I'm going hiking in April and have been hiking casually for a while now and would like to up it by doing overnight hikes.The thing is I want to buy a backpack now as I have some spare cash, but I have no idea which brand to buy and I am uncertain about the size. I was thinking of getting at least a 55 l backpack and was looking at the Deuter Backpacks, but it's a pretty difficult decision because the bags aren't cheap and I want it to last me a few years AND be comfortable. So does anyone have any advice? If you hike what do you use and have you tried anything else? Also what size would you recommend? Thanks in advance.
Hope I helped somewhat.
I looked at some from North Face and a few other brand names...I don't hike, but, from what I read there are a few main issues:
weight durability fit / comfort number of compartments size of compartments
What I usually do when shopping for something I'm not familiar with, even if I don't buy it on amazon.com, I read all the reviews there and the various summaries / especially negative reviews to see what problems (if any) occurred with the product. (sorry, best I could do after 15 min of reading & research) :)
If you have any other questions, I'd be more than happy to see if I can help. Have you got proper hiking shoes? Depending on where you are going, you may need shoes that can hold traction well. Most sports shoes can be a bit slippery in some terrain. But if you buy new shoes, try and get them a few weeks before the hike and wear them around EVERYWHERE before you go, the last thing you want is unexpected blisters! :( :(
I usually wear my adidas running shoes. I've been hiking in the drakensburg mountains a few times (one overnight hike) and they seem to work fine, no blisters or aching feet. I don't know if I'll have time to wear in new shoes and would rather work with these. The route we'll be doing won't be too hectic (hopefully). But thank you very much. I appreciate the help.
Oh btw, good shoes will also help your posture. You need to be careful with how you are carrying yourself as walking with 30kg on your back for 40 hours isn't great for the ol' skeleton ;P
Okay cool. It's just that in some terrain, running shoes could be slippery, but that all depends on where you are going. Hope you have a great time!
Thanks. I'll definitely follow some of your advice. Very useful :)