Backpacks are pretty contested these days, with most arguing the smaller the better.
I started out a few years ago with a BlackWolf Sierra 65+10L. It’s big, it’s green, and it had all the specifications I wanted.
– Hood/Brain/Helmet : for a pocket that’s incredibly accessible.
– Detachable day pack with hydration port : for day travelling when your staying somewhere
– Top loading AND front loading : for ease of use
– Heaps of outside adjustable straps : for carrying large/bulky/weird items
– Rain Cover : for when it rains
– Hip and sternum straps/belt : to share weight
It’s a HUGE backpack, one that I often left at home in exchange for the Caribee Cisco, at 28L and whatever extra bag I could find. I’m not too impressed by Caribee, since every backpack I have ever bought from them has ripped at the seams.
I’ve really wanted a Deuter backpack because they’re extremely reliable, and everyone I’ve spoken to who owns one, LOVES them.
Since I bought the BlackWolf before I had travelled much, I had a lot to learn.
First thing, size. I took around 30L on a backpacking trip to New Zealand. Actually, I took the Caribee Cisco I just mentioned.
Here’s me with mine packed and loaded with gear on Kepler Track, New Zealand. And a friend with his.
Since I’m leaving, rather than going and coming back, I wanted to invest in a really good quality backpack.
In a new pack, I wanted 20-30L, a hydration port, hip belt, Two main pockets or a separable main pocket, rain cover and a woman’s fit.
This was EXTREMELY hard to find in real life, I went to around 10 stores.
The bag I found is the Deuter Trans Alpine 28L Woman’s fit.
I’ll upload a video review after I’ve taken it a few places.