With Christmas around the corner and some serious travel plans too, I have decided to get myself a backpack. NOT as easy to choose as you may think. In February 2017, I will be embarking on a trip to Nepal to go and check out them Himalayas and maybe find Karmar-Taj to find my magic powers. From Nepal, I will head to India to start my yoga learning journey.
What size can you fly with?
I’d love to be only talking about carry-on luggage. I have done a bit of research on this and (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm) seems to be standard. And it usually needs to be 7kg or less… That’s nowhere near enough space/weight for a long trip, especially with my camera gear.
I’ve see too many confusing and detailed posts so here’s a really honest and to the point breakdown of the 5 backpacks that I looked at.
1. The Mardingtop 50L Backpack
This backback boasts just the right amount of storage space for me. It looks comfortable and neat. I’ve had a few backbacks with terrible loose straps. Loose straps are enough to drive you mad when you’re trekking through the hot South African Drakensburg mountains. It claims to be ideal for a 3-day hike and in all fairness, I’d be handwashing shit after 3 days.
2. TETON Sports Summit 1500 Backpack
You can clearly see that this is your typical backpack for hiking or at least it’s what I have in mind when thinking of trekking through mountains with a tent. I’d buy this one if it came in black. Yes, colour matters, remember, this thing is your new best friend and you wouldn’t want a pack that you don’t 100% love. I do like the reinforced spine and waist support on this bag. What turned me off is that it’s ideal for a day hike. This generally means that the comfort level comes second to the internal makeup and structure.
3. The NOMATIC Travel Bag
I saw this bag on Facebook. Yup, good old Facebook ads, which I will probably be seeing more of now that I’ve written this post. FML. Although this is not really a bag for trekking or hiking, it is a very well thought out everyday backpack for essentials. Go have a look at their video on Indiegogo and let it blow your mind!
4. Local Lion Outdoor 35L Backpack
Another clean bag just like the Mardington. I really am attracted to the simple bags with less straps. For the last year, I have been getting rid of clutter so maybe that’s why. Maybe it’s because this complex product appearing so simple, means that a lot of work has been put into stylizing the bag. I didn’t opt for this bag simply because of the back support. It’s a soft back with not much breathing space which would probably only be good for a day or two. My current camera back is similar and my back is sopping after an hour in Thailand’s sweaty weather.
5. Makino Outdoor Hiking Waterproof 60L
So this is a strong contender. It looks a little more complex, but that’s just the fabric detailing. It has just the right amount of straps to carry a yoga mat down the back, water bottles on the side and something else on the underside. It even has a laptop compartment. I am still deciding between this one and the Mardington and it’s a tricky one. The laptop compartment is a big sway but the look is letting me down.
Like most things in life, the end decision is yours and it will always be yours. So, you do you and choose whichever bag you like!
Bring on Nepal!