But as I said, backpacking isn’t easy. It can and will scare you. It will beat down on your body; your feet and back will scream, but your eyes, mind and heart will forever see anew. Backpacking starts with the pack, better known as a rucksack, and is something you don’t want to get wrong. Trust me, for the beginning leg of my nine month trek through Europe and Northern Africa, I brought along the worst backpack ever. Mere hours before landing on the plane, I had thought I had purchased the right pack. But after about an hour of tramping through Barcelona, I knew that I was wrong… Very wrong. Not only was the weight disrupted badly and killing my shoulders and mid back, but the thick canvas straps were eating my skin away underneath. So, within the first few hours of my nine month trek, I already had to purchase a new pack, repack everything and send a package home with extras. Not fun, nor cheap.
The point here is to put some thought into what will be carrying everything you will own for the next __blank__ amount of time, AND what will be weighing like a burden upon your shoulders. Not all rucksacks are created equal, actually from my experience, almost none of them are. A good rucksack is a large, typically tall, pack that can carry a lot, but can also help with weight distribution as well as organization. The right rucksack will not destroy your back and shoulders, but will balance the weight between your upper back and shoulders, as well as your waist and lower back, to ultimately create a carrying experience that you won’t regret anytime soon.
All in all, I came away very impressed after testing the Terraplane rucksack. As I said, it’s a serious rucksack for a serious traveler. It’s jam-packed with awesome features and creative pockets, which help to make the backpacker life that much less trying and difficult, while giving the user the ability to store a lot without killing themselves as they wander, learn and change from within. The Terraplane is built extremely well, with high quality materials and hardware that can withstand the most challenging trips. My final opinion is: I love it and everything about the pack. It’s one of the best on the market.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen