The great dilemma that has plague travelers throughout the ages. What daypack do I use? With the plethora of ergonomic messenger bags on the market now, the choice is more than just the style of backpack.
When traveling in crowded areas, I find that backpacks tend to be more of a hindrance than a help. You smack people accidentally with them (kinda like me on the dance floor, but I digress). To access them, you have to clear out an area, so you don't elbow anybody when you take them off. At home I use a messenger bag for when I'm out and about, as it were. I also have the TB Empire builder for work (or had actually, because some lazy mook stole mine, so I will be replacing it after my trip). I was thinking of losing the backpack and taking a messenger bag as my daypack for my next vacation to crowded Israel.
Here is my dilemma, TB Ego or Id messenger bag vs. TB Synapse 25L or 19L backpack as my daypack. I was hoping group-think or group experience would help me decide.
I have a customized Red Oxx Sky Train, yes heresy I know, but I'm a two compartment max kinda guy, as my main bag. I would like to pack my daypack of choice in the Sky Train.
The daypack needs to be light and crush-able. It will need to house: a camera bag (a customized Red Oxx trifold shaving kit) that holds the camera and two lens, special lightweight telescoping hiking tripod 10" long, lightweight jacket, tour book, Apple mini-pad, change of clothes, snacks, water, souvenirs, phone, and a very small toiletry bag.
1) Would using the messenger bag bag hurt my shoulder and back, not just over the course of a day, but over a month of daily use, more than a backpack?
2) Which style provides better ready access to the camera gear?
3) Which is less conspicuous?
4) I think the Synapse 19L should suffice for the loading mentioned above and the 25L would be massive overkill and harder to pack in my main bag?
5) I think both messenger bags would work for the same load, so it is functionality at this point. I think the Ego has more quickly accessible options than the ID, but I like the extra little pockets of the ID. Anybody have any idea of which would be more usable in the manner I would like?
Thanks all or anybody.