What is the best travel pack?
What features are important when deciding on which one to spend your hard earned dollars on?
Is there a good compromise between a suitcase and a backpack?
Why the need for a travel pack?
We plan to travel a bit in the next few years – e.g. Cambodia in late August for three weeks
The way we plan to travel i.e. backpacking, lends itself to a rucksack rather than a suitcase
Suitcases are not easy to drag around and having your hands free is a bonus.
We might want to do some short (2-3 day walks) and are willing to compromise on pack weight and harness quality.
After some superficial (well we were in a hurry) investigation and drawing on our previous experience with One Planet packs, we headed towards our local Mountain Designs Store and checked out the One Planet Wheelie.
It looked the goods with these features closing the deal:
- Its solid and tough not just a piece of cheap junk that will last one trip
- The materials are high quality, you can just feel it (zips, wheels, handle, fabric etc)
- Design is simple and everything works well, stuff like pockets etc are where they should be
- The harness is a clever piece of design that zips away well. A lot of thought has gone into it
- Access to packing clothes and gear was easy, it zips right open
What to look out for or think about before spending your dollars:
- By it’s nature it is heavy – frame, handle, wheels etc (over 4kg) that takes up a lot of your baggage weight
- A tad pricey compared with the competition BUT we nailed a 30% off sale – suppose you pay for longevity and quality
- There are only two colours, and let’s face it, who cares.
What do you use as a travel pack?
Do you think we made the right decision with the “wheelie” or can you suggest something else for our readers?
btw, we have no commercial relationship with One Planet or Mountain Designs but would love to (come on guys, a spot on the side bar is waiting for you!)
If you are looking for information about a hiking, backpacking or bushwalking pack we reviewed the One Planet Strezlecki a while back , it might be worth a read.