This bag is nice but may not fit if you’re short. I’m 5’3”, 135 lbs, and female, with broader than average shoulders for my height and a 16” torso. This puts me in the 40th percentile for women in terms of height, and on the upper end of the “normal” BMI range, meaning I’m slightly smaller than an average woman, but I’m not a tiny person.
The bag barely fits me – I have the straps tightened to within 1” of the smallest setting, and if I lose a little weight, I’ll likely need to tighten them down all the way. If you’re any smaller than me, this bag won’t fit.
The hip belt doesn’t help me much because it’s a little too low, although I can partially overlook this. At 30L this bag is wearable without the hip belt if you’re careful to not overpack and keep the weight low. Because I need to tighten the straps a lot, the strap “tails” are very long. Strap keepers should come with the bag by default, although you can tuck the tails into the place where the hip belt can be tucked in. I also find that the distance between the upper part of the backpack straps is too small, which pinches the back of my neck; the tighter I have the straps, the worse this is. I wish they were about 1" further apart.
I’m really torn on whether I should keep the bag. I used it on a long airplane trip and liked the features, but it wasn’t very comfortable. I might give it to my husband instead, since I think it'll fit him better.
Everything else on the bag is great. I love the ballistic fabric; I’m…