Hi... today I'm going to talk about packs. It seems that it is time for me to change my packs... I felt that my current CRESTONE 60 is to big for 14 days travels. I want to scale down towards 35 or 40 max. The daily job and future commitment won't allow me to travel months of even more. So, it's time for me slow down and concentrate on my responsibility. However, yearly travel will be a great escape from bustling workloads and daily life routine. I found remedy in travel.
Scaling down my packs towards 40 ltr max will be and ideal and practical way of spending 7 ~ 14 days backpacking.
The North Face Prophet 40
Travel packs... there're basic rules of choosing the right travel packs. As for me. :) based on my travels, most of the time I need to move fast. Transition between two transport need to be done quickly. Sometimes I need to hike and walk long hours. So, my packs need to be light, weather proof, and strong. So, that's the reason why you'll notice that my CRESTONE and future to be packs DEMON or PROPHET is a hiking packs.
So the difference between the new and the current is just... Crestone have lower compartment than the new model that I planned to changed. I need to sacrifice the compartment that usually I used to store flip flops and extra shoes or sleeping bags. Usually I'll try to fill up a lot of things for travel because there's an extra space but at the end having a bulky and heavy packs. So, next travel I'm determine to be minimalist. Lighter pack with only important things.
For the past travels I've been implementing separator like these.
So packing going to be easy. :)
Last but NOT least. The important of hip belt/strap... I'm going to make sure the new packs have sturdy hip belt/strap because I will put most of my weight on my hip like this...
Picture courtesy of DEUTER. :)
If weight being accumulated on your shoulder... it will definitely giving strain on your back for long hours walk.
that's all for now. :) tata