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Christene Main

Kansas City

Backpack for a Short Woman

Hi there! I am finally ready to upgrade my backpack for my upcoming trip to Spain and Morocco. Is there a pack one of you ladies recommend? I am also on the short side, so one that would fit comfortably on my hips and not be too tall would be ideal. I am eyeing Ospreys right now, but I know REI has some of there own that are much cheaper. Price Range ideally <$200.

My existing pack served me very well through multiple vacations and countries, but it is time for her to retire. 

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  • Ross Sparks

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    If you get a pack based on other people's recomendations, size and body shape you will end up with a bad pack!! You have to go somewhere and try on multiple packs with weight in them. The best pack in the world is worth nothing if its uncomfortable on you!

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    • Christene M.

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      I never said I was buying it online. I have an REI in my town, and I plan on trying it on. I was mainly asking about quality of brands. Thanks, though, for your concern. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Dita Anggraeni

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    I'm 5 feet tall, and really comfortable with Deuters ACL lite too. Mine is 28liter.

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  • Lindsey Sparks

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    you really need to try them all on. never buy one from the web without trying it!

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      I never said I was buying it online. I have an REI at my house, and I plan on trying it on. I was mainly asking about quality of brands. Thanks, though, for your concern. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Serena McClain

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    I walked the Camino de Santiago last year so having a good fitting pack was super important, and since I'm on the petite side it took me quite awhile to find one! After trying out more than 50 packs (seriously!), I ultimately I went with a Deuter Womens ACT lite, and it was perfect! The adjustable torso was incredibly helpful for someone on the shorter size, and it really was fit for a woman. I highly recommend checking out Deuters! The women's Ospreys just didn't work for me at all (even on the shortest and tightest setting, they were still too big for me), but it really just depends on your body type.

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    • Cinzia F.

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      I completely agree! I have an osprey, and it was ok but once you try the deuters backpacks for women... It is another world! The fit is perfect for petite and it rests perfectly on the hips. All the backpacks I had before were too loose on the hips and scratched on the hipbones. This is the most comfortable backpack I ever had! Mine is called "cruise 28" but it is small and more suited for mountain sports, probably you need a bigger one with different features. Go for deuters! German quality and great design! · (0 likelikes)

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  • claus andersen

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    If I were you then I would go in to a good outdoor store where you can try the packs on before buying them.

    If they have good people working in the shop then they will also know how to find a pack that is suitable for a short person.

    If you have an REI store near you then this could be a good starting point.

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      I will do that for sure! There is an REI near me and I am a member. Thanks so much! · (0 likelikes)

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    I am a huge believer in ray Jardines' work http://www.rayjardine.com. Scroll down the page to backpacks and put in your measurements.

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