Greetings all. It was not my intent to set back the clock on European relations, she was a lovely gal and we showed each other photos of our cats. At no point did I verbally engage her about her luggage volume. What I posted above was my 3rd attempt, the 1st two disappeared off of my smart phone when the Wi-Fi network dropped on Mega bus on my homeward journey. My intent was to share a fuller review of the Fairview. 40
I had used an early version of Ricks original back door bag to Mexico but even at 20 pounds total weight, it annoyed my lumbar, so I knew I had to upgrade . M's conversation about packing cubes also had me thinking about how i had come up w a system that was working
I have 2 packing cubes a little bigger than a U.S. ream of paper. One I kept in the bottom of the pack and used as my dirty clothes bag. Folded bottoms went next. Clean shirts fit in the other cube, and pjs on the top since they were last in. I have two cubes about half the size of the others, one was kinda a utility drawer of some otc items, as Rick says, the 10 vital items you will never use. I did hide a spare credit card & two 50 dollar bills there in case of emergency. It also went in bottom layer. On top of it went the other one, stuffed w clean socks and undies. Sandals were tucked in. The Fairview has incredible compression straps both inside the bag and in an outer layer . The main compartment has a clam shell opening, so is easy to pack. The next compartment is heavily padded, and is billed as a lap top compartment. I don't travel w anything other than a smart phone now, and other on line reviews are mixed on this area. Its placement would have a heavy item far from yr back, and that area also tends to curve to conform to the bigger compartment, so another risk for a laptop . I used this area to keep a few papers in 10 × 13 envelopes, and also travel items like my eyeshade and inflatable neck pillow. I kept my charger cords and ancillary external battery in a freezer grade zip lock bag there, and my toiletries which I had sorted into a small bathroom bag and a second small "dry" bag of tweezers, qtips, etc. I also had reduced my toiletries in weight, and can now recommend Neutrogena stick sunscreen and j r liggets bar shampoo. As a bonus, I discovered that the yellow "ez pouch" with its little strip that wraps around the soap has room for a hotel sized bar of bath soap to ride along, too
The outside mesh pockets are awkward for a water bottle . I put a couple of protein bars in one and some spare packs of tissues in the other. Water and crucial items went in my piazza cross body e bag. At the top of the bag is a weird trapezoid shaped pouch. I was able to work a standard 8×5 paperback into this pocket, but it was kinda a hassle. There is also a key clip in this pocket. (I was also enjoying reading the kindle vs paperback posts while I was vacationing)
The 2 bigger compartments have zipper heads that will accept a small padlock. Its also possible to line up the finger loops so all 4 can be held by the same lock. I only kept the biggest compartment locked. Another feature of these bags are flaps that fit over all of the zippers, including the weird trapezoid one. There is another set of excellent compression straps to cinch these flaps around, another reason why the mesh pockets don't work well for a water bottle , which would be pressed against a laptop. I lashed my coat there also, and felt that the back zips were well camouflaged at all times, even when I was wearing it on the New York subway.
The reason I was drawn to the Fairview in the first place was the marketing that it was designed for a woman's body. I had surgery and radiation 2 years ago after breast cancer, so comfort and light weight was of vital importance. I probably carried it less than a mile at a time, but wore it for an hour or more several times while standing in line, etc, and it remained comfortable over a T shirt.