This post is part of a series in which ladies on the road offer a review of their backpack. Today’s review is from Julia Evans who’s from the UK and traveling around the world with her boyfriend!
I’m Julia, a web and graphic designer from Manchester who is currently on a round-the-world trip visiting as many diverse countries as possible. In the past I have travelled a lot with friends and family, but have never taken such an extended trip before and this is only my second trip using a backpack. I’m currently in Malaysia.
What’s your backpack brand and model? How much does this backpack typically cost?
My backpack is a Lowe Alpine TT Tour ND60. It cost me around £100 ($150).
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How long have you had your backpack and where have you traveled with it?
This was a new backpack bought solely for this trip, so I have only been using it for around four months now. I have travelled with it to the US, Fiji, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.
What factors were most important to you in choosing a backpack? How did you come to choose this one?
I would love to say that I didn’t buy this backpack because of the colour (pink) but unfortunately that was a major factor for me! I also wanted to go with a brand name I knew and trusted and I decided on this one after having tried it on in an outdoors store back home. I knew that I wanted a front loading bag as opposed to a top loader because I have had problems locating my belongings in one of those on a previous trip. Eventually I narrowed it down to a handful of backpacks I liked and this one won.
What do you like most about your backpack? Any down sides?
As I mentioned, I love the colour. I also love how neat it looks when it’s being worn, as even when it’s crammed full the shape makes it look flat and well-balanced. I also love being able to zip open the top and locate everything automatically. The only downside is that because of the way it needs to be filled it tends to end up a bit “bottom heavy” which means that it can sometimes pull on my shoulders if I wear it too long. The colour also means that it gets dirty a little quicker than a darker shade of bag would.
Tell us about the fit and comfort level of your backpack.
Overall I like how the bag fits. It is specifically made for a woman, so apparently the strap and back system should fit a smaller torso very well. I find it to be comfortable if I only wear it for short periods of time, but I do sometimes wish the shoulder straps were a bit wider.
If you want to take your backpack as carry-on luggage, can you?
I have never tried, but I think not. Even at only half full, the length wouldn’t fit easily into an overhead compartment.
Have you found the size to be too small, just right, or too large?
When I first bought it I thought that it was too big, even though it was only 60L. However since I’ve been on the road I have seen girls struggling with much larger bags and have been grateful that I didn’t get anything bigger. I can fit everything in it that I need, without giving myself a serious injury!
Overall, would you recommend your backpack?
I would definitely recommend it for value, style and design. It’s easy to spot on baggage carousels and because of the flat front it fits easily into compartments on buses and trains.