it's nearly seven years since i started my trip around the world; currently i'm in korea again, which feels more and more like a second home for me. i'm still hoping to find a way sto stay long-term (=settle down) here, but it does not look too optimistic right now... . should this fail i'd have to alternatives reg. "what to do" , one would be going for another long walk. unfortunately the backpack i used to haul my belongings around is not in the best shape anymore(stitching coming undone in inaccessible places and the hipbelt breaks apart and wo'nt stay much longer on the pack, either, etc.) and repairing ways too tricky and expensive... . means: i have to search for a new one... .i already had a quick look through this website and through some manufacturer's websites as well, but not all of the brands i'm familiar with ( both "berghaus and "karrimor" are available here, but there might be other/better alternatives; buying online is not my thing- i prefer looking at what i'm planning to buy in a shop... ) can be found in korea and there might be others i'm not aware of.
the criterias i'm looking for are:
- NOT made by "bergans"- i paid hefty norwegian prices for a product made in vietnam(read: quality should have been better for the money) combined with a lousy customers service...
- can be either of civilian or military background as long as it's in decent colour
-comfortable to wear on long trips on a daily basis
-large volume (i cannot find the model of my current pack on "bergans' " website but it was rated around 100l incl. sidepockets- might be a bit generous...)
-strong material- no flimsy ultralight "clingwrap" ; lot's of my trips were on narrow paths or crosscountry. read: i'm looking for a long-lasting workhorse
-capable of holding at least 35kg (! my usual weight is around 20-25kg incl. the weight of the pack itself, normal gear, several days worth of food, water for one day and my woodbutchering tools- i rather leave my head behind then my tools! from previous walks(the longest one 1month) i know that i can carry this load without trouble!) as i might carry extra gear on a shorter trip- once i carried an inflatable kayak up to a gorge to drift downstream for two days...
-removeable sidepockets with the possibility of storing my axe and parang behind them(to avoid unneccessary attention)
thanks for any advice!