Hello everyone, I've been lurking the forms for a bit and a few days ago purchase a synapse 19 on ebay. I was planning on purchasing new but found one with the colors I wanted with no wait so I just had to pull the trigger. The synapse 19 is a perfect size for me for edc. The pack I was using before is the Arcteryx Cierzo 18. I knew size wouldn't be a problem but I was a little worried about fit. I'm a big guy, 6ft and an athletic 230lbs. I have wide broad shoulders and the straps on the synapse just aren't that comfortable for me. I have read about this for some other folks in these forms and what is happening is that the straps don't lay flat on my chest and the outer edge digs into my shoulder. As suggested by another forum member using the sternum strap helps significantly.
So my question is...for those of you that might have had this same issue, is the synapse 25 a better fit? I read that the straps are the same length but they are positioned slightly wider on the bag. Would this help my situation? I really love the bag so far. It is nice having so many pockets for organization and the centered pocket for 1L bottles is absolutely brilliant and quite honestly one of the things that first attracted me to the synapse. I hope I can get used to the straps as I absolutely love the bag.
Question #2, the seller of the bag did not list the specific material it is made of. How can I tell what material the outside of my bag is made of? The inside is steel dyneema but I don't know if the outside is the ballistic fabric or cordura.