Imalent
Results 1 to 26 of 26

Thread: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

  1. #1

    Default Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Looking for backpack recommendation

    I am looking for a *big* backpack thats *small* enough to be a carry-on luggage.

    Any recommendation?

    Thanks
    Let there be light.

  2. #2
    Flashaholic bnemmie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    The UP
    Posts
    226

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    I carry this one almost every day and have for over 5 years: http://www.blackhawk.com/product/3-D...ack,865,44.htm its durable, strong shoulder straps, lap band, sternum strap and just enough pockets to keep my stuff organized. All business. You can even add on pockets or a hydration bladder if you want too. I think there is even a bigger size but you would have to give that one gentle shove into the overhead compartment.
    "I don't fail, I succeed at finding what doesn't work." -Chris Titus

  3. #3
    Flashaholic red_hackle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Posts
    254

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Check out GORUCK... Their kit is pricey, but they definitely make the most durable and thought through backpacks I have ever come across.
    Touch my food, feel my fork!

  4. #4
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    European Union
    Posts
    1,518

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    I've seen plenty of posts recommending the 5.11 Rush 72: very good for the internal organizers and very durable - it's designed for LEOs.
    I would not use it for serious hiking/trekking or backpacking though: the harness weight distribution and back panel ventilation are probably poor by today's standard!
    If you want to use it for trekking or backpacking, with a few very expensive exceptions, you are much better off going for civilian backpacks: maybe less durable but much lighter and much more comfortable.

    Otherwise check Lowe Alpine and Deuter: they make excellent backpacks and both have series specifically designed for travel keeping carry-on in mind.
    Check out Osprey too if you are in the US, they might have something that fits your needs.

  5. #5

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Thanks guys for the recommendations.

    I am going to use the backpack for travelling. Basically I want to replace my carry-on case with that, and I carry one backpack. I am going to make a few trips with family (including baby), so I foresee there will be a lot of things to carry and I want to get my own stuff out of the way (by taking only one backpack for carry-on luggage)

    And I am not looking for spend too much money on it. Doesn't need the backpack to be "tactical", but as least I want it to be tough enough so it won't rip if I have to man-handle it.

    It would be a plus if I can get the backpack easily, like in REI ... haha
    Let there be light.

  6. #6
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    European Union
    Posts
    1,518

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    The 5.11 series is tactical but the reason is popular is because of its organizers - that military Camelbaks have too.
    If you don't need in-built organizers that can hold pens, flashlights, notebooks etc., then check the Travel packs series below - they are as good as a travel backpack can get and you can choose the size. Not sure if REI stock them though.

    http://www.lowealpine.com/eng/produc...id=14&type=man
    http://www.deuter.com/en_DE/backpacks.php?category=75

  7. #7
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    747

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    If you decide that you want luggage features a bit more than full backpack features, and maximum carry-on size, I travel with something similar to this, basically a nylon suitcase with stowable shoulder straps and belt.

    http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/ca...entId=8&id=139

    I don't have this brand, but it's functionally the same and this works well for me. Roller bags are not so good running for a gate and navigating stairs.

  8. #8

    Default

    I'm a bit of a bag nut and found a new favorite for what you're describing... but it's actually a duffle bag with nice tuck-away backpack straps... kinda like those Northface Cargo duffles with back-pack straps, but a lot nicer. For me, it has just then right mix of lightweight/foldable yet durable/heavy duty fabric, with the serious YKK zippers, and a lifetime guarantee. It folds up into its own pocket, smaller than a cereal box. It's an Osprey Transporter 60L, which is the smallest with backpack straps. All 3 dimensions are about an inch too long for regulation carry-on. But as a soft sided bag, as long you don't stuff it full, it will easily fit to those airport "sizing cages." I like the idea of having it slightly large, in case I buy stuff and wanted to check it. All straps, zippers, handles seem very well protected and covered with no loose dangling straps - a real plus if checked to those ape baggage handlers.

  9. #9

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Thanks guys for the suggestion

    The Osprey Transporter 60L is nice, but when packed, it doesn't look too comfortable to carry as a backpack. but I do like it cause all the zippers are facing my back, so less to worry about pick pockets.

    The Lowe Apline TT carry-on 40 is nice too. looks like a proper backup which may be more comfortable to "wear"

    One thing though, between the two, there are 20L difference in volume? I suppose the Lowe Apline TT carry-on 40 (as the smaller one) would be a good enough for carry on. I am a little scare about "over stuffing" the Osprey and end up having to check it in.

    More suggestion would be welcome too.
    Let there be light.

  10. #10

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    ops, just checked amazon.

    The lowe apline costs more than twice the Osprey does
    Let there be light.

  11. #11

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    I am trying to decide between the

    Osprey Porter 46
    http://www.amazon.com/Osprey-Porter-...9023977&sr=1-2

    LA police gear operator backpack
    http://www.lapolicegear.com/lapg-operator-backpack.html

    seems like the Osprey porter 46 is made for being a carry on backpack. The LA police gear one is cheaper, a little big in cu. inch, and have more organizer.
    Let there be light.

