lwang wrote:are these too large to be used as a 2nd carry-on on aeroplanes? I usually have a rolling luggage as the primary carry-on, and have a backpack that I could also load as much as possible as the 2nd piece.
Also, it seem to be made of 150 denier, which seem to be on par with umbrella fabric. Is that strong enough for anything?
This backpack is pretty long, and will probably not fully fit underneath an airline seat without the guy sitting in front of you stepping on it. It will fit inside the overhead bin of a 737.
The green part of the backpack does feel a bit like umbrella fabric. It's thin, but it makes the backpack exceptionally light, even with the aluminum support and the cushy padding. I've mostly used it as luggage, rather than doing any serious hiking with it, but it is quite comfortable.
My main complaint, besides buying this bag for more than this current price, stems from the top of the backpack. The top of the main compartment closes with a drawstring, and it's capped by a top piece which is attached via 4 straps, two of them with buckles for easier access to the main compartment. If I removed a sweater from the bag, I'd have to readjust all 4 straps to lower the height of the backpack, or else the top piece would start flopping around. As this is my first non-school backpack, I'm not sure if this is a common design of top loading backpacks, but it's something that is a bit of a hassle if you plan on removing stuff from the main compartment often. At least they were thoughtful enough to put a zipper behind the front pocket for easier access to stuff in the bottom of the main compartment