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Old 03-11-09, 05:36 PM   #1
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Bags for small people

Hey all,

I'm 5'4, 125lbs but I like big bags. I have a pac ultimate at 2600cu inches and because of its brilliant design it fits me fine. I'm interested in a backpack though, particularly the chrome sultan. I had a chrome metropolis at 2000cu and because of its not so brilliant design it would just slop around if it wasn't at least half full.

Are there are small folks out there who have experience with a great cycling backpack, especially the chrome sultan, who could make a recommendation?

Thanks!
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Old 03-11-09, 07:05 PM   #2
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For me, the metro slops around when it's more than half full...

Then again, I'm 5'10" and 195.
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my metro seems to be slacking lately. the strap always seems to be super taught, even if the bag is almost empty. not sure about back packs, but i really dig the pac bags. how long have you had yours and how is it holding up?
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learn how to sew.
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learn how to sew.
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but also-
guys the backpack design isn't what keeps it slopping around, it's that it's too big or not packed and fit properly.

if you have slop start changing your strap length and tightness and pack it so the bag will crease to confine the contents.
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My Chrome Backbone just came in the mail today. It's going to take me a while to figure out how to use this much bag. I'm 5'9'' and ~135lb. The bag looks gigantic on me. I think it will be great for hauling tons stuff, but it's a bit awkward right now. I've been carrying bags about half that size for a decade. I know the roll-top bags are a bit different, but the Backbone make it a bit of a pain to see over my shoulder. I think I've read that the roll-tops are better about that, but you may want to check.
I believe fixed gear gallery has a good review of both models.
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Old 03-11-09, 11:08 PM   #7
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Pac

My pac is really really great. They sit at a much slighter angle than chrome messenger bags, meaning that you don't have to be as wide and long to pack a lot of bag. Compression straps on both sides of the main strap bring in any excess bag, it feels like a glove. The fourth strap saved my shoulders. I rode with a metropolis for about a year and my left shoulder was really killing me. The strap on the other shoulder has evened out the weight of the bag. The strap adjustment system allows you to move the bag ever so minutely in all four directions to get it exactly where you want it. I stupidly jumped a fence and one of my D-rings caught the post and snapped a buckle as I jumped about 10 feet down. So unfortunately I lost my quick adjustment. However, with pac bags, you have free replacement parts for life, so Pat is sending me a whole new adjusting system for free. The bag just does not wear. I could see where my metropolis was ripping and I knew it didn't have much longer. Even with all plastic buckles, there just isn't any noticable wear after 3 years. Highest recommendations!
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^ thank you! i am addicted to bags. my sewing machine doesn't seem to want to work any more (pretty old now) and i have been eyeing up PAC for some time. thanks again.
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