  12. #12
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    European Union
    Posts
    1,518

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Size wise I'd say the difference is negligeable as the Operator backpack has just less than 2 L more capacity than the Osprey.

    Good tactical backpacks tend to be much more durable than good civilian backpacks - I have 3 MG Camelbak myself and they can really take a lot of of abuse without even showing it.
    I don't if LA Police Gear makes good tactical backpacks: I've never seen one nor I've read any feedback about them.

    If you really want organizers - I find them handy - and want to save a few bucks go for the Operator.
    The Osprey has less pockets so the main compartment it might be better for bulkier items. I don't own an Osprey either but have tried on a few Ospreys in a store and from what I could see they are very well designed, definitely a reputable brand.

    Personally I keep away from potentially cheap tactical bags: they don't offer the durability of the good tactical bags and have all their disadvantages. Unless you find good reviews for the Operator, I'd go for the Osprey.

  13. #13

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Thanks, i ordered the Osprey Porter 46.

    I still think I want a traveller bag instead of a tactical bag, and its fits what I need with the most reasonable price

    And good tactical bag is *not cheap* anyway. And I think I would rather have a big main compartment than little ones on the outside of the bag.

    I *think* I should still be able to carry my Maxpedition Mongo Versipack as my men's purse / day bag / tactical diaper bag on a flight. So camera and electronic items can still be organized.
    Let there be light.

  14. #14

    Default

    That looks like a really nice bag... just slightly more skew toward backpack carry than the Transporter, which sounds like what you were looking for. Good to see it has a somewhat "light" strap and hipbelt - hate the one's with heavy duty strapping that takes up a 1/3rd of the bag's volume.... unless of course, camping is your destination.

  15. #15

    Default

    Maxpedition flugerduffel sounds like it would be what you need. Check out YouTube videos on this bag. Very impressive

  16. #16
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    European Union
    Posts
    1,518

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    I have quite a few Maxpedition things, mostly organizers and they are well-designed and rugged - no complaints whatsoever on the quality.
    Their bags and backs seem to be second to none for organization pockets but as for suspension and ventilation they look primitive at best. Technical brands like Osprey and Deuter make bags that are probably not as rugged but they are still durable and in another league all-together when it comes to comfort and ventilation, especially for extended carry - these days most of their packs even include organizer pockets for bits and pieces.

    The Flugerduffel looks like a very nice duffel bag though.
    Last edited by Labrador72; 06-15-2012 at 03:12 AM.

  17. #17

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    I have been beating the coondog crap out of a camelback hawg for the last 10 years to include deployments to the middle east and it is still going strong. For me it is the perfect size for a carry on, I am going to AZ in a couple of weeks and it will be used as a carry on again. LOL
    I also really like the the current GI issue 3 day assault pack, perfect size, comfortable to carry, tough as nails and not too expensive, however I am not too keen on the tactical gear for commercial travel. Chris

  18. #18

    Default

    Bit late for the OP, but the MLC is designed specifically to bypass bag checks and is available in several versions:

    http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/...?p=48107-0-920

  19. #19

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Labrador72 View Post
    I have quite a few Maxpedition things, mostly organizers and they are well-designed and rugged - no complaints whatsoever on the quality.
    Their bags and backs seem to be second to none for organization pockets but as for suspension and ventilation they look primitive at best. Technical brands like Osprey and Deuter make bags that are probably not as rugged but they are still durable and in another league all-together when it comes to comfort and ventilation, especially for extended carry - these days most of their packs even include organizer pockets for bits and pieces.

    The Flugerduffel looks like a very nice duffel bag though.
    That's the one thing that has turned me off if maxpedition backpacks. The lack of compartments/general organization.

  20. #20

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    The only backpack I've ever wanted to carry was a BCA Stach BC. I have larger packs and smaller packs, but this pack has done every job for me. I used to carry my laptop in it, in the back of my truck, in the rain. I've supported my wife and I for 4 days in the woods on just what I could fit into this pack (probably sixty+ pounds; it's simply more comfortable than my true backpacking pack.) and a few things she could carry (Maybe 25lbs). Supremely comfortable, waterproof (the waterproofing started to get bad after about five years), and has been proven to be extremely durable. I had mine for ten or eleven years and once it was a really big deal because I had to replace a clip... I only had to buy a new one because mine was stolen by a prostitute in Istanbul, which, in itself, should be proof how desirable this backpack should be considered.

