Julien DIOT: Globeblogger in Outdoor Sports
Julien DIOT: Globeblogger in Outdoor Sports

Backpack McKinley 20L



Using Time: 89 days


I have this one for 2 years know but I use it way more since I’m in Australia. I bought it 50% off at Intersport Anglet in April 2011 for € 11. I needed a cheap backpack of 20 litres to do a short trek on 2 days without assistance with a friend.

Here is my feedback after 89 days of use:

Cheap doesn’t always mean bad conception. In this case it is. Indeed I can’t recommend this backpack for at least 4 reasons.

First of all, the back of the backpack is not rigid (look at the picture in the bottom right corner). That implies if the backpack isn’t full, you don’t feel comfortable in your back and it doesn’t look nice on you.

Secondly, there isn’t a chest belt but only a belly belt and the backpack is rocking all the time. I try to add one as I could. It’s way better but not optimum.

When it’s raining, your stuff isn’t in security inside because the material of the backpack isn’t waterproof.

Finally as the back isn’t rigid, the weight isn’t transferred on your hips when you tight the belt. Therefore you feel it on your shoulders.

Per conclude, I can say this is only a basic backpack and for € 11 (€22 for the real price), you pay only the brand.


Smart thinking!

For all the adventurers, here is a solution I found to keep your compact camera nearby.

Sew a Velcro on one of the braces of your backpack and the other part behind the case for your camera. Add two more behind the camera case to maintain perfectly in place. Now you can’t miss any shoot!camera-case-backpack_steps_worldtour-outdoorexperience