This post is part of a series in which ladies on the road offer a review of their backpack. Today’s post comes from JennyRTW.
What’s your backpack brand and model? How much does this backpack typically cost?
My backpack is from Vaude which is a German brand. The model is Cimone 45+10L in colour sangria. It costs between $150 and $190. I paid €169 for it in Munich.
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How long have you had your backpack and where have you traveled with it?
I’ve only had it for three months as I bought it specifically for my RTW trip later this year. So far it’s been to Munich with me and on a few weekend trips in the UK.
What factors were most important to you in choosing a backpack? How did you come to choose this one?
There were a few things I knew I had to have and that I wouldn’t compromise on. The most important factor was the size. I am quite petit and not very strong so I wanted a pack that was between 40 and 50L. This one is 45L (can be extended to 55L), so the perfect size.
It is a panel loading pack which means that I can access the main compartment from a front panel and from the top. This makes rummaging in my pack so much easier if I need something that’s right at the bottom (whatever you’re looking for, it’s always at the bottom).
It also has a separate compartment at the bottom which is great for keeping things separate in the pack, like dirty laundry or smelly hiking boots.
I know it’s silly and it shouldn’t be about looks when it comes to a backpack, but I also liked this one because of its colour. It’s called sangria but it is pink really.
What do you like most about your backpack? Any down sides?
What I like best is an additional feature which I didn’t even know existed before I saw this pack. The lid of the pack is removable and doubles up as a hanging wash bag! It has two mesh compartments, a mirror attached with Velcro so I can do my make-up and a metal hook so I can hang it on the doors of grimy hostel bathrooms and don’t have to balance it on the sink/toilet lid/floor.
The only down side is that there could be another compression strap on the outside, but you can always buy one and attach it.
Tell us about the fit and comfort level of your backpack.
The straps and hip belt are really thickly padded which makes the pack really comfortable to wear. Even with around 11kg in it I can easily carry it for 30 minutes to an hour without problems. The weight is really balanced on my hips.
If you want to take your backpack as carry-on luggage, can you?
It’s a squeeze but it is possible. I’ve tried it on my flight from Munich and it did fit in the measuring box.
Have you found the size to be too small, just right, or too large?
It is a perfect size for me, 45L, which means I will fit everything I need but it’s not so big that I can fill it up with lots of stuff I won’t need.
Overall, would you recommend your backpack?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this pack. And if you don’t like pink, it also comes in blue and brown.
About the Author: Hi, my name is Jenny. I am from Munich but have lived in London for the last 4 years to do my PhD. After nearly ten years of studying chemistry I decided to swap my lab coat for a backpack and embark on a year-long RTW trip. You can follow my adventures on my blog JennyRTW, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.