From: Pat in TX on 4 Aug 2006 17:22
> I had a medium-sized backpack (actually called a travel pack) whose
> backpack straps could be tucked away behind a zippered panel. Then it
> could be carried like a suitcase, or by attaching a shoulder strap.
> This pack didn't have any frame, neither internal nor external, but
> being smallish, it didn't really need any. It was light and
> I don't think they make it any more. I got it from campmor, which has
> good inexpensive hiking and camping gear. (www.campmor.com). They only
> ship within the US though.
> Barbara Vaughan
You have just described the Osprey Transporter 46. Great bag!
Pat in TX
From: Pat in TX on 4 Aug 2006 17:26
> In my experience those zip-off daypacks are a bad idea. If there are
> any lumps or protruding parts of your backpack, they will put strain
> on the zippers, eventually breaking them. Plus they're designed to lie
> flat on the larger pack, which makes them poor day packs. If I'm
> travelling with a backpack, and I want a daypack, I either pack it in
> the backpack or carry it over one shoulder until I get where I'm
> going. I never carry one pack fore, the other aft. It just looks so
> Barbara Vaughan
The Osprey DayLite fits on to the Osprey Transport 46 but it doesn't zip on.
It fits on with D-rings and buckles. I have heard people say they put the
day pack on their chest so that they can be sure it isn't messed with in a
crowd, but I would never do that, either. It reminds me of those people
carrying babies on their chests.
Pat in TX
From: Jack Campin - bogus address on 4 Aug 2006 17:43
> Miguel Cruz had said that a backpack was MORE convenient on cowded
> public transport than a wheeled suitcase. If you're going to do the
> same thing with it that you do with a suitcase, but you also have to
> take it off (no mean feat in a crowded tram) and put it back on, then
> it's less convenient on public transport, not more.
On a crowded bus, if I've got a seat, I can put the backpack in
my lap. I have never seen anyone do that with a wheeled bag, it
always takes up floor space. And since you can't move the thing
without angling it 45 degrees, it takes up the space of two people
whenever its owner moves - usually with random jiggles backwards
to bash people.in the ankles.
Wheeled bags are not designed to be lifted - you can't use both
hands to get an ergonomic grip the way you can with a backpack.
Dangling the whole weight off one arm is a good incentive not to
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From: James Silverton on 4 Aug 2006 18:11
You wrote on Fri, 4 Aug 2006 16:21:15 -0500:
??>> Isn't it possible to buy and external bag trolley and
??>> then only use it when needing wheels by strapping the
??>> bag in the trolley?
??>> IOW...do NOT buy something built in?
PiT> Yes, there is one in my attic! Those gadgets came out long
PiT> before bags with built-in wheels were sold. Problem= heavy
PiT> and bulky even when folded.
They weren't that bad. I lugged three of our smallish softsided
bags on one of them during at least two family trips to Europe.
(We had four bags but someone else got stuck with the last one!)
I tried not to go too far with it but it got somewhat bent when
we had to change Underground trains in London at a station with
only stairs.(A self-confident friend with one bag had assured us
that the change was easy!) However, I beat it back into shape!
The cart was relatively light and folded small enough to be
carry-on luggage and it adjusted to various shaped bags because
it held them with bungee cords. Usually, we used the trolley to
get to rental car desks or taxi ranks.
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From: Dave Frightens Me on 4 Aug 2006 18:16
On Fri, 4 Aug 2006 16:21:15 -0500, "Pat in TX" <Pat(a)nearnews.com>
>> Isn't it possible to buy and external bag trolley and
>> then only use it when needing wheels by strapping the
>> bag in the trolley?
>> IOW...do NOT buy something built in?
>Yes, there is one in my attic! Those gadgets came out long before bags with
>built-in wheels were sold. Problem= heavy and bulky even when folded.
I bought one in Russia. It's been gathering dust ever since.
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