Which multi-day backpack do you recommend for a vertically challenged (four-foot-eleven), large-chested female backpacker? Lori Chula Vista, California
So, what packs? One good choice is the Gregory WM Electra ($299; www.gregorypacks.com), a pack that is part of Gregory's women-only series. It's a decent-sized pack (4,350 cubic inches in size small, big enough for a few days up to a week) that has Gregory's always-fine suspension and thoughtful design.
Osprey's Luna 70 ($349; www.ospreypacks.com) ups the ante a little by offering the same design touches for women, such as a women-specific hipbelt and harness, plus the ability to custom-mold the back panel to your body. It also has a sleeping-bag compartment, several outside pockets and lash-on points, and capacity similar to that of the Gregory. Kelty's Tornado ($175; www.kelty.com) offers a design for women that lacks the multi-size availability of the Gregory or Luna but begins with a smaller frame so should be adjustable to fit you.
Soget yourself to a good outdoor shop, take the time to have someone measure your spine length, and try on some packs. I'm sure you can find one that you're happy with.
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