Any tips here from those of you tall/long bodied peeps on a good backpack? Perhaps one that starts out long and that you can also adjust the position of the straps up or down on the back?
I think there was an Ergon one in the last ST mag that got good reviews.
Always just used a camelback Mule or Lobo, but recent shop visit to get a proper fitting hiking backpack was incredible at highlighting that having a waist/hip strap bits coming round somewhere closer to the nipples is really not ideal.
Also, I hate the buckles on my MULE, and it is bloody impossible to actually use it to store anything if you have a full three litre resevoir in there.
+1 for Osprey – I took ages trying to find a backpack which fitted me properly. My Talon 33 is great – the side compression straps mean I don’t have to fill it to the brim for it to sit correctly when I ride…
again – osprey. although not very tall i have a long back and the m/l Escapist 30 i have sits nicely on the hips. Can also be adjusted too, although getting the velcro straight can be frustrating (mild OCD)
For those with packs like the 33L talon or 30L escapist, how tightly can you cinch everything down when minimally loaded, as it is quite a big pack? As it is not a trad bike pack per se, where do you store the essentials (inner tube, tools, pump, zip ties, butties etc)?
MSP – V interested, can you please mail me piccies?