Opinions on the Eurohike Colossus 65+15 Litre Travel Pack?

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Opinions on the Eurohike Colossus 65+15 Litre Travel Pack?

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Hi all,

Today I went and tried on the Eurohike Colossus 65+15 Litre Travel Pack In Blacks and found it extremely comfortable, easy to use, a good size and generally an all round decent backpack.

I previously looked at the Jalan 70l but decided it was a bit too heavy and large.

Does anyone have any opinions or experience with this Eurohike bag? Is it good enough for what I need it for. I’ve found it for £50 which is a little worrying as generally the cheaper the item the cheaper the quality. As I tried it on it seemed like a good quality bag however I’m looking for second opinions from people who own and have used one.

Thanks,

Mark

     
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Hey,

You’re absolutely spot on with the cost/quality thing. The more you pay with rucksacks, the better the quality.

You say you tried the rucksack on at Blacks; did a staff member help you with it? As in adjust the straps for you, fill it with heavy things and ensure the weight rested on your hips not your shoulders? If this was the case, please share which Blacks store this was at, as it is exceptionally rare that Blacks staff are trained in rucksack fittings.

If, as I suspect, this was not the case, then of course it will feel comfortable as most rucksacks do when they’re empty. Eurohike is a cheap brand, but if you’re looking for something that will last you for one trip then it should be okay (although the build quality will be poor).

I do favour the Berghaus Jalan 60+15, which is the travel pack without wheels. It’s a good size, good quality and reasonably priced. 70 litres is too large really so I’d stick to 60 litres if you can.

Another one which is great value for the build quality is the Gelert 60+20 travel pack. You’ll have to check this, as I’m not 100% sure, but I think it has a lifetime warranty, which is always a good sign. It’s also crammed full of awesome features (like an inbuilt waterproof cover!).

If you possibly can, get yourself to a specialised store, if only to get some real help on rucksack fittings. Or go back into Blacks and ask them to help you - get them to fill the rucksack with heavy stuff, and adjust the straps until it feels like 70% of the weight is resting on your hips. If no manner of adjustment helps to make it feel comfortable, then try a different one.

     
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Thanks for the reply smile

I had a look at the Berghaus 70+15 and it didn’t feel as comfortable as the Eurohike. Saying that no one help me fit it apart from my brother who helped adjust the straps until they felt comfortable. The Eurohike definitely took the weight off my shoulders and on to my hips. I think I should maybe look at the 65+15 Berghaus, it was just the straps that put me off, they were difficult to adjust easily.

I have an Escape 2 and a Lockwoods shop near me but have never visited them, do you think they will help me/sell the backpacks I’d want? If not then I’m not too sure where to go near me really, we’re pretty limited with professional travel shops.

I’ll have a look at the Gelert. I am on a tight budget though so I can;t go too expensive.

Thanks again for the reply, very useful! smile

Mark

     
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i have a eurohike pack been up 4 mountains with it used it as a seat and a pillow. and a goalpost on numerous camping trips.  cost me £19.99 nearly 4 yrs ago best pack i ever bought.

not saying the berghaus etc are shyte. clearly they are not i have owned a couple of berghaus just giving my opion on eurohike .

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I have an Escape 2 and a Lockwoods shop near me but have never visited them, do you think they will help me/sell the backpacks I’d want? If not then I’m not too sure where to go near me really, we’re pretty limited with professional travel shops.

Definitely go to both of those shops. They are exactly the kind of specialist stores that you will find good advice and help.

Escape 2 appear to have a limited online selection of travelpacks but their store may have more choice; and Lockwoods seem to have a good variety, so try there too.

Don’t bother looking at the 65l Berghaus as it’s the women’s fit. The 60 litre one is the one without wheels - the 70l one you tried on has wheels and is notoriously uncomfortable.

Get yourself to those shops and get some advice from staff that have been trained! Ahhh, if only I could teleport and I could help you try on some rucksacks. I miss working at my outdoors store.

Having said all that, if you really are happy with the Eurohike one, then go for it! You’ll know when you find the right one.

 

     
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i have a eurohike pack been up 4 mountains with it used it as a seat and a pillow. and a goalpost on numerous camping trips.  cost me £19.99 nearly 4 yrs ago best pack i ever bought.

not saying the berghaus etc are shyte. clearly they are not i have owned a couple of berghaus just giving my opion on eurohike .

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I think Eurohike are less consistent than the brand name stuff. I’ve seen and used some good Eurohike day-sacks, and then I’ve seen some with rather random designs and poorer zips, etc.

Anthony