No problem, glad I could help!
No problem, glad I could help!
My SA has the new strap positioning, it seems-- 2.25" measured using moriond's method. FWIW, I'm around 112lbs and 5'3", but have muscular and broad shoulders (16.8" shoulder-to-shoulder). Straps are perfect for me even when the straps are worn looser and without the sternum strap. Have attached a picture.
Hope a solution can be found soon!
As a post note: I've been using my Synapse 19 every day since I got it 10 days ago, and I'm glad to report that I am no longer feeling like the strap placement is an issue. Maybe I'm just used to it, but it feels quite comfortable now. I am not using the sternum strap either. The pack feels snug against my back and I'm not feeling any slippage at all when I wear it. I actually love the way it rides on my back.
I am still loving how small the pack is compared to all others I've used in the past. And I really love that it doesn't look like I'm hauling expensive computer equipment in it. In fact, when I went to Fry's the other day, I was actually carrying 2 laptops in it-- one Macbook Pro 13" in the Cache with Rails, and a Samsung 900x in a neoprene sleeve. Normally the man at the door inspects all computer bags so he can put a sticker on your laptop to verify it's yours when you leave. Well, that day, he just waved me through with my Synapse on my back. Even with 2 laptops in it, it was so low-profile and unassuming that it looked no bigger than an average purse!
I think that's why the black ones are called ninja bags, it seems the non black ones are capable of subterfuge too!
It's time to consider a career in espionage!
I was one of the users who complained about the strap placement originally. I have had the S19 for a couple of months now and, more importantly, have just returned from a walking holiday on the Ligurian Coast where I used the S19 for hard daily treks in hot and humid conditions and as my carry-on. I now no longer have an issue with the strap placement and have removed the sternum strap. It may be that the straps are simply awkward after being flat-packed for delivery or that they adjust to the wearer (or vice-versa but not, I think, in my case).
Whatever, by the end of the holiday I was very happy with the straps and with the S19 generally. With the exception of putting loose change into the bottle pocket when going through security (it was empty so seemed a logical thing to do). I had forgotten the thread here about holes between that pocket and the main pocket, which is where my loose change ended up. Live and learn.
Just wanted to add...I had one of the original Synapse 19's but gave it to my sister because the straps would dig into my shoulders. After hearing that the straps had been moved wider apart, I decided to order a new s19 in black parapack. I'm very happy to report that the newer design fits me very well and the straps no longer dig. The s19 will be replacing my old bag as my new EDC backpack.
Regarding the S19 straps, mine fit ok from the start, and after a couple of weeks of use, seems to have further molded themselves to fit me more, almost like a second skin. But this can be a sweaty situation in tropical weather lol
They are comfortable, and get even more comfortable after molding.
Hope the narrower strap will be coming back to S19 soon! I'm 5'1" and have a SA bought this year's April. The strap is approx 2" apart; I would not say the bag is uncomfortable but if the strap is closer, I will not constantly adjusting the strap because I am not using the chest strap.
I'm 5'10" and about 160 lbs (and a guy). I got my synapse 25 a few months ago, and haven't had a chance to use it much. But I'm on a vacation now, with lots of walking, and I can say that for me the outer edge of the straps really dig into my arms/armpits. but if I keep the chest strap tightened, this is not a problem. Which is too bad because I don't like using chest straps very much.
I don't know if this is due to the narrowness of how the straps are placed, but this is the first time I've had such an issue with backpack straps. On the flipside, I like the organization of the pack as it makes most of the stuff I want to carry easy to access.
I'm 6'3", 185 lbs, 16" neck and 38 inch chest. I also need to use the chest straps. I think that the issue is not the width of the straps, but the lower attachment of the straps. I think it would be better to mount the straps at the lowest point of the bag.