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REVIEW: Osprey Transporter Duffle

The revamped Osprey Transporter arrived at GY HQ back in Autumn 2017, so it’s probably about time we reviewed Osprey’s new and improved duffle, which they describe as ‘Adventure-proof’. The Transporter is available in four different sizes, 40L, 65L, 95L and 130L, as well as 5 great colours with options to suit every traveller and

REVIEW: Eagle Creek Global Companion 65 Backpack

A leading brand in the travel pack world since the 1980’s, Eagle Creek know their stuff when it comes to creating quality backpacks with useful travel-related features. Their new Global Companion 65 backpack is no exception, combining the structure and technical features of a backpack with the organisational features of a suitcase, resulting in a

REVIEW: Vango Freedom II Travel Backpack

The Vango Freedom has been one of our best-selling travel backpacks for as long as we can remember. 2018 sees the introduction of the next generation of Freedom, enter Freedom II, with new colour ways, fabrics and features. As the Freedom has remained largely unchanged for the last couple of years, a design overhaul is

REVIEW: Lowe Alpine AT Voyager Travel Backpack

Lowe Alpine have given their AT Voyager backpack an update for AW17, introducing new colour ways and a change in capacity, not to mention a much sleeker look compared to the previous model. Their new and improved AT Voyager packs are designed with adventure travel in mind and come equipped with a comfortable and technical fixed travel

REVIEW: Osprey Fairview Women’s Travel Backpack

Osprey have introduced a new women’s backpack to their travel range for Fall 2017. A counterpart to their best-selling Farpoint series, the Fairview benefits from the same great features but with a female specific back system. I was lucky enough to test the Osprey Fairview 55 on a recent trip to Southeast Asia, so I’ll be

REVIEW: Pyramid Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent

Back in 2016, Pyramid introduced their Trek Ultra repellent (formerly Repel Ultra). This micro-encapsulated DEET formula provides the same long-lasting protection as their now withdrawn Trek 100 repellent (97% DEET), while using only a third of the DEET. I got the chance to put Trek Ultra to the test on a recent trip to Southeast

New F16 Range: Osprey Meridian Vs Sojourn

A new season means an update to both the Osprey Meridian and Osprey Sojourn wheeled backpacks, which have proven popular with our customers since they were introduced to our wheeled backpack range in October 2015. As Osprey have updated some of their range for Fall 2016, there have been a couple of changes to their

REVIEW: Caribee Fast Track 75 – 2016 Model

The Caribee Fast Track was introduced back in 2005 and has been a firm favourite with the Gap Year Travel Store team and our customers for a number of years. 2016 sees the introduction of the 4th generation Caribee Fast Track, which has just landed at GY HQ. Caribee have made a few minor tweaks to

REVIEW: Snugpak Jungle Bag Sleeping Bag

We’ve been selling the Snugpak Jungle Bag sleeping bag for a number of years, as this was one of the first ‘anti-mosquito’ bags available. But with so many newer additions to the sleeping bag market, including the Vango Planet & Highlander Voyager ranges, why should you consider the Jungle Bag when choosing your travel sleeping