Edited title to say "petite." Some hip/waist belts are too long for me.
I've gone back and read the posts on this site for the past year, and I've gotten some great advice about the best carryon backpack. We're traveling internationally in December and prefer carryon only. My husband has the RS Convertible Carryon. I think that will be too big for me (I'm 4'10"). My son and I both have old wheeled bags, and they are too large for my airlines' limits (55cmx35cmx25cmx8 kg). I'd like a backpack, and I'd prefer a hip belt and sternum straps if possible. The ebags etech jr looks like it has a waist belt, but no padding for the hips. One that opens like luggage (the RS bag does not) would be best for me--unlike DH I prefer to keep my bag neat and organized. Any advice? I've checked out ebags, Eagle Creek, and RS websites, and I'm undecided. $100 would be my budget.
On another note, son prefers a wheeled bag. Is RS the best choice out there, given the 8 kg weight limit? Do the IT bags hold up?