Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

As a backpacker, you always have a love-hate relationship with your backpack, right? In my ‘Backpack review Quechua Forclaz 60’, I tell you all about mine. I’ve been travelling with this pack for over 5 years now and am still happy with it, even though it could do with some better features.

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

Bought for my second world trip, me and my backpack have been through a lot. It has seen music festivals, hiked through the Annapurna mountain region in Nepal, got lost in India and lost in Fiji, survived many border securities and got shampoo all over it on the way back from Australia to Holland. I couldn’t have done it without him!

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

In Tokyo, Japan

 

The Facts

Brand: Quechua
Type: Forclaz 60
Colour: Green / Beige / Black
Prize: Around 45-75 Pounds / 55-95 Euros

Bought in: 2008, for my second world trip. I took it to the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal and India, but it has seen many other places after.

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

At Blogstock, a Blogging Festival in the UK (with my Quechua tent, I should get sponsored by them!)

 

The Choice

The reason I picked the Quechua Forclaz 60 was that I wanted a big pack with a minimum of 60 litres. My previous backpack was a lot smaller and I just needed more space.

I also looked specifically for a ‘front loader’ backpack, instead of one that can only be accessed from the top.

The fabric from my last pack was quite stiff and didn’t give much, so I liked that this one was a bit more flexible. I believe this pack was on sale when I bought it as well, so it made my choice easy.

 

The Comfort

I usually overpack when I use my backpack, so 20-30 is normal for me. Carrying the backpack even with this weight is quite comfortable. The waist band has a thick padding and the shoulder straps are adjustable, as well as the frame on the back, which you can set according to your height.

Because I always had this lower back problem, I like that you can adjust the pack to your best comfort, so I never have any problems with that when travelling. Somehow I always believe that my back pain gets less after I travelled with this backpack, but as I am not a doctor, I can’t say if it is good for sure, just that it feels good for me carrying a big of weight. Just pay attention when lifting the pack onto your back and really bend those knees!

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

Japan, Again

 

The Pockets

I use the pockets on the side and top most, as they are quite big and I always need extra space for my things. There are two gauze pockets on the bottom of the bag that I never use, it would’ve been better if these had a zipper in them.

I like the flat pocket inside of the backpack (against your back), ideal for storing documents and hiding important things, as you don’t really notice it.

There is also a separate bottom compartment that you can open as well to make the inside one big space. When closed off, it’s ideal for dirty shoes and clothes.

You can also find a ‘secret’ zip pocket on the inside of the hood which I use for storing spare money, etc.

 

 

The Extra’s

I like the very strong front zipper to get into my bag without taking everything out, but I would’ve preferred a zipper that goes all around, as the new Forclaz 60 model has, so you can really open your bag like you would a suitcase.

What I do a lot is strapping my tiny sleeping bag to the front or top of the pack. There is space for it at the bottom, but I don’t think that is very handy, as you can’t put your bag on the floor in that case.

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

Reuniting with my bag after losing it in Delhi, India

 

The Verdict

I’ve been dragging this backpack around the world for 6 years now and it doesn’t show any signs of wear and tear yet. Well worth the money for me, I’d say! Hopefully I will be able to use it a couple more years, as I’m quite happy with it.

As a person who always brings too much, I’d say this backpack is a big too small for me as I always seem to have to strap extra items to the top, front and bottom and look like a donkey, but that might be a problem that cannot be fixed by getting a bigger backpack.

While I often travel with a small carry-on suitcase now, I still use this pack for longer trips as carrying is often much more practical, especially if you travel to places where the roads aren’t that great, or you have to make a lot of transport tranfers.

 

 

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Where to Buy: The exact model I have doesn’t exist anymore, but check www.quechua.co.uk for the new Quechua Forclaz 60!

 

 

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Follow The Travel Tester | Nienke Krook’s board Gear: Packing & Organising on Pinterest.

 

 

 

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Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60As a backpacker, you always have a love-hate relationship with your backpack, right? In my ‘Backpack review Quechua Forclaz 60’, I tell you all about mine. I’ve been travelling with this pack for over 5 years now and am still happy with it, even though it could do with some better features.

