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Old 04-15-2012, 11:42 PM
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Advice on Air Contact Pro 70 + 15 and Traveller 80 + 10

I'm getting myself a new backpack. It has to be a backpack. I am not buying a suitcase and I will not. I did my research on this regarding design, size, ergonomic, material but I never really know till I really use it on the road or at best get good 1st hand information.

I live in South Africa where choices on backpacks are very limited. There are some well known brands such as North Face, First Ascend and the like but shops only have 40-50L for them and don't have bigger ones. There is one shop that happens to have big sizes in Deuter. In fact I have only two choices. Air Contact Pro 70+15 or Traveller 80+10.

Aircontact Pro seems to be more for backpacking and Traveller for travelling. I tried them on and they both have nice well padded shoulder and waist strap and felt good but I never know how they feel with stuff in and after hours of carrying. I like the idea of being prepared for hard core backpacking but I really like Traveller as it seems to be so easy to access due to the big front zip. Aircontact pro has a front zip but small. With Traveller it seems like I can just throw in everything.

It is not that I go to a jungle or a snow mountain to camp for a month but I still like to have one with which I can comfortable go on a few day camping trek. Aircontact is equipped in a way so I can put through water hose, store an ice pickle and what have you, but I don’t know how much I need them.

I know it all depends on what kind of backpack I do and some people say 40-50L is enough and 80L is an overkill. I had an 80L backpack before, and I am a guy so I don't need so many clothes but still it didn't take much at all.

Traveller doesn't have side pockets where I can put a water bottle but I don't know if that is an issue. and maybe not so water proof either. but you can put clothes in a black bag and then put it in a backpack right? I did so in Patagonia.

Does anyone know anything about Traveller 80+10? What is the reason for it not being listed under Trekking? Does it hurt your back after a while? Not durable?
If anyone uses this and give me some information I really appreciate it.
Thank you
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