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Take a break from your busy life without breaking your back.
- Vertical mesh channel on the back panel keeps you cool
- Anatomically correct hip-belt equally spreads the weight
- Cushioned shoulder straps fit your torso for chafe-free comfort and balanced support
- Long zippered side-entry to main compartment lets you get to your stuff without unpacking the entire load
- Sleeping bag compartment features zip access to make bedtime easier
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North face Terra 45
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Overall this is a great bag. Good quality, lots of good features and fits nice. It is slightly on the small side (I had tro strap my sleeping bag to the bottom or else it would have taken 75% of the room in the bag). Also I find the shoulder straps to be slightly narrow (I am 5"8 with a muscular build- wider shoulders), but aside form that I love the bag!
If I pack lite is this pack large enough...
If I pack lite is this pack large enough for a 3 day adventure?
Yes, depending on temp (e.g. a small 20+ degree down bag could make it possible).
Airline Check In --> I am traveling...
Airline Check In --> I am traveling through europe and wanted to use a backpack rather than a rolley. So it's not for backpacking, more for urban use--walking the streets / bus & train & airplane rides etc. I wanted to check this backpack in when I fly. Anyone have any experience with checking this in? I'm wondering if the hip/backpack straps get in the way or get caught in anything. Also wondering how the material holds up of something punctures it... Would appreciate any advice. Thank you!!
The material will hold up to punctures just fine. The problem you will run into is all the straps. Because they get caught on stuff, some airlines will just cut them off. Osprey makes a canvas bag with handles on it for the purpose of checking your backpack on flights. I'd look into that if I were you, alongside this bag. Your other option is simply carryon. I carry my 42L pack on all the time, and never have any problems.
The airline will sometimes automatically put a strappy backpack in a clear plastic bag, if they don't, request they do. Problem solved.
I'm traveling to Peru for 7 days and doing...
I'm traveling to Peru for 7 days and doing a 4 day hike to Machu Picchu. I am wondering if this backpack would be large enough for this trip. I was also looking at Osprey Packs Ariel 65 Backpack....I can't decide which one to get.
45 liters for a 7 day trip takes some thoughtful packing. I can get by with a 40 liter pack for a week with my lightweight gear, but that means no extras. Unless you're a minimalist, go with the Ariel 65. My wife took her Ariel on a 2.5 week trip to Asia and had no problems.
Awesome!! Thank you so much Dave!!
What are the differences between this women...
What are the differences between this women specific backpack and the men backpack except the color?
Womens packs are normally smaller in size, not always the volume, but the harness. I really recommend getting professionally fitted for a pack, then choosing one online.
What are the approximate dimensions of the...
What are the approximate dimensions of the bag (height, length, width)?
Hi Joe - the dimensions are about 27.75" x 13.5" x 8" (70.5 x 34.5 x 20 cm).
Hope this helps-
Any tips on how to adjust the straps...
Any tips on how to adjust the straps properly (or to know when they're adjusted properly?) I know where/what the various adjustments are but I'm not sure how to know when they're correct for me. Also right now with my bag packed, the plastic board inside is "curved" towards the bag and if I push it down from the inside it "pops" back flat. Is that how it's supposed to be? Please forgive my ignornace. :) thanks!
You could probably loosen out the side compression straps. As to fit, the hip belt should be completely tight, the shoulder straps tightened just to the point where you feel them snug, not tight enough that there's weight on your shoulders. the load lifters should be at a 45 degree angle to your body, basically to where it's not so tight that you can't push them down. the sternum strap should not be tight enough that it pulls the shoulder harness inwards, only enough so to keep it centered.
First, yeah the back sheet should curve away from your back and the mesh should be in contact with you. That air space is what keeps you cool. I guess the best way to describe the process is to start with your shoulder harness and get it to where your hip belt will ride about centered over your hip bones. You'll feel it when it's right. Another part of staying comfortable is keeping your load from moving around by drawing it in with the straps that go from your pack to your suspension system (above your shoulders and behind your hips). Loads that move hurt. That's about it. Now that you're packed, walk around and play with all the various adjustments until it feels right. It's subjective, so you'll be the best judge, and with a little getting used to it, you'll know what strap to pull when. Practice transferring the bulk of the weight from your shoulders to your hips. It's a handy trick to know for when you want to relieve fatigue or pain in one or the other.
Hope that helps. Have fun!
I like this bag a lot. It's cute, comfy & small enough that I won't tip over! (I'm very short.) Leave all the heavy stuff for my boyfriend ;)
Very nice overnight bag...
I had a hard time deciding between this and the 55, but went with the smaller one for overnights. Lightweight and comfortable....but still a little small for my taste. Go with the 55 for anything more than a couple of days.
This pack was a major upgrade from my enormous top-loading Lowe pack. Its the right size for a long weekend, but I've used it for trips up to a week. It's a super-light pack, straps in all the right places, and the usual features you want in a basic pack: side pockets, hydration compatible, bottom compartment for dirty shoes, etc. It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles you'd want for traveling (in particular a detachable daypack--why all bags don't have this is beyond me.)
All in all, it's a great deal and I like it better than the Osprey and Lowe packs I've used in the past.