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    Hello. I'd like to buy a backpack to go backpacking.. around Europe, and hopefully also around Asia! Where can I buy a good backpack? How big should it be? (I'm thinking around 65 litres?) and what are the good brands etc...

    Thanks guys.
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    Millets?
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    TK Maxx?
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    milletssss/ local camping shop
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    Cotsworld or Millets
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    Cotswold Outdoor or Millets.

    It's a matter of shopping around to suit your needs as loads of different packs have different features. Ask somebody in store and see if they can help find you something you're looking for.
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    This is a concern of mine at the moment actually. I would buy mine in Bangkok but that might be a bad idea as i'd need to take some stuff with me.

    I guess i'll have to fork out more money over here :\
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    (Original post by Arteta)
    This is a concern of mine at the moment actually. I would buy mine in Bangkok but that might be a bad idea as i'd need to take some stuff with me.

    I guess i'll have to fork out more money over here :\
    Worst case scenario is buying a pack abroad which falls apart. When it comes to backpacking equipment, if you're gonna go crazy - pack and sleeping bag are the most important imo.
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    Nah no worry of that Irrelevance, they have some pricey shopping malls in BK. Arteta I'd just take a day bag with a few essentials, get the rest in BK

    OP as already mentioned Millets, Cotswold and Blacks are the stores to checkout. The 2nd will probably be the best so go there if you have one nearby.
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    Argos, Morrisons sell good ones.
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    Blacks . The staff there are really helpful.
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    Got mine in Blacks, they had a better range than Millets, staff v.helpful. Most packs will cost you around 90 pounds. Go for Karrimor or Berghaus, they are the best quality and durable. Eurohike generally dont make very good packs. A good one is pricy but it will last you. 65 litres is a good size. Your a girl so 70 might be too big depending on your build. An important thing is the width of the straps, alot of packs have wide straps so if you have small shoulders then you need a pack with slightly thinner straps. Try them all on in the store, choose one designed for women and make sure its fits your back. Make sure you ask for help in the store, the staff know what they are talking about.
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    (Original post by Ewan)
    Nah no worry of that Irrelevance, they have some pricey shopping malls in BK. Arteta I'd just take a day bag with a few essentials, get the rest in BK

    OP as already mentioned Millets, Cotswold and Blacks are the stores to checkout. The 2nd will probably be the best so go there if you have one nearby.
    Do you know the name of any of the expensive malls I can head for? I assume they're still cheap by our standards.

    I don't know if I can take a day bag, as I have none I want to discard, I assume i'd still have to take a decent bag for my clothes and medical kits etc.
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    You need a day pack anyway Arteta. You aren't exactly going to carry around your 50L pack to the Grand Palace for instance. When you are changing location, wear the day pack on your front. This has the bonus of preventing pickpockets so keep all expensive stuff in your front bag.

    MBK, Siam Paragon (you probably won't buy anything here, its all designer stuff, but the foods good), Central World, Emporium. Your best bet is probably Central World or MBK as their quite close together. Central World is the largest shopping mall in SEA and has pretty much everything (including Cinema & loads of places to eat).

    Certain things your better off buying in the markets, clothing for one. Generally anything that needs to be quality - shoes, backpack, medicine, electronics, should be bought from a reputable dealer. You will have a hard time getting clothing cheaper than Primark though, a seriously hard time.
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    HEy , i backpacked round australia for 8 months with the berghaus 55litre jalan. its specially made for girls and you can adjust it for your height size etc. it also has a day pack which zips onto it.
    when choosing i would avoid a toploading backpack cos they are harder to pack. 55 litres was big enough for me
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    Millets, Blacks, Argos
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    (Original post by Ewan)
    You need a day pack anyway Arteta. You aren't exactly going to carry around your 50L pack to the Grand Palace for instance. When you are changing location, wear the day pack on your front. This has the bonus of preventing pickpockets so keep all expensive stuff in your front bag.

    MBK, Siam Paragon (you probably won't buy anything here, its all designer stuff, but the foods good), Central World, Emporium. Your best bet is probably Central World or MBK as their quite close together. Central World is the largest shopping mall in SEA and has pretty much everything (including Cinema & loads of places to eat).

    Certain things your better off buying in the markets, clothing for one. Generally anything that needs to be quality - shoes, backpack, medicine, electronics, should be bought from a reputable dealer. You will have a hard time getting clothing cheaper than Primark though, a seriously hard time.
    Ok, i'll look at getting a day bag in England then. Is the international designer stuff cheaper than over here too? I spend quite a lot of money on clothes here, so If I can get some even better quality for my money then it sounds good to me!

    They don't have clothes as cheap as primark in the markets? I don't want clothes that cheap anyway, but it sounds a little odd.
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    No, even in China where this stuff is produced its not that much cheaper than Primark (and bargaining them below that price is an ordeal I can tell you). Honestly clothing in England is bare bones now a days in budget shops, they add very little onto the price.

    It may be different if your Thai, or if your Chinese, but no matter how good you are at bargaining you will never get the local price anyway.

    I'm not sure if the designer stuff is cheaper, I doubt it though. Generally in these countries you get poor and super rich, with the super rich having just as much money as their counterparts in the west.
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    www.outdoorkit.co.uk is good and I can also vouch for www.theoutdoorshop.com. The latter has a store in Milton Keynes if you are near there. They sell some pretty specialist stuff there.

    I bought a 90+10 liter Berghaus pack recently for a mountaineering trip in Argentina this winter and I am really impressed with both the pack, the price and the service from outdoor kit.

    Tend to stick with the big name brands. The North Face, Berghaus, Millets, Lowe Alpine etc. Buying a poor quality product would really be false economy.
 
 
 
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