I need some advice on a backpack.
I'm looking at buying a new one to replace my old; and I don't know whether to go fifty-something litre or seventy-something litre.
My old pack is a "Serratus". It has no tags what-so-ever so I have no idea what size its or how much it holds. I've never seen a backpack with litre labels so I don't have any perception of how big a fifty-something or seventy-something litre bag is.
I'm entranced by the new Arcteryx NAOS backpacks. I measured my back like they said on the website and it turns out I have (around) a 51cm back. I'm 5'11 (1/2 an inch from 6') and have pretty wide/broad shoulders.
I'm going to live out of my backpack for this whole summer. I'm planning a hitch-hike trip from Kyoto to Okinawa. What pack size do you recommend? how much bigger does the 20L make the backpack? Will it be tough to get it into random peoples' cars?
While I'm making a post, I might as well ask about tents as well. Since I'll be living out of a pack for ~1 month, what kind of tent would you recommend? I'll be travelling with my girlfriend. Depending on price I could bring the tent back to Vancouver with me, and use it in the winter as well. Or I could get a cheap-o and auction it off when I'm done with it this summer/fall. I like a roomy tent so I'm thinking a 3 person tent. I've been looking at MSR Mutha Hubba, Sierra Designs (all 3 person tent models) and North Face tents.
Also Eureka, Black Diamond and a few other brand names I can't be bothered to remember. My girlfriend is quite small but if I have a giant pack, it'll be nice to have the extra room of a 3 person tent.
Which do you recommend for under $300usd? Consider also that I have to ship it out to Japan - and this costs about $40. >_<
I'm *really* kicking myself for not buying a Sierra Designs Stretch Dome. (http://www.sierradesigns.com/tents.display.php?id=72
) One passed me by for about 33,000yen. Which is about $300usd. >_<
Anyways I've digressed. Thanks for reading my post, and any advice is appreciated.
(I havent even started looking at cooking gear or any of that stuff yet).
oh, one last thing, what do you think of this deal (its kind of a camping starter kit, but seems suited for backpacking, and is about $100usd): http://page12.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/p52549926
its in japanese and I can't read it either... sooooo yeah. your guess is as good as (but probably better) than mine.