Ok so the essential question I have here is top loading vs. panel loading.
Looking for a pack 35-50L
I would really prefer a panel loading pack for the convenience but it seems that the better packs are top loading ones that offer much better frames and ventilation (will be traveling in the June).
I’d like to have the backpack be my only carry on for the trip and plan on leaving it at the hostel while I’m out exploring cities, but will be traveling with it in airports and on the trains so comfort is a feature for me.
Looking at three ospreys;
Atmos 50 – which looks to have great support, ventilation, and comfort
Stratos 40 – I like the side zipper for easy access but it’s still top loading
Exos 46 – lightweight with good support and great ventilation
BUT all three are essentially top loading….I’m at a loss here. Any advice?
London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Paris, Marseilles, Rome, Athens, Tel Aviv-Yafo