain at the end of the day. The only draw back is that the hip belt may create some friction if you don't have a good padded one or your clothes are not real flat in the hip belt area. Of course you can vary the weight on the shoulders for variety. Please do your part to teach fellow backpackers this idea so that I hear less complaining in camp at night and keep in mind that the hip belt needs to be TIGHT!
Haha-that was a good rant!
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I got it at EMS so I'm going to go back and see if they have anything slightly larger. If Joe Ehrlich uses a bigger pack, well, I know I'm screwed!
I want to go to Africa with a 40 liter
what did you bring for basic clothing.
how many pants how many shirts?
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