Travelpack help


#1

I am trying to make a decision about what pack to buy. Features i want include suitcase style opening, wheels, good shoulder and waist straps and daypack. Here is what i have narrowed it down to:

Caribee Fast Track 75L
Caribee Skymaster 70L
EPE Cursa Roller 65

I would also consider these two, but are more expensive:
Eagle Creek Switchback 25
Osprey Meridian 28

I have heard that fast track is a really good bag, but i am worried that 75L is too big (i am female, 165cm tall, average build)
So it may be between the skymaster and cursa. EPE is about $100 cheaper, but i dont know if the quality is as good as a caribee.
Any suggestions and recommendations would be greatly appreciated


#2

Hi,

You are around my height and the 75 L was WAY too big for me. Even when it was empty, I felt like I was going to fall over backwards! I went into a travel store (Mainpeak I think) and discussed my options with them. I can’t help you with the different types of backpacks with wheels - mine is a normal backpack!
:slight_smile:


#3

Hi! I am about the same height, and I got fitted for a 65lt backpack!

Mine doesn’t have wheels, but I got the shop assistant to put some heavy things in it so i could see how it went with weight in it.

Hope this helps,
Katie


#4

When I did discover europe with topdeck last year, I found a bag on wheels was really, really good, the only thing was going up stairs and the very small lifts in europe!
One of the other girls took a backpack for her stuff and it looked annoying and very heavy to carry! (especially towards the end after shopping)
I just had a shoulder bag I could keep in front of me for a day bag to avoid pickpocketers, rather then a backpack where i cant see who is opening it behind me or putting there hands in.
Hope this helps
Brooke :slight_smile:


#5

I have also heard from people other people who have done Euro tours that the backpack is annoying, however I chose baggage without wheels after speaking with the shop assistants at various shops because I said I had a certain injury & they surprisingly the best baggage for me would be a backpack. Therefore, I’d suggest the best thing you do is talk to the sales assistants about your circumstances… :slight_smile:


#6

all i can say is that when u get to a hostel or somewhere that doesn’t have an elevator or it broken, u will be glad u have a backpack. taken from personal experience.


#7

Hello,
Finding a bag is very hard. i decided on the Blackwolf Cedar Backpack as it has really good harness that distributes the weight evenly over your back and shoulders. It also comes with a decent size zip on day backpack. I have brought a lightweight collapseable luggage trolley so i can wheel everything around when needed, but still be able to walk up stairs without dislocating a shoulder.

hope this helps


#8

hey im not so worried about the bag but wats in it, im worried its 2heavy and i will have to leave stuff behind, r they really funny about that or should it be fine?


#9

Are towels supplied on euro club tours or do you have to bring your own


#10

is anyone else taking a suitcase or am i the only one?


#11

I’m taking a suitcase :slight_smile:


#12

I am taking suitcase


#13

Thats alright then i thought i was the only one doing that! :slight_smile:


#14

Hi Cathy,

I too was torn about bags. I tried on the Caribee fast track and it just didn’t sit right. In the end I got the Osprey Sojourn which is more expensive, but in my opinion a much better bag. I knew as soon as I put it on it was right. My advice is don’t buy a bag you can’t try on first.

Hope this helps.


Britian and Ireland Explorer August 28 2011


#15

does anyone know an approximate percentage of those who take suitcases, and those that take backpacks!?


#16

Hey Jess,

It really does vary. On our EuroCamping trips passengers tend towards backpacks, while on EuroClub and EuroHotel there’s generally a mix. Whether you bring a suitcase or a backpack as your main luggage, as long as it it the right size and weight, is up to your preference i.e. what is more important to you: keeping your clothes neater & easier to find in the bag (in which case: suitcase) or making it easier to carry your luggage around and to fit them into tighter spaces (in which case: backpack).

Hope this info helps :slight_smile:

Cheers,

Liana
Topdeck Team

PS. I’m more of a backpack person