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Old 02-13-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Backpacks recommendations.

Im thinking about going backpacking across europe this year with some friends and was wondering if you can recommend some packs.There are so many at MEC so I want to narrow it down...something that isnt ultra bulky but has space for essentials....50L-60L range.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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Try to shoot for around 200$, best to try one on at mec to make sure it fits. I think the one i have is called the aurora, very comfy.

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Old 02-13-2013, 11:24 AM   #3
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I have an osprey and love it, little big though

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Old 02-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #4
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Go to the store and try them on with weight in them(they will assist you)
$200 will get you a good one. I recomend one that opens like a suitcase...alot of them only open from the top and it's a big pain in the butt to get at stuff at the bottom you basically have to take all your clothes out.

Some of them have the top opening as well as a zipper that goes around the whole front of it... try and find one with both access points.

I just returned from a 3 month trip from thailand vietnam cambodia laos etc etc.. was amazing. Also have spent 4 months in europe. Enjoy!
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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Any intent to do hiking with it? If so it'd be best to get something that can support a lot of weight (re. more expensive) vs something cheaper that I wouldn't want to haul 60lb's around in.

As for brands, Arcteryx, Osprey, Mountain Hardware, Deuter all make nice bags. I like Arcteryx in that they'll cover it from defects for the life of the product, and repair quite affordably if you damage it. They're packs also don't have as big of a price jump over the competition as some of their clothing does.

Really nice bag for the price.
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