When it came the time to choose the backpack for my adventure, I had no difficulty as I had already bought it, even before the birth of the Wandering Italia project, to facilitate travelling with my family, adding to the two big baggages the practicality of a large rucksack.
So, despite the choice had not been based on the needs of my trek, “Jack Supertramp”, as I had renamed it here, it turned out to be simply perfect, useful: a trusted friend.
The backpack is a Denali 75 (a 75 + 10 Lit) very solid, suitable for long journeys and with many important and essential features.
I omit to report all the details of this product, as you can find them directly on the page Jack Wolfskin, but I limit myself to list, in fact, those characteristics that lead me to recommend this backpack to all those who want to face a long journey “on the road” or even just a few days or weeks trekking. First at all, the most important in a backpack it’s definitely its ergonomic feature, that is the ability to adapt in the best way possible to our body to balance the weight and distribute it correctly. In short, a backpack must be comfortable and should not make us feel the weight to not let us fell our journey as a real punishment.
In this case, Jack proved to be simply exceptional: with the possibility of adjusting the back system on 11 different heights, from S to XXL, to adapt it better to the body, the backpack feels perfectly to the back, wraps and protects it. Furthermore the shoulder straps allow to regulate even more the balance and weight distribution.
Finally, the hip belt completes the possibility to better regulate the distribution of weight between shoulders, back, lumbar area and legs.
From my personal experience, having started my journey with 25 kg, I can undoubtedly admit that this backpack has allowed me not to suffer all that weight at all, and I have never suffered all those kilos as a condemnation.
In a journey as long as mine, being in harmony with our body and not being afflicted by pain of any kind, it is definitely essential to be able to fully enjoy the experience.
The hip belt, then, offers two other very important features: a handy pocket, where for example I could keep my powerbank close at hand, and the water bottle holder, secured by a small carabiner, which gave me the opportunity to drink without having to stop.
The Denali 75, but also the rest of the range, is equipped with numerous pockets and compartments that allow you to divide your equipment according to your needs.
Very practical, for me, it turned out to be the main pocket with a central opening: carrying the photographic equipment, protected in another small backpack, the Lowepro Flipside 200 AW II Mica / Pixel which is instead provided with a large pocket back, I always had the opportunity to extract the SLR quickly for a few shots, then reposition it in the protective backpack. The Tripod, on the other hand, was tied through elastic hooks to the side of the backpack.
In the lower front panel, then, I had found the space for mattress, sleeping bag and some clothes, and underneath this, tied through two straps, I carried the tent.
The way to extract the rain-proof casing, positioned under the hood, which can also be detached, was easily revealed to quickly cover the entire backpack.
In the end: Jack Supertramp proved to be convenient, useful and above all very resistant.
We’ve spent a lot of them together, and I’ve undoubtedly put it to the test.
But he overcame all difficulties. And I did it too, especially thanks to him.
Here are some links to both the Denali 75 and the Lowepro Flipside range.