Also, additional lenses--Green Sol X, yellow, amber, etc (for all different light conditions) can be ordered directly from Smith. Recommend you get a Gold Sensor, Gold Light, or RC36 lens for low/flat-light conditions as the Red Sol X lens really works best in bright light (Blue Bird Day) conditions.
I am a fan of Smith products but these are going back.
Maybe these would work well for a woman with a small head, but I found that the small frame made peripheral vision quite poor. Created a tunnel-vision-like effect.
I wear a medium helmet (Smith Venue) and these looked like I was trying to pair childrens goggles with an adult helmet.
Great lens, though.
Definitely wouldn't go smaller than the Medium for what you describe above. I use one of my Mediums for ski/snowbrd gear all the time and it works well as long as you keep it to just the basics: helmet/boots/shell/capilene/gloves, etc and leave all the unnecessary stuff at home.
Even fully-packed I use a Medium as a carry-on all the time, and have never had a problem or been challenged by the airlines.
That said, as an average-size female, my gear does not 'cube out' as fast as others'--and since I can't tell your gender from your handle--if you are a guy (with larger gear ) the Large may prove a better fit for your purposes.
For comparison purposes, have a also used my Large as a carry-on a number of times--but only when its not fully-packed.
I short: don't get the Small. Medium can definitely be used as a carry-on. Large can often be used as a carry-on if its not over-stuffed.
Hope this was helpful.
I have a Medium that I've used for ski gear for years--and it holds a pair of boots, helmet, and a couple of days' worth of clothes (pants/jacket/capilene/fleece). That said, as a woman, most of my gear is probably a bit smaller than yours.
For a longer trip, i'd suggest the Large.
If $$$ is no object, I'd highly recommend getting a few in various sizes--as it seems there is always a use for them!
In our family, each person has his/her own designated color b/c we fly in small planes alot--and its super-easy to ensure each persons' respective gear is accounted for.
In short, I simply cannot say enough good things about these bags. You won't be disappointed.
I know this a bit late--but maybe it will help someone else...
I normally wear a women's 7, but took them back and xchngd for a 6.5.
One caveat though..if you need/want room for a super think sock--order your usual size.
Hope this helps. Better late than never??!
Putting the ASOLO Women's Stynger GT boot through its paces at combat shooting school
NO blisters or 'hot spots' whatsoever. After bagging 3 of the 7 Summits and countless other climbs/hikes--have worn MANY other boots...but keep coming back to ASOLO--and the Stynger GT in particular.
Not for extended/technical climbs (although they are crampon-compatible)...but for absolutely EVERYTHING else--there is no comparison!
I wore them on 11 trips to Iraq and two rotations through an intensive 10-day combat shooting school (read: near-constant mud/rain/muck)--and feet were the most dry/comfortable thing on me!
I even bought a second pair to keep in reserve in the event they stop making this particular model (but I hope not!).
Bottom line: These boots are amazing and BackCountry is the place to get 'em!