Gear Review: Guerrilla Packs Emperor 85L
Shopping for a backpack can be quite expensive, thankfully the crew over at Guerrilla Packs have cut out the middleman and distribute their high quality packs themselves at significant savings. The internal frame Emperor 85L extended duration pack came with a price tag around $100 with craftsmanship and quality that make this a great first pack for beginner world travellers on a budget.
Included as part of the pack is the detachable 10L Spotter Pack that will fit your laptop, tablet, books, and any other items you may need to keep conveniently handy while travelling.
Traveling for the last year I was unable to retrieve my multi-day large liter backpack from storage before a trip to Colombia, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. Not wanting to haul my luggage while visiting South America I wanted and alternative bag to take with me and found the answer in the Emperor bag from Guerrilla Packs.
After several countries and many airline flights the pack is still holding up rather well after all of the abuse.
One my favorite features of this pack is the built-in rain cover that saved my electronics while waiting for buses or walking from metro stations to hostels on rainy days. Arranging my belongings in this bag was simple as multiple entry points (top, front, and base loading capabilities) allowed access to the things I needed while still being able to keep contents categorized.
This bag has been my go-to luggage system for overnight dirt bike rides as the adjustable shoulder settings allow me to raise the pack off the seat so I can ride comfortably in the backcountry. With a built in hydration system carrier I am able to bring enough water to drink during the ride and cook with after setting up camp.
The external compression straps will aid in reducing the bags overall profile for overhead storage or handily can be used to lash additional gear in the event you managed to use all 5,000 cubic inches.
For more about this bag and other Guerrilla Pack products visit them here: http://www.guerrillapacks.com/