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

Bought for my second world trip, me and my backpack have been through a lot. It has seen music festivals, hiked through the Annapurna mountain region in Nepal, got lost in India and lost in Fiji, survived many border securities and got shampoo all over it on the way back from Australia to Holland. I couldn’t have done it without him!

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

In Tokyo, Japan

 

The Facts

Brand: Quechua
Type: Forclaz 60
Colour: Green / Beige / Black
Prize: Around 45-75 Pounds / 55-95 Euros

Bought in: 2008, for my second world trip. I took it to the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal and India, but it has seen many other places after.

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

At Blogstock, a Blogging Festival in the UK (with my Quechua tent, I should get sponsored by them!)

 

The Choice

The reason I picked the Quechua Forclaz 60 was that I wanted a big pack with a minimum of 60 litres. My previous backpack was a lot smaller and I just needed more space.

I also looked specifically for a ‘front loader’ backpack, instead of one that can only be accessed from the top.

The fabric from my last pack was quite stiff and didn’t give much, so I liked that this one was a bit more flexible. I believe this pack was on sale when I bought it as well, so it made my choice easy.

 

The Comfort

I usually overpack when I use my backpack, so 20-30 is normal for me. Carrying the backpack even with this weight is quite comfortable. The waist band has a thick padding and the shoulder straps are adjustable, as well as the frame on the back, which you can set according to your height.

Because I always had this lower back problem, I like that you can adjust the pack to your best comfort, so I never have any problems with that when travelling. Somehow I always believe that my back pain gets less after I travelled with this backpack, but as I am not a doctor, I can’t say if it is good for sure, just that it feels good for me carrying a big of weight. Just pay attention when lifting the pack onto your back and really bend those knees!

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

Japan, Again

 

The Pockets

I use the pockets on the side and top most, as they are quite big and I always need extra space for my things. There are two gauze pockets on the bottom of the bag that I never use, it would’ve been better if these had a zipper in them.

I like the flat pocket inside of the backpack (against your back), ideal for storing documents and hiding important things, as you don’t really notice it.

There is also a separate bottom compartment that you can open as well to make the inside one big space. When closed off, it’s ideal for dirty shoes and clothes.

You can also find a ‘secret’ zip pocket on the inside of the hood which I use for storing spare money, etc.

 

 

The Extra’s

I like the very strong front zipper to get into my bag without taking everything out, but I would’ve preferred a zipper that goes all around, as the new Forclaz 60 model has, so you can really open your bag like you would a suitcase.

What I do a lot is strapping my tiny sleeping bag to the front or top of the pack. There is space for it at the bottom, but I don’t think that is very handy, as you can’t put your bag on the floor in that case.

 

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

Reuniting with my bag after losing it in Delhi, India

 

The Verdict

I’ve been dragging this backpack around the world for 6 years now and it doesn’t show any signs of wear and tear yet. Well worth the money for me, I’d say! Hopefully I will be able to use it a couple more years, as I’m quite happy with it.

As a person who always brings too much, I’d say this backpack is a big too small for me as I always seem to have to strap extra items to the top, front and bottom and look like a donkey, but that might be a problem that cannot be fixed by getting a bigger backpack.

While I often travel with a small carry-on suitcase now, I still use this pack for longer trips as carrying is often much more practical, especially if you travel to places where the roads aren’t that great, or you have to make a lot of transport tranfers.

 

 

The Travel Tester Blog: Practical

Where to Buy: The exact model I have doesn’t exist anymore, but check www.quechua.co.uk for the new Quechua Forclaz 60!

 

 

The Travel Tester Blog: Inspirational

For more packing tips, check out my Pinterest Board:

Follow The Travel Tester | Nienke Krook’s board Gear: Packing & Organising on Pinterest.

 

 

 

The Travel Tester Blog: Now it's your turn!

What backpack do you have?

 

 

Thanks for sharing this article on Pinterest:

Backpack Review Quechua Forclaz 60

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