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Best Travel Backpacks for 2018

If you’re going travelling or planning a gap year, chances are in you’ll be in the market for a travel backpack. Knowing which one is right for you can be a bit of a minefield, so we’ve selected our best backpacks for 2018 from our current range. In this post, we’ll discuss the key features…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks for 2018

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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…Continue readingREVIEW: Vango Freedom II Travel Backpack

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Best Travel Backpacks for Women – 2017

Why buy a women’s backpack? Simply put, men and women are built differently and therefore have different requirements when it comes to travel backpacks. As women have a shorter torso than men, female specific backpacks are designed with a shorter back length, as well as shaped shoulder straps to ensure they don’t dig into your…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks for Women – 2017

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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…Continue readingREVIEW: Lowe Alpine AT Voyager Travel Backpack

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Caribee Wheeled Backpacks: Fast Track vs Skymaster

One of the most common questions asked by our customers is ‘What is the difference between the Caribee Fast Track and Caribee Sky Master?’. While both are top of the range wheeled backpacks for travelling, they have some key differences that set them apart. In this post we will discuss these differences and hopefully shed…Continue readingCaribee Wheeled Backpacks: Fast Track vs Skymaster

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Best Travel Backpacks – 2017

*Disclaimer – this is an old post, related to our best backpacks in 2017 – check out our best travel backpacks for 2018 here.* As we’re now in our Spring/Summer 2017 season, it’s time to select our favourite travel backpacks for 2017. We’ve included a few backpacks from last year’s list, with some new models making…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks – 2017

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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…Continue readingNew F16 Range: Osprey Meridian Vs Sojourn

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Best Travel Backpacks for 2016

*Disclaimer – this is an old post, related to our best backpacks in 2016 – check out our best travel backpacks for 2018 here.* A new year means new travel backpacks, so we thought we’d run through our top 5 travel backpacks for 2016. We’ve included backpacks to suit all budgets in this post, so whether…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks for 2016

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How to Fit & Pack a Travel Backpack

Surely you can just throw your backpack on your back, tighten the shoulder straps and you’re good to go? WRONG. Once backpacks get out of daypack and small backpack sizing (approximately 15-40 litres) you’ll find that they come with more advanced back systems, which can be adjusted. Ensuring your backpack has been adjusted correctly before…Continue readingHow to Fit & Pack a Travel Backpack

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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…Continue readingREVIEW: Caribee Fast Track 75 – 2016 Model

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REVIEW: Osprey Meridian 75 Wheeled Backpack

*25/08/16 – Disclaimer* – This review is for the 2015 version of the Osprey Meridian 75, which has since received a specification update! See the latest Osprey range here. This week I’m reviewing the latest (and long overdue) addition to our wheeled travel backpack range, the Osprey Meridian 75. If you’ve done your research on…Continue readingREVIEW: Osprey Meridian 75 Wheeled Backpack

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A Guide to Buying Women’s Backpacks

When it comes to buying a backpack for travelling, it can be difficult to know where to start. You probably have a number of questions going around your head such as “do I need an adjustable back system?”, “which size backpack should I buy?” and finally, “what is the difference between unisex and women’s backpacks?”…Continue readingA Guide to Buying Women’s Backpacks

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Best Backpacks for Travelling

*Disclaimer – this is an old post, related to our best backpacks in 2014 – check out our best travel backpacks for 2018 here.* Trying to choose the best backpack for travelling around the world can be tricky, do you want a hiking rucksack, side opening backpack or wheeled bag? Obviously your choice will be dependent…Continue readingBest Backpacks for Travelling

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How to Care for your Travel Backpack

It’s the travel companion that stays with you, no matter where your journey takes you. Enabling you carry all of your clothes, essentials and other important travel accessories from hostel to hostel, so it’s important that you give it some TLC during your gap year…We’re of course, talking about your trusty travel backpack! Travelling can…Continue readingHow to Care for your Travel Backpack

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Caribee Jet Pack 65 Travel Backpack Review

Caribee describe the Jet Pack 65 backpack as a lightweight and versatile travel pack, loaded with features found in more expensive packs. This certainly makes the backpack sound appealing to travellers wanting quality features, without breaking the bank…but how good is the Jet Pack range? Well, we’re about to find out! First Impressions Ok, first…Continue readingCaribee Jet Pack 65 Travel Backpack Review

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Vango Purple Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack Review

*DISCLAIMER – The Vango Freedom has received an updated since this review was published. Read the review of the Vango Freedom II here.* This week we’re looking at the Vango Freedom 60+20 travel backpack in purple, giving you our thoughts on the popular travel pack from leading outdoor brand Vango! First and foremost, it’s probably…Continue readingVango Purple Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack Review