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Decent one for traveling, but definitely not for trekking. Weight distribution isn't good.
My husband and I bought one each and I have to say I was impressed- we used compression bags inside and we got so much in them- loads of pockets and the top knot was great for chucking those last minute bits lying around you forget. Unfortunately there is plastic reinforcement in the padded back panel which split in my one and led to the sharp edge causing the fabric to split and the plastic sticking in my back. This was after 8 months into our year away. We ended up eventually trading it for a different one but the other one made it home and is in tip top condition - I think we were unlucky tbh but just to warn fully laiden these are very heavy to carry - because of the size it is easy to fit lots in and struggle to lift it! It was definitely durable and survived 21 flights, countless busses, trains, boats and coaches.
Good durable product
Went on a long 20 day trip with this one. Love the comfort and size. Amazing to use.
But the problem started when I came back and washed the bag like shown in the product videos. THE THREADS AND STITCHING ARE COMING OFF.
Being an avid user of decathlon, quechua and forclaz products, this has never happened before. Also, the amount I am paying for it, I wouldn't be ok with this happening.
I needed a good and sturdy backback for my earlier trek to Sandakphu and I was looking for a few options for a rucksack. As I carry my belongings (Camera, Laptop and Tablet) with me, my options were very limited. I found this completely fitting my needs as it comes with a laptop sleeve and is very durable. It also has adjustable straps to shift weight in case of long hikes which I found very useful.
It opens completely like a suitcase which makes packing easy and arrange as per my choice. I found this an issue for many hikers as they could easily access their items directly from the top of the rucksack whereas in this bag you'll have to lay it flat to open and access its contents; but this is fine for me. I'm looking forward to taking it to my next solo trip to the Northeastern States of India and many such long trips in the future.
The bag is very comfortable and easy to use, highly recommend.
I've owned this rucksack for about 5 years now (mine is branded Quechua Escape 70 but it's the exact same bag) and feel compelled to write a review.
I have used and abused this - I have walked around 1,500 miles with this on my back with it absolutely BURSTING AT THE SEAMS, it's handled everything I've thrown at it and then some. Long distance hiking, festivals, big shops.... don't mess about, this is the one you want.
There are a ridiculous number of pockets/compartments on this (I think I counted 13) which at first seems a bit comical but is really useful when you are living out of a rucksack, it makes it quicker to find what you're after without having to excavate the whole thing.
The ONLY damage it has sustained in 5 years of abuse is a small tear in the webbing of one the side pockets, one or two minor tears on the back where it was LITERALLY RUN OVER BY A CAR and one of the zip pull cords came untied. That's the sum total of the damage. Bearing in mind that I have walked THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF GREAT BRITAIN and more with this thing full - abusing it at every opportunity - that's pretty incredible. Being able to have confidence in your equipment is invaluable when you are in the middle of nowhere with your life strapped to your back.
Even if it broke tomorrow (it won't, the build quality is INSANE even though it looks very ordinary) I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
About the only thing I can fault about is is that the tension straps on the breast, arms and shoulder come undone pretty quickly when the pack is heavy, you need to pull them tight every half a mile or so as you walk along but it's not that big a deal.
Even after walking 900 miles doing 20 miles a day with it full (weighing 15kg+ at a guess) my back was fine, I thought I might be doing my back irreversible damage, my legs hurt like hell but my back was fine!
Tip: Buy the add-on straps for the bottom that Decathlon sell and you can strap your roll-mat to the bottom.
Decathlon: PLEASE never stop making this rucksack!
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