I am curious if anyone here has had problems with being forced to check a true day hiking backpack due to height.
I will be doing the Tour du Mont Blanc next summer hiking from town to town while my luggage is shuttled every day. On one night I will extra clothes to stay at a hut where the luggage transfer service cannot access.
I normally use a 18-25 liter backpack hiking here in Colorado. The over night stay and normal weather in the Alps may require more protective rain gear and layers than we typically need for day hiking here so I hope to bring a 30 liter bag on this trip. This will also accommodate food and possibly a bottle of wine from time to time.
Problem is that most packs this size (that fit my torso) range from 23-25” tall - over the max stated 22” limit United states but never seems to impose on domestic flights. I have found one pack that seems to measure 22.5” that will work if I mash it in.
I have had issues on BA once where I had to gate check a bag because I had to work to compress the width. $50 later I watched as the last passengers walked on with bags that looked more like steamer trunks than my pack. Aarrgghhh.