I bought this pack in order to avoid checked bag fees on airlines. It offers a main compartment that's roomy enough for a week worth of clothing. The interior zippered pockets allow you to stash electronics and smaller items without them being lost in the main compartment. The compression straps allow you to squish everything down enough to satisfy even the strictest of airline size guidelines. The ability to stash your shoulder/waist straps within the pack sounds like a nice feature, but I've found that it's rarely necessary. The straps have plenty of adjustment available to accomodate users of all sizes and the whistle on the chest strap adds a bit of entertainment in a crowded terminal. The pack is great for travel, but a bit too cumbersome for hiking.
"Great for an adventure, spacious and comfortable"
Great for those who do casual traveling, that need more than a backpack and also can avoid paying those nasty check-in luggage fees! I am going for a long backpacking trip (hopefully) a year. It's my first time and though i been advised to pack light, I wanted a little more than this since I will be switching from cold to hot weather. I instead bought the Fairpoint 70 which offers the detachable backpack. However ,this is a great backpack for a frequent flyer or someone who is going for a short term adventure, it's spacious and comfortable.
"Kicked butt from Florida to Australia and back!"
I bought last year's model for a 4 week trip to Australia. It fit a week's worth of clothes, dress shoes and a pair of Merrell hikers with ease, allowing me to bring only this and a small backpack for the entire trip. This Spring I went to Florida for a week and only used this bag. Don't waste anymore time reading my insanely great review. Buy this pack now and you will never buy travel packs from any other company!
"Ditch the wheels and carry your stuff like a man!"
Notwithstanding my review of the Osprey Shuttle 28L, I believe if you can't carry it on your back, you shouldn't be carrying it at all. I've used this bag all over the world. It's the perfect size for stowing in the overhead compartment, yet still has all kinds of room for your crap. I'm mildly addicted to Osprey's "straightjacket" system...it's great for protecting your gear and compressing it smaller. The stowaway backpack harness is pretty good...not great, but I'm not planning on summiting Kilimanjaro with it either. And it has the integral whistle in the sternum strap buckle...great for annoying my wife in the airport and making the grade-schooler sitting next to me jealous.
from Kind of near Chicago...but actually in Indiana.
I generally use this bag with a couple packing cubes (Eagle Creek, for example) and can easily carry enough clothing for two weeks, plus 3-5 pairs of shoes. The pack holds its shape well without being too rigid, thus allowing you to squeeze that last item along the edge. I’ve always brought this bag as a carry-on and haven’t had any issues with size, even at capacity.Brought this bag to Italy last year during an train strike and had to walk along a steep hiking trail to the apartment. Since the shoulder straps are well-padded and there is a decent hip belt, I had no issues. Enough said.\While I don't want to paint with a broad brush, everyone everywhere should buy this bag.