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Hi. With all of the great bags out there I just can find one that works for me. I am a small frame woman and am looking for a 30L to 35L. Must be airline carry on size. Have good, padded, waist support belt. Compression straps enough that I can pull it close to my body to help carry the load and make it smaller. YKK zippers Made with strong durable material. (if possible) lockable zippers Needs to fit my bodyI have tried MEI voyager 40L is too large for me, hip belt is too large, sags on my body so walking just a short distance my body hurts. (I know I can order my own size but that feels very risky cause I can return it if it doesn work). Also its wider than my body. I took one to Mexico and what a pain walking through a crowd or on a train. Just too large! I have the Deuter Act 32. Its top loading and feels really great when its loaded, but its a top loader (mostly) and its too long (tall). If I don pack it full I can get it to be 23″. The material is not the lightest weight . but it does look like a backpacking pack (cause it is!) and would rather the bag not stand out so much. REI Vagabon the hip belt is way to big for my size (is made for a larger person than me) Goruck Tried it. Need hip belt!!! and the backpack straps are so large they rub on my neck. Northface overhall 40 Needs better hip belt and better compression straps(I could continue to list the bags that I tried out.)Does a bag that I need just not exist?!!!? I been looking for a long time and thought I would put it out to all of you for some recommendations. If anyone has this bag used I would love to buy it It not made any longer.30 litre Vango Transit 30 backpack Am thinking of trying these Deuter Freeride Pro 30 Backpack 1850cu in seems good specs but is a ski pack and opens from the back. The material is light weight but it says “lightweight 210D ripstop nylon pack body fabric is impregnated with silicone for waterproof strength that won wear out or rub off over time. The heavier 420D nylon used for the pack bottom is just plain tough”. even though its 1″ too tall and the placement for the zipper are not made for secure traveling. I might just order it to see how it fits. Thoughts?Sorry, this post is all over the place. Most people think of it as a daypack but it really big enough for a travel pack. We making a 16 day trip to Turkey shortly with two of them. No waist belt or compression straps but you really don need them since the pack is so light and comfortable just 9 ounces. I 75 with one artificial hip and back problems and my wife 70 and we can handle it fine. We tried the MEI Voyageur too and had the same problems with it. This one is much better for really light travel. It a rucksack design but the company has made many small improvements that turn it into a superb travel pack. Worth a look. Regards,Richard
Hi. Thank you for all of your suggestions.!I looked at all of them. I mentioned the Vango Transit on my first post because of a woman who does indeed do this with her 30L pack (full time). I tried on an REI 30L and 40L pack (with a hipbelt) but they just don fit my body. Patience.
I just got an Eagle Creek Conor backpack that I really liking. I got it for my laptop and work travel, but it could work for you. It shown at 28 Liters, has nice shoulder, sternum and waist straps, and has lockable zippers. It does not have compression straps, but the different compartments may help keep things in place. The zippers are not YKK, but Eagle Creek has a good reputation.
Thanks for the clarification of your needs! I still stand by what I said earlier the ebag weekender. Zappos was also mentioned and is great for that as well.
I have an eBags Weekender also and agree it a good bag, although on the heavy side. My initial thoughts on the hip belt were that it looked useless. However, given Megan E. It is available in both a small and medium size. It lacks a waist belt, though. I seen the largest backpack selection at those. But as an aside, the REI at Seattle, Minneaoplis and Denver are the biggest in the US. Size wise, unless its filled to the brim, its easy to squish a backpack in the overhead, or not get stopped by the gate agent to question the size. Might be easier to modify (and its not that expesive with a (clothes) alternations place) than custom build a new pack.
Hi. Gave it away (and almost every thing in it) after the first week and switched to a throw over shoulder simple cotton bag. At one point, while there, I did look for a bag with a good waist strap support and couldn find one. I even tried to have one made but ended up givi timberland boots ng it away (very uncomfortable) and using the cotton bag. I tried the Farpoint 55 on and was way to large. but the 40 might work. Though its still a bit wide for my narrow body, its going to be 38L, 2319 CI for the small size. right on the edge of too big. plus those bags with one strap that if breaks. you out of luck. I am looking for something other than a traditional backpack. but the ACT 32 is the best fitting backpack I tried on so far. If I going to carry any weight for longer than a timberland boots mile. it needs to fit. or my body just can handel it. At this point, I still figuring out what I really need or want. Top or front loading. Heavy durable fabric or is the lighter weight ok? What size can I really live out of and how small can I really go?I also want something low key. able to blend in with third world locals more and something I know I can throw on top of a bush taxi and not worry and the “light weight” material. The zippers quandary. easier for me and them to get into. yet. actually the opp timberland boots osite. My torso length is quite long for most women. I looked at those at REI. I tried it with the Osprey Porter (doesn work). I got stopped with the logistics of it all. where there are many packs to try on. Here what I would do in your situation.1) Find an existing convertible bag that fits your body frame in backpack mode. I personally like the Patagonia MLC. 2) Buy a replacement padded hip belt for an outdoor backpack. Arc and Osprey make these.
Suna your body type sounds similar to mine long torso, small frame on top. Have you looked at Gregory backpacks in women styles? I have the Jade 28 which is probably too small for your needs but there are larger sizes that might work. This brand makes women specific packs which really are different from other women specific brands believe me I tried them all! I can attest to the comfort and weight distribution as I have carried close to 22 lbs (water is heavy!) for multi day 8 12 mile day hikes. Don let the thin material fool you because it actually really durable. I carried my Jade 28 on an RJ and it fit under the seat. I have the ebags we timberland boots ekender and the western flyer both of which I like for different reasons but neither are very comfortable for treks beyond what I do in large airports. I know my shoulders would be trashed if I hiked a mile with either of those. Like many others have recommended, I would suggest getting fitted by an outdoor shop as they can make sure you are getting the best fit for your body type. Best of luck. I feel your pain in trying to find the perfect bag!