Avoiding Bad Backpack Advice

"How big should my backpack be?" is a regular question for new backpackers and Camino pilgrims. Unfortunately, replies can include assumptions about terminology and measurements that can lead to faulty decisions. HERE I clear up three common misunderstandings made in discussions of backpack sizing.

What is the Right Backpack Size for the Camino?

(Yes, I've tried ALL of these packs! Reviews HERE!) Like most things in life, there is no simple rule for deciding on a Camino backpack. It's not just about how much gear you bring, but also the kind of gear. Small differences can add up to a large impact on what you'll want your pack … Continue reading What is the Right Backpack Size for the Camino?

Shopping for My Camino Backpack (Again)

The struggle is real. As I wrote about in My Pack, my Camino gear journey began with the gift of the Osprey Exos 38. On paper, this was the perfect Camino pack - it seemed to work just fine on my first test hike, and held my gear perfectly on my first pack test. The … Continue reading Shopping for My Camino Backpack (Again)

A 60 Liter Backpack for the Camino???

It probably sounds crazy to even suggest taking a 60 Liter backpack on the Camino, and for good reason: They have too much space! They cost too much! They weight too much! Or do they??? Today's inexpensive, high quality, expandable backpacks are making such a choice a lot more reasonable. HERE I look at two … Continue reading A 60 Liter Backpack for the Camino???