February was the tablet. April will likely be plane tickets. So I’ve decided March (or May, see below) is going to be my travel pack. My techie friends (and relatives) came through for me on the tablet. I am now leaning on my camping/hiking/backpacking friends for some advice. I am in the market for a good (and large…I mean, LARGE) travel pack. Packing is going to be seriously interesting, to say the least.
Anyway, I went to REI today after doing a decent amount of online research and I was pleased with their selections. But I was more pleased with the employee who helped me. I was considering an Osprey 75 liter and a Gregory 70 liter (both women’s packs). The guy goes, you won’t miss those 5 liters. Ha! He’s never seen me pack. (Though he did say that the one thing women have to learn is not to pack so many shoes, so….)
He was very helpful and said that I could probably also get a men’s pack because I’m taller and have broader shoulders (though he also said I have a short torso for someone of my height…apparently he is very observant). The benefit of a men’s pack is size…80-85 liters. So I am wondering how important is it for a woman to have a women’s pack? How much IS 5 liters when it comes to packing? Any favorite brands? Thoughts on splitting liters (e.g. the Osprey has a “fanny pack”, so that could account for some of the extra liters…how helpful is that knowing I will not detach it and actually WEAR a fanny pack?). I feel like if the extra was a smaller backpack, that would be different.
So weirdly enough, the Gregory (70 liters) is $40 more expensive than the Osprey (75 liters). But the employee, again super helpful, told me that I would be getting a 20% off coupon later this month that will be good starting on March 28. Also, both Gregory and Osprey people will be in the store that weekend. (He also indicated that in May the store will be having a big sale, potentially including these packs, and there will be another 20% off coupon. Score!)