I'm looking to start a new hobby and do some wilderness backpacking. Nothing too intense, just a few days long to a week long. Does this backpack seem appropriate for the trip? Or would you say it is too big/small/heavy/etc? I'm also looking at http://www.overstock.com/Luggage-...uct-detail which is a similar size but about ten inches shorter. Since i am just getting my feet wet with this hobby i don't want to spend the big bucks on good equipment until i know I like the hobby. Thanks for any help!
First, to the OP... please put the price _somewhere_ in the post (it's $33.99 w/shipping).
There is no information on the site about this pack other then its a backpack and it's black. I can see why it's probably not selling. Most backpacks are rated on how many liters they hold (or cubic inches... but that is confusing). A pack used for a week long trip might be 45-65 liters. A pack for a weekend might be 30-45 liters. This pack just gives it's dimensions which says almost nothing (mainly since you can't compare it with other packs). I brick has dimensions... but it won't carry anything. You can't even see the front of this bag! If a bag is bigger then 20 liters it needs to be shaped to a mans or woman's body. This appears to be generic.
My recommendation is to stay away from this pack. It's too big to be a day pack and there is not enough information given to know enough about it to subject yourself to using it for more then a day. Even if you want an inexpensive pack I'd _HIGHLY_ recommend you shop local (at least at first). Good stores will have weights you can place in the pack and you need to walk around the store for while and see how it fits for you. Fit is _very_ important. You need to consider the type of support it offers, the feel of the shoulder and waist straps, how it adjusts, etc. Even if you are not going far and only for a day or two, you need to have a good pack that won't fail in some way. I'd say the pack is second to a good pair of shoes. Would you want to get a hot spot in a shoe while hiking? A terrible backpack can be just as much of a pain.
I'm no expert (I live in Salt Lake City and have been backpacking for about 7 years now... about 15 times a year) but for a weekend you'd be looking at something around 45 liter size. This considers non-specialized light weight equipment.
I'd say a nice, good weekend pack can be had for around $65. But that is on the low end. A decent, low end pack is probably going to be around $100. My recommendation for anyone who wants to save a buck... look at the online classifieds!
I agree with Tcope that this is a risky deal. From the dimension, the bag is probably at least 50L in capacity. However, I can't tell from the photo how good anything is (Zippers, material, straps, backing, etc.)
However, I think the size/quality of the backpack depends on what you need.
I see too many people wearing very expensive (often North Face) backpack to school or work (carry a few books and a laptop). Or people taking monster 60L backpacks for a weekend trip. Those packs are either half empty, or they are filled with numerous other containers for too much stuff. (i.e. you don't need to bring your ENTIRE Costco sized bottle of shampoo AND conditioner for a 2 day trip...and have them in a separate zippered toiletry bag inside your backpack...
I went "backpacking" for a week in Japan a few years ago, but I'm didn't camp, and can do laundry at the hostels I stayed at. I got by with a very full 25 liter backpack. Unfortunately, since the pack was on my shoulder about 15 hours a day, the stiff shoulder straps rubbed my shoulders raw by the end of the trip... On other trips, I've taken a big duffel (Kelty "medium size") + a 25L backpack. They are a little awkward to wear together, but it works and since 90% of the case, I only need to get the duffel bag to the hotel, so the awkwardness only lasted 15-20 minutes at a time.
Afrosty: I see dozens of backpack deals here on SD the last few months. I think you can get a really nice one (whatever size you decide on) for a good price. You should add an alert for "backpack" and "pack" and "hiking" and "REI". That way, you won't miss the deals. Also, you should stop by an REI store to look/touch/ask about them. If you are going "backcountry" and need to camp/cook/survive with a bag for several days away from civilization, then maybe the 50-75L bags make sense...
Just remember: Everything has a weight, and that weight is on your back much of the time, so pack only what you need for the trip you are taking! :-)
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