SO this weekend has been pretty busy for me. Although my Europe trip is still some time in the far distance, i have been fairly impatient to look for a travel backpack for myself. I think it’s because this whole intention is feeling a bit unreal at the moment and I’m constantly beset with worries and doubts as to whether I can even make it for the trip itself. So having a backpack would seem a step in realising this trip.
As others would have started, I have been researching online and more research all around. While I may have liked certain reviews of travel backpacks, I realise that I should start from the ones available in my country first. Singapore is a very small country. It is literally a dot on the world map if you are trying to look for it. This means that we do not have such a big backpacking or hiking culture. This makes the search a bit harder for me as there are limited selections.
Which brings me to the other consideration. I’m short, very short. I’m only 1.5m (4″11) so it’s harder for me to depend on online options when I’m not sure whether the bags will fit my height. Although most online websites offer free shipping and returns, this would not usually apply to international shipping so I’m quite hesitant to purchase a bag online based on only reviews. Which is all the more reason for me to try to get something that I can try on here in SIngapore.
So below are the shops that I have managed to source out. I’m not sure whether there are any others around but I have personally been to their shops to try out some of the bags and look at the other products that they bring in.
Address: No 1, Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre, #01-41, Singapore 149053
Tel: +65 6479 1719
To get to Queensway Shopping Centre, you can take 195 from the bus stop opposite Queenstown Mrt Station. From the station’s gate gantry, turn left; the bus stop is facing an empty field which is currently undergoing construction for a condominium. You can get off at the stop after Ikea.
Brands: Outgear, High Sierra, Deuter, Tatonka, North Face, Alpinepac, Y’Paks. The shop also carry Eagle Creek products such as their packing cubes and toiletry bag.
Address: 302, Tiong Bahru Road, Tiong Bahru Plaza, #02-02, Singapore168732
Tel: +65 6271 8233
To get there, get off at Tiong Bahru Mrt Station. The shopping mall is accessible from the exit.
Brands: Outgear, High Sierra, Deuter, Tatonka, North Face and a few more. They also stock Eagle Creek packing cubes as well as toiletry bags, although the sizes and products may differ from the ones offered by Cliffhanger Connection
I find that both these shops offer similar brands and bags although Cliffhanger Connection seems to be slightly cheaper depending on the product. I tried on an Outgear ‘Thunder’ backpack from both shops but it cost slightly more at Backpackers Gallery. The Eagle Creek packing cubes available at each shop also differed in availability. I found Eagle Creek’s double sided packing cubes at Backpackers Gallery but didn’t find the same at Cliffhangers Connection. Perhaps, each shop can only stock upon request. I would prefer to go with Cliffhanger Connection though, it seems to have a slightly cheaper cost over its products.
The Planet Traveller
Address: Changi Airport Terminal 3, 65 Airport Boulevard, #03-34 to 41, Singapore 819663
Tel: +65 6543 961
Other Branches: ION Orchard, Marina Square, Paragon
Brands: Caribee, North Face, Eagle Creek (they have other brands available as well but I’ve only included the relevant ones here). They also carry other travel products from Eagle Creek, Pacsafe as well as Sea to Summit products.
The branch at the airport had a wide selection of bags but were mostly hiking backpacks instead of the travel backpack that I was looking for. They also had a decent selection of travel products such as toiletry tubes, packing cubes, toiletry bags and other essentials from Eagle Creek, Sea to Summit as well as Pacsafe in comparison with the other shops I had visited. I may not decide to get my bag here but I would certainly consider it for the convenience of product availability as they carry much more variety than any other shops I’ve visited.
Sports Connection (Queensway)
Address: No 1, Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre, #01-15, Singapore 149053
Tel: +65 64743871
Sports Connection (Funan)
Address: 109 North Bridge Road, Funan DigitaLife Mall, #02-25, Singapore 179097
Tel: +65 6338 5808
Sports Connection (Compass Point)
Address: 1 Sengkang Square, Compass Point, # 04-25, Singapore 6388 3775
Tel: +65 6388 3775
Other branches: Shaw Leisure Gallery, West Mall
Brands: Osprey (They had other brands as well but they mostly have Osprey for hiking and travel backpacks). They also carry other travel products but I can’t quite remember the brand.
I went to 3 of their branches! I had visited the one at Compass Point as that was the nearest for me and I wanted to try out the Osprey Porter 46 for the size. The salesperson didn’t offer any other alternatives and the shop was also pretty small so I could’t really see a lot of variety during my visit there.
I accidentally bumped into the one at Queensway when I was there visiting Cliffhanger Connection. The shop was literally diagonally across so when I was walking out, I just happened to look in and surprised to see another shop like it there. Here, the shop was much bigger and I could browse the bags on display easier. I managed to try a few Osprey bags there that fits my requirements and also noticed that they carried a few other items such as clothes and shoes for hiking so it was a good find for me.
I decided to try their branch at Funan to check whether they had more availability for a bag that I was eyeing. I had tried it at the Queensway branch but they only had one left. The products were similar so it was just a matter of checking on availability since this shop was more convenient for me rather than travelling all the way down to Queensway.
So there you have it! A summary of the shops selling hiking backpacks or travel backpacks especially.
Update: I ended up getting an OSPREY Farpoint 40 in S/M size. My review of the bag can be read here. 🙂