Travel Backpack with Panel Opening
My ideal bag for traveling by foot, car, plane, train, or boat, would be one that is a full time backpack, but that has panel opening, similar to a WF or TS. That way it could be carried for long distances if necessary. I want it to be small enough to be a carry-on.
I'm curious as to whether either of the two new bags that are supposed to be coming out sometime soon (spring? summer?) will fulfill this wish.
I've been looking at back packs at other sites, but most of those are top-loading and many are not carry-on size. There is the Voyageur travel pack: http://www.meivoyageur.com/
I think it's about the size of the aeronaut and it is very tempting, the downfalls being that it's just a big floppy open space. It might be workable with packing cubes. I think it would be good for longer trips, as would the aeronaut, I would just really like the option for longer distance carrying. I'm also not sure what size bag that I really want. I may go small to start, WF size. In that range I wonder which option is more versatile, the WF or the Smart Alec backpack. I've looked at a lot of pics, and read a lot of descriptions of packing lists for the WF and some for the Smart Alec. I'm leaning toward the WF for short, 3-10 day trips. I'm also still reading about the Brain Bag trying to figure out both whether it would be convenient for travel (packing and unpacking) and a good fit for me (smaller woman 5'3")
I really like the Tom Bihn style, construction, and quality. But, it's just a trick figuring out exactly what my needs are and which bag would take care of them best.