Used this on a 9 day trip to Europe in December. Packed enough clothes and was still able to use it as a carry on. The compression straps helped out and I rolled all the clothes. All the straps can be tucked away if you need to check the bag. The straps do need a little more padding if you plan on taking a long walk. I carried it for a couple hours at a time and that was about the longest time I could carry it comfortably. Keep it mind the bag was loaded to the max. I would still recommend it based on the size and it's capabilities.
I used this for one trip so far, to go skiing in Whistler/Blackcomb. Packed all my ski clothes, jacket, ski pants, gloves, thermals and extra clothes for 5 days. I even threw in a few extra things because it fit. It compresses down so well. It fit in the overhead carry on bins on all but one leg of a flight. For some reason, the bin was smaller than the others, even though one of the planes was smaller than this one and it fit on that one.This bag worked really well and got carried around alot as we had flight delays coming home for 3 hours. packed it weighed 17 pounds and was managable.My next trip is Nicaragua in a few days and that is a month long trip. This is the only bag I am taking, and no, I am not even a hippie. But I don't think I need much in Central America. We will be traveling around the country with two of these bags, as I got my girlfriend got one too.
i rocked an osprey pack on my thru-hike of the AT and needed a new bag for travel - my main considerations were carry-on, not too flimsy, easy load/unload, and sexy stylish, so the ladies would have something else to gawk at other than my cute behind as i walked by...seriously though, i love osprey, the bag is exactly what i was looking for depsite not being able to check it out physically at a store...that being said it helps if you are an experienced pack buyer so you know what size you need and what features/specs work for you...sleak and clean, just like me! POP POP i'm out!
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.
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