  21. #21

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Before going to chose a backpack one first needs to know what one will put inside. And that knowledge, oddly as it might sound, comes with experience. After a good deal of trial and error, buying and selling packs, I settled for three basic types that could be upgraded and modifined depending on the task at hand. The most used one is my urban EDC pack which currently is a Maxpedition Pigmy Falcon II. Contrary to previous opinions I would say that Maxpedition is not that bad on organization although other manufacturers may have neater solutions. The smaller compartments of the EDC pack would generally accomodate an organzer with some comfort items, a multitool, flashlight, pens -- the usual EDC loadout. The main compartment could either hold a laptop, training clothing, food or items that I would purchase somewhere along the way. The shortcoming of the Pigmy Falcon is that it doesn't have horizontal compression straps and belt. Otherwise it is very comfortable and versatile, love it. The near ideal pack of this sort seems to be the TAD Gear FAST Pack Litespeed. More volume, great ergonomics, compression straps and belt, more pockets and organizational capabilities and above all -- vertically elongated design which I found to be the most functional and comfortable for a light urban-style backpack. The shape of the pack is the factor of choice that I would stress above all.
    For a mid-size backpack, what they call a "3-day pack", I have a Maxpedition Vulture II. Before buying a pack of this size (around 46 liters), I would recommend first trying it on and loading it if possible. The Vulture II has a belt but you cannot vary the position of the shoulder straps and it might just not fit you, especially if you are 180 cm and taller. If you want a rugger pack you can stick with the 1000D nylon, but that material also adds weght. I've heard that Kelty have some packs that could very well be just what is needed. Recenlty I ordered an Eberlestock Halftrack. It is a 50+ something liter pack, elongated again and has an inner frame which is important if you have to carry more weight= It is very ergonomic and has outstanding organizational capabilties.
    If you need more capacity still, then external frame backpacks are to be taken in consideration, but that is not what is discussed here, I believe.
    To wrap up, begin with what you would carry in the pack and stick with a vertically elongated shape that keeps the load closer to the body and doesn't stick back which will off-balance you and make you bend on the go. Hope that experience helps someone.

  22. #22

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    maxpedition gear slinger.
    Kodiak S-Type Gearslinger
    lots of add on acc.
    I have also put the pac in a costco carry on and have the option to have an extra bag to check in. $40.00
    Last edited by Gemlab; 01-06-2013 at 10:36 AM.

  23. #23

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    FWIW, I think that bag choice depends on a lot of things, including whether you want a backpack first that's also a travel carry-on bag, or need a good travel carry-on bag that can be worn on the back.

    For great carry-on bag options, check with the folks who are the one-bag travel experts:

    http://www.onebag.com/ and http://onebagger.squarespace.com/

    .

    It also really depends on the kind of travel you do... if it's at all international, there are size AND weight limits, and many carry on sized bags weigh a ton. This includes the hard core "tactical" style backpacks. It's fine for domestic travel, as size is all that matters. But with a total bag weight limit of 8 kg for example, a big heavy bag is going to seriously limit what you can bring with you.

    For carry on luggage that has backpack straps, I personally use the Campmor carry on bag: http://www.campmor.com/essential-carry.shtml

    I also have the Golite convertible- it's an awesome travel bag: http://www.golite.com/TraveLite-Conv...y-On-P939.aspx

    I also use a 20L Deuter backpack as my "personal bag" in combination with the carry-on and love it.

  24. #24
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    653

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Op got his pack but I just wanted to show the Haglöfs backpacks.

    I have for many years ago used one of their large expedition backpacks a couple of times when I was in the mountains and it was very good.

    After that I have had a couple of smaller ones, one when I was studying and one for daytrips and urban use occasionally.

    It's not any "tactical" bags but very good quality.
    Haglöfs have very good outdoor equipment as general - pants, shoes and other stuff.

    http://www.haglofs.com/en-US/products/backpacksbags/

  25. #25
    Flashaholic* jamesmtl514's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Montreal, Canada
    Posts
    1,799

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    It's a photographers backpack, to my knowledge there are no flashaholics backpacks.
    Crumpler Whickey and Cox.
    My lightsWTB: Surefire: New/Used/Rare. Currently looking for everything Crosshairs + D2. Interesting trades available.Everybody, just send your lights directly to James - he'll end up with them anyhow, lol. -Kestrel

  26. #26
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    European Union
    Posts
    1,518

    Default Re: Backpack? (big backpack but small enough to be a carry-on luggage on flight)

    Quote Originally Posted by GunnarGG View Post
    Op got his pack but I just wanted to show the Haglöfs backpacks.

    I have for many years ago used one of their large expedition backpacks a couple of times when I was in the mountains and it was very good.

    After that I have had a couple of smaller ones, one when I was studying and one for daytrips and urban use occasionally.

    It's not any "tactical" bags but very good quality.
    Haglöfs have very good outdoor equipment as general - pants, shoes and other stuff.

    http://www.haglofs.com/en-US/products/backpacksbags/
    I have plenty of stuff from Haglofs, ranging from belt and wallet to baselayers, softshells and goretext hardshells: IMHO their quality and design are second to none. They are also much easier to find on sale than other brands like Arcteryx which is undoubtedly excellent but often overpriced here in Europe.
    For backpacks, I went for Deuter and Osprey which offer a much wider range of packs. Haglofs backpacks look very good too though.
    I do have a couple of tactical Camelbak packs and they are great for EDC, weekend trips or whenever you need a pack that is extremely durable and can be used for different purposes. For hiking and tracking alone I find civilian backpacks a much better choice.
    Last edited by Labrador72; 01-24-2013 at 03:15 PM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •