This post is part of a series in which ladies on the road offer a review of their backpack. Today’s review is from Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel. I met Stephanie in New York City in 2010 and she’s since traveled throughout Southeast Asia and South America.
Hi! I’m Stephanie Yoder and I’m a girl who can’t sit still. I’ve been traveling around the world for the past 2 years and writing about my experiences at Twenty-Something Travel. I also tweet a LOT at @20sTravel. My travels have taken me across Asia, Australia, South America and soon to Europe.
What’s your backpack brand and model? How much does it typically cost?
It’s a REI Brand Women’s Tech Tour 60 in a gorgeous blue. I think it usually sells for around $250 but I bought it at the summer sale for $110. Love a good deal.
How long have you had your backpack and where have you traveled with it?
I bought it about a year ago to replace another, bigger REI backpack. So far this baby has come with me across South America (Colombia -> Chile). We’re going to Spain in the fall.
What factors were most important to you in choosing a backpack? How did you come to choose this one?
My previous backpack was 75L and I wanted something a little bit smaller and more compact. I’ve always been a big REI fan so I spotted this one on the website, it was on serious sale so I went down to the store to see it and loved it. It has these great internal side compartments that help keep me organized and it’s really comfortabl to wear. For me comfort and organization are super important because I often travel for long periods of time.
What do you like most about your backpack? Any down sides?
My favorite thing about the backpack is that it’s front loading with a lot of space- I am always impressed by how much I can fit in there and I’ve yet to max it out! It’s shallow, but I also really like the color- it’s girly.
The only thing that really bugs me is that it’s only side-loading and there is no top-loading option. Sometimes I just want to stuff a sweatshirt or some random thing in my pack and it’s annoying to have to lay it on it’s side and unzip it.
Tell us about the fit and comfort level of your backpack.
I know you’re supposed to have an expert fit you but I hate talking to people so I kind of skipped that. Luckily it fits really well and I have no problem carrying it for long amounts of time.
If you want to take your backpack as carry on luggage, can you?
Nope, it’s a little too big for that. I also carry a laptop bag with me so that is usually my carry-on.
Have you found the size to be too small, just right, or too large?
As I mentioned above I went down a size on this pack, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to fit everything. I was constantly overloading my old pack. For some off reason though I actually have MORE space in this pack then the old one- maybe I subconsciously travel more minimally now. Anyways I’ve been really happy with 65L. I travel for long periods of time so I basically carry my home on my back for 6 months at a time.
Overall, would you recommend this backpack?
I’ve really liked using this backpack. It’s hearty and dependable and it holds all my gear really easily.