This post is part of a series in which ladies on the road offer a review of their backpack. Today’s review is from Dina Koudys who has traveled around the world with her husband Ryan. I met Dina when we were both living in Australia!
Together with Ryan, my husband, we’ve been backpacking around the globe since 2009. Over 3 years, over 40 countries, and still going! We love this digital nomad lifestyle! Currently, we are in Ontario Canada. Next month, we will be in British Columbia!
What’s your backpack brand and model? How much does this backpack typically cost?
Eagle Creek Explorer Women’s Fit LT — backpack is 43 L and daypack 20 L combo. It cost around $200 in 2009. I used to carry the daypack for the first 2 years of our journey, but not anymore.
How long have you had your backpack and where have you traveled with it?
I have this backpack since 2009. I’ve traveled with this to Europe, North Africa, South East Asia, North and Central America, Australia, and New Zealand. Also in the Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, Baltic Sea, even crossing Atlantic Ocean.
What factors were most important to you in choosing a backpack? How did you come to choose this one?
Comfortable when mounted on my back, carry-on size, front-loading, non-attention-grabbing color. I saw this style in internet, fitted my taste. Read some review, people love it. Saw it in one of the travel equipment stores we visited, filled it with heavy weight, adjusted all straps, mounted on my back, voila, I loved it! Unfortunately I was originally falling in love with the nice green one, but the store only has black and some bright color. So black it is.
What do you like most about your backpack? Any down sides?
Sometimes (especially in the past) my pack is quite heavy, over 15 kgs. This burden that feels heavy if carried by hand, feels quite light on my back when all straps are adjusted. Very comfortable. This is the main reason I love it.
I also love the idea of the attachable daypack, that gives extra room when moving around, and can be the day pack during day trips. But the daypack is not comfortable. The weight is not supported and distributed well. This is the main downside. And for this very reason, I stopped using the daypack.
Tell us about the fit and comfort level of your backpack.
Very fitting and very comfortable. This backpack is designed for a woman’s shape. There are also many adjustable straps and an adjustable frame, to accommodate a range of body shapes. But please check it yourself before purchasing!
If you want to take your backpack as carry-on luggage, can you?
Yes. It’s designed to be this size for that purpose.
Have you found the size to be too small, just right, or too large?
Overall, would you recommend your backpack?
Yes! It will be more ideal if they change the design of the daypack to be more comfortable though.